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Selphy DS700 Compact Photo Printer



Review posted 12/20/2004


Canon Selphy DS700 Compact Photo Printer


The SELPHY DS700 Compact Photo Printer allows users to display photos directly from their flash memory card on the TV screen and easily select images to print via a remote control. Two separate modes for printing include a slide show mode, which enable users to pause and instantly print the image(s) they like, and the photo print mode where users can select the images they want to print and how many of each image with a click of the remote.

The SELPHY DS700 also features PictBridge technology for direct photo printing. Users simply connect their PictBridge compatible digital camera or camcorder to the printer with the USB cable that is included with their camera.

The Canon FINE print head ejects ink droplets as small as 2 picoliters at resolutions up to 4800 x 1200 dpi achieving stunning photographic results when matched with special Canon photo media. The SELPHY DS700 prints 4 x 6" borderless photos in approximately 85 seconds from both Card Direct and Camera Direct functions. From a computer, users can print 4 x 6" borderless photos in approximately 52 seconds.

The included Easy PhotoPrint software for Windows and Mac OS makes batch printing, printing large numbers of photos, index printing, and layout printing easy. Users can print photos quickly using simple menu choices to locate digital images and print. Features that help produce realistic digital images include Vivid Photo to print life-like vibrant colors and Photo Noise Reduction to decrease noise from digital images. New tools include Face Sharpening for out-of-focus face correction and Face Brightener to help correct for less-than perfect lighting conditions.


Selphy DS700 Major Features:

  • Display photos on your TV, control the show with handy infrared remote

  • Print directly from memory cards after selecting photos on your TV screen

  • 4 x 6" borderless photos in about 52 seconds from computer, 85 seconds from flash cards

  • 2- and 5-picoliter MicroFine ink drops, up to 4800 x 1200 dpi resolution

  • PictBridge Direct USB printing from many modern digicams

  • Connect to Windows and Mac OS computers via USB

  • Infrared wireless printing from cellphones that support IrMC version 1.1 protocol



Mechanics & Performance


Canon Selphy DS700 Compact Photo Printer

The SELPHY DS700 Compact Photo Printer was designed for maximize performance in a small workspace. The printer measures only 8.5" (W) x 8.5" (D) x 3.1" (H).  Paper loading, feeding and ejection are all done at the front of the printer allowing it to fit in tight places.


Canon Selphy DS700 Compact Photo Printer

Setup is simple: Install the removable print head assembly, unwrap and install the BCI-16 color ink tank, install the driver software, connect the printer to the computer with a USB cable (not included.) Installation on my Windows XP machine went without a hitch. It took a total of about fifteen minutes to unpack, setup and be ready to make the first print. Optionally you can hook up the printer to your TV with the included RCA video cable.


Canon Selphy DS700 Compact Photo Printer

The Selphy DS700 uses a Canon FINE (Full-photolithographic Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) print head of the printer ejects ink droplets as small as 2 picoliters at resolutions up to 4800 x 1200 dpi.

The print head uses three colors (cyan, magenta and yellow) and has 256 nozzles for each color for a total of 768 printing nozzles.



Canon Selphy DS700 Compact Photo Printer

On the back is the AC power cord, USB port for connection to a computer (compatible with Windows XP/2000 and Mac OS X version 10.2.1 to 10.3.x) and a RCA video out jack for connection to a television set's video in jack.



Canon Selphy DS700 Compact Photo Printer

The front-mounted media card slots are compatible with Compact Flash (Type I or II), Microdrive, Smart Media, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO and SD or Multimedia Cards. Media cards which can be used with an optional adapter include xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Duo Pro and miniSD Card.

When the printer is connected to a computer these card slots can be used like a card reader. Note that the printer only uses USB 1.1 so the data transfer rate is fairly slow.



Canon Selphy DS700 Compact Photo Printer

This is the included infrared remote control that is used when the printer is connected to a TV set. Using the remote and the onscreen menus you can run a slideshow of your photos and make prints while sitting in your easy chair.



Canon Selphy DS700 Compact Photo Printer

The main menu displayed on the TV screen lets you select one of four modes; Photo Gallery (view slideshows and make prints), Photo Print (select pictures to print, number of pictures to print), Print Studio (select optional layout and frames) or Tool Box (maintenance routines).



Canon Selphy DS700 Compact Photo Printer

A typical Photo Gallery screen, you can begin a slideshow or make a print of the picture being displayed.



Canon Selphy DS700 Compact Photo Printer

Photo Print thumbnail screen where you specify the number of prints to make from selected photos.



Canon Selphy DS700 Compact Photo Printer

Print Studio lets you print multiple pictures per sheet with a selection of different layouts; 2-up, 4-up, etc.



Canon Selphy DS700 Compact Photo Printer

Before making any prints you can bring up this screen to change the Page Size (4x6", Credit Card size 2.13x3.39"), Media Type (Photo Paper Pro, Photo Paper Plus Glossy, Photo Paper Plus Semi-gloss, Glossy Photo Paper), Date Print (time and date stamp in lower right corner), Borderless Print (or with border), POP (print optimizer), Vivid Photo (boosts green and blue), Noise Reduction (improve image quality).



Canon Selphy DS700 Compact Photo Printer

The Toolbox has all the necessary maintenance routines for checking the ink nozzles, cleaning the print heads, aligning the heads, and etc. and the all-important Ink Counter Reset. Whenever you replace the ink tank you need to manually initiate the Ink Counter Reset option so that the proper ink levels are displayed in the Status Monitor screen.



Canon Selphy DS700 Compact Photo Printer

Located on the front is the PictBridge USB port for direct printing from many of today's digital cameras and video camcorders. Users with a PictBridge-enabled digital camera connect to the printer using their standard USB download cable.

Just above the PictBridge USB connector is the IrDA port for receiving infrared data from compatible cellphones using the IrMC v1.1 protocol.



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When the camera and printer are connected via PictBridge, the camera's color LCD is used to select the image(s) you want and what options to print them with. Usually it's as simple as select the photo and press the camera's OK button. (Shown are the PictBridge menu screens on a Canon Digital Rebel SLR).






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Selphy DS700 Specifications

Print Speed (up to)
Color Photo: 4x6 borderless photo: approximately 85 seconds*
Number of Nozzles
Color: 256 x 3 (C, M, Y)
Total: 768
Print Resolution (up to)
Color: 4800 x 1200 dpi**
OS Compatibility
Windows XP/2000 and Mac OS X version 10.2.1 to 10.3.x***
Standard Interfaces
USB and Direct Print Port (cables not included), IrDA version 1.2****, Video out (NTSC or PAL), memory card*****
Ink Droplet Size
2 and 5 picoliters
Buffer/Ram
42 KB
Paper Sizes
4" x 6"
Credit Card (2.13" x 3.39")
Photo Stickers (3.94" x 5.83")
Noise Level (Approx.)
39 dB(A) in best quality mode
Physical Dimensions
8.5" (L), 3.1"(H) x 8.5" (W)
Weight
3.97 lbs.
Power Source
120V AC, 60Hz
Warranty
Toll-free technical phone support plus 1-year limited warranty with Instant Exchange Program
Software Included
CD-ROM including Printer Driver, Setup Software and User's Guide, Electronic Photo Application Guide, Electronic User's Guide, e-registration, Easy-PhotoPrint 3.0 (Windows/Mac), ZoomBrowser EX (Windows), ImageBrowser (Mac)***
Memory Card Slot
CompactFlash, Microdrive, SmartMedia, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, SD Card and MultiMediaCard *****
Compatibility
The following cards can be used with special adapter sold separately: xD-Picture Card; Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Duo Pro and miniSD Card *****


*Approx. 85-second print time when printing a 5-megapixel image direct from a memory card or digital camera on Canon Photo Paper Plus Glossy. Actual print speed may vary based on file size, image data, print mode and device that the printer is connected to.

**Resolution may vary based on printer driver setting. Ink droplet can be placed with a horizontal pitch of 1/4800 inch at minimum.

***System requirements vary by application.

****JPEG files 3MB or smaller only. Requires mobile phone with IrDA port and support for IrMC version 1.1 protocol, with phone positioned no more than 7.9 inches from printer.

*****Compatible memory cards include CompactFlash, Microdrive, SmartMedia, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, SD Card, and MultiMediaCard;. The following can be used with the addition of a special adapter sold separately: xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Duo Pro and miniSD Card


(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)


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