Canon Selphy CP800 review

Compact and affordable 6x4 photo printer with editing features

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  • Good print quality
  • Useful Image Optimize feature
  • Simple controls and fuss-free interface


  • A little noisy
  • Printing times generally a little longer than the promised 60 seconds
  • Issues with purple/magenta reproduction

The Canon Selphy CP800 is a compact dye-sub 6x4 printer, offering the basic functionality we'd expect for its £80 price tag. This includes a 2.5-inch LCD screen and a range of card slots, as well as a USB port for flash drives and another for connecting a computer.

It's possible to process images with Canon's My Colors option, while a Smooth Skin mode and red-eye correction are on hand to improve portrait photos. There's also an Image Optimize feature, which includes noise reduction and face detection. You may also choose for your images to be printed with or without borders.

The printer is a little noisy starting up, although it's ready for action within a few seconds. Printing times vary, but on average it takes 65-70 seconds for prints to fully emerge from the unit, with an extra 15 seconds or so when the Image Optimize feature is employed. Thanks to the application of a final overcoat, prints are dry straight out of the printer, and no fingerprints could be seen on any of the prints handled during the test.

Detail and sharpness are good, while colour reproduction is largely accurate, with faithful hues and just the right amount of saturation. The only issues came with the slightly inaccurate reproduction of purples and magentas, and a slight warmth applied to certain images.

Both the red-eye correction and Image Optimize features work well, the latter typically lifting exposure in darker images, although its noise reduction didn't seem to affect the high-ISO images printed. The Skin Soften mode also does well to remove wrinkles and blemishes, although its effect may be considered overzealous, and there's no control over its intensity.


The Canon Selphy CP800 is a good choice for those who want to make the occasional few prints with minimal fuss. Packs containing a cartridge and 108 sheets of paper retail at around £35-40, although some can be found under £30, so it's best to shop around.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDye Sublimation Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed24 Second
Display Screen TypeLCD
Product FamilySELPHY CP
Maximum Print Resolution300 x 300 dpi
Brand NameCanon
Form FactorPortable
Print ColourColour
Media SizeL, Postcard, L - 119 mm x 89 mm, Postcard - 148 mm x 100 mm, 89 mm x 54 mm, 17.30 mm x 22 mm
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Maximum Print SizePostcard - 148 mm x 100 mm
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery IncludedNo
Borderless PrintingYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Memory Card SupportedMicrodrive, Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, CompactFlash (CF)
Height68.8 mm
Width177 mm
Depth134.6 mm
Media TypePostcard, Label, Card Stock
Product SeriesCP
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelCP800
Product NameCP800 Dye Sublimation Printer
Product LineSELPHY
Screen Size6.4 cm (2.5")
Manufacturer Part NumberCP800
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Style, superb quality and ultra portability, the SELPHY CP800 delivers fast prints and the ability to automatically correct bad lighting, face detection and colour balance. Take your printing experience anywhere you want.

Platform SupportedMac, PC
Package Contents
  • SELPHY CP800 Dye Sublimation Printer
  • Postcard Size Paper Cassette
  • Compact Power Adaptor
  • AC Cable
  • Canon Solution Disk
  • Software CD
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)940 g