Canon SELPHY ES2
Great quality printing in a portable package
- Extremely portable, decent print quality
- Some problems with landscape photos
Ease of use and low-cost consumables help give this printer an edge over the competition.
Price$ 299.00 (AUD)
The Canon SELPHY ES2 is a compact, portable photo printer. Impressive print quality and a number of basic edit functions make it an excellent choice for families and photographers alike.
The SELPHY ES2 is a well-designed device that prints photos in three different sizes, up to the standard 4x6in. It accepts most major media cards, including Compact Flash, SD, miniSD, MMC, Memory Stick and Memory Stick Duo. The SELPHY ES 2 also has a USB port for direct connection to cameras or a computer, and includes infrared for connecting mobile phones. An optional battery pack makes it possible to take the ES2 on the road.
Intuitive software and a well-designed interface make the printer very easy to use. The SELPHY ES2 uses a scaled-down version of the scroll wheel found in Canon's desktop and multifunction printers. Once the unit recognises an input source, it automatically displays a menu allowing the user to edit and print photos, as well as change basic print settings. There is also an option to view the available photos as a slideshow on the 3in LCD. Creative Printing allows users to superimpose clipart and customised frames onto photos (though it only works with landscape photos, not with portrait shots).
The SELPHY ES2 uses proprietary ink and photo paper, which restricts the choice of consumables. Ink packs are also slightly expensive at $38.95 for 100-photo packs. The ink and paper are combined into a single package that simply slots into the side of the printer. Users have the option of three separate photo sizes — postcard (4x6in), credit-card size (2.1x3.4in) and L size (3.5x4.7in). The fact that the device does not print A4 may turn off some, but these three choices should suit the needs of most families and some photographers.
The SELPHY ES2's speed is only slightly slower than Epson's desktop Stylus CX8300. Compared to the Epson's printing speed of 1min 5sec for a 4x6in photo at standard quality, the SELPHY ES2 managed to print the same photo in 1min 13sec. The SELPHY ES2 uses thermal dye-sub printing rather than traditional bubble jet ink, contributing to this speed difference. Photos are printed in four separate stages — one for each layer of colour and an overcoat to avoid smudging the photos. Given this technique and the printer's physical size, the slower speed is acceptable.
The print quality of the SELPHY ES2 is quite impressive. While it does have some colour exaggeration, we found photos to be of an acceptable quality. Flesh tones appear to have exaggerated reds and there is no sign of the vibrant yellows common to most Canon printers. Text and image lines are slightly blurred. Nevertheless, blacks are distinctive and the image is quite vibrant overall.
We did notice a slight flaw in the way it processes landscape photos on 4x6in paper. The postcard size is slightly larger than a 4x6in photo, and has perforated edges should the user wish to keep the photo at the standard size. However, printing landscape shots on the SELPHY ES2 led to the shot flowing over the perforated edges — as a result, a small amount of the photo was lost. The perforated edges are thin so this shouldn't be too much of a problem.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: Is the world ready for a 4K phone?
- 2 D-Link Taipan AC3200 Ultra tri-band modem-router review
- 3 Dell XPS 13 (2016) review: Making the very best Ultrabook
- 4 Microsoft Surface Book review: The verdict on Microsoft's first notebook
- 5 Telstra Wi-Fi 4GX Advanced III review: Testing the world's first 600Mbps wireless hotspot
Best Deals on PC World
Latest News Articles
- Disney files patent for near instantaneous 3D printing
- Never run out of printer ink with HP Instant Ink
- HP to launch 3D printers this year
- This 3D printer can rival standard manufacturing on the factory floor
- HP's new printers move the paper not the ink
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- FTSenior Middleware Lead Shared Services (Support and EngineeringVIC
- CCAzure DeveloperNSW
- CCSolution Architect / Data ArchitectNSW
- CCITIL Environment, Configuration, Release Manager- Banking/GovtNSW
- CCSr. Project Manager - Six SigmaVIC
- CCFront End DeveloperWA
- CCOnline Shop Operations Consultant (eCommerce)VIC
- CCIT Program Delivery Office Lead- Government BackgroundNSW
- CCRelease Management LeadNSW
- CCSenior Project ManagerVIC
- CCAnalyst Programmer (Lotus Notes/Networking) 160504/AP/781Asia
- CCFront end and Full Stack DevelopersNSW
- CCProject Support CoordinatorQLD
- FTNV2 Defence Project Manager | Prince2 & PMBoK shop | Huge project pipelineACT
- CCDesktop Engineer, renewable contractAsia
- CCSenior AGILE Business AnalystNSW
- FTApplication Manager | Telco IndustryVIC
- CCProject Coordinator- PRINCE2 & Portal/Website/Digital bckgNSW
- CCSales Development Executive - Flexible Working HoursNSW
- CCSenior DevOps ConsultantVIC
- CCData Center ArchitectNSW
- CCHi-Portfolio ConsultantNSW
- CCPortfolio Manager - Customer Service SystemVIC
- FTSenior Network Engineer - Australian Systems Integrator - Immediate interviewNSW
- CCProject Manager PMP RMP certified - NV1ACT