To you guys my purchase of the Canon Selphy CP1300 WiFi To explain a bit, I have to go back a little: A good year ago I bought an HP color inkjet printer (HP Envy 5540) bought in order to be able to make a few color prints every now and then. A printer from Hewlett Packard was deliberately chosen, even though they are known for being particularly expensive when it comes to the prices of ink cartridges. However, I had read reports that the ink from HP almost never dries up. In my area of work as an occasional printer, that was an important aspect for the selection, in which I wanted to put the cost of the printing ink at the back.
Chapter in this post:
- 1 From my inkjet disappointment
- 2 Canon Selphy CP1300 WLAN - perfect for my area of application
- 3 Thermal sublimation printing - never dried out print heads again
- 4 Install and print from iPhone, iPad, and Mac
- 5 Canon iOS apps for the Selphy printer
- 6 color cartridges and special paper
- 7 Print quality and color reproduction
- 8 borderless photo printing? No problem!
- 9 Light line at the top of the photo printout - problem or not?
- 10 Comparison of color inkjet printers and thermal transfer printers
- 11 Photo printing costs
- 12 My conclusion on the Canon Selphy CP 1300
- 13 Selphy CP1300 Shopping List
- 14 Similar posts
From my inkjet disappointment
The first prints on photo paper were very good and I loved it. Unfortunately, I was all the more disappointed when, after a break of a few weeks, I wanted to use the printer again and only prints with stripes and wrong colors came out - typical symptoms of clogged nozzles in the print head.
I then ran the printer's cleaning program several times, which unfortunately only brought marginal changes. Only a complete change of both cartridges improved the situation. Since this experience, the printer has only been sitting around unused because I am not willing to put in new ink cartridges every 6 to 8 weeks to eliminate these printing errors. That would be so expensive in the long run that I could easily buy a color laser printer. But I not only lack the space for that, but also the amount of “print jobs”.
Canon Selphy CP1300 WLAN - perfect for my area of application
When I think about what I need color printouts for, I can think of only a few applications:
- Vacation and family photos
- Gift vouchers
- Photo booth recordings with the kids
- Passport photos
- Children's drawings from the iPad
- Christmas cards or postcards
All of these printed matter do not require a DIN A4 format and get along well with the 10 x 15 cm postcard format that you get with the Canon Selphy printer. Other brands of mobile printers, such as Polaroid Zip or HP Sprocket, were unfortunately not included in the selection because they either do not deliver good print results and only print in credit card format (5 x 7,6 cm), which is clearly too small for me.
These mini photos are a nice gag, but nothing more. At this point I don't want to rule out the possibility that I won't test these printers at some point if the print quality is right. But the Canon Selphy CP1300 is the better choice for photo prints just because of the paper size.
Thermal sublimation printing - never dried out print heads again
A really ingenious feature of the Canon Selphy is the printing technology with which it works. This is thermal sublimation printing or thermal transfer printing, in which the individual colors are transferred from a film to the special paper. Special paper and foil now sounds like an expensive technology, but since Canon always delivers foils and paper in a set, which you push into the printer, you can calculate relatively exactly what a printout will cost.
Since there are no additional costs for the exposure unit or the like, the costs for the paper sets with the appropriate foils remain. It is irrelevant whether you print a lot of color or a little, as the foils are always sufficient to completely print all the papers from the set. For example, if you take the set of 108 sheets as a basis, the price is around 25 cents per printout. This is of course more expensive than developing your photos in the nearest discounter, but you can do everything at home in a few minutes and even start printing directly from your iPhone or iPad. If you buy the Canon battery, the whole thing works even on the go without a socket and without WiFi, as the printer opens up its own WiFi network.
Install and print from iPhone, iPad and Mac
Anyone who knows me knows that I really hate reading manuals. Luckily, this was hardly necessary with the Canon Selphy, since you don't need a printer driver and the settings on the printer's color display are self-explanatory. When you start the Canon Selphy for the first time, you set up the WLAN connection to your home Wifi and from now on the printer is via Hello and AirPrint for all Macs and iOS devices on the same wireless network.
Canon iOS apps for the Selphy printer
There are two apps for iPhone and iPad: “Canon PRINT” and “Canon SELPHY”. Both allow you to send printouts to the photo printer, with the Canon PRINT app sending exactly one document to the printer, while the Canon SELPHY app is more likely to print collages and photo overviews. In addition, the printer can be controlled via any other app, since it is compatible with Apple AirPrint is compatible.
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On the Mac, the printer is addressed like a normal printer. You can add it as a WiFi printer and then print your pictures from the Photos app or Photoshop, for example.
Color cartridges and special paper
But before you can print, you first have to load the printer with paper and the Print cartridge "feed". This is likely to be a disappointment for some buyers of the printer, because Canon has not included the special paper or a color cartridge with the printer. I have - because I read the negative reviews about this condition in advance - directly the set (Canon RP-108 at Amazon) Ordered with photo paper and color cartridge.
In my package for 108 prints in postcard format (100 x 148 mm) there are 6 packages of special paper and two color cartridges in the package. The cartridge is pushed into the side of the printer, while there is a cassette for the paper in which it is inserted. The moment came when I had to unpack the manual because I couldn't see how to insert the paper.
Now I'm smarter: the paper is coming with the shiny side up in the cassette. The postcard-sized paper has no front and back, so you can't go wrong here, but other paper sizes for the Selphy have a printed symbol that must match the marking on the paper cassette.
Print quality and color reproduction
Now we come to the most important point in this test: How good is the print quality of the prints from the Canon Selphy CP1300? My very clear opinion: Great! To be honest, I was very surprised at HOW good the printouts turned out. I tried out some photos and comic drawings with flat color gradients and made around 30 to 40 printouts so far. I noticed the following points:
- No recognizable lines in areas with the same color, like this at times inkjet printers the case is.
- The resolution of the printer is very good. I can still read the small print even when taking pictures of bottle labels (see photo).
- The color rendering is almost perfect. My monitor is not calibrated so of course you can see a difference between the monitor and the printer, but the colors that the printer delivers are very natural and not at all "oversaturated" as seen with some photo printers.
- The photos are water resistant and insensitive to fingerprints. This is ensured by a protective layer that the printer also applies.
- A printout takes about 40-60 seconds with data transfer from Mac / iPhone.
- My wife has a bit of experience with photos from the photo printers from DM, Rossmann and Co and said that the Canon Selphy is just as good, if not better at a hunt.
Borderless photo printing? No problem!
The Canon Selphy can of course print borderless photos. This works because the photo paper has a small perforated border at the top and bottom. This micro-perforation makes it possible to separate a piece of the photo paper, because the paper is actually a good two centimeters longer than the photo. This protruding area is required so that the printer can move the paper back and forth during the printing process.
When you have the finished photo in your hand, you can separate these two areas with a crease. The performance is so fine that you cannot see it, you can only "feel" it.
Light line at the top of the photo printout - problem or not?
A note on the printout: Older versions of the Canon Selphy (CP800, CP910, CP1000, CP1200) print a fine light line at the very top when printing with borderless printing (on some models it is also dark). You don't see it if you don't know that it is there, but on closer inspection you can recognize it. This line is NOT a mistake but is present in every model. I couldn't figure out why it was there, but it became less noticeable with the latest model.
With the Selphy CP1300 it is only slightly darker than the surrounding photo and only a fraction of a millimeter wide. I tried to capture it in the photo, but you can only see it in a close-up shot. If you hold the photo more than 20 inches from your face, you won't be able to see it, even if you know it's there. In my opinion, this is not a disadvantage or a visible flaw at all. I wanted to bring it up though as there are some complaints and questions about this line.
Comparison of color inkjet printers and thermal transfer printers
As you can see, I'm thrilled with the printouts that the Canon Selphy delivers. Even when my Hewlett Packard Envy 5540 color inkjet was still new, you could already see light lines in areas that represent an area of the same color. You can only see these light lines when you look at the printout up close, but that's still been a point that has always bothered me with color inkjet printers. But no reason to devalue the Envy 5540 as a color ink jet, because they all have the problem with the light lines.
With the Canon Selphy CP 1300 I checked several prints in which such "critical" color areas were in the motif. Even with a magnifying glass, I couldn't see any lines in the printout. The reason for this is probably the different printing technique. As mentioned above, the Canon Selphy works with a printing technique known as thermal sublimation printing. The color is transferred from a film to the photo paper and fixed with heat.
The Canon Selphy makes four passes during the printing process, first printing yellow, then magenta, and then cyan. Finally, he applies a gloss or protective layer to the finished photo. This makes the photo waterproof and the colors last a long time. How long? Here is an excerpt from Canon's product description:
The prints are protected from splashes, dirt and fading of the colors by a special coating so that they remain color-stable in the photo album for up to 100 years.
I have to admit that even if they only remain “color stable” for 10 years, they have lasted longer than most prints I have made with my color inkjets. For example, about a year ago I printed out a photo of the HP Envy and pinned it to my fridge. Although the photo is only exposed to indirect sunlight, the colors here have faded noticeably - and that's with original HP ink and special photo paper.
Photo printing costs
I am very satisfied with the consumption costs. Although you are currently dependent on the sets from Canon (paper and color), as there are no alternative providers for them, I don't think the costs are too high. For example, if I use my set for 108 prints for the calculation, then with 108 photos and a set price of EUR 27,50 I get around 25 cents per photo - including photo paper and color. When I consider how flexible I can now print postcards and photos, I am more than happy with the price.
In addition, there is the unbeatable advantage that you no longer have to reckon with the fact that the print quality deteriorates so much that you have to insert a new ink cartridge. The costs alone that I have had in the last one to two years due to dried-up ink cartridges with my HP printer should be well over 90 euros (a set of color and black cartridges costs around 30 euros for this). I could have printed over 300 photos with the Canon Selphy for that.
My conclusion on the Canon Selphy CP 1300
I recently said to my wife: "The printer is so good, it should have cost 300 euros!" Why? Because I think it's worth so much! But it only costs 120 euros. If you also add a set of 108 for color and photo paper (RP-108), you are still under 150 euros.
If you take the print quality and the durability of the printouts into account, all you can really say is: “Bye bye, photo printing service! Welcome, Canon Selphy!”. I am constantly finding new areas of application for the small printer and have already impressed a few friends with the printouts. Since you can also print special stickers with the Selphy, you are relatively flexible. I'll be sure to do some more articles on this awesome photo printer.
Shopping list for the Selphy CP1300
If you want to get the printer, here are a few more useful accessories that I got:
- Canon Selphy CP1300 (logical!) - available in the colors black, rose, white
- Photo paper RP-108 - for 108 prints in postcard format
- Battery pack NB-CP2LH for the Selphy - A must-have from my point of view ...
- Bag for printer, paper and accessories - A good place to keep the parts.
I think you are well equipped with it and can use the photo printer really "mobile" - for example on vacation, to print out the most beautiful moments in the evening or to make postcards for friends and relatives.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He acts as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with technical problems. In his spare time he rides electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with the iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions to current bugs.