Canon Selphy CP510 Compact Photo Printer Review
I personally feel anyone purchasing digital camera will have have a computer and will probably be an advanced enough user to know how to transfer pictures from the camera to the computer and will also most-likely have a CD or DVD writer to ensure the photos taken will never be lost.
So any printer that offers an LCD viewer or memory card reader options is in my opinion a complete waste of time and I have three gripes with anyone who say different
So now that I've decided which useless features I don't require lets settle the whole output resolution issue you see the nice guy at (insert local store) told me the higher the resolution the better the printer which makes sense if you are looking at an inkjet photo printer,you see in the world of photo printers many use an inkjet process with special inks and papers to provide output that should resist fading and damage from water. I have not had much luck with the fading issues with any prints made by myself or others despite claims by the manufacturers on lifespan. I proven technology called Dye-sublimation thermal transfer printing otherwise known as Dye-sub is the technology behind the Selphy CP510 photo printer.
Dye-sublimation thermal transfer printing
And because the color infuses the paper, it is also less vulnerable to fading and distortion over time. The addition of a UV barrier in the protective coating helps to ensure the photo lasts for years. Canon claims 100 years and that is as good as your regular photos from the photo-lab.16.8 Million possible colours
You might be confused by the fact the canon says it can produce with 256 levels of color if this is the case where did they get the 16.8 Million possible colours? Simple the photos are printed layers so the Cyan layer has 256 levels of color along with the Magenta and Yellow layers which are combined to allow for the full colour spectrum so 256 x 256 x 256=16,7777,216 or 16.8 million possible colours.
I found two models that used the Dye-sub technology so the next issue was the cost per photo I had my choice down the following models (note prices are in Canadian dollars):
The Canon advertises a cost of .28 cents per photo (US dollars) so .37 is in the right ball-park and much cheaper than the Samsung printer but quality is important so I took a quick look at some on-line reviews of both products and the Canon appears to be the favorite although I was unable to find any direct head to head comparison so I'm assuming the Samsung's output is fine.
I had no issues with installation of the printer or the drivers and was printing within minutes the only surprise I had was when the paper exited the rear of the printer and I had not left enough room behind the printer for the paper to exit correctly. The printing process basically involves the printer shuttling the paper back and forth under the imaging head 4 times before depositing it onto the front of the printer. the printing is near silent with the only noise emanating from the shuttling process. I did have to fiddle a little with the printer setting to achieve a full 4x6 print with no borders but it was a simple affair where I had not checked the box indicating boderless printing. I was extremely impressed with the output and I will admit it compares very well against previous photos I had done from a local photo lab from my digital camera. Only on close examination with a magnifying glass can you notice the dots that make up the photo.
I only have two minor issues with the printer the first is that it ships with only enough paper and ink to print 5 photos so you will be instantly requiring a refill kit upon taking it home. The second is also minor in borderless mode it's assumed the print will leave no borders, the 4" side has perforated areas to allow you to tear the overprinted area off but on the 6" side I was always left with a small white border that needed to but trimmed off manually. Again minor annoyances but to me borderless is exactly that and the printer while close comes up a little short.
I have not been disappointed with any photos I printed and I have not had any jams or other issues the quality is as good as the last batch of photos done by a local photo lab and except for the initial cost ($99.99) of the Canon CP510 it is able to compete easily with most photo labs without the wait or hassle of uploading photos and waiting for the mail to arrive. I have include more information on the features and specifications below along with a few more pictures so enjoy....
Canon has a nice list of features:
Here are a few photos of the printer
The Specifications as per canon:
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