Review: Canon CP-10 Card Photo Printer
Jeff Keller, DCRP Founder/Editor
Originally Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2000
Thursday, May 24, 2001
at Canon's CP-10 Card Photo Printer makes me think of the old days,
and laugh. I remember those old dot matrix printers that noisy spit
out grainy photos. Then came the inkjets which were quite an improvement.
Last December, I tested three
photo printers, all of which were pretty large. When I saw the
CP-10, I thought, you have to be kidding me. They've put a dye sublimation
printer in a box the size of maybe four CDs stacked on one another.
For $399? I was hooked. Of course, the prints are the size of a
credit card, but as a novelty or for casual use, the CP-10 is pretty
CP-10 currently works only with the PowerShot S300 Digital ELPH
and the PowerShot A10 and A20. The interface protocol is proprietary
so don't count on hooking your Kodak camera into this anytime soon.
CP-10 comes in a translucent blue/violet case, and is small without
any of its attachments. Its dimensions are 4.3 x 4.9 x 1.9 inches,
and it weights 510 g empty (that's less than many cameras!).
you can see a side view of the CP-10. There's a separate paper cassette
which holds up to 18 sheets. Towards the right of the photo, you
can see the ink ribbon. This is a dye sublimation printer (300 dpi)
which passes the paper through the printer four times: first for
yellow, then magenta, then cyan, and finally a UV protecting overcoat.
I'll have more on this later.
the far right, under a rubber cover, is the plug for the Direct
Print cable, to which you connect the camera.
the PowerShot A20 connected to the CP-10.
the back, you'll find a fan (which is usually off, it seems) and
the plug for the AC adapter.
use the CP-10, you just plug the power in, and hook in a compatible
camera. You then use the camera to do all the work.
sticker paper/ink kit, the CP-10, and its current ink ribbon
all dye sublimation printers, the CP-10 isn't cheap to operate.
You purchase the "ink" ribbon and paper together. You
can get 18 photos (regular or "stickers"), or 36 photos
pricing for the supplies is:
(18 sheets) $17.50 - 97 cents/sheet
Paper (18 sheets) $13.00 - 72 cents/sheet
Paper (36 sheets) $17.50 - 49 cents/sheet
pretty obvious that the 36 sheet pack is the best value, at 49 cents/print.
still pretty expensive, especially for such small prints. However,
you will find that all dye sub printers are very expensive to run.
have a few choices to make before you start printing. One image,
or 8 images per sheet? The latter is best for the sticker paper,
of course. Border, or borderless? Do you want the date printed on
you've given the CP-10 the command, it starts printing almost immediately.
As I mentioned earlier, it makes 4 passes before it spits out the
final print. The whole process takes under 60 seconds!
a look at the different types of prints the CP-10 can make. From
the left: borderless, multiple prints, and bordered. Don't try to
judge the quality from this shot-- they're much, much better in
person -- definitely photo quality.
more note about photo quality -- you need to take precautions to
keep dust away from the paper! If you get any dust or hair on the
paper before it's printed, it will be forever entombed in your print!
This happened to the photo on the left above (though you can't tell
the CP-10's prints are small (credit card size), they are very impressive.
However, these prints will cost you about 50 cents each, which is
costly for such a small print. But if you've got a compatible Canon
camera and don't mind the small prints, the CP-10 is well worth
a second opinion
out Steve's Digicams review
of the Canon CP-10.
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