Canon Selphy CP800 full review

The Canon Selphy CP800 is the latest incarnation of Canon's dedicated photo printer range. Available in black or white, with matt top and glossy sides, it measures just 177x134x69mm – making it ideal for those that don't have a lot of free desk-space.

We found the CP800 very easy to set up. Simply insert the cartridge, which comes in a kit bundled with photo paper, place the paper with shiny side up into the holder, and slot it into the front of the printer. Once switched on, we were ready to start printing digital photos.

There's a slot for SD and MS cards on the front. You can browse images with the help of a 2.5in LCD. This can be tilted to help viewing. Alternatively, there's a port for USB sticks, while PictBridge support means many cameras can be connected straight to the printer, without the need for a PC.

An optional Bluetooth version is also available for £109, which offers the ability to print snaps directly from a mobile phone or PC via Bluetooth.

Cursor buttons allow you to scroll through images and select the number of prints required, while the menu button can be used to access basic editing and printing options including red-eye correction, and sepia or negative effects, or smooth skin to give an airbrushed look. You can also adjust the number of images printed per page.

We liked the 'shuffle' prints function, which randomly selects either eight or 20 images from your memory card, USB stick or camera, shuffles them and prints them in an interesting montage. It's also possible to print 'ID'-sized prints - ideal for badges.

The printer is compatible with postcard (148x100mm), L (119x89mm) and credit card (86x54mm) media, all of which come in kits bundled with a cartridge, for around £6.99.

On average, this means each print costs around 19p. Canon says it'll take 47 seconds to print postcards, 39 seconds to produce L-sized photos and finally 24 seconds to create credit card-sized prints and mini stickers. In our tests of the postcard–sized media images took just under a minute to print.

We were impressed with the quality of the prints. Skin tones came out realistic and smooth, while colours looked sharp and vivid, and detailing was clear. Canon says prints are given a "special protective overcoat" that will protect against splashes, spills and fading and ensure the print will last for up to 100 years when stored in an album.

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Canon Selphy CP800: Specs

  • Dye-sublimation thermal transfer printer
  • postcard (148x100mm), L (119x89mm), credit card (86x54mm- prints or stickers) and Mini stickers (22x17.3mm with eight stickers per sheet)
  • SD, MMS, PictBridge
  • USB 2.0
  • 177x134x69mm
  • 940g (excluding ink cartridge and paper cassette)