seconds – still considerably quicker than from most ink-jet photo printers. Direct from a PictBridge camera, it took 69 seconds and just two seconds longer for a print from a PC. No complaints, therefore, on print speed.
The photo quality of the prints also leaves little to be desired, with smooth colour transitions, fine detail and natural colours. Dye sublimation, which has far less noticeable dot patterns than an inkjet, produces images that look surprisingly photographic. The only area where the quality dips is in darker, shadowed parts of a shot, where you can lose detail and colours tend to black.
There’s also a slight positional problem; the postcard prints have perforated strips on either end, which tear off when the print is finished, to leave the card completely borderless. When printing, there’s a 2mm border overlapping this perforation and with portrait shots with important detail near the edges of the picture, it’s possible to tear off tops of weather-vanes or bottoms of feet. While you can adjust for this when printing from a PC, it’s harder to do so using the printer’s LCD display and near impossible when controlling print from a PictBridge camera.
Canon sells consumables for the Selphy CP750 in three different packs, enough for 36, 72 or 108 prints. Each pack contains both 15 x 10cm print blanks and dye-sublimation cartridges. Slightly unusually, the best price we could find for these packs was not for the 108-print version, but for the smallest 36-print one. Dividing the cost by the number of prints produces a cost per print of just 14.5p.
This is considerably cheaper than for prints from most of this machine’s ink-jet rivals and breaks with a tradition of dye-sublimation printing being slightly more expensive than its liquid-ink rival. However, Kodak may leapfrog even this price point with its new ink-jet release, which claims a print cost of just seven pence.
Unless the street price of the Selphy CP750 ends up a lot lower than it is at launch, it’s hard to see why you would go for this printer rather than the Selphy ES1, reviewed a couple of months back. This printer has a fixed LCD, a cumbersome paper cassette and lower print resolution than the ES1. It’s cheaper to run, though and the print quality is as good, so its smaller size may be a winning advantage.