Canon Selphy CP780

Lab quality photo prints at a price

If printing from a computer, you can use Canon’s Selphy Photo Print software to superimpose silly cartoon decorations to your images or produce photo calendar cards. Annoyingly, this software refused to print anything shot on our Olympus E-420, curiously declaring that ‘The following image cannot be printed in the correct colours’. These pictures printed without problem using alternative software.

Canon Selphy CP780

Three memory card slots support a very good range of formats, including thick ones such as MicroDrive

Prints produced by the device are excellent with perfectly smooth, dot-free continuous tones. It is not a fast device, taking more than a minute and a lot of whirring to produce one 6 x 4in photo, but this is significantly faster than the model’s predecessor, the CP760.

Verdict

The one problem, and it is a big one, is that the prints are expensive. A basic refill pack of 24 photo cards and dye-sub roll cassette costs £15: that’s 62p per print, not including the £129 price of the printer. Yet there is no denying the appeal of personal photo card printers in the home, and the Selphy CP780 is a particularly good example. It has a good range of memory card slots and lots of on-printer options, but is also child’s play to use for simple quick prints. ®

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Canon Selphy CP780

Canon Selphy CP780

Producing your own 6x4 prints, mini cards and photo stickers can be fun, if you are prepared to pay extra for it and do all the work.
Price: £129 RRP

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