Good news: You don't need a computer to print photos anymore! The SELPHY ES3 is compatible with 20 types of camera memory cards, including the most popular ones. Just insert your card-or a friend's-into one of the well-marked card slots, preview the images on the large LCD display, then print! You can also print directly from compatible digital cameras and mobile phones, even from a Bluetooth device via the optional BU-30 Bluetooth interface.
We used it for our wedding as a photo-booth prop. The pictures printed great and fast. The printer was plug and play for other non-canon cameras as well provided the cable was available. Memory cards slots were also available
August 1, 2011
Best printer ever, easy and compact
The best printer ever made my canon, I have two others and they are complicated and hard to manage and not to mention non-portable. This printer also makes clear and concice printes and love the way you can make several diffferent titles and borders all at the same time and the paper and ink that are made together takes out the guess work when it's time to purchase that, I was told that Canon was going to quit making them, well what a sad day that will be!!!! Might have to move over to different brand....
January 15, 2011
I Love This Little Printer
I got this printer mostly for event printing and for give-aways at portraits sessions. Clients LOVE it - it makes the sale, and I just love this little printer. I have my camera tethered to my laptop and can either use Lightroom or Picasa to quickly make a dry print. For events I can let the person choose a photo and in less than a minute I have a photo that I can charge $5 for. I love the no fuss cartridges when outdoors printing. This whole thing fits into the small suitcase I use for carrying around my equipment. It's definitely a special use printer but really worth it for what I wanted to use it for. It does tend to print darker than what's on the screen so I sharpen and lighten about 25% before printing.
September 23, 2010
Poor quality prints
The ES3 produces very poor quality prints. No matter how much I increase brightness, contrast or saturation settings on the printer itself, the prints are dark and lifeless. Other dye sublimation printers usually produce deep well saturated colours - the reason you go for a dye sub printer. This device doesn't even approach the quality of a mediocre inkjet. On the bright side the unit is small and compact but that doesn't count for much when the output is so poor.
November 19, 2009
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.
Print speed obtained using compatible Canon compact digital camera incorporating DIGIC II (other camera models may vary.
Compatible memory cards include SD™ Memory Card, miniSD Card, microSD™ Card, SDHC™ Memory Card, miniSDHC™ Card, microSDHC™ Card, MultiMediaCard®, MMCplus Card, HC MMCplus Card, CompactFlash® Card, Microdrive®, Memory Stick®, MemoryStick® PRO™, Memory Stick® Duo™ and Memory Stick® PRO Duo™. The following can be used with the addition of a special adapter sold separately: MMCmobile Card, MMCmicro Card, RS-MMC™, xD-Picture Card™ and Memory Stick Micro™, HC MMCmobile Card.
Bluetooth v2.0 with optional Canon Bluetooth Unit BU-30. Bluetooth operation depends on the device and software version used. Operating distance is approx. 10 meters but may vary due to obstacles, radio signals, locations where radio interference occurs, magnetic fields from microwave ovens, device sensitivity and/or antenna performance.
Specifications are subject to change without notice. All view-screen and printer output images are simulated.