Canon has unveiled a new Selphy direct photo printer, the ES40. The new photo printer offers voice guidance to make adding creative touches to your images even easier. It will cost £179.

Sadly, this is of  the instructive kind telling you where to place borders and other design elements, rather than warning you that whatever you do to that snap of your best mate in a skimpy bikini, she's not going to thank you for printing it out and plastering it on the communal noticeboard. The voice instructions also inform you when the ink or paper needs replacing.

The Canon Selphy ES450 printer has a 3.5in colour LCD display and an Easy Scroll Wheel to make it faster to zip through the thumbnail images of your photos and select those to print. Photos are printed straight from a memory card but simple edits such as redeye and noise reduction can be performed. The amount of light on the face can be adjusted and skintones can be evened out.

The 226x225x138mm printer also allows users to add creative effects such as borders to images, or integrate them into projects such as calendars.

Compatible with 15 different kinds of digital camera flash memory cards, the printer also includes PictBridge connectivity that ensures users can connect their digital camera to the printer without the need for a PC.

Canon says the ES40 can produce 'P' size prints (148x100mm) in 55 seconds and 'L' size prints (119x89mm) in 47 seconds. Replacement paper and inks come in one bundled cartridge that is capable of producing 50 prints.

An optional Bluetooth adaptor that allows users to print images from their mobile phone is also available.

Priced at £179, the Canon Selphy ES40 will be available from October.

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