Canon Selphy CP780 review

Postcard printers haven't quite died out yet

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Our Verdict

Highlights were frequently washed out and overall print quality wasn't a match for all but one of the inkjets on test. The CP780 seems more like an expensive toy


  • Good enhancement features
  • Great build quality


  • Image quality isn't that good
  • Quite expensive

While most printer manufacturers seem to be phasing out their postcard printers and are no longer actively marketing their existing models, Canon is in a tiny minority launching new models. First up is the Selphy CP780.

The CP780 is remarkably compact, although the clip-on paper tray adds considerably to its footprint and you also have to leave a space behind the printer. This is so that the page can exit between each of its four passes through the paper transport system, during which each of the three dye layers and the final protective coating are successively added.

As with the Canon ES30, the so-called 'continuous tone' nature of the technology allows for full 24-bit (16.7 million colours) printing from just three dyes.

Despite all the back and forth sheet-feeding of the dye-sub process, print speeds are respectable, taking a little over a minute to create a fully finished 6x4-inch photo print.

Complete with onboard image processing, the CP780 can detect faces in images and correct their brightness automatically while ensuring that backgrounds stay correctly exposed.

This worked well in our tests, as did other enhancements like automatic red-eye removal. Colour proved quite punchy and vivid but the CP780 had a nasty habit of blowing highlights.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeDye Sublimation Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed47 Second
Product FamilySELPHY
Maximum Print Resolution300 x 300 dpi
Brand NameCanon
Form FactorPortable
Print ColourColour
Media SizeL, Credit Card, Mini Sticker, Postcard, L - 119 mm x 89 mm, Credit Card - 86 mm x 54 mm, Mini Sticker - 22 mm x 17.30 mm, 100 mm x 200 mm, Postcard - 148 mm x 100 mm
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Memory Card SlotYes
Memory Card SupportedCompactFlash (CF), Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick Duo, Microdrive, miniSD, miniSD High Capacity (miniSDHC), MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus, MMCmobile, Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), RS-MMC
Height76.2 mm
Width175.3 mm
Depth132.1 mm
Media TypePostcard, Sticker, Photo Paper
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelCP-780
Product NameSELPHY CP780 Dye Sublimation Photo Printer
Product LineSELPHY
Manufacturer Part Number3501B009
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

With the ultra compact SELPHY CP780 Dye sublimation Photo Printer, anyone can create lab quality prints in a range of sizes. Simply connect a camera or memory card, touch a button, and in less than one minute your print is ready.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • SELPHY CP780 Dye Sublimation Photo Printer
  • AC Power Supply
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)940 g