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Canon Selphy CP600

£199 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Canon

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Back in the olden days, amateur photographers would trek down to the local chemist to drop off their films, then return a few hours later to pick up the snaps. Frankly it's hard to believe they didn't complain about the hassle, but at the time they didn't realise how convenient it could be to own a printer specifically for photos, and do it all at home. Canon's CP600 is the latest model in the company's Selphy range of dedicated photo printers. When we first looked at the CP500, the 600's predecessor, back in the February 05 issue, we were impressed both by the quality of the results and the economical running costs it offered.

Back in the olden days, amateur photographers would trek down to the local chemist to drop off their films, then return a few hours later to pick up the snaps. Frankly it's hard to believe they didn't complain about the hassle, but at the time they didn't realise how convenient it could be to own a printer specifically for photos, and do it all at home. Canon's CP600 is the latest model in the company's Selphy range of dedicated photo printers. When we first looked at the CP500, the 600's predecessor, back in the February 05 issue, we were impressed both by the quality of the results and the economical running costs it offered.

This Selphy, like its older sibling, isn't difficult to set up, but there's a hefty instruction manual in case you get stuck. You will need a spare USB cable if you plan to use it in conjunction with your PC, as there isn't one included in the bundle.

If your camera supports PictBridge you can connect it directly to the CP600 using its supplied cable and print out pictures with the minimum of fuss. Infrared is also available so you can print images stored on a supported mobile phone. What you won't find, though, is Bluetooth compatibility or a memory card slot.

Results were as good as those from the CP500, with bright colours and clear images. Each printout from the older model cost 28 pence, and on the new Selphy it's the same. All things considered, we could hardly deny the CP600 a Gold award.

Canon Selphy CP600 Expert Verdict »

4x6in photo size prints
USB interface
thermal dye transfer technology
300x300dpi resolution
20-sheet input tray
178x131x59mm
875g
PictBridge support
lithium-ion battery pack
claimed print speed 0.95ppm
actual print speed 0.73ppm
replacement ribbon and paper costs £10
replacement ribbon print life 36 pages
print costs 28p per page
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

Though it might not be Bluetooth-compatible or have a built-in memory card reader, the Selphy is a very versatile and easy-to-use photo printer. It doesn't cost much to run, either, and even though it lacks an LCD screen you don't need a PC to be able to produce high-quality prints with it.

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