Canon Selphy CP710 review:

Canon Selphy CP710

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Canon Selphy CP710

(Part #: 0325B001) Released: Sep 27, 2005
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CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Compact; decent print quality; easy to operate; Mac and Windows compatible.

The Bad No built-in cropping, rotation, or color correction.

The Bottom Line The compact Canon Selphy CP710 dye-sub photo printer is fast and cheap to operate.

6.9 Overall
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Support 8.0

<p>On-the-go digital photographers traveling without a computer will appreciate the Canon Selphy CP710's small size, light weight, and mobility. When equipped with the optional rechargeable battery, this compact, 300dpi dye-sublimation printer has everything you need to output 4x6-inch photos anywhere; that includes a unique retractable USB cable for your camera, a built-in memory-card reader, and a 1.5-inch color LCD. <br><br> With its roughly 70-seconds-per-snapshot print speed and a per-print cost that ranges from 19 to 35 cents (if you buy <a href="/Canon_KP_108IP_paper_108_pcs/4505-3132_7-30964751.html?tag=txt">Canon's 108-print paper/ink ribbon bundle</a> and depending upon the retailer price), the Selphy is fairly quick and cheap to run, too. This printer shares most specifications with its stablemate, the bare-bones <span data-shortcode="link" data-link-text="Selphy CP510" data-asset-type="review" data-uuid="b244c2b6-9d89-11e2-853d-0291187978f3" data-slug="canon-selphy-cp510"></span>, which lacks the card reader and the LCD screen. <br><br> The chief drawback of this printer is a lack of basic, stand-alone image-editing options, such as cropping, rotation, or color correction. For those functions, you'll need your computer and either the Easy-PhotoPrint bundled software or your own image editor. <br><br> The 7-by-5.2-by-2.5-inch, 2.2-pound Canon Selphy CP710 can be set up in seconds, even if you choose to travel with the bundled power brick. Connect the power, if necessary; insert the dye-sub ribbon cartridge in the right side; slide the included 20-sheet paper cassette into a flip-down front slot; and you're ready to go. Software and driver installation for printing from a computer take another few minutes. <br><br> Although the Selphy fits most desktops, you'll need to allocate an extra 7.5 inches in front for the paper tray and a few inches behind to allow the printer to cycle the paper through separate passes for the cyan, magenta, and yellow dye layers, plus a fourth protective overcoat. We had to carefully arrange the power-supply cables to avoid interfering with the paper path. <br><br> The pull-out USB cable for your camera and a memory-card reader for Secure Digital/MultiMedia Card, CompactFlash, Microdrive, and Memory Stick media (as well as Memory Stick Duo, xD-Picture Card, and Mini SD card with adapters) reside on the front, just above the input cassette/output tray. A USB port, for connecting to your computer, and a Direct Print port are located on the left side. All the other controls are found on top. A control pad for selecting images and the quantity of prints for each image is located to the right of the fixed LCD. Under the display are a trio of buttons for printing mode (print selected images, all images, or prints specified in the camera using DPOF), layout (bordered, borderless, stickers, or index print), date options, and a Print/Stop key to activate or cancel printing of selected images. <br><br> You can make only postcard-size 4x6-inch prints using the bundled paper cassette; you must purchase separate cassettes to print credit-card-size sheets or stickers, L-size (3.5x4.7-inch), or wide (4x8-inch) paper sizes. The latter stock, suitable for printing panoramas, can also be purchased in greeting card kits, complete with mailing envelopes. <br><br> The Canon Selphy CP710's printer driver is as basic as the printer itself, with three tabs for paper size, orientation, number of copies, and border/borderless printing; image adjustment, which provides the color-correction, saturation, and brightness/contrast tweaks the printer lacks in stand-alone mode; and utilities, which offers no utilities (a by-product of using a single driver across all printers). Canon's PhotoRecord photo-album application and PhotoStitch utility for merging images also ship with the printer. With an optional Bluetooth adapter, you can print from Bluetooth-enabled camera phones. <br><br> The Selphy CP710's colors were good, with a fairly broad tonal scale and rich saturation. There was lots of detail in highlights and shadows, but diagonal lines did display stair-stepping, as is typical with dye-sublimation technology. The composite blacks (formed by combining the cyan, magenta, and yellow colors; there is no black panel in the dye-transfer ribbon) were dense and neutral. Flesh tones were pleasing, though we noticed the faintest of blue casts in the whites of some prints. <br><br> Canon's support for the Selphy line includes a one-year limited warranty and a broad array of telephone and online support options. Toll-free live technical support is available from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays. There's also a toll-free TDD support line for the hearing impaired, plus a separate number to call to locate authorized service centers for carry-in repairs. If all else fails and you don't want to wait in a telephone queue, Canon offers an e-mail address for sending questions to live tech-support representatives. <br><br> Since the Canon Selphy CP710 requires a PC for basic image manipulation, you may be better off with its less-expensive sibling, the CP510, but if all you need is a screen to preview your shots, the extra cost of the CP710 may be worth it. But for better print quality, faster performance, and a broader feature set, you may want to go with an inkjet model instead of dye sublimation. <br><br><!-- perf chart --></p><div align="center"> <div style="width: 377px; text-align: left" class="u2"><b class="g4">CNET Labs' snapshot printer performance</b><br>(Shorter bars indicate better performance)<br><table cellpadding="1" cellspacing="0" border="0"><tr></tr></table></div> <div style="border: solid 1px #666; background: #FFF; width: 377px; text-align: left"> <div style="padding: 5px; background: #FFF"> <b class="u2"><span data-shortcode="link" data-link-text="Canon Selphy DS810" data-asset-type="review" data-uuid="b245eddd-9d89-11e2-853d-0291187978f3" data-slug="canon-selphy-ds-810"></span></b><br><div class="m1" style="background: #363; width: 189px; margin: 1px; padding: 1px; text-align: right"><b class="w">0.9</b>&nbsp;</div> </div> <div style="padding: 5px; background: #FFF"> <b class="u2"><span data-shortcode="link" data-link-text="HP Photosmart 475" data-asset-type="review" data-uuid="b245088c-9d89-11e2-853d-0291187978f3" data-slug="hp-photosmart-475-compact-photo-printer-printer-color-ink-jet-q7011a"></span></b><br><div class="m1" style="background: #363; width: 205px; margin: 1px; padding: 1px; text-align: right"><b class="w">1.0</b>&nbsp;</div> </div> <div style="padding: 5px; background: #FFC"> <b class="u2"><span data-shortcode="link" data-link-text="Canon Selphy CP710/CP510" data-asset-type="review" data-uuid="b245e30d-9d89-11e2-853d-0291187978f3" data-slug="canon-selphy-cp710"></span></b><br><div class="m1" style="background: #363; width: 260px; margin: 1px; padding: 1px; text-align: right"><b class="w">1.2</b>&nbsp;</div> </div> <div style="padding: 5px; background: #FFF"> <b class="u2"><span data-shortcode="link" data-link-text="Kodak EasyShare Printer Dock Series 3" data-asset-type="review" data-uuid="b2447195-9d89-11e2-853d-0291187978f3" data-slug="kodak-easyshare-printer-dock-series-3"></span></b><br><div class="m1" style="background: #363; width: 312px; margin: 1px; padding: 1px; text-align: right"><b class="w">1.5</b>&nbsp;</div> </div> <div style="padding: 5px; background: #FFF"> <b class="u2"><span data-shortcode="link" data-link-text="Epson PictureMate Deluxe Viewer Edition" data-asset-type="review" data-uuid="b244429d-9d89-11e2-853d-0291187978f3" data-slug="epson-picturemate-deluxe-viewer-edition"></span></b><br><div class="m1" style="background: #363; width: 337px; margin: 1px; padding: 1px; text-align: right"><b class="w">1.6</b>&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> </div> <!-- /perf chart --> <div align="center"><div style="margin-top: 3px; width: 377px; text-align: left" class="u2"><i><b>Note:</b> Minutes per photo.</i></div></div>

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