- USB and PictBridge sockets
- Waterproof prints
- Credit card and sticker prints
- 18p per photo
- Wasteful printing technique
- Battery and charger cost extra
- Review Price: £82.00
- Very compact design
- Large LCD display
- Wireless connection as standard
- Easy change consumables
- Image correction and cropping
Five years ago there were three or four manufacturers who could supply you with a dye sublimation photo printer. Now there’s effectively just Canon, but the company has matured the technology to a state where, in the SELPHY CP900, it just works. It has also added in modern necessities, such as wireless print direct from phones and tablets.
The Canon SELPHY CP900 is a small black box, about the size of two routers laid one on top of the other. There’s a 68mm LCD display set into the top panel, which hinges up to a convenient angle when in use. The simple control panel in front of the LCD display contains eight buttons and a four-way navigation control.
In the front panel is a single SD card slot and a flip-down cover which enables the insertion of an 18-sheet paper cassette. This cassette is a fairly awkward design, as it effectively triples the depth of the machine and, if you want to take the printer with you, both the cassette and a bulky in-line power supply have to accompany it. The printer can work from a rechargeable battery, but neither battery nor charger are supplied as standard.
Set into the left-hand side are a microUSB PC connection socket, as well as a standard-sized one for a USB drive or a Pictbridge camera. At the back is a socket for the power supply and, in the right side panel, another flip-down cover gives access to the ink film cartridge.
Dye sublimation print doesn’t use liquid or powdered ink, but instead transfers minute amounts of solid dye from a coated film to the paper. The Canon SELPHY CP900 uses a small cassette, where the film is coated in bands or yellow, magenta, cyan and a transparent protective layer.
The cassette has sufficient bands of dye to print the 36 photo sheets supplied in a pack. It slides into the printer from the side and can be replaced in a few seconds. As well as postcard media, you can get credit card-sized paper and stickers and small square stickers to work with the machine.
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The printer is designed primarily for wireless connection, and both push button and PIN versions of WPS setup are available, though we had repeated problems connecting via the simpler, push-button option, where the display reported a failed connection. We had no trouble entering a passcode from the control panel, though.
PC and Mac software is provided, including a driver and Canon’s SELPHY Photo Print, which provides basic print tools.