Canon has launched two new additions to its Selphy range, the Selphy CP790 and CP780, which will be available from July. The CP780 comes in a choice of four colours for the image conscious, while the CP790 features a more user friendly layout with large buttons and the Easy Scroll Wheel for simpler navigation. The CP790 also comes in a choice of colours, as long as you choose green.
As well as its funky design, the CP790 boasts a 3 inch LCD screen for easier image previewing and direct printing from a camera or memory card. It also comes with a carry handle and an integrated storage case for holding the printer, ink, paper and accessories. Both printers allow photo printing without a PC, via a compatible camera or memory card and can even print directly from a mobile phone, using the built-in infrared connection or an optional Bluetooth adaptor. When printing from a memory card, the CP780 uses Auto Image Optimisation to detect faces in an image and adjust the brightness; the CP790 goes further and adjusts the colour and tone as well. Automatic red-eye correction is standard across the Selphy range.
With the addition of the battery pack option, the CP780 and CP790 become fully portable, allowing you to print photos literally anywhere. Image resolution and colour depth won't be any different from current Selphy printers but the CP790, in particular, should make it even easier to produce quality photos. Many buyers will be attracted by the eye-catching design of the CP780 and CP790 but will good looks alone be enough?
The CP790 carries a recommended retail price of £169 inc VAT which seems like an awful lot of money for a machine that will only print photos, however good they are. For a similar amount of money you can buy the Kodak ESP7 or the HP Photosmart C6380 All-in-one, both of which will print good quality photos, as well as printing, copying and scanning A4 images and documents. If you have to have a dedicated dye sublimation printer to print your photos on, it's hard to think of a compelling reason to buy the CP790 as opposed to one of the cheaper Selphy models already available, such as the CP770.
by Anthony Morgan