Canon SELPHY CP400 Compact Photo Printer - Printer - colour - dye sublimation - 100 x 200 mm up to 1.7 min/page (colour) - USB
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- Printer Type Digital Photo Printer Family Line
- Technology Thermal
- Output Type Color Black print speed up to 85 sec/print Max Resolution (BW) 300 x 300 dpi Color print speed up to 85 sec/print Max Resolution (Color) 300 x 300 dpi
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Key Features Printer Type Digital Photo Printer Family Line Canon SELPHY Technology Thermal Output Type Color Black print speed up to 85 sec/print Max Resolution (BW) 300 x 300 dpi Color print speed up to 85 sec/print Max Resolution (Color) 300 x 300 dpi Platform Mac, PC Technical Features Extend Printer Technology Dye Sublimation Computer Operating System Apple MacOS 9, Apple MacOS X, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Home Interface USB 1.0/1.1 Form Factor Desktop Direct Printing Capabilities Print Photos Without a PC Printers Special Features Borderless Printing Media Media Type Photo Paper, Postal Card Paper Max Media Size 200 x 100 mm Dimensions Width 6.69 in. Depth 2.17 in. Height 4.84 in. Weight 1.9 lb. Miscellaneous Release Date January, 2005
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I already had the included Zoombrowser and Photo Stitch software installed from my prior purchase of a Canon A95 camera, so I just needed to install the driver. Note this requires a USB cable (not included) to the printer.
As is human nature, I tried to print without reading the Zoombrowser instructions, and got a lovely plain sky-blue print with the words "My Album" on it - but no photo :-) Then, out came a stunning second print which was totally blank but with some faint horizontal lines - this was from a residual click from my first attempt. Ok, Ok, so I looked at the PDF printing guide for about 15 seconds, and followed the instructions.
Got a beautiful first print of the Queen Mary ship. Got a gorgeous second print of flags (red/white/blue, and green) againt a clear blue sky, and the third print was very nice of a field of flowers near Mt Lassen (ironically the original proof print of this from 20 years ago was scanned onto my computer just today to get rid of paper prints...)
So, I've blown through the provided "trial" 5 sheets of paper and film cartridge, and have 3 very nice prints (with postcard address lines, stamp area and Canon logo on the back - the paper comes that way.) The ends of the paper remain white but have perforations about 1/2 inch from the end so you can remove them after printing.
I can't compare the printing software to any other brand, but setting up a plain photo-only print takes about 10 seconds of menu choices. If you want to add backgrounds, titles/text, etc, that is available as well. (Got another pack of paper/film, and put humorous captions on kind of funny-bad office Christmas pix...)
Printing directly from my A95 takes about the same time as from the computer - about 1 min 45 sec.
The actual operation involves the paper being passed in and out of the printer 4 times (3 color passes and a protective layer) so it is important the back of the printer is not obstructed, particularly by the power cord which hangs down near the edge of the slot. The finished print is deposited on top of the paper cassette in front.
The unit looks and feels substantial for its small size, comes well packed (survived NY to CA shipping), has decent documentation, and a 1-year warranty.
prints a little dark often, but that can be adjusted on the software side
it has never jammed or otherwise messed up a pic
So, I use it for the "hey, I want a print right now" times and use the online services for "I have a list of thirty photos that I want to have prints made for."