Pros Very compact, easy to set up, outstanding photo quality and reasonable print times and very low print cost and purchase price
Cons None that I found..
Summary This printer is excellent, and honestly I have no complaints. I have a nice digital camera but because I don't print pictures often, my inkjet printers often would work great for the first couple of times I used them, but then I would go 2 or 3 months between printing, when I went to print again they inkjets print heads would be clogged from lack of use. After 3 printers over the last 4 years I was determined to keep this from happening again. I even tried buying a color laser printer. (just for those who thought these would work for photos even with high resolution 1200dpi, lasers can't compare) I decided to try a dye sublimation printer, as there isn't liquid ink to dry up. After a weeks use, I couldn't be happier. The pictures are among the best I've seen and easily rival lab produced photos. And the cost at less than 30 cents per print is very very low. I recommend this product for everyone, but especially people who don't print alot and want hassel free printing the canon cp series, specifically the 510, is a steal!
Pros initial price, speed of prints, quality of photos, cost per photo
Cons no card slots (but o.k. if fed from camera or computer)
Summary After looking into a number of small format printers (I looked at quite a few before I bought one), I settled on the Canon Selphy CP510 Printer. It is fairly basic printer and does not have as many "bells and whistles" as some of the other printers I looked at, but that did not really end up mattering all that much in the end when I got it home and started using it.
Because of the relatively low price that I paid for it ($99.99 at Target), I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the photos when I printed them out and the speed in which they came out (less than a minute). I have a Kodak Z740 5 Meg camera and was originally looking into buying the Kodak Easy Share Series 3 Printer (which allows for docking with my particular camera), until I found out you could not get a battery pack for any of the snall format Kodak printers. I also looked at getting an Epson PictureMate Deluxe Printer, which has an optional battery available for it(for about $80.00), but the initial cost for that printer ($199.99) is about twice that of the Canon printer I bought. The lower priced Epson PictureMate printer does not allow you to add a battery, so that option did not work for me.
I ordered a lithium-ion battery for the Canon Selphy Printer (the NB-CP2L battery) on the internet (through Amazon.com/17th Street Photo) for about $60.00 (plus shipping costs). This will allow me to use the printer out in the field without plugging it in. I am a watercolor artist, so this feature is very important to me. Also, it did make a lot of sense to me to invest in a "portable" printer that wasn't really all that portable (if I had to plug it in somewhere).
One of the other features that I was looking for was low-cost "consumables". The Kodak printer costs quite a bit more per print than the other portable printers I looked at (about $0.32 - $0.54 per print, depending on the photo pack you get (the PH-80 photo pack (80 prints) is $39.99 and the PH-160 is $46.99 at Target - found costs online). My parents also recently recevied a Kodak Series 3 Printer for Christmas, and they said it prints out really slowly.
The Epson PictureMate printer has about the lowest per print cost that I found (I believe it was about $0.25 per print, but I have lost my specific data on that one at this point).
However, with the purchase of a Canon KP-108IP photo pack (108 prints, including paper and ink, for $29.99 at Target), the prints for the Canon Selphy printer turn out to be about $0.30 per print (including Calif. tax), which is really reasonable compared to other printers I looked at.
I really feel that, overall, I got the most "bang for the buck" with this printer and am very happy with it so far. I would recommend it to others as well.
P.S. In order to hook this printer up to my computer, I had to go out and buy an optional USB cable for about $20.00, since it was not included with the printer. Not a really big deal, but it is good to know if you are considering buying this printer and are planning to hook it up to your computer. I printed several pictures directly from my computer and my camera, and it was really easy to do either way.
Pros Compact size, low-cost dye-sub, portable, great picture quality.
Cons Postcard tray comes standard, battery pack not included, cheap dust cover.
Summary With all the competition for photo printers out there it is a daunting task to decide what is best for your needs. Ask yourself this question, What size prints do I really need on a moments notice? If you answer something in the ball park of 4x6, then you are one HUGE step closer to a photo printer that is ideal for your needs. Think of it this way, if you need to got big, let's say 5 x 7 or 8 x 10, then there are a bivey of photomats that can help even the most decerning of digital customers. Since the advantage of this photo printer is its size, don't expect large things. Keep in mind that even if you bought the big sister of the CP510, the CP710; you still need to use your PC to edit all photos. Seeing that I use a laptop, I saved about $60.00 going with the equally good CP510. Overall, I am amazed at the quality of prints that are produced by this little powerhouse. I am an ametuer photographer and I recommend the Canon Selphy CP510.
"unreliable"on by tourist91
Pros Good photo quality
Cons constant error messages, flimsy
Summary I've had this almost a year. I make infrequent prints from my camera, usually just keeping the jpeg files in my computer. In the past year I've made exactly 38 prints. Yesterday I hooked up to print and although I checked and re-checked my paper insertion, I kept getting "no paper" messages. Then, because it kept turning itself off and I had to keep restarting it, it ran out of ink. I opened a brand new box of photo cartridges, inserted new ink and paper and pushed the SET button. I got a "no paper" message. The photos, when I got them before, were very good. But it's just not worth the aggravation and expense of buying cartridges if the thing is going to break for no good reason. I'll never buy another.Updated
I should have included that I was using a Canon camera, so incompatibility was not the issue.
Pros Really Small!, cool to watch print pictures
Cons Exspensive extra's
Summary This is a great printer. I got it for Christmas and am ver happy with. Have printed two pictures with paper that came with printer and they look great. The only downside is that the battery to make this printer portable cost around $80. Paper might be exspensive too. Great printer that I recommend you buy.