Amazon Review by Korbendalles
543 people found the following review helpful
Solid print quality, easy to use, but larger and not as portable as competitors
I was just about to pull the trigger on the CP910 when I saw that the CP1200 had been launched at CES this year. I can't comment on the CP910 or any previous Selphy model as I'm new to the dedicated small photo printer world. I did buy a Polaroid ZIP very recently, but after a few test prints, decided to return it in favor of continued searching. That's when I stumbled across this Canon model (CP1200). I re-printed the same images on the Canon, albeit in a larger format to compare to the ones from the ZIP. The difference in image quality is rather significant and the quality award goes to the Canon, hands-down. The pictures are brighter and have a better, more natural tone than what came out of the ZINK-based printer. That said, there are still pros and cons.
- Image quality. If this printer is likely to primarily stay at home to print, this should be the dominant factor in selection
- Multiple format options available - adhesive back options (like ZINK) make it very convenient for scrapbooking and other projects
a. 4"x6" (KP-108IN - NOT adhesive backed Canon KP-108IN Color Ink Paper Set 3115B001) - I’ve tried this size only
b. 2.1"x3.4" (KC-18IFCanon KC-18IF Ink Label Set 7741A001AA - with adhesive back)
c. 2.1"x2.1" square (KC-18IS Canon Office Products KC-18IS Card Size Stickerwith adhesive back)
d. 2.1"x3.4" (KC-18IL Canon KC-18IL Color Ink and Label Set (CP-100/200/300 Printers)), split into 8 small postage-stamp sized stickers (expensive on a per-sheet basis)
- Connects to home Wifi so that any device using the Canon app can see it (I’m not sure whether this includes PCs and Macs, but works great for iPhones and iPads)
Can be battery operated - If you use this primarily at home, this won’t be an issue…see Con #1 below for counter point
- Cost per print - for 4"x6" prints, the cost per print is cheaper than other dedicated photo printers, but since most don’t do this size, it may not be as much of a pro versus going to an online printing site or local drugstore
- Canon OEM battery is MASSIVELY overpriced and costs almost as much as the printer ($80-$90 list price)
- Physical size. This print is a LOT bigger than the ZINK-based competitors plus it has a huge paper tray hanging out the front to hold the blank paper prior to printing whereas the others use paper small enough to fit completely inside the printer. Again, if always used at home, this probably isn’t a big deal…you’re paying for the flexibility in print sizing and different printing mechanism (dye-sublimation vs embedded crystals). Also, if you go ahead and get the battery, it does become truly portable…as long as you’re willing to carry it.
- Takes a little longer to print than the ZIP although this is a minor con as both printers take 50-70 seconds from the time you press the button on the app until the photo can be picked up
- Cost per print - Price per sheet of the smaller sizes (2.1"x3.4" and smaller) start at around $0.60/ea and go up from there, which is cheaper than Instax, but more expensive than the ZIP, so that depends on what you want to do with it. I appreciate the flexibility in options, personally.
If you are looking for an easy to use photo-only printer where you don’t need to print larger than 4"x6" prints and are doing low-medium quantities of printing, this should be a very solid option. If you need larger prints, just go get a real full-size printer. The flexibility of the Canon to do 4x6 and the smaller sizes (even though they’re a bit more expensive) is really nice. I like to attach small pics to letters and journals, so this is perfect for that use. However, if portability reigns supreme in your hierarchy of needs, either pony up the insane price for the battery (which states it can do about 50+ prints per charge) or you may need to look at a different printer option.
Hopefully this helps!