Tame the tangle: Canon launches cable-free compact photo printer


posted Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 1:53 PM EDT

Canon's SELPHY CP900 compact photo printer. Photo provided by Canon.No-fuss mobile printing: that's what Canon's new SELPHY CP900 compact photo printer is all about. Announced today and scheduled to ship this summer, the Canon CP900 targets camera phone owners with cable-free WiFi printing from both Android and iOS devices. The company is also aiming the SELPHY CP900 printer at owners of its PowerShot-series cameras, and those shooting with the WiFi-capable PowerShot ELPH 530 HS or 320 HS will likely be particularly interested in the new model.

The SELPHY CP900 can create borderless postcard (3.94" x 5.83") and card (2.13" x 3.39") prints, and uses dye sublimation technology with a resolution of 300 dots per inch. Prints have a clear protective coating to protect them from damage, and a DIGIC II-based Canon PowerShot camera should be capable of having a postcard print made in around 47 seconds.

Canon's SELPHY CP900 compact photo printer features cable-free WiFi connectivity. Photo provided by Canon. Click for a bigger picture!

Canon's SELPHY CP900 compact photo printer features cable-free WiFi connectivity.
Photo provided by Canon.

To provide for viewing, selecting, and basic editing of images, the Canon CP900 printer has a 2.7-inch tilting LCD panel on its top deck. Editing functions include Black & White, Sepia, Vivid, Neutral and Positive Film effects, automatic red-eye correction, a skin smoothing algorithm, and a function that optimizes images to correct for backlighting and shadowed subjects.

The Canon SELPHY CP900 photo printer doesn't just offer simple camera connectivity. You can also free yourself from the power socket for printing in the field, by using the same Canon CG-CP200 charger adapter and NB-CP2L battery pack as for the SELPHY CP-810. (That model is quite similar to the CP900, but lacks WiFi connectivity, and adds a CompactFlash / Microdrive card slot.) Admittedly, there's still a short cable involved in using the charger adapter, but short of building a battery into the printer itself, it's the closest you'll find to a cable-free experience.

Two body color choices are available: black, or white. Photo provided by Canon. Click for a bigger picture!

Two body color choices are available: black, or white.
Photo provided by Canon.

Of course, you can use the Canon SELPHY CP900 via USB, as well, should WiFi not be available on all your other photo gadgets.

The Canon SELPHY CP900 compact photo printer is priced at around US$100 in the US market. More details on the Canon website.

Press Release

Print Memorable Photos Wirelessly On The Canon SELPHY CP900 Compact Photo Printer

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., July 10, 2012 – Taking the convenience and versatility of the Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers capabilities one step further, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the Wi-Fi enabled SELPHY CP900 model for quick printing of memorable moments from almost anywhere in superb quality. For those users of Canon's award-winning lineup of PowerShot Digital Cameras, the new printer is the perfect accessory for providing instant photos from a grandparent's milestone birthday or of a child at a swim meet.

Consumers can browse and unlock images stored on any computer connected to the same wireless network and send them directly to the Canon SELPHY CP900 for immediate sharing thanks to its new Wi-Fi connectivity. Also, users with compatible Android and Apple smartphones and tablets can utilize the Canon Easy-PhotoPrint mobile app to print stored images wirelessly to the SELPHY printer.

"The addition of Wi-Fi connectivity offers users the flexibility and convenience to print from a variety of situations without sacrificing the overall quality of the output," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.

The Canon SELPHY CP900 Compact Photo Printer will help produce keepsake memories and make them more visually appealing with improved image optimization providing red-eye and brightness correction to match colors spot-on and adjust the sharpness and contrast of images. In addition,the printer has scene detection technology to analyze faces, distance and color delivering optimal image processing and stunning prints with vibrant color. A 16.5-percent decrease in size and 14-percent decrease in weight makes it easier to take the printer to a family member's destination wedding or on a road trip with friends. When power is not accessible, an optional battery and charger are available to ensure printing is not delayed.

An added feature of the printer is a new 2.7-inch LCD screen with double the overall resolution of any other similar Canon Compact Photo Printer to date providing a clearer and more precise look when viewing images and menus on the screen. The Canon SELPHY CP900 Compact Photo Printer can produce a high-quality 4 x 6-inch image in approximately 47 seconds1, which are capable of lasting up to 1002 years while maintaining their superb image quality. Users can also print photos without connecting to a computer by printing directly from compatible memory cards or using the PictBridge connection.

The estimated selling price of the SELPHY CP900 Compact Photo Printer is $99.99.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $45.6 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2011† and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2012. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.


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  1. Print speed obtained using compatible Canon compact digital camera incorporating DIGIC II, other camera models may vary.

  2. Based on accelerated dark storage testing by Canon under controlled lighting, temperature and humidity conditions. Canon cannot guarantee the longevity of the prints; results may vary depending on printed images, display/storage conditions and environmental factors.