Design-conscious consumers could consider investing in a Canon printer and ink cartridges after one of the company's products won a prestigious design award.

The Pixma MG8150 has been recognised in the Red Dot Design 2011 competition, which Canon describes as the world's "most distinguished design contest".

Aside from its looks and a piano black exterior, the model includes a number of features which may prove attractive to those who like to print photos.

The unit is capable of printing up to 9,600 dots per inch, offering "amazingly detailed colour and monochrome photos".

Besides this, the unit can be used for copying and scanning, with controls coming on an "easy-to-use touch panel".

A movie print function allows users to print stills from full-HD films.

The printer features six single Canon ink cartridges, including a grey, which the company claims helps achieve finer tonal gradations when printing in colour. Having separate colour ink cartridges also means that users only have to replace the one that has run out rather than all colours at the same time.

Canon's X Mark 1 series of calculators also won a Red Dot award.