I spend so much time on the road since I travel every week for work. Plus I also like to travel for fun. And since I’m committed to keeping a travel scrapbook, I’m always looking for ways to simplify scrapbooking on the road. I have recently found a new “toy” that makes scrapbooking on the road so easy . . . and a lot of fun!!!
My new “toy” is my Canon Selphy CP900 Compact Photo Printer. It only weighs 1.8 lbs, so it is light enough and small enough to pack in my suitcase and take along on trips. (I purchased a camera bag that would fit it to keep it safe.) I don’t have the optional battery, so I have to find an electrical outlet to plug into but that hasn’t been much of a limitation. I can print anywhere (except on a plane) . . . I even printed pictures while I was on the train last week.
I love its small size! It is only 7.0″ (W) x 5.0″ (H) x 2.4″ (D).
The size makes it great for travel, but it also has several other features that I absolutely love! First of all, you can print pictures from your phone through a free app from Canon (the Easy Photo Print app). It also has slots for a photo memory card and a USB drive so you can print directly from those as well.
I love that you can print photos 1 up, 2 up, 4 up, 8 up or as a collage with differently sized pictures.
It takes 4 passes back in forth through the printer to complete a photo. . . one each for the 4 process colors . . . yellow, magenta, cyan and black. So while it’s not the fastest printer I’ll ever use, the quality is great. I’m OK giving up speed for the convenience of traveling with my printer.
The printer also has a feature that allows you to crop your photo before printing. I love that since it eliminates the need to take a photo into a photo editing program like Photoshop to crop it. It’s much faster to crop on the printer.
The printer also has Portrait Image Optimizing that automatically evaluates your photos for face detection, backlight correction and noise reduction for your images.
There are some other features that I haven’t tried out yet, such as a red-eye removal tool and a face “smoothing” option. I’ll have to check those out soon and perhaps read the manual to see if I’ve missed any other features. But even without knowing all the details, I know enough to know that my new printer is going to make my scrapbooking on the road so much easier!