Pros Photo quality and ease of use, combined ink & paper pack
Cons Some say the packs could be cheaper, well thats life today !
Summary I have owned a Canon ink jet and 5 Epson ink jets but would never go back to ink jet again, fully dye sub converted now ! No more running out of one ink colour today and another tomorrow, or wasting ink with nozzle cleaning. With the Canon Selphy you know where you are. One pack contains paper and ink ribbon, you know in advance how many photos it will produce near enough. A 36 pack may give 35 but at least you have a very good idea of when it will run out.
The printer is very small, easy to set up, and easy to use. I have printed some photos on the CP800 and compared them with the same photos printed on the Epson. In my view the Canon Selphy clearly wins with photo quality. There are the other advantages of the instant drying and a protective coating, along with a long print life.
I print a lot of 6 x 4 inch prints and the Selphy will be fine. Large format dye sub printers cost far too much. If I want the odd 10 x 8 inch print I can go to the local photo shop and use their dye sub at a modest price.
Pros Looks nice
Cons Does not work with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
Will not recognize photos copied from computer to flash drives or memory cards
Summary This looks like a great printer to have if you're only going to print directly from your Canon digital camera.
Pros Dye-sub technology is just the best, very simple interface, compact, priced right
Cons Would like to have more creative paper choices, like post-it note photo paper.
Summary Bought this as a replacement for a portable ink jet printer I was using. The price per print is about 35 cents, which I find more than acceptable. It has an index print capability, and multiple size printing (within the 4x6 sheet). It would be nice to pick and choose which photos I wanted to print in a batch. Currently, you can only pick a single photo, or "print all" that's on my SD card.
I've paired this with my Canon T2i, because you just can't go wrong with Canon's high quality product line.
Pros Easy to set-up and easy to use. Print quality is very good. Print speed is acceptable. Small footprint. Fun to shoot and print. Instant gratification. Portable. Some ability to arrange/rotate images.Multiple images (up to 8) on a print.
Cons Price of Canon-only paper and ink. With flash cards and drives inserted directly into printer could not find files in folders not named as a Canon camera names folders. Only prints jpeg not raw.
Summary I wanted something to simplify printing 4X6 images. Too much hassle to set-up ink jet with photo paper and make sure all the ink cartridges are ready. The Selphy CP800 does the job. I plugged in an SD card with jpeg images from a Canon camera, used the LCD screen to select an image and hit print. It takes four passes to print (CMYK - one pass per color). The print was better than the CVS, Walmart, Flickr, etc.
Installed printer drivers in my computer (Win7), connected Selphy to a USB port, and the Selphy became another printer.
The Selphy is portable and with a compact digital camera (pictbridge) can be used as a "polaroid" at parties. Fun for shooting and printing.
The cost of a 4X6 is about 35 cents a print including ink and paper. Paper and ink come as a package and it seems to be proprietary with Canon. In other words, printer may become obsolete when Canon stops making the ink cartridges.
I have flash drives and SD flash cards where I copied files to the root directory on my computer for a photo frame. It could not find these jpeg files. Without reformatting I put the SD card into a Canon compact digital camera and shot some images. These it could find. Probably looks for files in folders named as the Canon cameras name them.
Overall this printer meets my requirements for ease of use and exceeds my expectations for print quality.