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CP-10 Card Printer

Review posted 4/23/01

Canon 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.

Canon CP-10 Card Printer

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.

Canon CP-10 Card Printer

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.

Canon CP-10 Card Printer

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.

Canon CP-10 Card Printer

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.

Canon CP-10 Card Printer

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.

Canon CP-10 Card Printer

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 ...

Canon CP-10 Card Printer

The available paper packs for the CP-10 printer are:

HC-18IP - Eighteen 3.4 x 2.1 in (86 x 54 mm) sheets of paper and ink ribbon

HC-36IP - Thirty-six 3.4 x 2.1 in (86 x 54 mm) sheets of paper and ink ribbon

HC-18IL - Eighteen sheets of paper with 8 stickers per sheet and ink ribbon

Canon CP-10 Card Printer

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.

Steve's Conclusion

The CP-10 is a small and portable printer that can be easily taken along with you on your travels. It produces brilliant pictures in less than a minute, in fact it usually takes longer to select an image from the camera then it does to actually print it out. Setup and use is very simple, there are only a few print-time options that you can select if desired such as borders or borderless, print the date and standard or multiple prints per page.

The prints are ideal for handing out to friends or family but they're rather small so don't expect to be putting them in a picture frame, but they do fit nicely in your wallet. The printer will be available seperately or as a package with one of the new PowerShot cameras. Canon will be making a computer connection kit and a DC power kit available in the near future.

Canon CP-10 Specifications

Printer Type : Full-color direct digital printer
Print Method : Dye-sublimation thermal transfer (with overcoating)
Resolution Reproduction : 300 x 300 dpi
Gradation : 256 gradations/color
Ink : Dedicated ink cassette (Y/M/C, overcoating)
Paper : Dedicated paper (standard sheets or label sheets)
Paper-Feed Method : Automatic feed from paper cassette
Paper-Eject Method : Sheets eject onto top of paper cassette
Print Modes :
Standard (1-screen) print (bordered or borderless)
Multiple (8-screen) print (for use with labels)
Print Sizes :
Standard print (borderless) : 86 x 54 mm (3.4 x 2.1 in.)
Standard print (bordered) : 66.6 x 50 mm (2.6 x 2.0 in.)
Multiple print : 22 x 17.3 mm (0.9 x 0.7 in.)
Print Speeds :
Standard print (borderless) : Approx. 58 sec.
Standard print (bordered) : Approx. 56 sec.
Multiple print : Approx. 53 sec.


Signal Transfer : Proprietary protocol for Canon cameras
Connection Method :

Dedicated cable

Device Specifications

Operating Environment : 10 - 35 degrees C (50 - 95 degrees F)
20 - 80 % RH (when running)
Power Source : 100 - 240 V (50/60 Hz)
Power Consumption : 50 W or less (4 W or less in standby mode)
Dimensions : 108 x 125 x 47 mm (4.3 x 4.9 x 1.9 in.)
Weight : 510 g (18.0 oz.), exclusive of ink and paper cassettes

Package Contents (U.S./N. America)