"Really a nice printer for the price"4.5 starson by sdjmrk
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.