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The Selphy CP760's footprint is not just increased by the size of its paper cassette as, in common with other Selphy printers, it feeds the paper out of a slot in its back, and then forward out of its front, four times during the printing process. With each pass a different colour is laid down and after cyan, magenta and yellow layers have been added, the print is covered with a clear, protective coating.
Despite this four-pass technique, we produced prints from an SD card in 1 minute 16 seconds and from a PictBridge camera in 1 minute 4 seconds. Both these times are very respectable and there's still something magical in seeing the picture build up, colour by colour.
The resulting prints have excellent colour depth, with darker hues looking rich and vibrant and paler ones being natural and delicate. The dye sublimation technology means prints show no visible dot patterns, even under a magnifying glass, and look, to all intents and purposes, like traditional, silver halide photographic prints.
Another advantage of dye sublimation is that it's a dry process, so when prints emerge they are ready to be viewed or stuck in an album, immediately. You do have to tear off the micro-perforated end tabs of each print, though.
You're going to need to invest in consumables for your new Selphy CP760 almost as soon as you buy one, as the film cartridge and paper Canon supplies is only enough for five prints. Film and paper blanks are available in 36, 72 and 108 print packs and, although the printer is new, it shares these consumables with other Selphy models, so they're already readily available.
As with most consumables, the more you buy at once, the more economical the cost. We based our calculations on the price of the 108 print pack, which we found for under £20. It gives a cost per print of 18p, 2.5p more than from the Selphy ES20 we reviewed recently and 3.5p more than both the HP Photosmart A826 and the Epson PictureMate PM290. If you can find the Canon consumables cheaper than we did, of course, it will have a direct bearing on the print cost.
It's pretty much more of the same with the Selphy CP760. It works in the same way as previous machines and while the case makeover is a definite improvement, there's little fundamentally new in this machine. The price has come down, though, giving you the chance to produce very high quality photo prints for well under £100.
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