Canon Selphy CP810 review

A tiny photo printer that's big on convenience and image quality

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  • Compact design
  • High print quality
  • Ease of use


  • High running costs

The current crop of Apple's Cinema and Retina displays show off photographs with such quality and ease that the good old printed snapshot seems almost obsolete.

But, when only a hard copy will do, Canon's new Selphy CP810 photo printer aims to give flawless results with minimal fuss.

The CP810 can be connected to your Mac (Snow Leopard or later), or used as a standalone device, accepting JPEGs from a USB memory stick or most memory card formats.

The adjustable 2.7-inch LCD screen is just large and clear enough to easily browse images and control the useful inbuilt editing options for cropping and layout. Additional features such as image optimization, red-eye removal and skin smoothing are included, but are a bit gimmicky and don't always improve the original image.

Size-wise the CP810 is so small it could almost be called 'cute', making it great for mobile printing, especially if paired with the optional (but pricey) battery pack. But as with most dedicated photo printers, such dinky dimensions facilitate a maximum print size of 6x4-inches - although the CP810's emphasis is on quality over quantity.

Utilising 'dye-sublimation thermal transfer technology' means one low-profile cassette replaces bulky ink cartridges and produces images with excellent detail, colour depth and tonal accuracy in around one minute per print.

A protective layer is also applied to each print, making it safe to touch immediately whilst resisting fingerprints and fading. Annoyingly the sample cartridge included in the box only gives you five prints to get you started, but at least it's easy to source, with paper and ink sold in one complete pack.

However, even the best value triple pack works out at around 75% more expensive than the same number of prints delivered from an online printing company, and that's excluding the cost of the printer.

This latest Canon Selphy is certainly a stress-free and highly portable solution for producing great quality prints, even if such convenience does come at a relatively high price. Ben

Tech Specs

Product TypeDye Sublimation Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed27 Second
Display Screen TypeLCD
Product FamilySELPHY CP
Maximum Print Resolution300 x 300 dpi
Brand NameCanon
Form FactorPortable
Print ColourColour
Media SizePostcard, L, Credit Card, Mini Sticker, Postcard - 148 mm x 100 mm, L - 119 mm x 89 mm, Credit Card - 86 mm x 54 mm, Mini Sticker - 22 mm x 17.30 mm
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Maximum Print SizePostcard - 148 mm x 100 mm
Battery Built-inNo
Battery IncludedNo
Borderless PrintingYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), CompactFlash (CF), MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus, Microdrive
Height60.5 mm
Width178 mm
Depth127 mm
Media TypePostcard, Photo Paper, Credit Card, Sticker
Product SeriesCP
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelCP810
Product NameSELPHY CP810 Dye Sublimation Printer
Product LineSELPHY
Screen Size6.8 cm (2.7")
Manufacturer Part Number5958B011AA
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Turning photos into beautiful lasting prints with the SELPHY CP810 is so easy. Small, stylish and portable, with a tilting LCD and interface anyone can use, it can print anywhere in under 1 minute.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • SELPHY CP810 Dye Sublimation Printer
  • Ink Cartridge with Media
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)810 g