On the verge of buying a Canon Selphy - anyone have experiences/tips who might want to share?

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Posted 7/28/2013 by ScatteredConfetti in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 7/28/2013 8:55:35 AM
Hey Peas!

I am tired of always ordering my photo prints online or going to a store to get them printed, especially since the quality there isn't really good and they have a very limited range of sizes to choose from.
I noticed that many scrappers have a Canon Selphy to print their pictures at home, so I did some research and I am about to buy one, but I was hoping that anyone of you might have some experiences or tips to share.

So my questions are: Do you have a Canon Selphy (or maybe another photo printer you'd recommend?). Which type do you have and are you happy with it (why/why not)?

From the reviews of different Canon Selphy types I learned that the "older" CP 810 seems to be better than the new one, the CP 900. If I buy a Selphy it will be the CP 810, so if anyone of you has sth to share that might make my decision of buy or not to buy easier, please share!



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Posted: 7/28/2013 9:00:05 AM
I have the 900. I really like it. My main reason for purchasing was to use for project life and the fact that you can print from your phone. But I print from my computer too. I am happy with it...but I don't print my bulk pictures from it...mainly just the PL stuff and random pics here and there I might want to frame or something.

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Posted: 7/28/2013 9:05:23 AM
I too was on the fence about buying one for months and months. What finally pushed me over the edge was that I do project life, and the convenience of it is so great. However, the quality is not. I am kind of a photo snob and like reeeaaally good photo prints from mpix. I guess I am saying that if you don't mind subpar quality them go for it! The speed and convenience is great. But the price per print and quality of print is not so great.



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Posted: 7/28/2013 9:24:32 AM
I want the 900 because I want to be able to send prints from my phone.

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Posted: 7/28/2013 9:57:09 AM
I was on the fence forever too and I got it and love it. I think the picture quality is just fine, but I'm not an expert of photo quality either


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Posted: 7/28/2013 10:02:58 AM
I agree print quality isn't perfect but most pics are from my phone and they are usually instagrammed too...so they start out a little grainy too. If I print pics taken on my DSLR...I think they turn out pretty good!

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Posted: 7/28/2013 10:30:54 AM
Another thumbs up for the 900 - pic quality is really good and it is super easy to use.

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Posted: 7/28/2013 10:43:14 AM
I too have the 900,love it and I think my pictures turn out great!

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Posted: 7/28/2013 11:50:10 AM
I have the CP900 and I love it! My pictures print out better than ever!



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Posted: 7/28/2013 12:14:38 PM
I ADORE mine. I've had it since May and I'm scrapbooking WAY more now that I can just have a creative spark and print whatever I want right then. Never had any problems or issues with it. I connect mine to my computer via usb cable and use the computer software. It works best for me. Oh, sorry. I have the 900. My only worry in buying the old one would be if they stop making paper or supporting it in any way, like with repairs or software. I dunno about that, I didn't really look into any other model.


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Posted: 7/28/2013 12:19:25 PM
I wanna buy the cp900 so this is very helpfull
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Posted: 7/28/2013 12:19:34 PM
I love mine. Have had it since April. I have the 900 so I can print from My phone!


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Posted: 7/28/2013 1:22:26 PM
Thanks for all the comments so far! Just a question, can you print from your iPhone with the CP900 or does it only work with non-Apple products?

Or rather: do you send the pictures via Bluetooth, WiFi or with an App?



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Posted: 7/28/2013 1:26:16 PM
Yes, you can print from your iphone as long as you download the Canon app. It's really easy! I love my Selphy 900 but I have had to send it back twice because of paper or ink jams. They did it for free since I'm still under warranty. I love my Selphy but it's not problem free.
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Posted: 7/28/2013 1:45:07 PM
Thanks nzarroli!

Oh, and another question - is anyone using the Selphy with a Mac? Does it work well or have you encountered any problems?



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Posted: 7/28/2013 2:44:37 PM
Mine works fine with my MacPro and my HP PC.

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Posted: 7/28/2013 2:56:00 PM
I have the 900 and love being able to send pictures from my phone! An FYi Best Buy will price match Amazon or other online retailers, for both the printer and refills! You can get instant satisfaction and a good deal that way!


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Posted: 7/28/2013 3:26:54 PM
I have the 900 and love it! I too find that the smaller files come out grainy but it is such a awesome tool for scrapbooking because I can print out pics for a layout while I am working rather than ordering a bunch then waiting until I get my next scrapbooking session.


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Posted: 7/28/2013 3:51:58 PM
Okay, I just hit the "confirm order" button and my Selphy should be here in a few days

Thanks for sharing your experiences!



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Posted: 7/28/2013 5:07:39 PM
Does this print 3x4'and 4x4 sizes, I'm looking into something that can print from a phone as well because I will be upgrading to the iPhone 5 in the next few months but I was thinking about the Epson charm need to research both


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Posted: 7/28/2013 5:27:09 PM
I use my CP900 with my MacBook Pro. I did have some trouble getting it set up though and had to call Canon. They were great. Walked me through it and had me download something else that they sent me a link to. After I installed that, it worked like a dream. Love it. Have been printing off photos for a mini PL album for the last couple of days. If it ever tears up, I will get another or a newer model. The only complaint that I have is that the photos are slightly smaller than 4x6 but they still work fine with PL. The Wifi is great.







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Posted: 7/28/2013 6:05:18 PM
I know you already made the purchase, but I wanted to share my experience so you'll feel even better about your decision! Plus, others may benefit from the info, right?

My husband and I started carrying the previous model with us on our motorcycle when we were traveling through third-world and developing countries. We wanted to be able to "give" picture to those we encountered, not just "take" pictures.

We carried the camera and supplies through a huge variety of environments and climates and never had any trouble with any of it. And, we were able to get a 12-volt charger that we could plug into the bike so we could print right from the bike rather than having to seek out a power source (in places where there often wasn't one).

The biggest upsides were:
-Size and weight (compact and light)
-Matched supplies (the paper and ink are matched to last the same amount of time and we found this to be the case for us)
-Quality was certainly acceptable - we didn't experience the quality issues a previous poster encountered.
-The ability to connect any of our 4 cameras directly to the camera and print away!

The newer model, which has the ability to print without cables and directly from a smartphone, is very attractive and I will likely get one later this year.

In my book, anything that makes it quicker and easier to print our photos and be able to share, look at and scrap them, is awesome!

I hope you love your new printer!


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Posted: 7/28/2013 6:34:33 PM
Hmm...you peas are making me wonder if I got a bad egg or something. Everyone else seems happy with the quality. Honestly, the quality of mine is so washed out that I could easily tell you which prints came from it or from a store printer or another home printer. maybe I need to contact Amazon.



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Posted: 7/28/2013 6:53:43 PM

Hmm...you peas are making me wonder if I got a bad egg or something. Everyone else seems happy with the quality. Honestly, the quality of mine is so washed out that I could easily tell you which prints came from it or from a store printer or another home printer. maybe I need to contact Amazon.

mamaofdudes, do you choose your print setting so that the printer handles the colors? It may be picking up the color settings from both the program that you are using and the printer. That will cause the colors to come out wrong. If you are using a pc, I am not sure what steps you should take to get the color right. If you are using a Mac, it is really easy. If you post what type computer you are using and the program that you print from, some of us might be able to help. It still could be a defective printer, but it could just be something as simple as the settings.







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Posted: 7/28/2013 7:05:09 PM
I like being able to print a photo from my phone and throw it in an envelope to a friend, the great-grandparents or my daughter (who's at camp).


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Posted: 7/29/2013 5:26:13 AM
my 900!!!
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Posted: 7/29/2013 9:31:42 AM
I love my 900 - use it to print from my iPhone all the time and I love having the option to do that, since I use my iPhone camera SO much!!

Enjoy!


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Posted: 7/29/2013 10:10:33 AM
I really like mine. That being said if I don't use it for awhile it prints these neon things on the pictures until I do 4 or 5 prints and then it goes away. Does anyone get this?

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Posted: 7/29/2013 11:12:32 AM
I love my Selphy, it has kept me 100% up to date with my PL. The only thing that bothered me at first (and still does sometimes) is that the 4x6's are NOT 4x6.. they're more like 3.8x5.7 which doesn't sound like a big difference but in page protectors (especially Snap or Handbook) they swim around.


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Posted: 7/29/2013 3:35:50 PM
I bought it and returned it. I really like matte prints and the selphy only has glossy paper. If in the future they had matte paper I would purchase it again.
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