Evaluate – I like to take photos with my iPhone which I use for all my review photos and my everyday photos. In addition to posting these photos on my social media sites, I print them out for inclusion in my handwritten journals from time to time. When Canon wanted to send me the new SELPHY CP1500 compact photo printer to review, I was happy to say yes. Let’s take a closer look.
what is this?
The Canon SELPHY CP1500 compact photo printer lives up to its name. It’s a slightly different photo printer that you can use with your iPhone, Android phone, computer, SD card, and even WiFi.
What’s in the box?
- Canon SELPHY CP1500 printer
- Power adapter and cable
- Paper tape
- User manual
- But what is shown not at all Included color cassette or photo paper
Print resolution: 300×300 dpi, cyan, magenta, yellow film 256 levels/color (16.8 million colors)
Printing method: dye-sublimation heat transfer
Print longevity: 100 years
Printing Finish: Glossy / Semi-glossy / Satin (user selectable)
Supported paper sizes:
Postcard (4.0 x 6.0)
L size (3.5 x 4.7)
Card size (2.1 x 3.4) with optional card tray sold separately)
Square Label (2.1 x 2.1)
iPhone and Android
WiFi: Compatible with 802.11 b/g (2.4 GHz), AirPrint4,5
USB: USB 2.0 Type C (USB charging not supported) for computer and flash drive
Card slots: Direct: SD, SDHC or SDXC, with adapter: miniSD, miniSDHC, microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC
Power Options: AC adapter and optional battery pack (not included)
Dimensions: 7.2″ (W) x 2.3″ (H) x 5.2″ (D)
Design and features
The Canon SELPHY CP1500 photo printer is available in black or white.
The front has an SD card slot and a flip-down cover to reveal the main printing mechanism, where the paper cassette tray is installed.
On the left side of the printer is a USB-C port and a Kensington lock slot. The USB-C port is not used to charge the printer, but to connect it to a computer or USB flash drive.
On the right side of the printer is a cover that provides access to the ink cartridge slot.
Ink and photo paper are not included with the purchase of the Canon SELPHY CP1500 compact photo printer, but one color cassette and 5 sheets of photo paper are included with the review sample. Additional color tapes and photo paper can be found on Amazon at reasonable prices. At the time of this review, I received a set of 108 4×6 inch prints and color tapes for $33.38. That works out to 31 cents per print.
On the back of the printer you will find a paper slot (below) where the print is printed and ejected. There is also a power port and battery cover.
You can buy an optional battery for the Canon SELPHY CP1500 photo printer to make it a true mobile photo printer.
Let’s print some photos!
The first step to printing with the Canon SELPHY CP1500 is to install an ink cartridge and a photo paper cassette tray.
The paper cassette tray slides into the front of the printer. The tray can hold up to 18 photo sheets.
The next step is to decide where to upload your photos. Canon SELPHY CP1500 can import photos from SD card, USB flash drive or computer when connected with USB-C cable. When using one of these methods, you can use the printer’s built-in display and navigation buttons to select photos, perform the most basic edits, and choose layouts for your prints. Unfortunately, the printer’s screen is not touch-enabled.
This printer has built-in WiFi and can air print to iOS devices via the Canon SELPHY app. I did my testing with my iPhone 13 Pro Max.
The SELPHY app lets you select photos from your phone’s camera roll and allows you to do basic editing for cropping, positioning, filters, text, stamps, and drawing.
The Canon SELPHY CP1500 also has a feature I’ve never seen before on a small select photo printer – the ability to choose between glossy, semi-gloss and satin finishes using the same photo paper.
The printing process is fast, the photo paper moves through the printer and exits the back of the printer with each pass.
Each print takes 4 passes for 3 colors (yellow, magenta, cyan) and the last pass is a clear protective coating that is either glossy, semi-gloss or satin.
Here’s my first print of my “cat” Ozzy (he’s only 7 months old but he’s big) that I made to be shiny and borderless.
The prints have perforated strips at the top and bottom that are easily removed.
In addition to printing a full-size print, you can print in a bookmark layout with photos or a combined layout. There’s also a shuffle layout feature that automatically figures out the best way to combine multiple photos on one page.
In addition to the glossy finish, I also printed semi-gloss and satin finishes. The semi-gloss and satin finish results are subtle.
I only had 5 photo papers to try, but I think the prints all turned out well. The colors and sharpness of the prints look great and rival my Polaroid Hi-Print photo printer.
- Fast quality prints
- Easy to use mobile app
- Multiple input/connection types (USB, SD card)
I will change
- The ink and paper package should be included with the printer so it is not a separate purchase for the first use of the printer
- A touch-enabled screen would be nice.
- Having adhesive-backed photo paper available would be great.
I really like the Canon SELPHY CP1500 compact photo printer. It’s not as portable as some of the pocket-sized photo printers I’ve reviewed before, but this printer prints prints at a lower price. I would love to be able to purchase the sticker paper for this printer. If that’s true, it will be my new favorite photo printer. Even without that option, this affordable photo printer gets a thumbs up from me.
Where to buy: Canon and Amazon
SourceThe sample for this review was provided by Canon.