The Canon Selphy CP710's printer driver is as basic as the printer itself, with three tabs for paper size, orientation, number of copies and border/borderless printing; image adjustment, which provides the colour-correction, saturation and brightness/contrast tweaks the printer lacks in stand-alone mode and utilities, which offers no utilities (a by-product of using a single driver across all printers). Canon's PhotoRecord photo-album application and PhotoStitch utility for merging images also ship with the printer. With an optional Bluetooth adapter, you can print from Bluetooth-enabled camera phones.
The Selphy CP710's colours were good, with a fairly broad tonal scale and rich saturation. There was lots of detail in highlights and shadows, but diagonal lines did display stair-stepping, as is typical with dye-sublimation technology. The composite blacks (formed by combining the cyan, magenta and yellow colours; there is no black panel in the dye-transfer ribbon) were dense and neutral. Flesh tones were pleasing, though we noticed the faintest of blue casts in the whites of some prints.
Since the Canon Selphy CP710 requires a PC for basic image manipulation, you may be better off with its less-expensive sibling, the CP510, but if all you need is a screen to preview your shots, the extra cost of the CP710 may be worth it. But for better print quality, faster performance and a broader feature set, you may want to go with an inkjet model instead of dye sublimation.
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Edited by Lori Grunin
Additional editing by Kate Macefield