The Bottom Line
- Excellent print quality
- Fun green bucket
- Battery not included
- Bluetooth optional
- Compact color photo printer
- Makes 4x6" prints
- 2.5" LCD screen
- Support for multiple memory cards, including SD Memory Card, miniSD Card, microSD Card, SDHC Memory Card, and miniSDHC Card
- USB connection to PC
- Uses custom ink ribbons and paper
Guide Review - Canon Selphy CP790 Digital Photo Printer
The Selhpy is a dye-sublimation printer--it uses a proprietary ink ribbon and special paper) that allows printing from a wide variety of media. A color 4x6 photo took just over one minute to print. Because it's a dye-sublimation printer, the photo comes out of the printer and is pulled back in several times to add new colors to the print. Photos print out with astoundingly rich and deep colors, and were as sharp as any printed photos I've ever seen.
Basic photo-editing features such as red-eye removal, and fun stuff such as frames and calendars, are easy to use via the printer itself--since it's meant to be portable, everything can be done without connecting to a PC.
Since it's meant to be portable (I mean, it's a big green plastic bucket!), it would be nice if Canon would include the battery and the Bluetooth adapter. If you want to go truly portable, you'll need to spend another $79.99 for the battery and $49.99 for the Bluetooth adapter. Ink and paper come together; on Canon's site, 36 sheets of paper plus ink are $11.99 (4x6).