Canon Selphy ES2 Review Back in the Days

CANON SELPHY ES2 Price $249 Back in september 2008

On removing the Seiphy ES2 from its packaging, Enrico was instantly impressed with its stylish, understated look. “It’s very sleek, with a nice colour.” The Selphy doesn’t look like a conventional printer, and its compact design and handle means it can be easily transported. “I like the portability of this printer.., it would be good to take travelling” said Enrico. The compact design did have more obvious uses, however, and it took Enrico no time at all to set the printer up; he simply had to plug the printer into the power supply and the laptop’s USB port.

Canon Selphy ES2
Canon Selphy ES2


Installing the software and drivers was just as simple, with an ‘Easy Install’ option which only required him to press Next a few times. After rebooting the laptop we were ready to test the
print quality.

The printer comes with a full version of Ulead Photo Express LE for editing photos, and Enrico was already familiar with this program. “I have a Canon camera, so it’s similar software,” he explained.

After sending one of his photos to the printer, there was a slight pause, and then the Selphy kicked into life. To say that the Selphy has an interesting method of printing would be an understatement: the paper is pushed through the bottom slot and rotated, and then each layer of colour is added, with the paper being displayed after every layer.

“Woah… that looks fancy,” exclaimed Enrico. “It’s certainly a conversation starter.” It’s definitely a novel way of printing, and you can imagine Canon deliberately choosing this method to impress.

Although initially captivated by the printing method, Enrico was sceptical about howpractical it was. “It’s bizarre. it’s a nice process to watch, but I think it looks like it would break in a month.”

This pattern of initial satisfaction followed by slight disappointment carried over to the photo quality. At first glance, Enrico was happy with his freshly-printed photo, however on closer inspection he was not so impressed. “They’re not too bad, but photos taken in strong light seem to lose definition,” he pointed out. “It also tends to blur objects it seems to be that are in the distance.”

VERDICT: “It’s a quirky product, but a case of style over substance.”