16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
OK but seen better.,
This review is from: Canon SELPHY CP720 Portable Photo Printer (Electronics)
Well after reading some of the other reviews I have to say the printer did not live up to my expectations. Sure the printer is small and very compact but it does not look robust enough to put up with much "lugging" about. The paper tray in particular looks very cheap and plasticy (and only takes a maximum of 18 sheets).
A 4 x 6 inch postcard print takes about a minute and is fascinating to watch (the first few times) as it prints the image in 4 passes. Connecting the printer directly to my camera or using the SD card slot on the front seemed to produce dark under exposed looking images, there is no way of correcting this directly on the printer. Connecting the printer to the PC allowed me to lighten the images and gave much better results. However I would have to say they're still not that good, I get much better results from my trusty old Canon i560 inkjet using PP-101 photo paper. The images produced on the Selphy look OK when viewed directly but there is a curious "banding" effect when viewed from an angle, I think it is the lacquer coating. The "borderless printing" is not borderless at all; you have to tear off micro-perforated strips at each end of the photo giving you rough edges to your prints. Call me pedantic but I hate the postcard print on the back of the card as well.
You can buy the KP-108IP print pack for around £20, which gives you 108 prints. At 20p a photo it is quite cheap to run, however saying that the printer gives photo lab quality results simply isn't true.