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Card Photo Printer CP-100

Review posted 8/23/02

Canon Card Photo Printer CP-100

The Canon Card Photo Printer CP-100 is a very compact 4 x 6-inch dye sublimation printer made exclusively for use with compatible PowerShot digital cameras.

The CP-100 produces color prints that equal the sharpness and durability of prints from film negatives. The printer's resolution is 300x300 dpi, more than adequate for a crisply detailed postcard sized image from any 2 megapixel or greater camera, or for credit card size prints from 1.2 megapixel cameras. The dye sublimation color process is a continuous tone printing system that renders subtle shadings and realistic colors.

The printer also covers each print with a clear, protective overcoating that protects it from the effects of sunlight and weather. The prints from the CP-100 are at least as durable as photographic prints from film.

There are several sizes of media available:

  • Bordered or borderless 4 x 6-inch prints
  • Bordered or borderless credit card size prints 3.4 x 2.1-inch
  • Bordered or borderless credit card size prints with label adhesive
  • Card size with 8-label stickers, 0.9 x 0.7-inch per label.

Canon Card Photo Printer CP-100

The CP-100 is shown here connected to the PowerShot S200 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.

The CP-100 is a complete printing system in an extremely compact unit. You don't need to enter data from your PowerShot camera into a personal computer and then into the computer's printer. A dedicated cable connects the CP-100 to Powershot G2*, S40*, S30*, S330, S300*, S200, S110*; the A40, A20*, A10*, A200 and A100. Because all of the necessary controls and bundled software are already a part of your PowerShot camera, they aren't necessary on the printer, keeping weight and bulk to a minimum.

(Firmware upgrade may be necessary for this camera model.)

Canon Card Photo Printer CP-100

When the camera is connected to the printer there is a "SET" icon in the upper left corner. You press the SET button to access the Print menu. Here you select the printing type, standard or multiple if using the label-8 stickon sheets. Bordered or borderless and with or without a date stamp. Select the number of copies to make and you can even do a little image cropping because some of the 4:3 aspect ratio image is going to be lost when printing a 4 x 6-inch (3:2 ratio) print.

Canon Card Photo Printer CP-100

The CP-100 comes with two paper trays, one for 4 x 6-inch media and the smaller one to handle the card size media sheets.

Canon Card Photo Printer CP-100

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!

Canon Card Photo Printer CP-100

The available paper packs for the CP-100 printer are:

KP-36IP - Thirty-six 4 x 6 in. sheets of paper and ink ribbon

KC-36IP - Thirty-six credit card size sheets of paper and ink ribbon

KC-18IF - Eighteen credit card size/full label and ink ribbon

KC-18IL - Eighteen credit card size/mini label (8 stickers per sheet) and ink ribbon

Canon Card Photo Printer CP-100

Canon Card Photo Printer CP-100

Canon Card Photo Printer CP-100

Canon Card Photo Printer CP-100

Here's examples of the borderless and bordered standard prints with the tear-off tabs still intact. Credit card size bordered and borderless prints and a sticker sheet print with the eight mini-picture labels.

Canon Card Photo Printer CP-100

To make the CP-100 a truly portable, go anywhere printer, it can be run off the optional NB-CP1L rechargeable battery. It supplies enough power for printing up to eighteen prints per charge.

Steve's Conclusion

The CP-100 is a small and portable printer that can be easily taken along with you on your travels. It produces brilliant 4 x 6-inch prints in a minute and twenty seconds. The credit card size prints only take about forty seconds. Setup and use is very simple, there are only a few print-time options that need to be selected such as borders or borderless, print the date and standard or multiple prints per page.

The CP-100 prints are indestinguishable from conventionally processed film prints and just as durable. Unlike photo prints from inkjet printers, dye sublimation prints are waterproof thanks to the protective overcoat. The overcoat also prevents UV fading from exposure to daylight, another inkjet problem.

If you own one of the compatible Powershot cameras (see list above) then the CP-100 can be your ultimate personal photo printer.

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Canon CP-100 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 for each paper size (Y/M/C/overcoating)
Paper :
Post card size (standard sheets)
L size (standard sheets)
Card size (standard sheets, full-sized label and 8-label sticker)
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 :
Postcard size print (borderless): 148 x 100 mm (5.8 x 3.9 in.)
Postcard size print (bordered): 121.9 x 91.4 mm (4.8 x 3.6 in.)
L size print (borderless): 119 x 89 mm (4.7 x 3.5 in.)
L size print (bordered): 105.3 x 79.2 mm (4.2 x 3.1 in.)
Card size print (full-sized, borderless): 86 x 54 mm (3.4 x 2.1 in.)
Card size print (full-sized, bordered): 66.7 x 50 mm (2.6 x 2.0 in.)
Card size Multiple print: 22 x 17.3 mm (0.9 x 0.7 in.) (per label)
Print Speeds * :
Postcard size print (bordered/borderless): 81 sec.
L size print (bordered/borderless): 68 sec.
Card size print (full-sized, bordered/borderless): 40 sec.
Card size Multiple print: 40 sec.

* Test Conditions: Room temperature (23°C, 73°F), Canon standard images


Signal Transfer : Proprietary protocol for Canon cameras
Connection Method :

Dedicated cable

Device Specifications

Operating Environment : 5 - 40°C (41 - 104°F), 20 % to 80 % RH (when running)
Power Source : 100 - 240 V (50/60 Hz)
Power Consumption: 50 W or less (4 W or less when idle)
Dimensions : 172(W) x 178(D) x 60(H) mm (6.8 x 7.0 x 2.4 in.)
Weight : 990 g (34.9 oz.) (excluding ink and paper cassettes)

Compact Power Adapter CA-CP100

Input voltage: AC 100-240 V (50/60 Hz)
Rated output: 24 V, 2A
Operating temperatures: 0 - 40°C (32 - 104°F)
Dimensions: 100 x 50 x 24 mm (3.9 x 2.0 x 0.9 in.) (excluding cable)
Weight : Approx. 200 g (7.1 oz.)

Battery Pack NB-CP1L

Supplied with the optional Battery/Charge Adapter Kit BCA-CP100, or sold separately.

Type: Lithium ion battery
Nominal voltage: 22.2 V
Nominal capacity: 1200 mAh
Charge cycles: Approx. 300
Operating temperatures: 5 - 40°C (41 - 104°F)
Dimensions : 110.0 x 40.7 x 37.5 mm (4.3 x 1.6 x 1.5 in.)
Weight : Approx. 230 g (8.1 oz.)

Charge Adapter CG-CP100

Supplied with the optional Battery/Charge Adapter Kit BCA-CP100.

Input voltage: DC 24 V
Rated output: 24 V, 0.7 A
Charging time: 2.5 hours
Operating temperatures: 0 - 40°C (32 - 104°F)
Dimensions : 136.7 x 46.5 x 41.1 mm (5.4 x 1.8 x 1.6 in.)
Weight : Approx.120 g (4.2 oz.)

Car Battery Adapter CBA-CP100 (Optional)

Input voltage: DC 12 V, 90 W
Rated output: 24 V, 3.2 A
Operating temperatures: 0 - 40°C (32 - 104°F)
Dimensions : 89.4 x 63.3 x 40.0 mm (3.5 x 2.5 x 1.6 in.) (excluding cable)
Weight : Approx. 370 g (13.1 oz.) (including cable)

As specified by the manufacturer as of 8/22/02.

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