Canon Selphy ES3 review: Canon Selphy ES3

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The Good Compact design. Clip art, borders and novelty printing options.

The Bad Runs off mains power only. Limited size options for photo prints.

The Bottom Line For enthusiasts and those wanting to produce high-quality prints at home using a dedicated photo printer, the Selphy ES3 is a great purchase, but the cost of consumables and cost per print is fairly steep.

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8.2 Overall

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Design and features

You'll be struck by how similar this printer looks like a handbag when you first take it out of the box. But, at just under 3kg, the ES3 is a little too heavy to be entering into the aforementioned carry-all territory, instead relegating it to its intended use — a compact photo printer.

Like the ES30, a lower-specification model which we also reviewed, the ES3 is a dye-sublimation printer that uses paper and ink combined in the one unit. With a bigger screen than its smaller companion, the 3.5-inch LCD takes up a fair amount of space on the front fascia, with buttons flanking either side. At the top are slots for PictBridge connections, featuring CompactFlash, SD and a host of other device slots, as well as connection to a computer via USB.

The scroll wheel, which also appears on the EOS digital SLR line and many of the IXUS and PowerShot compacts, sits to the right of the LCD screen and can be used to navigate through menus and select photos for printing. Fortunately, using it is quite intuitive and it has a fair amount of resistance so it doesn't flip too easily between options.

There's a number of additional inclusions on this model, like 1GB of internal memory to store photos. Optional extras, such as decorative prints using in-built graphics are also available. The ES3 also has the ability to add special effects such as pinhole and soft edges to photos, and print gold and silver prints.