The Canon Selphy CP910 Photo Printer is a cute little thing, measuring only 178.0 x 127.0 x 60.5 mm it fits pretty much anywhere and is highly portable. One thing that really stood out to me about this printer is it’s printing process ‘dye-sublimation‘ which is basically melting different colour plastic onto the paper which builds up to create the final image. It’s the same process photo labs use as the resulting print can last far longer than say a traditional ink-based printer.
I purchased by Canon Selphy CP910 for use in a small photo booth where people will be coming in and taking automated photos over and over again and from my first few tests it seems the printing speed is really quite fast when connected via USB cable, but a bit slower when connected via it’s highly advertised wireless function. So that’s great, but thepaper cartrage unfortunately only holds a maximum of 18 sheets of paper :/ if my photobooth is busy that may mean I’ll be replacing the paper cartridge about 3 times an hour, which is ok considering the price of the the Selphy CP910 was less than $100.
Canon Selphy CP910
As you’ll see in my short youtube use video of the first time I used my Canon Selphy CP910 the actual usability of the device is very straight forward, ink goes into the side, paper in the paper tray and you install the Selphy CP910 like any other printer on your system. However you don’t need a computer to use this device as it’s designed to print directly from any wireless device such as modern compact cameras or your smartphone. In the video I have connected the Selphy CP910 via USB cable so that the response time is quite a lot quicker than it would be if you were to use the wireless feature.
As a professional photographer, I don’t particularly need the built in filter effects the Selphy CP910 has, however I can see how they can be a bit of fun to play around with, that is of course your camera doesn’t already have a similar feature.
Overall I can see that the Selphy CP910 is a nice little robust piece of hardware that won’t break the bank and would provide a convenient way to print small prints in (cheap) photo lab quality.