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Canon Selphy ES2 compact photo printer

£125 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Canon

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5

The digital revolution has allowed Canon to involve itself not only in image capture, but output too. The company encourages home printing, like Kodak, by bundling cameras and printers together.

The digital revolution has allowed Canon to involve itself not only in image capture, but output too. The company encourages home printing, like Kodak, by bundling cameras and printers together.

  • Print quality: 3/5
  • Average print time: 80 seconds
  • Average cost per print: 25p

This hot-from-the-factory Selphy ES2 comes as a standalone option, complete with a space-saving upright design and carry handle. It’s arguably the best-packaged solution here, featuring a time-saving print cartridge that holds both printer ribbon and paper (the ‘Easy Photo Pack’) so you don’t have to load both separately.

The ES2’s creamy white and shiny plastic casing is both attractive and practical, with a pop-up 3in LCD and a plethora of large and tactile buttons. A flip-down panel at its base reveals slots for common media cards, while a side flap conceals ports for USB and PictBridge connections. A mains lead and plug are supplied, but you’ll have to fork out for your own USB cable.

Insert a media card and the LCD and scrollwheel are used to choose an image. You simply hit the print button to begin output.

The ES2 selects a sheet from its internal stack of paper, flips it through 90 degrees and successively builds up three layers of colour. After 80 seconds, the finished print pops out of the top, dry to the touch. Canon claims the prints will be good for up to 100 years.

Disappointingly, the prints in our tests came out slightly softer and less well saturated than the rest, although if you hadn’t a direct comparison to hand the Canon would undoubtedly seem adequate.
For portability, the easy-to-operate ES2 clamps a battery to its rear and offers wireless printing via infrared (Bluetooth is optional).

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See also:

Epson Picturemate 290 compact photo printer

HP Photosmart A626 compact photo printer

Kodak Easyshare G610 compact photo printer

Panasonic KX-PX20 compact photo printer

Sony DPP-FP70 compact photo printer

Canon Selphy ES2 Expert Verdict »


Canon Selphy ES2 reviews verified by Reevoo

Canon Selphy ES2 Scores 8.1 out of 10 based on 13 reviews
Max print size: 6x4in
max resoultion: 300x600dpi
printing method: thermal dye transfer
cartridge: three-colour all-in-one
actual/claimed print speed: 80/69 seconds
LCD size: 3in
PictBridge
storage formats: CF/SD/miniSD/MS/MS Duo
213x190x131mm
2kg
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 6 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 6 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

The Canon Selphy’s space-saving design is a boon, but its print speed and quality of output can’t match the best of the bunch.

  • Sony DPP-FP70 compact photo printer

    Sony DPP-FP70 compact photo printer

    Sony’s FP70 is of a similar size to the Panasonic and Kodak dye-subs and it uses the same technology. But just as much attention has been paid to styling as convenience of operation. It’s certainly cute.

  • Panasonic KX-PX20 compact photo printer

    Panasonic KX-PX20 compact photo printer

    Panasonic’s dye-sub boasts a 3.6in colour display with a 170-degree viewing angle, a side slot for SD media and a remote control.

  • Kodak Easyshare G610 compact photo printer

    Kodak Easyshare G610 compact photo printer

    Kodak’s entrant in the dye-sub stakes markets itself as a ‘printer dock’ – docking, of course, with its own brand cameras – so that it can be used independently of a PC.

  • HP Photosmart A626 compact photo printer

    HP Photosmart A626 compact photo printer

    HP’s good-value A626 boasts touchscreen operation with its supplied plastic stylus, plus the ability to produce both 6x4in and 5x7in prints.

  • Epson PictureMate 240

    Epson PictureMate 240

    Our second photo printer, the Epson PictureMate 240, earns PC Advisor's recommendation with competitive speeds, pleasing print quality and blissful simplicity of use.


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