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Canon Card Photo Printer CP-200

Review Date: Dec 22, 2003

Canon Card Photo Printer CP-200

The Canon Card Photo Printer CP-200 is ready to go right out of the box. Measuring only 170.0W x 119.0D x 54.8H mm / 6.7W x 4.7D x 2.2H in. and weighing 820g / 28.9 oz., the CP-200 can be easily carried in a business attache case, gym bag, or backpack. Since it is PictBridge-compatible, you can connect any PictBridge-compatible digital camera (of any brand) to it and print directly without going through a computer. Which means you can now print your pictures wherever you want to. I can easily think of a few cases:

  • A party for instant prints of your friends goofing around, sure to generate even more guffaws.
  • Instant family prints for out-of-state relatives. No need to mail the pictures a week later.
  • If you are a professional photographer, the CP-200 gives you instant 4x6 in. prints to show your potential customers at a wedding party, a dance, on the cruise ship sailing down the harbour. Get their orders for large prints in now!

The CP-200 uses dye sublimation to print high-quality 300 dpi 4x6 in. photos, credit card size photos or sticky photo labels. You can print them bordered or borderless, with each 4x6 in. photo taking about 85 seconds to print. The photo prints in four passes with one colour deposited on each pass (Yellow, Magenta and Cyan), followed by a protective overcoating. You can even create your own postcards; in fact, the paper that comes with the printer is really a postcard, with space to write an address and message at the back.

Since you can print directly without going through a computer, there is nothing to install! Well, that is if you always print directly from your digital camera, which I can't see this happening. Perhaps the first time when you have just taken the pictures, you'll print directly from the camera; after that, you will most probably transfer the images from the memory card to your PC, and print from your PC. To do that, simply install the supplied printer software. The popular ZoomBrowser EX and Photo Record software also come standard for Windows, and ImageBrowser for the Mac.

I directly printed a dozen or so of 4x6 in. borderless prints using images that I took with the 4MP Canon PowerShot SD10 Digital ELPH digital camera, and they came out looking great.

In case you forget, printers do not usually come with a printer cable (to connect to your computer), so remember to order one with your printer. With the Canon CP-200, I was able to reuse my current printer USB cable.

The Canon Card Photo Printer CP-200 (and its cousin CP-300 which comes with a rechargeable battery for ultimate carry anywhere convenience) is fun and easy to use. It is compact, sleek and look modern in design. Take it with you anywhere you can plug in the power cord and, together with a PictBridge-compatible digital camera, you'll have the modern equivalent of the instant camera.

Canon Card Photo Printer CP-200
QuickFact™ Sheet
  The Canon Card Photo Printer CP-200 Home PageSpecs  
  Printer Type Full-colour direct digital printer  
  Printer Method Dye-Sublimation thermal transfer (with overcoating)  
  Resolution Reproduction 300 x 300 dpi  
  Gradation 256 gradations/ colour  
  Ink Dedicated ink cassette (Y/ M/ C, overcoating)  
  Paper Dedicated paper (for Postcard size; Credit-card size prints, Credit-card size label, or Credit-card sheet with 8 mini-labels)  
  Paper-Feed Method Automatic feed from paper cassette  
  Paper-Eject Method Sheets eject onto top of paper cassette  
  Print Modes Postcard size (bordered or borderless)
Credit-card size (bordered or borderless)
8-Mini labels (per Credit-card size sheet)
  Print Sizes Postcard size (borderless): 5.8 x 3.9 in. (148 x 100mm)
Postcard sized (bordered): 4.8 x 3.6 in. (121.9 x 91.4mm)
Credit card size (borderless): 3.4 x 2.1 in. (86 x 54mm)†
Credit card size (bordered): 2.6 x 2.0 in. (66.7 x 50mm)†
8-Mini labels: 0.9 x 0.7 in. (22 x 17.3mm)†
† Optional credit card size paper tray is required for CP-200.
  Print Speeds Postcard size: Approx. 85 sec.*
Credit card size: Approx. 40 sec.*†
8-Mini labels: Approx. 40 sec.*†
* Printing direct from Canon PowerShot digital cameras.
† Optional credit card size paper tray is required for CP-200.
  Direct Connection to Camera Using camera's USB cable  
  Connection to Computer Standard A:B USB Cable (Mac and Windows software included with printers)  
  Operating Environment 5 – 40C (41– 104F)
20 – 80%RH (when running)
  Power Source AC Power(100 – 240v) using included Compact Power Adapter CA-CP100. Via car cigarette lighter, using optional Car Battery Adapter CBA-CP100  
  Dimensions (W x D x H) 170.0 x 119.0 x 54.8mm /
6.7 x 4.7 x 2.2 in.
  Weight 820g / 28.9 oz.  
  MSRP CP-200: US$ / CP-300: US$279.99  

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