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Posted: 12/1/2012 6:41:49 PM
I would like one for Christmas and want to leave a *hint* for DH as he has no idea what to get me. I have been looking at the Epson Picture Mate Charm. Any thought, suggestions, personal experiences?



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Posted: 12/1/2012 7:38:13 PM
If you get the epson you need to be sure to use it often (at least every couple of weeks) or the heads will clog. I don't print often enough so I went through 2 epson picturemates with clogged heads before I gave up. I think I used up half my ink trying to clean the heads.

I have the Canon Selphy now and the pics aren't quite as good but they're close, and I don't have to use it often to keep it working well.


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Posted: 12/1/2012 11:48:15 PM
I have the Picturemate Charm and love it! It's very easy to use and the photos come out beautiful every time.

I've had it since this past February and have not had any issues with ink clogging but, I do print at least once a week.


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Posted: 12/2/2012 7:25:44 AM
I have the Charm also and I LOVE it! I print at least once a week and have not had problems with clogging. This little printer makes some beautiful pictures.

As you consider which printer to buy you might keep in mind that the Selphy only prints glossy photos but has the ability to print wirelessly from your smart phone. The Charm has the option of glossy or matte photos and does not have the wireless option. It was the matte option that made me get the Charm.

You will love being able to print at home with such quality!

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Posted: 12/2/2012 7:31:16 AM
Get a Canon printer! They last forever!



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Posted: 12/2/2012 10:19:47 AM
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Posted: 12/2/2012 6:04:49 PM
My vote is for the newest Selphy...love mine. I still have yet to see a Charm in a store. It only exists in Pea-land it seems. LOL


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Posted: 12/2/2012 6:22:25 PM
I second the previous poster. The canon Selphy produces great photos, and they are instant dry. You can pick them up as as as they come out of the printer..no smudges. I've had a Picturemate and HP. The Canon is far superior in quality prints.




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Posted: 12/2/2012 6:30:57 PM
I will pop in to cast a vote for the Epson Charm. It gives very crisp, clear color and its photos are instantly dry also.

I do love that little guy.

Whichever you choose, being able to print from home will be a very liberating decision for you. I absolutely not having to upload images anymore and keep track of what I have ordered.


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Posted: 12/2/2012 7:04:44 PM
DH and I have two of the little Canon printers, but a previous model to what's out now. We took them with us as we traveled on our motorcycle and printed out photos of the people we met in remote p,aces (people who had never had a photo of themselves). The printers worked flawlessly and we still have them (and lots of supplies as we bought enough paper/ink packs for a 2-year journey!).

I love the Canon product, but have also heard great things about Epson printers. I think you received great, honest feedback above.

Good luck with your decision and have fun with whichever new toy you choose!


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Posted: 12/3/2012 5:48:25 PM

Has anyone calculated how much each photo printed on the Charm is costing you? What is the cost of the ink cartridge?

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Posted: 12/3/2012 6:48:57 PM
I have both the Epson Picturemate and the Canon Selphy 800. I've owned the picturemate for the last 5 years and just recently purchased the Selphy about two months ago (only because I got it on clearance at Target for $30). The cost of prints it's about the same. If you buy your paper/ink on Amazon the Epson comes out to .26 cents a print and the Canon is about .28 cents. I prefer the Epson over the Canon. I use my picturemate for 90% of my scrapbooking. The reason I prefer it over the Canon are for several reasons. There are more picture size options on the Epson along with the ability to zoom and change the orientation of a picture.(from landscape to portrait and vs versa) I also think the quality of the print is better. I just printed a picture of my son that I took outside today from both printers and I like the Epson much better. His face coloring was very white in the Canon and looked much more natural in the Epson print. I also like the reds in the Epson. They are much sharper. Epson printers in general are known for high quality prints. Now the one advantage the Canon 900 has is the ability to print wireless from your phone. Since I take most of my pics with my SLR the Epson works fine, but I have been tempted to buy the 900 just to print my Instagrams. I do use my Epson to print 2x2 and 3x3 Instagrams and that has worked out fine. Which ever you pic I'm sure you will be happy with. Nothing better then printing your pics as you're scrapbooking.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 7:16:13 PM
You can zoom and change orientation with the software that comes with the selphy. (I do this all the time) Also you can always edit your photos in photoshop (or whatever), as you would if you sent them out to be printed, and then print them with the Selpy. I often do this. I never print ANYTHING without editing it first.

There are varying print size options as well with the Selphy..those options are in the menu on the printer.


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Posted: 12/3/2012 8:25:52 PM

Has anyone calculated how much each photo printed on the Charm is costing you? What is the cost of the ink cartridge?


This is easy to do. Depending on glossy or matte, you get a set number prints per pack. You just divide what you paid by the number of papers in your pack. I try to get my paper packs on sale to drive down the cost per print.


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Posted: 12/3/2012 10:30:43 PM
Yes there are different print options on the Selphy, but twice as many on the Epson. I find myself taking out my SD card of the Selphy to print a size available on the Epson. I personally like the option of editing on the machine itself and not having to edit with software/photoshop first. Especially when I am a a crop and have my camera SD card and not my laptop/computer. Price is also a factor. The Picturemate is more expensive but also offers more. It's a matter of personal opinion.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 10:47:20 PM
cubsandjoe, those are great reviews - thank you! I think that's the best comparison of the two that I've read here in a while

I have an older Picturemate and love it. It's been sitting unused for months (work took over my life!) and I assumed because of the "clogged heads" issue, I would need a new photo printer. Have been looking at the Canon Selphy versus Picturemate and almost got the Selphy when they were on clearance at Target. But I held out because I find it hard to believe the photo quality of a Picturemate could be improved upon. The PM photos are SO good! Wonderful sharp color.

This weekend I decided to try the old Picturemate one last time just to make sure. After some head cleaning, it's back to printing perfectly! Yay, no new printer (for now, hee).

I did another thread about this, but I just got 2 of the Epson packs for $31 free shipping and they're the 150 page ones. So my cost is 21 cents per print.

Happy shopping! Let us know which one you choose.



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Posted: 12/5/2012 7:43:47 AM
I appreciate all of your input! I am going to send a link to DH with this information. So much for a subtle hint. lol!



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Posted: 12/5/2012 7:50:40 AM
If you own the Selphy 900 and print from your computer, do you see any lines on your photos? This is a comment I've seen from several online reviewers.

Thanks! I'm also considering the 900.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 8:17:39 AM
stampartiste,
I read those reviews too but luckily I haven't had that problem.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 8:41:46 AM
Has anyone used the Epson Picturemate Deluxe Viewer Edition? Thanks!

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Posted: 12/5/2012 7:23:19 PM

stampartiste,
I read those reviews too but luckily I haven't had that problem.


Thank you, CaribbeanGirl!


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Posted: 12/5/2012 8:07:32 PM

Has anyone used the Epson Picturemate Deluxe Viewer Edition?

Yes, it's great!
It is sitting beside me, actually getting ready to print a photo.


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