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Canon launches Selphy CP900 Wi-Fi compact 4x6" photo printer

By dpreview staff on Jul 10, 2012 at 15:09 GMT

Canon has unveiled the Selphy CP900, a Wi-Fi-enabled dye-sub compact photo printer. The CP900 can print borderless 4x6" photos in as little as 47 seconds. The built-in screen and control interface allows you to browse computers on the same Wi-Fi network to locate your images. There are also iOS and Android apps that allow direct printing to the CP900. In addition to it Wi-Fi capabilities, the CP900 is also smaller and lighter than the existing CP800 model. An equivalent model has not been announced for Europe (though a non-Wi-Fi CP810 variant exists). The CP900 will cost around $100.

Press Release:

Print Memorable Photos Wirelessly On The Canon SELPHY CP900 Compact Photo Printer

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., July 10, 2012 – Taking the convenience and versatility of the Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers capabilities one step further, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the Wi-Fi enabled SELPHY CP900 model for quick printing of memorable moments from almost anywhere in superb quality. For those users of Canon's award-winning lineup of PowerShot Digital Cameras, the new printer is the perfect accessory for providing instant photos from a grandparent's milestone birthday or of a child at a swim meet.

Consumers can browse and unlock images stored on any computer connected to the same wireless network and send them directly to the Canon SELPHY CP900 for immediate sharing thanks to its new Wi-Fi connectivity. Also, users with compatible Android and Apple smartphones and tablets can utilize the Canon Easy-PhotoPrint mobile app to print stored images wirelessly to the SELPHY printer.

"The addition of Wi-Fi connectivity offers users the flexibility and convenience to print from a variety of situations without sacrificing the overall quality of the output," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.

The Canon SELPHY CP900 Compact Photo Printer will help produce keepsake memories and make them more visually appealing with improved image optimization providing red-eye and brightness correction to match colors spot-on and adjust the sharpness and contrast of images. In addition,the printer has scene detection technology to analyze faces, distance and color delivering optimal image processing and stunning prints with vibrant color. A 16.5-percent decrease in size and 14-percent decrease in weight makes it easier to take the printer to a family member's destination wedding or on a road trip with friends. When power is not accessible, an optional battery and charger are available to ensure printing is not delayed.

An added feature of the printer is a new 2.7-inch LCD screen with double the overall resolution of any other similar Canon Compact Photo Printer to date providing a clearer and more precise look when viewing images and menus on the screen. The Canon SELPHY CP900 Compact Photo Printer can produce a high-quality 4 x 6-inch image in approximately 47 seconds1, which are capable of lasting up to 1002 years while maintaining their superb image quality. Users can also print photos without connecting to a computer by printing directly from compatible memory cards or using the PictBridge connection.

The estimated selling price of the SELPHY CP900 Compact Photo Printer is $99.99.


1 Print speed obtained using compatible Canon compact digital camera incorporating DIGIC II, other camera models may vary.

2 Based on accelerated dark storage testing by Canon under controlled lighting, temperature and humidity conditions. Canon cannot guarantee the longevity of the prints; results may vary depending on printed images, display/storage conditions and environmental factors.


Total comments: 47
By Newtflash (2 days ago)

Hi folks. Late in the day but this added info may help. I followed the process by MrCetirizine below (Thanks)
The CP900 needed to go in a USB 2.0 port (USB 3.0 was an issue)
Down loaded the driver file from Canon site. In my case I downloaded the Win 7 32bit file.
Do a "save as". Find this file and right click on it. That's where the troubleshoot compatibility is. Follow the prompts and it will ask to run a test. following this it installed the driver.
This worked for me.
Don't often post but this issue got up my nose......

By magnumyew (3 months ago)

Hi, i found another post which works for me....decided to post it here so it can benefit others who are facing the same problem....initially i have tried the methods shared in the other comments below but it didn't work for me....

the following did work for me

"My only problem following this was that I couldn't locate what the Author was calling the "Print Driver" so what I did was skip the whole "trouble shooting compatibility" step, and just go into the install CD and highlighted the initial "setup" file in the top directory and changed compatibility to Win 7 and also checked "Run as Administrator". I then went into the Windows 7 directory on the install CD and also changed the setup file in that directory too ... (Same as before) I then ran setup from the CD and everything installed and worked perfectly!!!!"


By jamam (Mar 10, 2013)

Thanks MrCetirizine,

The procedure you wrote works great. I have Windows 8 64bit version and installed the Windows 7 64 bit driver.

I tried printing using Wi-Fi and it works (didn't try USB but I guess it should work).

By MrCetirizine (Feb 23, 2013)

It's a bit late but there is a way to get this to work with Windows 8.

First, disable driver signing enforcement:
From the Charms bar, select Settings then Change PC Settings.
Select General and scroll down to Advanced Startup and click restart now.
From the menu, select troubleshooting then Advanced Options then windows startup options.
Restart again and select number 7 Disable driver signature enforcement.

Your PC will boot up as normal.

Now Right Click the driver file and select troubleshoot compatibility.
Go through the procedure and tell it that the driver worked in Windows 7

It should then install and work, there may be an error but it still works.

Once you reboot again the driver enforcement is reverted but the printer still works.

I run mine perfectly from 2 Windows 8 machines.

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By eridenphotography (10 months ago)

what do u mean by right click the driver file? where is that?

By jephoi (6 months ago)

Hi there.i bought this printer not knowing it is imcompatible with windows 8. Not good at computer either. I was going thru the step of the fixbut dont know where to access driver files.
Thanks a lot.

Joe fotosiamo
By Joe fotosiamo (Dec 13, 2012)

Crap, there is no driver for Windows 8. Bought it for a photoshoot Friday and now I'm screwed with this! Can't even install the Vista driver properly even why I run it in compatibility mode. Argh!

By Slimpulla (Oct 22, 2012)

What is the Cost per print 4x6 photos?

By RRM885 (Jul 23, 2012)

I always liked the convenience of my previous Canon Selphy dye sub printers. They are quite compact and the print quality is decent. However, after my last became unusable because Canon did not issue Mac OSX drivers to keep up with the operating system, I gave up. Of course, they finally did get a Lion patch. But Mountain Lion is to be released next week. I am not going to make that mistake again.

By Jorgy (Jul 13, 2012)

I am so sad the direction the Selphy printers are going in. The Selphy ES40 held 50 sheets of paper and 50 prints worth of ink in the printer itself. Just plug the printer in and go (no power brick either). The CP800 has to be loaded with 18 sheets of paper twice for every 36 print ink cartridge and you have to work with a fragile paper cassette. The advantage of the CP800 is you can get it into a larger camera bag and print on location with the optional battery. As of now, I own both of these printers and actually love them. (Side note - all of the paper for the ES40 is printed for use as post cards, but when it comes to the CP800, only the smaller, more expensive 36 print kit is post card printed. WHY?!?)

The CP900 adds Wifi which I'll never use. With the CP800, I print from one memory card while shooting more pictures with another. Wifi for me would be slower & less efficient. Besides, having to use Wifi from the camera or an Eye-Fi card would waste valuable battery life.

By Jorgy (Jul 13, 2012)

And the main reason I will NEVER buy a CP900 is no CF slot!!! What about us 7D, 5D, etc. owners who want to use these printers on site??? I do understand that these printers are aimed at consumers, but to total cut out the Pro and Semi-Pro user is REALLY sad!

Sure you can add the $700 wireless option to the 7D, but I'll pass on that too. Every year Canon makes their wonderful Dye printers less and less useful to me.

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By Jorgy (Jul 13, 2012)

As for printing cost, the CP800/CP900 isn't that bad. I'm at 25 cents a print before sales tax. Still a lot more then say Costco, but when you see the looks on peoples faces when you hand then a flip book of prints right after an event, it's worth it EVERY time. You should always carry a few inexpensive flip albums with you - about $1 at Wal-mart and they have 12 pages (holds up to 24 prints).

By comjosh64 (Dec 25, 2012)

I have not tried this, but a USB CF card reader should work on the Selphy CP900 just like a Thumb Drive. A little clunkier but it should be an effective workaround to not haveing Windows 8 Drivers. I agree that the capacity and weakness of the tray is annoying.

Kelvin L
By Kelvin L (Jul 13, 2012)

I like my Selphy - great for proofing and storyboarding a concept prior to final printing at a proper production lab. The prints are durable and colours are reasonable for its purpose (I have found a good colour profile for it via Google). It works out to cost 41c per print in AU. No mucking about with ink.

Local labs charge $0.35-$2.00 per 4x6 print depending on volume. Cost is therefore not an issue, even when discounting the convenience factor.

Yes I couldn't use my first Selphy (CP220) with Windows 7 but it was 9 years old! My replacement CP800 cost less than a spare memory card.

Jinn Lee
By Jinn Lee (Aug 9, 2012)

Hi, could you please tell me where can I get it in Australia? 'Cause I'm having trouble to locate one in Melbourne. Thanks.

By psebastiao (Feb 7, 2013)

Hi Kelvin,

Can you send me a link where I can find a good colour profile for my cp900?
I have one, but all images came with exagerated less saturation.


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By viking79 (Jul 12, 2012)

Anyone know if a Samsung NX20 or other Samsung camera with built in WiFi could print directly to this?

Just a Photographer
By Just a Photographer (Jul 11, 2012)

I love them - These things are great for events and handouts to your clients.

Too bad no WiFi version for Europe has been announced.

Its only too bad that Canon is so poor in providing driver updates for Macintosh Computers.

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By naththo (Jul 11, 2012)

Imo I prefer get it done at photo lab cos they are cheaper due to they bulk buy paper and ink in the dry lab, while in wet lab they bulk buy sensitivity paper and chemical. Thats why. Home printer is always expensive cos you don't bulk buy supplies thats the problem. I never liked generic ink and paper as I stick to genuine to minimise the wearing of printhead and minimise chance of damages to printhead. Thats about it.

Peter Galbavy
By Peter Galbavy (Jul 11, 2012)

I have a couple of older models but I am pretty much not using them because of the prohibitive consumable costs. Used to be I could buy the 108-sheet/ink packs for about 5p/print. Now the best price I seem to be able to get is closer to double that, sometimes a little less if an offer is on.

Convenience is one thing but being gouged is quite another.

By lasm (Jul 11, 2012)

I have the reliable old trusty CP600 but it's collecting dust now because Cannon never provide printer drivers for windows 7.... so I had to dual boot a laptop to run a partition of windows NT which will connect with the CP600.

When the laptop hit with some hard disk problem, I lost the win NT and have no way to bring the CP600 back to life again..

Would like to support Cannon if they bothered to take care of printer drivers update for older modells but they don't..

Ivan Lietaert
By Ivan Lietaert (Jul 11, 2012)

I own the CP780 and I'm running it on Windows 8 consumer preview! I too did have to look for a driver that worked with it for a while, but after a while I found one. Can't remember where, though. Sorry!

Gediminas 8
By Gediminas 8 (Jul 11, 2012)

Same goes for their scanners. I had to get rid of my Canoscan 5000F when I upgraded my PC to Win7.

By nofumble (Jul 11, 2012)

While smartphones can send pictures via NFC, Canon still embrace this kind of printer.

By sglewis (Jul 11, 2012)

Probably because WiFi is extremely widespread, and NFC is extremely rare. Very few Smartphones support it. NFC also is 400-450 kb/s, where-as WiFi can send a 10 megapixel picture in seconds. Between smartphones, laptops, and EyeFi type cards, it's extremely available technology. I have a Canon 5D MK III, an iPhone, an iPad and a MacBook Pro, plus a Fuji X-Pro1. I have many ways to transmit via WiFi, and ZERO ways to use NFC, plus I deal in large file sizes.

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By CameraLabTester (Jul 11, 2012)

Canon should name this printer CAUSE instead of Selphy...

They should make it really really small, like a battery pack to attach to their best selling consumer DSLR....

Now THAT would be nice... instead of a battery pack at the bottom of the camera... you have an instant PRINTER!

One of the best selling DSLR lines of Canon is the REBEL.

This would be a great attachment to it!

If you don't attach this great CAUSE printer to the DSLR...

It will be...

REBEL without a CAUSE.


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David Fell
By David Fell (Jul 11, 2012)

You've invented the Polaroid 2 it's an all-in-one camera and printer with more-or-less instant print facility :-) ... or is is it the Fuji Instax?

By makeitworst (Jul 10, 2012)

Where in the hell do these camera companies come up with goofy names like "Selphy" for their products???

This stupid printer will go the way of the Kodak, Sony, Brother and all the other small format "specialty" photo printers .... on the shelves at your local Salvation Army and Goodwill thrift used crap no one wants stores.

By Jorgy (Jul 13, 2012)

Not with me and my wife. We love our Selphys! She uses hers at school doing projects with preschoolers. I use mine at church events and hand out prints as gifts. I'm just mad I didn't buy extra ES40's when they were on clearance at BestBuy.

By Marty4650 (Jul 10, 2012)

I'm not so sure this is a good deal.

You pay $100 for a printer, and then after that each print costs you around 40 cents to make. The print quality is about on par with the prints you will get from Walmart or Walgreens.

You can only print 6"x4" prints.

I suppose with WiFi connectivity, Canon has reinvented the Polaroid Instant Print. If that's what you are after, then this product might be perfect for you.

Vlad S
By Vlad S (Jul 10, 2012)

I have been looking for something like this for my travels. When I take pictures of people during my trips they are extremely appreciative if they can get a copy. The ability to make a decent print on the spot would be very welcome for such situations, even if it costs more than a Walmart print.

Erik Neu
By Erik Neu (Jul 10, 2012)

I printed 4 X 6 portraits and gave them to people who had never owned a picture of them selfs before. The reaction was overwhelming and worth every penny. The printer survived d-road motorcycle trips and Burmese train rides, and these trains move like rodeo bulls.
The print quality is good enough to impress adverting people here in Germany who are not known for being uncritical.


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Ivan Lietaert
By Ivan Lietaert (Jul 11, 2012)

For my family, with three little children, the Selphy printers are really useful. Very often, our children need to take a picture to class (of granddaddy, the dog, etc.). To have this printer around is very useful then. The picture quality is excellent, and if you shop around and buy the large quantity paper pack, it is reasonably priced.

By Jorgy (Jul 13, 2012)

Everyone says 40 cents, but that's if you don't shop around. I am paying 25 cents a print ($27 for a 108 pack). Still not cheap, but it is 15 cents less then you are claiming.

Erik Neu
By Erik Neu (Jul 10, 2012)

I would love to see this printer coming to Germany soon. Smaller, lighter and a bigger screen make it a much better printer on the road. I hope for WIFI and EYE-FI compability and some kind of a slim dust cover.

Negative is the missing of a slot for CF cards, I see only a SD card slot on the picture.

I used my Canon CP 800 for a portrait project in Myanmar, I made more than 1000 prints on the side of the road. The only challenge was to keep the printer free of dust. The rest was fun, fun, fun.

I love Canon for this printer :)

Erik Neu

By danieljcox (Jul 11, 2012)

Erik, I agree with you. A few years ago I took a smilar product made by HP to Tibet and handed out photos to the beautiful people, many never having seen themselves in pictures before. It's such a treat to be able to GIVE rather than doing what photographers have done since the start of photography, which is TAKE. I'm looking forward to ordering one of these miniature beauties.

Just a Photographer
By Just a Photographer (Jul 11, 2012)

I know what you mean, I use this printer for events and give the prints as hand-outs. People are screaming and standing in a row to get an instant free picture of themselves.

However as Canon refuses to update their printer drivers for the Mac I am currently looking for another solution.

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By Jorgy (Jul 13, 2012)

If Canon doesn't bring out a CP901 with CF slot, the CP800 will be my last Canon photo printer. The lacking CF reader is a deal breaker for me.

By b1imunda (Jul 10, 2012)

I won't be buying Canon printers anymore. I've got 3 printers at home (one being the Selphy ES20) absolutely functional but for which Canon stopped updating Mac OS X drivers. The three are parked in the basement :-(

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By fredfr (Jul 11, 2012)

Totally agree with you, will never buy Canon again for the same reason. However, after a year of waiting, you can get Delphi es20 working on Lion... Just before the new OSX launches :)

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By b1imunda (Jul 11, 2012)

Can you? How?!

By raylob (Jul 10, 2012)

Very convenient to have & to use. IQ is acceptable but you pay dearly for the consumables!

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By InTheMist (Jul 10, 2012)

I did a test with a previous version. Are the blacks still so muddy with these, or is that outdated?

By pixtorial (Jul 10, 2012)

These little Selphy printers are all dye-sub models. Dye sublimation printers are continuous tone, three color thermal transfer technology. The overall output gamut of a dye sub is less than that of say a six color inkjet printer. They are additive CMY, and in general cannot approach the black density of other technologies. They do produce fairly vibrant color, and the continuous tone prints look nice enough.

By Hopn (Jul 10, 2012)

I use two of these for my photobooth business. They print well and the client pays for the consumables. :-)

By MikeGrijak (Jul 11, 2012)

What intrigues me is the fact that only SD/MMC is accepted on this printer. Gone are the days of multi card (SD MMC CF MS XD)slots I guess...............

By PK430 (Dec 28, 2012)

I am a 40D user and I need to get a portable printer, but the saddest thing is CP800 discontinued already
So I would like to know is it possible to connect 40D to cp900 directly via usb cable?
If that doesn't work, I afraid that I have to get a cp800 on ebay.

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