14th May 07 - Canon has just introduced two new fun-sized and fun-looking compact photo printers: the Canon Selphy CP760 and the Canon Selphy CP770. The CP760 is a small portable printer and the CP770 looks like a child’s play bucket. Both come with Canon’s new overcoat technology, which adds a layer of lamination over the printout that Canon claims will protect against smudging, bleeding and blurring of photographs. The Canon Selphy CP760 retails for $99.99 and the Canon Selphy CP770 for $149.99.
Both printers also feature Canon’s new photo lamination process, where an overcoat is laminated onto the print after it is complete. Canon claims this process of overlaying will provide protection from smudging, blurring and bleeding of photographs. Another feature both printers offer is the image optimization and face detection, which Canon claims makes the printer smart enough to tell the difference between a face and background images and optimizes colors accordingly.
The Canon Selphy CP770 comes with a 2.5" HD LCD screen, while the CP760 comes with a 3.5" TFT screen. Canon reduced the amount of buttons on both printers; 12 buttons used to be the norm for compact photo printers, but the CP770 and CP760 now carry only nine buttons. Canon claims this makes the control panel more user-friendly because the buttons are bigger and easier to read.
Specific to the Canon Selphy CP770 is the optional battery pack, the NB-CP2, which retails for $79.99. And while the CP770 is also capable of printing via the IrSimple feature, which is claimed to accelerate data transmission speeds by improving the efficiency of the infrared IrDA protocol that is used in many mobile devices, The CP760 does not support this, but it does include a memory card slot that’s compatible with a SD memory card, SDHC, miniSDHC, MMC, Compact Flash, Memory Stick and several others and a USB port for direct camera connection. Both the CP760 and CP770 also support Bluetooth with the purchase of an optional adapter: the BU-30 adapter whose suggested retail price is $49.99.
Both printers print media in card size, 4"x6" and 4"x8". Most paper and ink come in sets and are available for purchase on the Canon website and prices range between $14.99 and $32.99.