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Excellent quality prints and WiFi is awesome. No compact flash card support,
This review is from: Canon SELPHY CP900 Black Wireless Color Photo Printer (Office Product)
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I was really excited to get this new WiFi enabled Selphy CP900 printer. I already own the Selphy CP730 Canon Compact Photo Printer Selphy CP730 and what I love about that one is the battery pack that lets me print even when no AC power is available. But it does not have WiFi capability.
The CP900 is quite a compact printer. Setting it up is fairly straightforward but you would be advised to read through the user guide, particularly because WiFi setup was not that intuitive. I was able to connect to my network with WiFi however.
I was also able to create an Ad Hoc network between my iPhone4 and my iPad3 using IOS 6.0.1. Connecting via an Ad Hoc network is great particularly when you are in a location that does not have an accessible WiFi network. An Ad Hoc network creates a wireless connection directly between the device you are using such as an iPhone, computer, iPad or other capable device and the printer. I did have a few glitches establishing the connection but repeated tries finally got it working.
Once the printer is connected to your network, you'll also need to install the appropriate app on your smartphone. I've got an iPhone and the app is called "Canon Easy-PhotoPrint". Once the app is installed you allow it to access your photos and you're good to go. The app is barebones but allows you to select photos from your album and add them to the print queue. You are also able to select borderless or bordered prints. You are also able to remove photos from the queue if you change your mind prior to printing.
In my video I show the lid of the paper tray resting against the printer in an upright position. That's actually the paper tray and normally you would flip that down and as photos are printed, they end up in that paper tray when printing is finished.
Dye-sublimation printers are great because unlike ink-jet printed photos, you don't have to let them dry and you don't have to worry about water drops making them run. The colors are bright and sharp and the blacks are dark. The cost is higher than your Big Box photo processor, but you get instant satisfaction and the convenience of being able to print immediately after taking a photo with your smartphone. A Paper Pack such as the KP-36IP includes 36 photo sheets and 1 ink cartridge. 1 ink cartridge will print 36 photos. Canon KP 36IP Print Cartridge / Paper Kit - 36 Page 4" x 6". You can also by a set of 3 paper packs as the Canon KP-108IN Color Ink Paper Set 3115B001 and save money.
The WiFi printing is only available to iOS, Android and Computers. As far as I know, there are no WiFi enabled cameras that are able to print directly to the printer. So in those cases you print the old-fashioned way, by attaching the USB cable to your camera or by inserting the SD card directly into the card slot on the printer. It is unfortunate that Canon dropped support for compact flash cards in this printer. But you are still able to connect a camera directly via USB to print from the camera.
There is a CameraWindow app that enables you to transfer photos from your Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS or ELPH 530 HS to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and from there you can wirelessly print from the iOS device. But other cameras are not supported in that way as far as I know. I was not able to test that feature as I don't have the applicable Canon camera.
I did have some glitches with the Canon Easy-PhotoPrint app on the iPhone. Several times I've had two prints in the queue. Printing would start and after one photo was printed, I ran out of paper. When I installed new paper and ribbon cartridge, the printer printed the photo it had already printed again and then the second photo was printed. Other than that I love this printer.
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Initial post: Dec 5, 2012 7:01:21 PM PST
Great review. For what it's worth, the plastic photo tray that you have flipped-up in your video against the printer should actually be laid horizontally to help catch the photos as they exit the printer. There is a small "lip" on the tray to help catch them. Looks a little awkward with it open against the printer as you demonstrated. Enjoy!
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2012 11:45:10 AM PST
@Smedsters: Yes I know. I just left it flipped up for some unknown reason. Thanks.
Posted on Dec 7, 2012 2:50:13 AM PST
R. Dunn says:
hey great review i just bought my girlfriend a samsung camera. can you use any camera with this printer?
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2012 5:25:37 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 7, 2012 5:59:59 AM PST
@R.Dunn: I think that WiFi printing is only supported for IOS, Android and from computers but not directly from cameras. Some newer cameras have WiFi, but the printer requires a specific app to be installed on those devices and I don't think the WiFi cameras have that ability. But you don't have to use WiFi to print...you can just put the camera's SD card into the printer directly or you can print from the camera via USB.
Posted on Dec 8, 2012 4:55:49 PM PST
Chan Kwai Onn says:
Are you using iOS 6 on your iPhone? I can't connect in ad hoc mode with iOS 6 but I could with iOS 5
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2012 8:53:43 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 11, 2012 9:30:58 PM PST
@Chan Kwai Onn: Yes I'm using IOS 6.0.1. It was a little tricky to get connected, I had to make several attempts and that included quitting the app... restarting the iPhone, and fiddling around a few times. Eventually it did connect. Obviously it was not the easiest thing to do. I even called tech support but they provided no assistance and I connected via Ad Hoc while on hold. In any case, just keep trying and it should connect.
Posted on Dec 31, 2012 9:29:07 AM PST
C. Y. PAN says:
Great review! Is it possible to print 2 different 2X3 photos in one sheet?
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2012 9:52:13 AM PST
I haven't tried that but I don't see why not. You'd have to edit the photo in Photoshop or something and as long as it ended up being 4x6, it should be able to be printed just as any "normal" 4x6 would be printed.
Posted on Jan 11, 2013 11:36:18 PM PST
Justin Puskas says:
Have you tried using a compact flash usb reader plugged into the devices usb port?