Compact Photo Printer from Canon

Undoubtedly canon is the front runner in the photo printers market. Canon is the only manufacturer who has not chosen the ink-jet technology for its stand-alone printers. After Canon’s triumph in the dye-sublimation technology, canon’s SELPHY ranges are a hit in the market. The attractive new Canon ES20 is of the selphy range which integrates in it, a lot of new features.

Designed in style and convenience:

When you are asked to think of a design of a photo printer, what comes to your mind? Let us say, plastic black body, a small box with a big paper tray peeping outside? Correct? But Canon selphy ES20 Compact Photo Printer will surely be a surprise package for you. ES20 is a very stylish case with a vertical design and has a height of that of the all in all machines. The vertical design of the printer makes it a compact one and can be easily stored in any tight place hence does not consume much of your valuable desk space. The prints are outputted on the top of the printer eliminating the need of any bulky paper cassette. The carry handle makes the printer truly portable. Finished in attractive and elegant white colour scheme, its smooth and modern lines complement virtually any home. It has the integrated ink and paper cartridge that slides into the printer’s sides. The installation can be done without any mess and the provided ink will be sufficient to produce fifty full-colour prints.

The photo blanks integrated in the cartridge are loaded in landscape orientation inside the printer, which means you will not have to carry any papers at the time of traveling. The selphy ES20 has to feed the photo sheet to and fro four times in order to print a colour picture in portrait view. For this, the printer uses a technology that was found in the ES1, the previous model. The technology is that the printer feeds the paper part way out and then turns it ninety degrees before the printer starts to print. In this way the paper is also kept protected when the printer is not at use.


The bottom of the face of the printer has a fold-down flap which sports three memory card slots that can support all the major types of memory cards such as Compact Flash, Microdrive, SD Memory card, miniSD Card, SDHC Memory card, mini SDHC card, Multimedia Card, MMCplus Card, HC MMCplus Card, Memory Stick, and many more. The side contains sockets for a USB2.0 connection to a PC and a PictBridge connection to camera. The PictBridge cable for direct camera connection which was seen in ES1 went missing in ES20.

Canon selphy ES20 photo printer has a sprung carrying handle that is built into the top of the printer and a pop-up cover to the paper-out hopper which automatically opens, if the printing is started without opening it manually, initially.

Loaded with new features:

In order to connect the printer to a PC, all that you have to do is, just install the application software and driver that is provided and connect the cable. The driver has only limited options or say, only what is required for photo purpose.

Most of us will prefer to use the printer in stand-alone state. But additionally the optional lithium ion battery can also be used which can produce fifty colour prints in a single charge. The Bluetooth adapter gives the printer wireless capabilities. A red-eye removal function is built-in the printer, so you can restore eyes to their natural look without the need for a computer. Image Optimisation feature automatically detects the face in an image and corrects its brightness and Backgrounds are optimised separately to get a better picture.

The printing has been made easy by ES20 by the use of Canon’s Easy photo pack in which the media and ink are conveniently integrated for the ease of replacement and swapping between the different media types. The media types include the credit cards and post cards, both are available in colour and a dedicated black and white version.

The printing process:

Each print in the printer has to go through four passes one each for the cyan, yellow and magenta colour layers and one more for the clear overcoat in order to protect the image. This durable protective coating keeps your images bright, rich and vivid for generations and protects from splashes and sticky fingers. ES20 takes around a minute and 13 seconds to produce a print using a PictBridge connection to camera and takes a couple of seconds more when printing is done via memory card. As you have realized ES20 takes more time than the other similarly priced printers.

The package of Canon selphy ES20 contains a combination cartridge containing paper and film for 50 colour prints and a 25 print black and white cartridge is also available. This photo printer comes with a warranty of one year.

Canon selphy ES20 can be recommended. A few adjustments have to be made with the brightness, yet the overall performance of this photo printer is good.

Canon Selphy ES20 Compact Photo Printer – Technical Specification Details

Manufacturer Canon
Model Name Canon SELPHY ES20
Product Type Compact Photo Printer
Dimensions (H x W x D) 130.9 x 213.4 x 189.6 mm
Weight 1865g (Excluding Ink/ Paper Integrated Cartridge)
Display 2.5″ Colour TFT viewer with multi-language user interface
Print head type Thermal dye sublimation
Maximum page size 15 x 10 cm
Sheet feed capacity 50 photo sheets
Print head resolution 300dpi
Cartridge resolution 600dpi
Printing speed Postcard Size- approx. 69 sec¹
L Size- approx. 61 sec¹
Credit Card Size- approx. 53 sec¹
Credit Card Size Stickers- approx. 53 sec¹
Ink tank type One, three colour ribbon
Connection type USB 2.0
PictBridge printing facility Available
Sheet feeder Auto feed from integrated cartridge
Print modes All Image Print, Creative Print (Frame, Clip Art, Calendar, 

Multi Layout, Speech Bubble, ID Photo, Movie Print), DPOF Image Print,
Single Image Print, Trimming Print, 2-up, 4-up, 8-up and Index Layout, Fixed Size Layout

Print settings Image Optimize, Borderless, Bordered, Date Print, File Name Print, 

My Colors (10 modes), Red-Eye Correction

Memory cards supported Compact Flash, Microdrive, SD Memory card, miniSD Card, SDHC Memory card,
mini SDHC card, Multimedia Card, MMCplus Card, HC MMCplus Card, Memory Stick, 

Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, xD-Picture Card,

microSD Card, microSDHC Card, MMCmobile Card, MMCmicro Card, RS-MMC Card,

Memory Stick micro

Noise level <40 dbi
Printing software Uled photo express LE, Canon Zoom browser EX, EOS, Utility, Driver
Warranty 1 year