Otherwise entitled: The Great Debate.
This past Christmas season I kept hearing all about the Canon Selphy printer. It seemed like everywhere I turned, there was someone raving about how much they loved it. I did some more research, saw that it was reasonably priced, and thought, Why not?
I got that tiny little bundle of joy, set it up with my iPhone and printed my first photo. Oooooh, ahhhh. It wasn’t until then that I realized that it wasn’t a true 4×6 photo.
That made no sense.
So I thought about Plan B. All this stuff is a write off (cheesy grin here) and Jordan was leaving for Florida, so wouldn’t this be a great thing to send with her–tiny and portable–and I’ll get the Epson PictureMate Charm instead?
Granted, I didn’t just jump into it lightly. My cute little friend Cathy Zielske had just gotten herself one as well. She told me all about it and I decided, Okay, this baby is coming to my house too.
I’ve had it for a few weeks now.
And well, I’d like you to meet my new BFF.
I have printed more photos in the past few weeks than I probably did all last year.
I love it!
Did I say I love it?
It’s so convenient. It’s so fast. It’s so brilliant.
It’s just awesome!
So since I have them both, I thought perhaps I might share my two cents on a little side-by-side comparison:
Canon Selphy: Pros+Cons
- Love the tininess factor.
- Love that I can print directly from my phone. Great for parties or with friends! Teenagers would love it!
- There’s an app for it for your phone. Not hard to use.
- Can print over wi-fi.
- Prints a good photo.
- Don’t like that it’s not true 4×6.
- Don’t like that the paper tray sticks out the way it does. Gets dusty.
- Don’t like that it prints each CMYK one pass at a time–prints Cyan, slides back in, prints, Magenta, slides back in, etc.
- If you print from your phone–which is a 4.5×6, you don’t have control over what gets ‘cut off’. (At least as far as I can tell.)
- The cost factor–around $75–is very reasonable, especially for kids. (Okay, I see that there’s a new one out and the cost is a little more–maybe $20.)
Epson PictureMate Charm: Pros+Cons
- Compact, but a little bigger/bulkier than the Selphy.
- Love that it folds up to keep the dust out!
- Plugs into your computer and supposedly I can plug it into my Time Capsule and turn it into a wi-fi printer. Haven’t done that yet. On my list of things to do
- Don’t like that it’s not a wi-fi already, in this day and age. But you can purchase a bluetooth adapter.
- Prints a pretty awesome photo.
- Prints true 4×6.
- Prints all CMYK at one time.
- Because you’re probably printing from something like Photoshop, you’ll have greater control over anything that’s cropped. You get to decide.
- Costs about $100 more than the Selphy.
- If it were only slightly bigger to print 5×7 too, I’d be in complete heaven. It’s just an inch. ;)
The Printout Results
And in case you were wondering about print samples, here’s a side by side comparison of the complete printouts.
Granted, this is a picture of pictures, but work with me here. This is the exact same photo printed on both machines.
As you can see here, the Selphy on the left has perforated edges that you can remove. The Selphy’s printout isn’t quite as rich as the PictureMate. I found the PictureMate to be a little sharper and deeper in color. The Selphy still looks pretty good, but the PictureMate is just a little bit better in my opinion. And notice that the Canon photos on the left are slightly smaller than the Epson photos on the right. I’m still just shaking my head over that fact.
I really can’t say enough great things about the Epson PictureMate Charm printer. I’ve used it so many times because it’s so convenient and gives such great results! No more chopping letter-size photo paper. No more having to clean my print heads on my big mama Epson printer because the Yellow keeps getting dirty. It’s portable. It’s simple. Just this weekend I printed those brush script photos for Jordan and Kass printed a photo of her and her cousin and they looked great! A couple weeks before that I needed to print a couple photos for a bridal shower and voila! Done. Loved it! And Kass, who’s become a printing snob–being the photo major that she is–was quite impressed with its color.