The Bottom Line
- Excellent print quality
- Battery not included
- Bluetooth optional
- Limited on-board photo editing
- Compact color photo printer
- Makes 4x6" prints
- Tiltable LCD screen
- Support for multiple memory cards, including CompactFlash (Type I and II), Secure Digital (SD), SDHC, MMC, and Memory Stick
- USB connection to PC
- Uses custom ink and paper
Guide Review - Epson PictureMate Charm Digital Photo Printer
The Epson PictureMate Charm has an edge in terms of speed, but only slightly. The 4x6 print took 54 seconds to print, while the Selphy took just over a minute (the latter's dye-sublimation printing uses several passes for each photo, while the Charm does it all in one shot). Both have a few on-board photo editing options, such as red-eye removal. The Charm's interface seemed a bit more clunky and it took a few passes through the Menu button to find all the options, compared to the Selphy. The Charm can print without being attached to a computer (it accepts mini-SD cards as well as Memory Stick Duo), and its tiltable LCD screen, while small, was a nice feature to have.
Like the Selphys, it would be great if Epson included the battery and the Bluetooth adapter. If you want to go truly portable, you'll need to spend another $49.99 for the battery and $39.00 for the Bluetooth adapter (both are cheaper than Canon's accessories, though the battery was out of stock at the Epson online store when I checked). Ink and paper come together; on Epson's site a pack cost $37.99 for "about 150 glossy photos." Since the paper is included, I'm not sure what the "about" part is, but I suppose it depends on how fast the printer goes through particular ink colors.