Canon Selphy ES2 review

Does this pricey mini printer offer premium quality prints?

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Our Verdict

The ES2 is nice to use, but the results are disappointing. It seems to produce rather weak reds, so skintones look flat and images with a high red content can look distinctly dull


  • Easy to use
  • Compact


  • Poor quality colour reproduction

The Selphy ES2 uses a completely different upright design compared with the CP750.

Its integrated paper/ink tray means its desktop footprint is much smaller, though it does produce a rather odd paper path, where the sheets first emerge from the front of the printer sideways before being rotated through 90 degrees and drawn back in for printing.

Disappointing prints

The print time quoted is longer than the CP750's but, in practice, our prints came out more quickly (though they still took 12 seconds longer than the quoted time).

Considering it's the most expensive of the two Canons, the ES2's results were a little disappointing. Most of the colours in our portrait shot were good, but our subject's skintones were pale and almost one-dimensional.

It was quite surprising, then, to discover the ES2's landscape image was just about the best of all, with rich, natural-looking greens and blues.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDye Sublimation Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed53 Second
Product FamilySELPHY
Maximum Print Resolution300 x 600 dpi
Brand NameCanon
Form FactorPortable
Print ColourColour
Media SizeL, 86 mm x 54 mm - Credit Card, L - 119 mm x 89 mm, 148 mm x 100 mm - Postcard
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Borderless PrintingYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Memory Card SupportedCompactFlash (CF), Microdrive, Secure Digital, miniSD, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), miniSD High Capacity (miniSDHC), MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick PRO Duo, xD-Picture Card, microSD, microSD High Capacity (microSDHC), MMCmobile, MMCmicro, RS-MMC, Memory Stick Micro
Media TypePhoto Paper, Borderless Media, Card Stock, Postcard, Sticker
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelES2
Product NameSELPHY ES2 Photo Dye Sublimation Printer
Product LineSELPHY
Manufacturer Part Number2096B008AA
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Experience freedom of choice with the SELPHY ES2. Print from your computer, camera, or phone. Choose your layout, correct red eye and apply creative effects. Share the fun - at home or on the go.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Weight (Approximate)1.96 kg