CP-10 Card Printer

The Canon CP-10 Card Printer is a very compact dye sublimation printer made exclusively for use with the PowerShot S300, A10 and A20 digital cameras (with future models to be announced.) The CP-10 uses a 4-pass printing system (yellow, magenta, cyan and a clear protective overcoat) to produce 300 x 300 dpi resolution pictures with 24-bit color depth. At this time there are two types of media available, 3.4 x 2.1-inch or the same size sheet with eight 0.9 x 0.7-inch size stickers. As you can see, the CP-10 printer is housed in a translucent blue body that should thrill the iMac lovers out there.

The CP-10 is shown here connected to the PowerShot A20 via the included cable. At this time there is no way to connect the printer to a computer but Canon says it will make a "connection kit" available in the near future.

You print images by using the camera's Print Order submenu. You can simply print the image that you are viewing on the LCD or tag any number of images using the standard DPOF settings and let the printer print out the selected images. Standard prints can be made with or without borders in less than a minute.

The CP-10 is definitely a "compact" printer, its dimensions are only 4.3 x 4.9 x 1.9 inches with a weight of just a pound and a half.

Setup and use is very simple. Open the door on the side, insert the ink ribbon cartridge, close door, load the paper in the tray, open door in the front, insert paper tray into front of printer, connect power adapter, plug cable into camera and printer and away you go! When the printer is not in use the paper cassette cover closes over the exposed end of the paper to protect it and the front door is closed to protect the printer's internals.

The rear of the CP-10 printer has the connector for the power adapter and a cooling fan, this is a heat transfer type printer so it must be cooled during operation.

Here's a look at the bottom of the printer, the translucent blue body lets you see what's going on inside - this of course is for the terminally bored only ...

The available paper packs for the CP-10 printer are: - Eighteen 3.4 x 2.1 in (86 x 54 mm) sheets of paper and ink ribbon - Thirty-six 3.4 x 2.1 in (86 x 54 mm) sheets of paper and ink ribbon - Eighteen sheets of paper with 8 stickers per sheet and ink ribbon

Here's examples of the borderless and bordered standard prints with the tear-off tabs still intact. The borderless print also has the date print option enabled. And a sticker sheet print with the eight mini-pictures.