Canon SELPHY CP790 first look

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Canon recently announced the latest addition to their SELPHY lineup – the Canon SELPHY CP790 Photo printer – and today we have a first look at the lime green dream.

We’ll give you a run down on design, build and features now but check back soon for the full review.


  • Print speeds: 4×6 photo in 47 seconds
  • Print resolution: up to 300 x 300 dpi
  • 3 inch LCD
  • Built-in memory card reader
  • Prints on four different medias
  • OS compatibility: Windows, Mac OS X
  • Easy Storage basket
  • USB connectivity
  • Energy Star qualified

So I think I may be the exact person Canon’s design team had in mind when they were designing the SELPHY CP790 because the minute I pulled the lime green bucket printer out of its box, I was enamored.  And even as I traded jokes with my coworkers about how it reminded us of Mr. Bucket, I was harboring a secret desire to grab the SELPHY and run home.

So why was I so excited about the SELPHY CP790?  It might be because as a child, I loved to “hide” my treasures; all my jewelry boxes had secret compartments.  And thanks to the clever new design that locks the printer into place on top of an empty Storage basket, it felt like old times.

And although this compartment may not be a secret, users can store all essential materials inside said basket: extra supplies, optional battery pack, AC adapter, USB cord, memory cards, etc.  The basket also has a handle and the SELPHY logo on the outside.

The printer itself is no slouch; it has a three inch color LCD and Canon’s Easy Scroll Wheel along with five easy buttons: on, edit, back, menu and print.

On the front of the CP790, there is a pull down door that hides the built-in memory card reader and the paper opening.  The CP790 built-in card reader is compatible with SD,  miniSD, SDHC, miniSDHC, MultiMediaCard, MMCplus, MMCmobile, RS-MMC, CompactFlash, Microdrive, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Dup and Memory Stick PRO Duo cards.

The paper opening is where users insert one of the two paper cassettes: postcard size or card size.  The paper cassette needs to match the ink cassette when printing; the SELPHY CP790 comes with a trial postcard ink cassette so you would need to use the postcard size paper cassette.

The ink cassette is loaded into the printer on the right side of the CP790. 

On the left side of the CP790 users will find the connection ports: the AC adapter, PictBridge and USB.

There is an option for running the SELPHY CP790 on battery power; the optional battery connection is found on the back of the CP790.

The Canon SELPHY CP790 is expected to be available later this month for the estimated retail price of $179.99.

Not enough information?  Check out our full review, coming soon!



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