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Canon Selphy CP 740

alaTest has collected and analyzed 92 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the paper handling and size are generally positive. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the performance.

value for money, usability, design, size, paper handling


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Canon Selphy CP 740 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 92 reviews)

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Selphy CP740 Photo Printer


It's slow and a bit clunky, but prints look smooth (albeit dark). Cost per print is reasonable.

Inexpensive, Reasonable cost per print

Slow ; photos can look overly dark, Needs front and rear clearance to print

Although the Selphy CP740 falls short in various small ways--whether it's the clunky paper tray, the small omissions in the documentation, or the slow print times--it does print a good photo. Its acquisition and supply prices are reasonable, too, which...

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Canon Selphy CP740


The $100 Canon Selphy CP740 is an entry-level compact photo printer whose limited onboard feature set reflects its relative position among dedicated 4x6 photo printers. Still, we liked the quality of the prints and the printer's ease of use. If you're...

Inexpensive; good quality prints; very easy to use; retractable USB cable/connector is a nice touch.

Prints are a bit slower than the competitions'; very limited onboard photo-editing features; photo colors need a bit of improvement.

The Canon Selphy CP740 offers a decent feature package and quality prints for an inexpensive compact photo printer. Casual snapshooters will be satisfied with this, but users who need more features should look elsewhere.

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Canon Selphy CP740


If you're looking for a dedicated small-format photo printer at a bargain-basement price, the Canon Selphy CP740 ($99.99 direct) is hard to beat. Designed to print photos on a variety of paper sizes up to 4 by 8 inches, the CP740 offers reasonably fast...

Low initial cost. Fast. Relatively low cost per photo. Reasonably high-quality photos

Photos lose more detail in dark areas than with other printers. Preview LCD is only 2 inches. No battery option

The Canon Selphy CP740 strikes a balance between speed, output quality, convenience features, price, and running costs.


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Canon Selphy CP740 photo printer


The Selphy CP740 prints decent 4-by-6 inch photos, but overall its irksome limitations outweigh its benefits.

Dye-sub printing produces continuous tones and colors ; Includes retractable USB cable

Lacks advanced image-editing features ; Paper type for 4-by-6-inch prints limited to Canon postcards ; Dark prints appear flat ; Less intuitive operation than comparable printers

Though the CP740 is advertised as a compact photo printer, the only 4-by-6-inch photo paper that Canon sells for it is postcard paper. Therefore, the back of each photo you print will have lines to write on and a box to place a stamp. I found this...

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Canon Selphy CP740


I like this photo printer because it makes great and sharp photo quality. It's small and can be taken with you anywhere. I would recommend this printer.

Sharp quality. Easily portable


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Canon Selphy CP740


I can't lie...I bought this printer simply because a friend of mine has it and I've seen firsthand how much better the images look compared to those I print on my inkjet. Hands down, the dye-sublimination thermal prints are 10x better. Ever notice how...

good quality, sharp pictures


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Canon Selphy CP740


It is easy to carry and print directly from your digital camera anywhere. The battery is sold separately and it is not standard (also a bit pricey). I wish Canon had included the battery, however this printer is worth every penny as it is.

Small and portable, easy to use and really inexpensive printer

The battery is not standard and it is not included also the LCD screen does not seem as sharp and is a bit small 2", 3" would have been much better

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Canon Selphy CP740


I bought this printer to printer photo on regular photo papers. It turned out one can only print to Canon-specific postcard paper, which is much more expensive than the regular page. It also uses special Canon Color Dye Sublimation, Thermal cartridge....

Picture quality, compact size, thermo transfer printing

Can't print to regular photo paper

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Canon Selphy CP740


This is a great printer but use it wisely.It prints very good photos but make sure you print only the ones you really want to have as the cost of replacement cartridges (thermo transfer) does not make it the cheapest option for pictures.It is super...

CompactCanon brand

cost of thermo transfer cartridges

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"Great Little Photo Printer"


I find the CP-740 very easy to use. It is small and easy to transport. Prints come out pretty fast and the quality is quite nice. Sure there are printers out there that will print better quality photos and offer more features, but this printer is...

Small, cute, easy to use, nice photos

Dark colors lack detail

Product Specifications

Compact photo printer the whole family can enjoy. The SELPHY CP740 makes printing at home fun and affordable. With a range of different print sizes, the results you want are always close at hand. Just connect your digital camera - or insert your memory card - for superb results at the touch of a button. Printing from a computer is quick and straightforward, too. Software provided makes it easy to organize, enhance, share and print photos from your computer. Print straight from any compatible digital camera or camcorder - no PC required. 300 dpi dye-sublimation printing technology delivers superb quality prints that last up to 100 years in an album. An instantly dry coating protects against splashes, spills and sticky fingers. A generous 2.0" color LCD offers easy operation with an icon-based interface. View memory card images. Select print settings. The full-screen display lets you see your photos in sharp detail before you print. Quick start-up means even less waiting for your prints. Red-Eye Correction is built right into the printer, so you can restore eyes to their natural look without the need for a computer. Thanks to an optional Bluetooth adapter you can print direct from most mobile phones. Attractive design suits to complement any contemporary home. No more tangled and missing leads. The retractable USB cable neatly hides away when not in use.

Dimensions & Weight



Compatibility:Mac / PC
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon SELPHY


Microsoft Certification:Compatible with Windows 7/Works with Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Works with Windows Vista


Type: None


Type:Network adapter/None


Connectivity Technology:Wired
Form Factor:Portable
Interface:Direct print USB / USB/USB
Max H-Resolution Color:300dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):3.9 in x 7.9 in/4 in x 8 in
Max Printing Speed Color:1min/page
Max V-Resolution Color:300dpi
Media Type:Business cards / Photo paper / Photo postcard paper / Photo stickers/Business cards / Photo paper / Photo stickers / Postal card paper
Output Type:Color
Technology:Dye sublimation
Type:Compact photo printer


Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS X 10.2 - 10.4.x / Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Apple MacOS X 10.3 - 10.4 / Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP / Microsoft Windows Vista/Apple MacOS X 10.3 - 10.4 / Microsoft Windows Vista / 2000 / XP