Canon Selphy CP900 Wireless Photo Printer

Especially if you’re a wildlife photographer, you’d probably be sure to love bringing along a photo printer that just fits right—more or less—to your camera bag. At just $99 for the initial package, Canon offers a new way of printing 4×6 photos on the run without the worries for a power outlet: the new Selphy CP900 has a battery for sustained printing, has thermal dye rolls for anti-smudge and weather-resistant outputs, plus wireless capabilities for indirectly printing from capable devices.

Available in black and white, the Canon Selphy CP900 is but a masterpiece in terms to design and portability. Enclosed, the CP900 measures 2.4x7x5inches, which means you can really handle this with one hand, though for operations you’d want to place it on top of a flat surface for navigating the 2.7” LCD display with physical buttons below it. With the LCD tilting to a very friendly angle, the CP900 is actually requiring a little more amount of space—probably around 7 inches—to accommodate the tray for the 15-sheet photo paper load which is used for the inputs and the outputs.

Not only does the Canon Selphy CP900 requires an additional space for the ‘cassette,’ it also recommends some pounds of accessories or enhancements to fit to different situations. Included in the options are different types of photo papers with their respective ink types and cassette sizes, and unfortunately, the battery and charger pack will cost an extra $80 each. If you want the default or standard packaging, there’s the AC adapter, which means you’re actually buying the non-portable version, though upgradeable. Lastly, if you’re thinking you’ve got the best setup upon purchase, you’d surely find it a little annoying to bring along extra batteries, photo papers, and even cartridges, to make your experience last. That summing up, the 1.8-pound device will still make a little bulk on your travels, more if you bring along two power options.

On the feature itself, the Canon Selphy CP900 does not really boast speed, with recorded 47-second print time per 4×6 photo. That said, it’s quite presumable to expect a better photo quality, but dare not. Unlike inkjet printers that we are often used to, the CP900 uses a dye-sub technology. Simply put, the thermal cartridges adds a roll of film to the photos to make them resistant to water and to some environmental filth, thus elongating photo life. Remarkably, output quality—though not perfectly impressive but acceptable—is easy to handle because it is smudge-resistant, with just the right amount of gloss and matte texture. Lastly, the CP900 is capable of borderless printing.

Having a 45-degree tilting LCD means that the small printing device from Canon has a pre-loaded platform for managing software.  Being capable of accommodating flash drives and SD cards, the Canon Selphy CP900 is capable of simple photo editing features like cropping and resizing, not to mention how it also works well with PictBridge of Canon. Luckily, the 2.7-inch display is lovely with a very gorgeous saturation of colors, and not having a touch power is reasonable enough to make the battery last longer. The menus and options are also instantaneous and intuitive, making the physical buttons work along very well.

Lastly, the wireless feature in this new Canon Selphy CP900 has its good and bad side. On the good side, it is said to be an upgrade to the CP800’s Bluetooth feature, and is just sweet enough for home and office printing if not for travel purposes. Smartphones and other Wi-Fi-capable devices can also take advantage of remotely printing to this printer via an established network. On the bad side, the CP900 lacks a Wi-Fi-direct (or wireless direct) feature, making it slightly hard for capable devices to immediately print on this portable printer. What this means is that, if you want to print from your phone, you have to connect to an established network first to access the printer.

And as I’ve kept it as far as possible, the biggest issue I found on the Canon Selphy CP900is its inefficient printing costs. Unlike inkjets which you can find a 7-cent photo print price, this one can cost you around 35cents minimum, and this is a bit of a shame if you put the slow printing speed into the spotlight. Nevertheless, the CP900 of Canon adds an amount of flexibility and convenience to easy photo printing, and bringing along such a wonderful technology is truly promising to make those photos worth the memory in no time.

Canon Selphy CP900 Wireless Photo Printer Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 4,000.00

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