Friday, 18 July 2014
Print Your Memories with a Selphy
The printed photograph is quite different from one seen on a screen. I posted about polaroids and photo strips and how being able to hold a photograph in your hands is a special feeling. So today I'm sharing my new gadget with you guys, it's a Canon Selphy Printer - which prints 4x6 prints using thermal printing techniques. At home we have a shared printer that's very expensive to maintain so we use it mainly to print Word documents and letters. This little printer is designed purely to print photographs on a semi-glossy paper, quickly and efficiently. You can print from your laptop, or straight from your camera. With some of the newer Selphy models you can even print straight from your phone using WiFi/Bluetooth.
I found the Canon Selphy CP760 on eBay for a bargain price of £30. There are always lots being auctioned off for low prices so if you're happy to buy a older model you can save yourself some money. I also purchased a refill pack from Amazon for around £25 which comes with 100 photo cards and enough ink (3 refills) for 100 photos. You can only use this Canon specific ink and paper in this printer but it works out that each photo will cost about 25p so I think that's a fair price.
The thermal printer works by coating the paper three times in primary colours. Once you send your image to print, it goes through the printer with the yellow ink coating first, then a coat of magenta (looks red mixed with the yellow) and then a coat of cyan blue. The printer will take the image through one last time to coat your photograph with a protective top coat. This top coat dries super quickly (10 seconds) and prevents finger marks or smudging. You'll see your image whizz backwards and forwards, the paper comes out at the back too and the whole process takes about a minute.
I was really impressed with the colours achieved (especially skintones) and the magical moment when the three primary colours come together to form your photo! I'd say it prints slightly on the cool-skin tone side which is very flattering and means no red faces! You can print in black and white but I find they look more sepia toned as the ink cartridges are colour only so it has to make up black/white with the 3 colours it has.
The first couple of prints came out with small imperfections which looked like dust spots but the more photos I print the less of a problem that is so I'm guessing it's just because it's been unused for some time. Each 4x6 print has two break-off tabs at each end. These snap off very easily without leaving a rough edge.
Now I have this mini printer I have no excuse not to print off photographs. Yesterday was my Graduation and I was very eager to get some of the images printed! I've currently got them pinned to a cork board whilst I find some frames. How do you guys feel about printed photographs vs digital?
*This was not a sponsored post, I just wanted to share my new favourite purchase!
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