The digital age has altered always the path we accept and consider pictures, not least since of the speed at which the final picture can be developed and then passed on to other media. Professional photographers can accept their depicts on the front page of a newspaper within minutes and holiday snaps can be traded with friends just seconds after they're shot.Canon's SELPHY CP range has been planned with this 'instant gratification' principle in mind and the most recent pattern - the entry-level CP740 reviewed here - has merely been released as updated editions of the CP720.
It is planned to be 'party printer' that is light, compact, chic and easy to utilize, whilst even managing to develop high character, economy-size snaps without accepting to go by a PC.The basic CP740 unit weighs a mere 940g and its 179.0 x 127.1 x 63.0mm dimensions are littler than a tiny loaf of bread. Its Apple-similar creamy colour is clearly planned to complement your Mac and iPod and the elaborated 2.0-inch LCD display sits squarely in the middle of the lead panel.
Encompassing it is a range of buttons that control mode, layout, screen and date, as well as an innovatory and welcome auto-Red-Eye Correction via simple, self-explanatory icons.The front panel comprises 4 storage card slots that can deal with nearly any of the current variations of CF, SD, MMC, Storage Stick and xD. In addition, a discreet panel on the front-left hides an extendible USB cable that can be sequestered to PictBridge-enabled cameras or Canon Direct Print devices.
Unluckily, the downside of this lovely appearing system is the clunky method by which the phot tray is introduced in the front: a fair amount of huffing and puffing is demanded to slot it in correctly. Still, once in place you accept five sizes to select from (Postcard, Wide, L, Credit Card and Mini Stickers) and you can look at each picture full-display before you print.