I have been a dedicated photophile for several decades and even once took a class in grammar school on how to develop your own photos. I may sound like a dinosaur but I am constantly looking for the latest and greatest in cameras, lenses and photo printers.

For the home user, the days of developers and fixing agents are long gone. Instead, a wide range of high resolution photo printers now exist. I’d like to recommend one in particular, the Canon SELPHY CP8000 Photo Printer. This compact machine produces unbelievable prints on glossy or matte substrates and is highly portable. It is simply unique in its versatility.


Utilizing dye-sublimation printing technology, this printer can produce bordered or unordered 4”x6” photos in under a minute. It is ideal for the amateur as the resolution and color range are unrivalled by any other compact photo printer. It is also extremely useful to the professional photographer as it affords an immediate view into any photo shoot. Most photos are delivered in under 30 seconds.

Of course, the SELPHY CP8000 can connect with any digital camera or camcorder and with Blue Tooth enabled devices. There are inline editing features that allow the user to adjust for color balance and improper exposure times. Changing media and the appropriate inks is simple and is accomplished via all inclusive cartridges. No external computer is necessary for any of these functions.

In point of fact, the Canon SELPHY CP8000 Photo Printer is like having a mobile photo lab with you at all times. You can print photos at home, at the office or at any event. The system even has an optional battery pack that allows printing in the “field.”

The Canon SELPHY CP8000  may sound like a lightweight piece of equipment that produces average photo quality. Nothing could be further from the truth. This wonder of technology outputs photos in over 16 million colors, adds a coating to protect against sun and rain  on a substrate that is guaranteed to last for 100 years.


  • Dye-Sub photo processing with over 16 million colors
  • Sun and water resistant coating
  • Decades lasting papers in glossy or matte finishes
  • Built in 2.5” LCD display for easy photo manipulation and optimization
  • No external computer needed
  • Professional editing features available including B&W, sepia and neutral or positive film
  • Automatic Red-Eye Correction
  • Connects vis USB, memory cards or Blue Tooth
  • A/C or battery operated

In short, this is the best piece of equipment that I have purchased as a photographer in the past ten years. It is reliable, compact, versatile and costs less than a decent digital camera. Do yourself a favor and check it out.