Review posted for Canon CP-100 "Card Printer"|
(Sunday, August 11, 2002 - 12:29 EDT)
Dave tries out Canon's nifty little photo printer...
I have to admit I've not been a particular fan of little dye-sub printers for printing photos, but Canon's CP-100 has done a lot to turn me around on the genre. It's a compact little package that connects to most recent Canon digicams (see the review for a list of compatible cameras) and lets you print directly from the camera. No computer needed.
One of the reasons I've been less than enthusiastic about direct-connect printers is that I've felt that the tiny buttons & LCD on the cameras made the user interface more limited and awkward than it should be. In the case of the CP100 though, I found the user interface of compatible Canon cameras very functional when connected to the printer.
While you don't get to do any cropping or image adjustment, the CP-100 does an excellent job of cranking out 4x6 prints. Its prints show great color, excellent resolution, and are remarkably resistant to water damage and scratching. Print cost isn't too bad either, at about $0.55 per 4x6, based on current "street" pricing for the media.
Overall, a really excellent little printer, as long as you have a Canon camera to connect it to. (It only works with Canon cameras, and has no provision to connect it directly to a computer.) If you have (or are planning to buy) a Canon digicam, the CP-100 deserves strong consideration as a printing solution. Check it out!