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Photo Printer Reviews

Immerse in the joy of printing your pictures at your convenience by selecting the right model of photo printers through our site. We have categorized the photo printers to the swiftly carried portable printers, which is capable of delivering prints in the post card and credit card size, whereas on the other side of the equation, you can find the A3 printers which spits out the maximum printing. The technology though commonly employed is inkjet, depending on the manufacturer, the extent of perfection, the colour gamut produced, photo’s shelf live varies. Other technologies such as the thermal embedded dye used in digital printers are available.

You get wide range of options like the photo printer required for home use and the office use. Based on the colours used in the picture, the print speed varies, albeit this factor depends on the art of striking the balance between quality and quantity by the manufacturers like Canon, Epson, HP, Sony and alike.

Our reviews provide details like the printing technology, ease of carrying, print quality and other specific features. The connection interface, supported memory flash and other parameters depends on the model and end-use and differs with makers. You can also select from wireless photo printer that offer the advantage of cable-free printing.

Canon Selphy ES40 Compact Photo Printer

Canon’s tradition of releasing exciting and new Selphy products continues year after year. Just a quick reminder that we had seen a review earlier on the Canon Selphy CP790; what is different about the Canon SELPHY ES40 is that the manufacturer has done a lot of things in terms of technology than just adding up pretty colours to it, making the  ES40 pretty easy to use. If you already own the earlier model Canon Selphy and decided to upgrade as all you can do was simply print from pic-bridge camera, then it is time you upgrade to the ES40 that gives you a lot of infinite possibilities. The following review will deal with the salient features and technical specifications of the Canon SELPHY ES40.  But before we get into the details, let us have a quick look at the pros and cons of the printer.

What is hot?

  • Lab quality photos on the move
  • Gold & Silver ink options
  • Voice guidance
  • Simple to use menus & carry handle
  • Ink & paper in one cartridge
  • Availability of wide range of creative features

What is not?

  • Is capable of only 4×6 photo printing
  • Cost per print can be higher
  • No additional battery pack

Design features:

Not a Fisher-Price toy:

The new, latest Canon SELPHY ES40 Compact Photo Printer is built with a few things that are very common with most of its peers and this of course is that it is an extremely cute printer Though it might look like a sort of Fisher-Price toy for a 2 or 3 year old in a nursery class with its nice round edges, big simple control panel with a blend of white and tan colours and is pretty easy to read. We felt that Canon should perhaps give it a more professional and serious look than it actually appears. However, thanks to the latest voice guided aspect, even a kindergartner will have no problem working on the Canon ES40 with the minimum of efforts as such is the ease of operation and therefore, the results are quite excellent.

You will find a tiny switch that helps open a door or an access into the machine, where you will be able to load the Easy Photo Pack offered by Canon. On the Canon ES40, you can roll the paper and ink into one photo pack which is simple to install. You may get the pack in the sizes of card (roughly 2 x 3) or postcard (4 x 6). The manufacturer also gives you exclusive Silver & Gold photo packs so that you can jazz up traditional photographs. To the left area of the Canon ES40 is a provision to the USB port for connecting to the PC and there of course is the PictBridge slot to print from digital camera and several other permissible media. There is an AC adaptor that you can find at the other side of the machine.

As always with mobile printers, more compact the size, the better and therefore the integration of both the paper and ink into one customer cartridge can save some space whilst taking the speculation out of actually how much one may require.

Control panel:

The Canon SELPHY ES40 Dye sublimation Printer has its control panel well cut out consisting of a big 3.5” LCD, 4 big buttons (print, creative print, on, back) and 8 smaller buttons (menu, voice, edit, display, zoom out, zoom in, minus copies, plus copies). Just under the control panel, you will find a thin slot which runs the distance across the ES40 printer and this is a part of the paper path of the ES40.  There is a built-in memory card reader built on the top of the printer. You will be able to find the photo path’s other end on the top of the ES40 that also functions as an output tray.

LCD screen:

The SELPHY ES40 is designed with a convenient scroll wheel bright 3.5” 230K dot LCD screen and big tactile buttons to give you easy and swift controls when you need to review and navigate through image prior to printing. The scroll wheels help navigate through the menus for selecting the choice of editing features and learning on how to use them should be child’s play.  A carry handle is built on the unit and this makes portability a lot easier and safer.
Compatibility with Memory Cards:

The Canon ES40 Photo Printer could support up to 15 different types of flash memory cards of digital camera with suitable slots built on the top of the photo printer so that you have easy access and comes with a PictBridge port for connecting directly to compatible cameras. The printer is also compatible with most microSD cards generally made use of in mobile phones so that you can easily print out snaps taken with the mobile digital camera. On the other hand, the ES40 can be used with a Bluetooth adaptor (optional) so that you can print images wirelessly from your mobile phone. In general, the ES40 printer is pretty compatible with miniSD Card, microSD Card, microSDHC Card, MMCplus Card, MultiMedia Card, CF Card, RS-MMC Card, xD-Picture Card, MMCmobile Card, Microdrive, Memory Stick, miniSDHC Card, HC MMCplus Card, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick Micro, SD Memory Card, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, SDHC Memory Card and the MMCmicro Card.

Canon Selphy ES40 Compact Photo Printer

Performance features:

Set-up:

The Canon SELPHY ES40 is made use of as a PC-free device by most users, an indication that the ES40 is very easy and simple to set up. You simply need to plug the machine, remove the cleaning unit, fit in the ink/paper combo cartridge, switch on the printer and presto; here you are ready to print. The ES40 is available with a starter ink/paper pack as you will come to know when you do through the Beginner’s guide and as a user, you will have to go for an ES Easy Photo Pack paper/ ink combo cartridge at the time when you first buy the product.

If you decide to use the Canon ES40 with your computer, you also have to buy a USB cable and the drivers & software have to be downloaded on the CD-ROM supplied by the manufacturer. One could also receive the latest software and drivers on the official website of Canon namely the Canon.com.  The download process either way is a breeze and does not take much of your time. The machine has to be attached through USB when you download the driver.

Ease of use:

Having reviewed both the Selphy products viz the Selphy CP790 & ES40, it is only fair to say that they are relatively easy even for a child to make use of and this point can well prove to be one of its selling points. The Selphy range of printers is aimed at families on the move who like to print instant memories. However, the ES40 has taken all its convenient features to the next dimension, courtesy the voice guided prompts that one may find on both the printer as well as the Selphy Photo Print software.  You can turn them off if you need to, though kids will actually go gaga over the pleasing voice that is instructing them. A quick start-up helps you begin the process of printing in about 8 seconds after the printer is turned on. There are two high-speed image processors which help the SELPHY ES40 to create ‘P’ size in approximately 55 seconds and you may have the ‘L’ size printed in simply about 47 seconds and this means no frustrating waiting times.

Voice Guidance feature:

Voice Guidance feature defined by a dedicated button on this ES40 SELPHY printer helps users of all the ages and can take you through the innovative printing process. Instructions including ‘select the area for printing’ or ‘select the colour’ can help get rid of the frequently occurring problems in printing like letting the user know when either the paper or ink cartridge needs replacement.

Fast print processing & Quick start up:

The Canon SELPHY ES40 is integrated with DIGIC II processing, one of Canon’s innovative technologies that can be made use in the digital cameras for superior image quality with a quick printing of not more than 55 seconds per print and quicker start up time of approximately 8 seconds.

Creative Print mode:

The SELPHY ES40 lets you to be playful with the prints, be it personalising photographs or when you are designing creative gifts for your friends. In Creative mode, you can make use of 12 templates to produce bright and vivid calendars using your own images, add speech bubbles, stamps or clip art to photographs of your family & friends or frame the prints with arty borders. Besides, you can combine the images within a selection of six images, so that you can offer an artistic touch to your photo prints or give as a caring gift to others.

Available just at the touch of a single button, Creative Print options including ‘MyColours let you add special effects including Vivid, Sepia, Black & White and Positive Film to the prints.  The ‘Mix & Match’ effects help you personalised cards, photos and calendars. Creative Print could also help apply several numbers of stylish Image effects to all your prints which you can review before you print something. You can even-out skin tones using the Smooth Skin feature so that your photographs of relatives and friends look their best. There are filters including soft focus, faded edges and star light that subtly provide your image a high quality, unique look and feel.

Easy Photo Pack:

The ES40 Colour Photo Printer from Canon employs Easy Photo Pack feature, an all-in-one paper and ink cartridge consisting of  everything that you require to create excellent prints, whilst all reducing mess and fuss. Each top-class print can last for up to hundred years when you store in an album, the ES40 is the perfect way to creatively print and preserve your much treasured family memories for several generations to come.  When you connect the ES40 to a PC, you may get more creative content, courtesy the ‘SELPHY Photo Print’ Software that comes in conjunction with an interface that is pretty easy and simple to use.

CANON iMAGE GATEWAY:

Users of the Canon ES40 have access to the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY absolutely free. This is an online photo sharing solution and you can enjoy fabulous, new features including increased storage capacity of 2GB and this means you can upload and share hundreds of top quality images. Your friends and family can enjoy the benefits of viewing the photo albums from the mobile phones online using the latest feature of mobile browsing. Besides, users of PIXMA inkjet printers could now make, share, in addition to printing images from the photo album making use of the latest PIXMA Album Printing feature. The ideal website for sharing memorable and high-quality videos and photos with friends and family is the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY.

Free automatic correction software:

An integrated Auto Image Optimise technology is ideal to use in the home photo lab because it can automatically correct photos and images making use of red-eye removal, noise reduction, colour correction and face brightness for naturally stunning images.

Print Speed:

Canon does boast printing photo of postcard sizes in less than a minute, but we found on average, the Canon ES40 consumes just more than a minute for printing a borderless 4 x 6 colour print. Adding decorations or effects does not tend to slow down the print times of Selphy ES40 from what we can describe and neither did printing of multiple photographs.

Printing Quality:

We found the photo print quality on the Canon ES40 Digital Photo Printer reasonably good. The images are sharp and the colours are bright, though there is some fuzziness when it comes to out of focus and high contrast areas which are common in dye sublimation printers. In general, you may find that this printer gives photo lab quality images nearly all the time. As we mentioned with the users of the CP790, they should ensure that they check the size of the image before printing from your computer. More often than not, if you are not printing the original image or photo captured from a digital camera, somewhere down the way, the size of the image is perhaps reduced. The photo may seem completely normal if you view it on a computer monitor, although it would come out pixilated or fuzzy. When you are using a memory card that you had taken from the PictBridge function or digital camera, users should not find much pixilated images.

Ink tests:

The Canon Selphy ES40 makes use of Easy Photo Pack that blends ink and photo paper in a single easy to insert print cartridge. Every photo pack provides an accurate number of images, therefore there was not a lot to test in this regard. The manufacturer sells two different types of paper sizes namely the 2.1” x 3.4” card size or 4” x 6” postcard size. It does appear to be pricey when you could otherwise get bulk photographs for cheaper rates at many photo labs. Nonetheless, as we pointed out that with the CP790, there is the convenience of capturing a photo, then editing it and immediately printing with the Canon Selphy ES40. You may also add a lot of innovative and creative features for free that will lead to additional costs at photo labs.

Energy consumption:

The ES40 Compact Size Photo Printer makes use of nearly 10 W of energy at the time of its brief warm up and then in the ready mode, it only consumes about 2 W of energy. When we are printing, the Canon Selphy ES40 only consumes a reasonable amount of energy as it makes use of heat for transferring the ink to the special photo while it is reproducing 16.8 million colours. The energy consumed during the heat transfer is 55 W, but generally hovers between 35 W and 45 W during the process of printing. Once you are done with the printing, the ES40 printer’s energy consumption is reduced to 2 W. The Selphy ES40 is automatically turned off when the printer is not in use and this may save you additional power.

Accessories:

Some of the accessories that you get alongside the product include built-in AC adapter and a BU-30 Bluetooth unit that helps you in printing from compatible PDAs & camera phones.

Prices & Availability:

The Selphy ES40 is available on the market online for about £170 and there are several places online where you may get this photo printer with the average price range of £150 to £165. There are Easy Photo Packs available in the form of 50 sheet and 100 sheet postcard size.

Manufacturer warranty:

The Canon SELPHY ES40 is covered under a 3 year warranty in the UK which commences from the original date of purchase.

Verdict:

The Canon SELPHY ES40 is an easy to use, fun and dedicated photo printer which offers users the instant gratification of printing 4×6 size photo only minutes after you have taken the photo, courtesy its new voice guided feature. Using the ES40 is simple enough that even a child can dabble at it. The only downside to the printer is the cost per print which is on the higher side when purchasing the smaller photo pack. We would rather suggest that you go for the larger photo pack so as to bring about the cost per print down to an extent. Apart from this, the Selphy ES40 is a simple and fast way for getting creative or simple prints at any time and a great feature laden family printer.

Canon Selphy ES40 Portable Photo Printer – Technical Specification Table

Manufacturer Canon
Model Name Canon SELPHY ES40 Compact Photo Printer
Type Compact photo – Dye sublimation – Colour
Technology Thermal dye sublimation
Form Factor Portable
Dimensions (W x D x H) 226.3mm x 225.0mm x 138.0mm
Weight 2090g (excluding Paper/Ink Integrated Cartridge)
Maximum Resolution (colour) 300 x 600 dpi
Sheet Feeder Auto feed (from integrated cartridge)
Interface Camera: USB type A port
LCD Monitor: 3.5″ Colour TFT viewer ( multi-language user interface)
Computer USB type B port
Connection Type Standard USB cable
Print Speed Postcard Size: approx. 55 sec, Credit Card Size: approx. 33 sec,
Credit Card Size Stickers: approx. 33 sec, L Size: approx. 47 sec
Supported Flash Memory Cards miniSD Card, microSD Card, microSDHC Card, MMCplus Card,
MultiMediaCard, CF Card, RS-MMC Card, xD-Picture Card,
MMCmobile Card, Microdrive, Memory Stick, miniSDHC Card,
HC MMCplus Card, Memory Stick PRO Duo,
Memory Stick Micro, SD Memory Card, Memory Stick PRO,
Memory Stick Duo, SDHC Memory Card, MMCmicro Card
Media Input Auto feed from integrated cartridge
Media Support Postcard Size: 148 x 100mm
L Size 119 x 89mm
Credit Card Size Stickers: 86 x 54mm
Credit Card Size: 86 x 54mm
Fade Resistance Up to 100 years (print)
Ink tank types Three colour ink with over coating
Direct Printing Specifications PictBridge compliant, Bluetooth Unit BU-30 (optional)
Power Source Built-in AC adapter
Power Consumption Approx. 70W (printing), 4W (standby)
Printing Software SELPHY Photo Print v1.1 (PC/Mac) & PC/Mac Drivers
Accessories Built-in AC adapter, BU-30 Bluetooth Unit
(to print from compatible PDAs & camera phones)
Compatible OS Mac OS X v10.4 – v10.5, Windows XP SP2-3 / Vista (Including SP1)
Warranty 3 years

Canon PIXMA iP4850 Colour Photo Printer

The small, yet innovative evolution of Canon’s Pixma range of single and multi-function inkjet photo printers has always kept them at the top of the tree and needless to say, have dominated our Editor’s choice list too. Thanks to a nice combination of quality and high speed. The iP4850 can give you some surprises, like the Canon iP4700 which it replaces. The Canon Pixma iP4850 Photo Printer comes with a wide range of features that make it highly capable of printing photos, documents, plain papers and more.  Let us see what this mid-range photo printer and inkjet document printer has in store for us in this review.

But first a look at the highs and lows of the Canon PIXMA iP4850

Positives:

  • Excellent quality for both documents as well as photos
  • Lightweight, compact, solidly built and meticulously put together
  • Good print speeds with superior precision
  • Rear tray paper feeders & Dual full-sized A4 cassette
  • Direct & Auto duplex printing onto DVDs & CDs

Negatives:

  • No Ethernet connectivity or Wi-Fi
  • Running costs – bit higher than some of Canon’s previous models including the iP4500
  • Short of all-in-one extras such as scanner, copier, etc
  • No major advancements over the Pixma iP4700
  • No memory card slots, therefore direct printing is only through the PictBridge interface

Design features:

The Canon PIXMA iP4850 Colour Photo Printer (product code: iP4850) is perfect for pleasure or work. This photo inkjet printer is an absolute beauty – a black printer built with a smart silver lining and comes as an excellent option if fuss-free good quality and stylish printing is what you are after. The Canon Pixma iP4850 is built with more or less the same printing specifications like the Canon MG5250 multifunction, but is short of copying and scanning like the built-in colour screen that will for sure keep costs down. The machine is much cheaper too, carrying a price tag of around £99. It obviously is one of the cheapest printers from Canon designed with a 1-picolitre print head that gives you nice detail for both grayscale and colour prints.  Physically identical to the iP4700, it has a glossy finish and same low profile and coming to the printing, there is not much difference between the two with only minor changes under the hood.

Canon PIXMA iP4850 Colour Photo Printer

Performance:

Five-colour ink system:

The Canon iP4850 Photo Printer is built with a five-colour ink system which can take five different ink cartridges and this has been exclusively designed for the latest range of Pixma printers. The print head comes as a separate unit and can be replaced if required. The ink consists of dye-based black ideal for photo printing, pigment black made use of for only plain paper printing and the regular dye-based magenta, cyan and yellow inks suitable for both plain paper documents and photos. The difference in print quality is therefore hardly noticeable with the same perfect sharp detail and colour tones in photographs and diagrams. We found the text blemish-free and bold and the iP4850 can print double-sided and directly onto optical discs with the tray supplied by the manufacturer.

Print quality:

Photo printing and full quality do not seem to suffer though. The PIXMA iP4850 Colour Inkjet Printer can produce nice image detail in its well-saturated and rich photo prints, with very few perceptible flaws. We did observe a little amount of detail loss in certain yellow print areas.  It is able to manage Greyscale prints with not a great deal of graininess noticeable on gradient and excellent detail in darker printer areas. The pigmented black ink can give solid-looking, dark lettering; on the other hand the illustrated business documents featured rich colours. The photos seem to be brilliantly coloured with clear black and whites. The default settings can give a bit of over-saturation, but found the effect both attractive and simple to change if you do not like it. The only downside is that there was some discernable dithering on certain areas of subtle shading.

Print cost in Pixma iP4850:

All the ink cartridges are available online at a price little under £12, though these are pre-releases prices. The print cost of 3.5p per mono page, 6.9p per colour page and 10.4p per mixed-colour page is likely expected in future. Not to mention that the pigmented black pages at this time seems to cost more than we had expected. We also found that 6x4in photo costs 32p and 52p on Canon Photo Paper Plus and Canon Photo Paper Pro II respectively.

The running cost of the PIXMA iP4850 is quite reasonable in terms of the manufacturer’s quoted print figures. But take into consideration, the actual number of photos you plan to print as these figures is a measure of the rated page yield when it comes to monochrome and text documents. Photo printing consumes a lot of ink, therefore you will need to replace the print cartridges soon after a period of use. You will be able to purchase a complete set of ink for approximately £40 at the manufacturer’s recommended retail price, though some online stores offer them at much cheaper prices.

Print speeds:

There have been some obvious improvements that Canon has made over its predecessors when it comes to print speeds such as the mono text sped of 9.7ppm and draft speed of 13.8ppm which is appreciable. It just took under a minute to print a full quality 6”x4” photos and 4 minutes is what it took for a ten-sided draft colour duplex print. Having said this, the speed enhancements to draft printing has led to a slight slump in quality. The mono text seems to be slightly jagged and looks a bit grey, however no problems as such was observed in its legibility, though the draft colour looks quite washed out and the small fonts are speckled and jagged. We also instantly noted a significant upgrade in its document speed. All the previous models that measured rates of 5.8ppm in colour and 8.8ppm in mono have been increased to 6.1ppm and 10.5ppm respectively. With the exception of this, it is more of the same with the A4 photomontage still taking 1min 38seconds.

No scanning/copying functions:

The Canon PIXMA iP4850 Inkjet Photo Printer does not come with a flatbed scanner for scanning documents or copying them either. It is short of an LCD colour screen and the photo printer does not have any memory card slots for printing directly. This in particular is a bit of a concern with the claims of the PIXMA iP4850 as a photo printer and it would have been a handy inclusion. However, the iP4850 is PictBridge-compatible and this means you can connect the camera directly for printing that way. You need to know a bit about the printing interface of your camera and do have the cable close at hand too.

Paper handling:

Paper handling for the PIXMA iP4850 is offered by a 150-sheet cassette and 150-sheet rear tray.  When you load the paper tray through the rear tray, the PIXMA iP4850 has the ability to print on both sides and this is a useful feature to have if you need to cut down on paper costs. Generally, 20 sheets of photo paper (6x4in or A4) can be loaded at once. The PIXMA iP4850 defaults to photo paper in the tray and plain paper in the cassette, but the maintenance setting of the printer software helps you to change this in no time. You will have no trouble setting up the PIXMA iP4850 and its software and this may take only about 10 minutes. The printer comes with two USB ports. The PC can be connected via the rear connector whilst the front could manage PictBridge.

The upright feeder comes in pretty useful when you are loading the photo paper and this means you do not have to swap paper every time when switching between photo printing and document. A few printer models including the Epson PX720WD and HP Photosmart Plus come with a separate photo tray, but you only get a photo tray of postcard size which is of no good when it comes to A4 photo printing.

On many older models of Canon, there is a paper feed switch you may find on the front of the printer, but Canon has done away with this on the Pixma iP4850. This actually can help avoid slight confusion because the printer driver can override the paper feed switch anyway. There is an automatic option that helps choose the rear tray for printing photo and lower cassette for printing document, though this could be overruled in Printer Properties.

Canon PIXMA iP4850 Inkjet Printer

Advanced Media Handling:

With the two-way paper feeding allowing one to load several paper types at the same time, the PIXMA iP4850 gives you real versatility enabling you to print directly onto compatible Blu-ray discs, CD-ROMs and DVDs. You can easily print documents on double sides of the paper with the help of the Auto Duplex feature.

Software & tools:

One feature that gives the Canon a cut above the rest is the accompanying software and tools. The iP4850 makes use of new CLI-526 and PGI-525 inks, but of course the advantage does not really lie in its extra capacity, rather the tanks are chipped and users utilizing a complete set of Canon inks can have full access to ‘Creative Park Premium’ – an addition to Canon’s existing art and creativeness website.

Creative Park Premium:

This is an online service that allows you to download illustration and photos from world-renowned artists and photographers including the likes of Beatrix Potter and Norman Rockwell, et al. You can use the images freely and the website allows you to convert into professional looking greeting cards, calendars, prints and other creations. It comes as a neat bonus though it is a must-have feature. Note that the access is available only with machines installed with Canon genuine inks.

Full HD Movie Print:

If the ‘Creative Park Premium’ does not seem to excite you, the other recent addition in PIXMA iP4850 is the Full HD Movie Print which enables you to capture memories by transforming your digital camera movie moments of Canon into lovely prints using the Full HD Movie Print. Just play your movie with this software and pause for capturing a frames or frames for printing. Advanced and new Canon technologies improve the photo quality of the image produced, which you may never conceived possible from a movie. If you have a PowerShot or Canon EOS camera that can record HD video, this function can capture a still from any scene, improves and prints it as an excellent quality photo. Barely a mainstream aspect and it is a shame that not much video types are supported, but yes the appeal can be seen.

Easy-WebPrint EX- Intelligent software:

Easy-WebPrint allows you to easily and quickly clip and combine formation from multiple numbers of web pages. Auto Photo Fix helps optimise your photos with correction including removal of red eye. The Easy-PhotoPrint EX helps in creating easy layouts for printing calendars, photos and features a Flickr search function for finding suitable images that are publicly available.

Dimensions:

Weighing 5.7kg, the iP4850 is relatively compact at 431mm (W) x 297mm (D) x 153mm (H). Like most printers, there is an increase in the overall depth once you extend the input and output trays completely, but to a space-friendly 550mm in this case.

Manufacturer warranty:

The product is covered under a manufacturer’s warranty period of 1 year from the original purchase date.

Verdict:

Launched earlier this year, the quality of the Pixma iP4850 is more than enough for printing documents everyday. There is the high quality mode that makes colours slightly vibrant if you want the best. But that is it. Same PictBridge port, USB interface, two paper trays with running cost above average. To be honest, there is nothing at all available to lure owners or users of the iP4700 to upgrade. Said this, the speed enhancements and several additional features add to the performance of this reliable single-function document and photo printer. You do not get a USB cable which comes as a disappointment to some people, but we thought it is sensible because why do you need a new cable with every machine once you have one. And do not get startled if you do not find one in the box!

Canon PIXMA iP4850 Colour Photo Printer – Technical Specification Details

Manufacturer Canon
Model Name Canon PIXMA iP4850 Colour Photo Printer
Model Number iP4850
Printer Type Ink-jet (colour)
Multifunction No
Ink type Pigment-based black, Dye-based black & colour
Inkjet Technology Single Ink technology – 5 unique ink tanks
(PGI-525PGBK, CLI-526C, CLI-526BK, CLI-526Y, CLI-526M)
Max. Printing Speed Up to 11.0 IPM (mono)
Up to 9.3 IPM (colour)
Max. Printing Resolution Up to 9600 x 2400 dpi
Dimensions (W x D x H) 431 x 297 x 153mm
Weight Approx. 5.7 kg
Ink drop size 1 picolitres
Number of ink colours 4
Number of ink cartridges 5
Paper input capacity (max/standard) 300 /300
Paper inputs (max/standard) 2 /2
Paper size/weight A4 (max)/ 300gsm (max)
Media Type Plain Paper, Photo Paper Pro Platinum (PT-101), Envelopes,
Photo Paper Plus Semi-gloss (SG-201), Photo Paper Plus Glossy II,
High Resolution Paper (HR-101N), (PP-201),
Matte Photo Paper (MP-101),
Glossy Photo Paper ‘Everyday Use’ (GP-501),
Photo Stickers (PS-101),T-shirt Transfer (TR-301)
Media Support Front Tray: Up to 150 sheets
Rear Tray: Up to 150 sheets
1 printable DVD, Blu-Ray Disc or CD (Direct Disc Print Tray)
Standard Media Capacity Rear Tray: A4, A5, B5, Legal, Letter,
Envelopes (Commercial 10 or DL size),
13 x 18cm, 10 x 15cm, 20 x 25cm
Cassette: A4, A5, B5, Letter
DVD/CD Printing Yes
Borderless Printing Yes (Letter, A4, 13 x 18cm, 20 x 25cm, 10 x 15cm)
PC Connection Availability Hi-Speed USB (B Port)
Automatic Duplexing Yes
PictBridge support Yes
Memory Card Support No
Direct (PC-less) printing Yes
Compatible OS Mac OS X 10.4.11 – 10.6, Windows XP/Vista 64-bit/7 32-bit/
Vista 32-bit/7 64-bit
Printing Software Canon Easy-PhotoPrint EX (including Full HD Movie Print)
Canon Solution Menu EX
Canon printer drivers
Canon Easy-WebPrint EX
Driver features Collate, booklet print, multiple page per sheet print,
scaled print, poster print, Photo Noise Reduction,
fit-to-page print, photo effects
Power Consumption Peak power consumption:17W
Idle power consumption:1W
Power Supply AC 100-240V
Noise Level 46.5dB(A)
Operating Temperature 5° – 35° C
Accessories Power cable
Warranty 1 year

Fujifilm MP-100 Digital Photo Printer

The latest compact photo printers from Fujifilm promise lab quality particularly with the popularity of digital photography superseding traditional film photography. We had already reviewed a compact photo printer from the house of Fuji namely the Fuji FinePix QS-7 Compact Photo Printer and in this review we are going to deal with a photo printer that is much compact than the QS-7, having a relatively small form factor. But this time, the brilliant wireless mobile photo printer namely the MP-100 Digital Mobile Photo Printer will take the centre stage and you will find it great for sharing real photos from camera mobile phones. So what makes the MP-100 popular? Continue reading the review to find out its various features and technical specifications.

Fujifilm MP-100 Digital Photo Printer

Performance features:

The Fujifilm MP100 Mobile Photo Printer (Product code: MP-100) is quite perfect for adults and kids alike. The most impressive feature of this mobile photo printer is that it is really small and light with a rather stylish body. It is capable of printing really good pictures and the reason why it has been popular ever since it was first brought out into the market six years back. The photo printer had a great deal of sales success in the first year of introduction itself. So what made Fuji come out with this little piece of innovation? The steady expansion of camera phone market and the launch and rapid growth of high-spec mobile phone models with image resolution of 1 megapixel or more have created a lot of demand for printing images taken with camera mobile phones.

New concept printer:

The MP-100 Compact Size Photo Printer is indeed an innovative concept printer, designed exclusively for use with mobile camera phones. Besides, giving you superb quality prints, it is really easy to use and is built with the ease of infrared transmission (the details of which will be discussed later in another section in the review). It is not quite in the same league as that of other home photo printers (including inkjet photo printers) or various retail print solutions and this has created an innovative market segment of ‘anytime, any place printing’ for camera mobiles.

Infrared transmission:

The MP-100 makes use of infrared transmission by which you get real images from your camera phone anywhere, anytime. This is made possible by the built-in infrared interface and has no media link up or cable connection. The operation is easy; simply press the MP-100’s ‘POWER’ button, choose the image data that you have to print and send it through infrared from your camera mobile phone to the device (printer). Therefore as long as your phone features infra red, you simply have to align the infra red ports, then push the button and the printer starts to print images.

High speed printing:

The MP-100 film packs are available in two 10 shot cassettes. This digital photo pack gives you high speed printing in about 21 seconds after image data transmission is done and that is really fast with very low energy consumptions. The print speed for taking a colour print out of size 54 mm x 86 mm is up to 0.35 min/page with a maximum resolution (colour) of 254 dpi. The total media capacity is 10 sheets. The printer just run on batteries, therefore it is really portable. You can get roughly 130 prints out of two CR2 lithium batteries. You need not have to charge batteries either. Besides, you can install Fujifilm’s Image Intelligence, a new technique of image-processing software made use in Fuji’s Frontier digital minilabs. This software could offer automatic exposure compensation and automatically corrects under/over exposed images or photos. The picture starts to appear in or about 10 seconds after print processing at 25 degrees. What is more, you can enjoy the prints instantly from your camera mobile phone.

Other features:

Measuring 12.7cm (W) x 9.8 cm (D) x 3 cm (H), the mobile photo printer weighs only 205g (photo pack and batteries not included). You will have no trouble fitting the printer in a handbag or pouch. We were impressed with the exposure system that allows exposure and printing to be carried out simultaneously with the help of a fixed LCD shutter.

Manufacturer warranty:

The Fujifilm MP-100 Digital Printer comes with a manufacturer’s warranty of 1 year from the original date of purchase.

Verdict:

The mobile photo printer on testing produced real sharp images and the pictures are a perfect size to fit into your purse or wallet. We thought it could have been marketed even better by the phone companies world wide as commercially it does not seem to be too popular in spite of its powerful performance and superb value.

Fujifilm MP-100 Wireless Photo Printer – Technical Specification Table

Manufacturer Fujifilm
Model Name Fujifilm MP-100 Digital Mobile Photo Printer
Product Code MP-100
Type Compact photo printer
Technology LED
Connectivity Technology Wireless
Weight 205g
Dimensions 12.7cm (W) x 9.8 cm (D) x 3 cm (H)
Compatibility PC
Series FUJIFILM Digital Mobile Printer
Form Factor Portable
Resolution (colour) 254dpi
Interface Infrared
Printing Speed (Colour) 0.35min/page (for 54 x 86 mm)
Media Type Photo paper
Output Type Colour
Total Media Capacity 10 sheets
Max Media Size (Standard/Customer) 54 mm x 86 mm
Battery (Required) 2 x CR2 lithium
Max/Min Operating Temperature 40 °C/5 °C
Connections 1 x infrared
Media Feeder(s) 1 x autoload – 54 mm x 86 mm -10 sheets
Power Consumption 2.5 W
Highlight features Sharper image
Makes use of infrared transmission
Creates ‘Anytime, any place printing’ for camera mobiles
Manufacturer warranty 1 year

Kodak ESP 3250 Photo Printer Review

The Kodak ESP 3250 is at the low rung of the Kodak ESP line. This photo printer retails for about £100. But for the money, you cannot go wrong for sure. While the Kodak ESP 3250 did not perform quite as well as the Epson Artisan 810 or the Brother MFC-255CW, it was no slouch either. We have never been a big fan of the All-in-One concept, believing that it was at best a trade-off between footprint and flexibility. For those who have been increasingly frustrated with the money spent on ink cartridges for other printers. The Kodak ESP3250 printer is advertised to address their concerns and with this review, we will find out if that is true.

Product features:

At first sight, the Kodak ESP 3250 All-in-One Photo Printer looks as if it is 3,247 model numbers, a shy away from the Kodak ESP 3, but one would be better thinking of the ESP 3250 like an ESP 3.250. It is a small facelift and cost hike on the brand’s entry level multifunction one. Built on the lines of the ESP 3, the new machine comes with a quite similar, all black case with a rather odd concave front panel and flat, frosted top surface.  There is a simple control panel that is set into a panel you can find to the right of the flatbed scanner. The control panel is built with a useful 38mm LCD screen, the major aspect distinguishing the Kodak ESP 3250 from its inexpensive sibling. While the 1.5-inch LCD is comparatively small, the ESP 3250 carefully highlights the menu item that you have selected in the form of bright-red band of colour. The price of the machine up-front is pretty low and you will not be hit that hard each time when  you have to replace the ink cartridges, because they provide an economical price per-page for an inkjet-based machine. While, in contrast, the ESP 3250  is one of the slowest models that we have tested in recent times and you will not get such features like  a big LCD screen, Wi-Fi connectivity, multiple paper-intake slots or fax capabilities. The little footprint 422 mm (W) × 300 mm (D) × 175 (H) mm (16.6” × 11.8” × 6.9”) makes it a lot more simple for positioning the machine nearby, which certainly is a nice thing as the lone connection option is a USB connector cable.

Kodak ESP 3250 Photo Printer

Display features:

The LCD display is angled right into the top face of the printer. This means you will have no real trouble reading it from fairly a wide angle, although you are not seated beside the printer model. You can also find a slot in the front face of the machine directly in line with the control panel, which takes MemoryStick and SD, though not xD cards. Therefore you will need an adaptor, if you like to make use of it for printing pictures from the Fujifilm media. Furthermore, the printer is short of dedicated copy, print and scan control buttons. You will have to choose the appropriate functions from the control menus with the help of cursor movements. On testing, we found that the cursor buttons feature a fine, perceptible feel and the control array of 10-button control is well-labelled and logically positioned. Generally speaking, besides the tiny LCD, the printer is rather well-built and simple to navigate.

Using the ESP 3250:

Before you could use the machine, you should load it with paper and one may find the feed and output trays function in the same way as the HP does. Just fold down the front panel’s centre section and it turns out to be paper tray, into which the photo or plain paper can be loaded from 15 x 10cm up to A4 sizes. The pages are then fed into the printer, making a 180-degree turn before you feed out to lie flat on the top of the device’s input paper stack. There is an extending paper support that could stop pages falling to the desk.

Connectivity:

There is a single USB socket at the back of the printer and it is the only means of transferring the data to the Kodak ESP 3250 Multifunction Inkjet Printer. You will find a low-voltage socket meant for the black-block power supply which surprisingly has a short mains lead.

Ink cartridge compatibility:

Like all of the Kodak’s multifunction printers, this model too makes use of a simple, but well-designed print engine, where the print head is built into the machine and itself holds twin ink cartridges, in contrast to being embedded into each cartridge. There are three cartridges, the first of which is the pigmented black-ink that is followed by a 4 colour cartridge including a black that is meant for photos. Having a special black cartridge can prove useful as it will save some bucks if you are someone who does more of text printing. The dye-based cartridge is useful for photo printing and graphics. The feature is a big plus as their cartridges cost much less than those sold by other printer brands. On the other hand, having a single cartridge built with all the colour inks will cost you some extra bucks if you print in one colour for the most part. For example, if you use much of blue for photographs of the water or sky, you need to replace the complete cartridge, though considerable quantities of other unused or less used colours remain in the printer cartridge.

Easy to maintain:

The Kodak ESP 3250 Printer, Copier & Scanner machine is quite simple to maintain and the simplicity has enabled the brand keep the consumable costs reasonably down, something that has now made its unique selling point for the complete multifunction printer range. Once you clip the ink cartridges into place, the printer makes an automatic, one-off calibration print which is when it is ready for you to use.

Print speed of ESP 3250:

For many users, speed is not everything. The manufacturer claims quite silly speed for all multi-function printers, especially if you print in normal mode than draft mode. The machine top speed is said to be 29ppm for colour pages and 30ppm for black pages, but our 5-page text only took about 1:06, a print speed of 4.54ppm and the equivalent graphics document or five-page text took about 1:42, or a print speed of 2.94ppm. We found the 20-page black text print had the fastest print of the lot at a speed of 5.11ppm. With a mixed text-and-graphics document of 10 pages in ‘Best’ mode, the Kodak ESP 3250 came in at 7 minutes and 46 seconds, which is about 1 minute slower than the Photosmart C4780 and 3 minutes slower than the Impact S305.  The photo-printing speeds were a bit more competitive. Printing an 8.5” x11” test image onto the Kodak photo paper with the auto setting (the only option) took 2 minutes and 22 seconds and this is double the time taken by HP Photosmart Plus and about 30 seconds comparatively slower than the Epson Stylus NX515. These speeds are not bad by any standards for a photo printer that costs under £100; therefore it is a shame that Kodak has to overdo the facts with these seemingly unrealistic claims.

Print cost:

The manufacturer claims to save you an average of £75 per year, compared to its main rivals. This average was calculated based on account differences in usage and does not need you to be printing reams of paper daily. The calculations also showed improvements in costs. With the cheapest prices, we can find for the two cartridges, the Kodak ESP 3250 provides costs of 5.46p for colour, 2.65p for an ISO black page and 0.7p for paper. Just compare the ESP 3250 to the likes of Canon PIXMA MP540, the HP OfficeJet 6500 and the Epson Stylus SX415, you will find that the relative page costs range from over double as much as the Kodak ESP 3250, to around 15% less. Though one can claim the HP Office Jet Pro 6500 is cheaper to run, it is considerably pricier to buy. Therefore, Kodak justifies its claim that it runs its machines much cheaper than some of its competition.

Paper capacity:

Another sign of the Kodak ESP 3250’s cheap price factor is its single paper-intake tray as the printer tray holds 20 envelopes, 20 sheets of photo paper or 100 sheets of plain paper. You may see that the printed paper ejects on the top of the machine’s paper-intake tray concealing the remaining sheets left in the paper-intake tray from your view. The arrangement does not seem to get in the way of the paper coming in and out of the machine, however and seemingly, the shared space will help make the ESP 3250 printer more nice and compact. Disappointingly, if you fail to keep this printer level, the paper that is ejected could well fall onto the floor. The paper-intake tray is short of suitable side supports to guide the paper as it comes out, therefore if the machine is sloped to the right, left or forward, a page could rarely fall in that direction.

The Kodak ESP 3250 can take paper sizes of up to 8.5″x14″. The instruction manual tells that you should not attempt to make use of paper of size smaller than 4”x6”. The printer could auto-detect plain paper, transparencies and photo paper, no matter what the brand is. The brand’s photo paper comes with a bar code found on the back that will allow the machine to adjust the printer settings automatically for that particular sort of photo paper.

Setting up the printer:

Setting up the Kodak ESP 3250 All-in-One printer is fast and trouble-free, in part as there is no Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to bother with. The printer model is not shipped with a USB connector cable, so you will be required to supply USB connector cable (Type B) having a square-with-rounded-top, on one end and the much regular Type A USB connector on the other end. Kodak allows you to download a set-up instruction video whilst the CD can install the drivers and software. You can also find a link in the instruction manual if you have to download the CD contents straight to your PC, which will be useful if your computer system lacks a CD drive. We also found the 2 ink cartridges differently sized and clearly labelled.  We got a little black ink on the fingers when we were installing the printer cartridges, therefore keep your fingers at a distance from the ink openings that you may find at the bottom of the cartridges.

Kodak Home Centre:

The Kodak Home Center software that comes with the printer offers Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and photo editing capabilities. On Windows, this software is a totally integrated solution which helps you to set your own defaults for the machine, run maintenance utilities, receive help and also functions as a launchpad for the scanning and printing tasks with easy walkthroughs of basic printing, scanning and/or photo-retouching functions. If you are a Mac user, the Kodak Home Centre will let you change settings, set defaults, get help but does not incorporate direct access to printing or scanning. Instead it is nicely integrated into the OSX itself. Just for an example, you could initiate and control a scan from within the Image capture or Preview or any other scanner-aware application.

Copying & scanning functions:

The AIO’s scanning and copying functions were quite straightforward, as you get several options to select amongst other than the basics. One also gets the option to choose the paper size, plain-paper quality, copy size and brightness for photo copies. The Kodak ESP 3250 is built with the capability to automatically detect the photo paper and select the best quality printer setting, if you select to copy your photograph to photo paper. When you are scanning, you can select white, black, colour or gray scale, in addition to the scan resolution with up to 1200dpi (dots per inch) and 24-bit colour. Kodak brings you a reasonable choice of file formats for all your scanned photos and documents. There is no option as such if you want to auto-load the scanned file into a particular application; however you can select the folder where you can save all the scanned files.

Copy & scan time:

The copy and scan times were quite sluggish. The ESP 3250 could copy a one-page monochrome text document in about 25 seconds, which is a little slower than the Impact S305, but almost double the Photosmart C4780. We were able to scan a text document with the ESP 3250 compared to 16 seconds with the Photosmart C4780 and 18 seconds with the Impact S305 printer.

Noise level:

The ESP 3250 is about average in producing noise when you are printing and it did not shake excessively. Because the printer has the ability to automatically detect the Kodak- photo paper, we found it a little disconcerting to not have any options for print-quality available with that paper. Kodak is of the claim that the print quality was optimized for its very own photo paper and correctly points out that a few users would like to make use of draft mode with high priced photo paper. In our tests, we had photo paper and plain paper alike jam in the machine occasionally. If that occurs, you will have no trouble removing the paper that is jammed inside.

Print quality:

On testing the machine, we found that it took 1:08 for a 15cm x 10cm print and 58 seconds from an SD card. These are really good speeds for photo prints and the resultant images are also without any scratches. There is a plenty of detail in the images and the colours are natural too, if a bit dark in areas of shadow. We found one of the images showing some slight banding. Said this they were better than adequate, so no problem here. The same thing goes for graphics on plain paper, although you can see some signs of under-taking in certain areas of solid colour, therefore the paper fibres showed through to create a little speckling. We were pretty satisfied with the colour copy from the 1,200ppi flat-bed, although the orange and yellow shades seemed a little muddy. The black is appreciably clean, though we saw a couple of places where there was a slight print displacement from one pass to the subsequent one. While the printed text was nicely formed and legible even when reduced to 3 points in size, it was apparently lower than with competing inkjet printers. Our 10-page text-and-graphics document had embedded graphics looking too light with the colours less than accurate. Flesh tones seem to tend toward yellow; however the pixels in the graphics were accurately placed without obvious distortion. The graphics in the copied documents showed similar characteristics.

The Kodak ESP 3250 did much better when printing photos to photo paper. The colours were quite accurate with nicely balanced blacks and whites. In addition, the contrast was not much heavy as is at times the case with photos printed on an AIO. A big advantage for the photo is the longevity of the printer inks. As estimated by the Wilhelm Imaging Research, the pigment inks made use in the Kodak ESP printers should withstand fading for 120 years or more, if you store the photos in an album or away from direct light.

Package Contents:

KODAK ESP 3250 All-in-One Printer, KODAK Colour Ink Cartridge, KODAK Black Ink Cartridge, Adapter cord, Paper Sample Pack, Power supply, User Guide, Startup Guide and KODAK All-in-One Printer Software

Warranty Information:

The Printer, Printhead and Ink Cartridges are covered under a warranty of one year from the purchase date or 13 months from the manufacturing date against defects in workmanship, materials or packaging. To make claims under their comparable product replacement program, you may be asked to furnish proof of purchase details.

Bottom-line:

The photo printer fails to support some memory cards, but if you need or want more bells and whistles like a dedicated photo tray or an automatic duplexer, we are afraid, you will have to go up to ESP 7 from the makes of Kodak. Besides its modest buy, the Kodak ESP 3250 will not burn a hole in your pocket when it comes to replacing cartridges. They just cost a little around £11.99 for the colour cartridge and £6.99 for the black cartridge. The printer is shipped with a complete suite of full-capacity cartridge. Additionally, the page yields out of the printer cartridges for monochrome and mixed text & graphics indicate an excellent value. The results are exceptionally good, especially for an entry level AIO model. If you are on a stringent budget and the price of your inkjet printer’s consumables is a big concern, the ESP 3250 is an excellent choice, as long as you tolerate its dearth of high-end specifications and tolerate its slower speeds. The Kodak ESP 3250 copy and print quality can be much better with plain paper, therefore go for a better model if that is a bit of bother to you. Whereas, the quality of print is great, when compared to the long-lasting, inexpensive Kodak inks, the printer model comes as a decent option where both cost savings and photo quality are both imperative.

Kodak ESP 3250 Photo Printer – Technical Specification Table

Manufacturer Kodak
Model Name Kodak ESP 3250 All-in-One Photo Printer
Model Number ESP 3250
Printer Type Ink-jet (colour)
Multifunction Yes (printer/scanner/copier-colour)
Dimension 422 mm (W) × 300 mm (D) × 175 (H) mm (16.6” × 11.8” × 6.9”)
Print Speed B & W: Up to 30 ppm
Colour: Up to 29 ppm
Print Speed (Photo) 4″ x 6″ photo-quality print in 29 seconds
Resolution Black Printer: Up to 9600 x 2400 dpi
Colour Printer: Up to 9600 x 2400 dpi
Media Types Plain paper, envelopes, photo paper, card stock,
postcards, transparencies, iron-on transfers, labels
Media Sizes Standard documents up to 8.5″ x 14″
Borderless photos up to 8.5″ x 11″
Paper Capacity Input Paper Capacity: Up to 100 sheets
Output Paper Capacity: Up to 50 sheets
Type of Interface USB
Print Quality For photos, documents
Total Ink Tanks/Cartridge (included) 1 black, 1 tricolor
Total Print Heads 1
Print Modes Draft, best, normal
PC-Free Printing Yes
Paper Feeder Bottom loader
Bit Depth 24
Scanner Resolution (dpi) Up to 1200 dpi
Scanner Type Flatbed
Copier Speed B&W: Up to 25 cpm
Colour: Up to 25 cpm
Copier Resolution (dpi) Colour: Up to 9600 x 1200 dpi
Black: Up to 1200 x 1200 dpi
Multiple Copies Up to 99
Software Included Kodak AiO Home Centre, OCR Software, Driver
Reduction/Enlargement 25-400%
Supported Memory Card Formats Secure Digital (SD)/Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC),
Multimedia Card (MMC), MINI SD,
MEMORY STICK PRO (PRO)/ MEMORY STICK (MS)
Minimum System Requirements PC: Vista, Windows 7 or XP-Home (SP2 or higher);
Intel Celeron processor 1.2 GHz or above.
Mac: Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later.
Requirements: Processor 1.2GHz or above;
200MB hard disk space; 512MB RAM;
CD-ROM drive; USB 2.0 port
Wireless Networking No
Warranty (Printer, Printhead, Ink Cartridges) 1-year from purchase date
13 months from manufacturing date