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Canon Selphy CP740

Compact photo printer

Item # 280CP740

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Our take on the Canon Selphy™ CP740

This tiny, travel-friendly printer gives you a great way to share memories instantly with your friends and loved ones. Take it along to birthday parties, family reunions, or other memorable events. On the spot, you can create vivid 4" x 6" prints that look like they're fresh from the photo lab.

This tiny, travel-friendly printer gives you a great way to share memories instantly with your friends and loved ones. Take it along to birthday parties, family reunions, or other memorable events. On the spot, you can create vivid 4" x 6" prints that look like they're fresh from the photo lab.

The CP740 is a snap to use. Just connect your compatible digital camera via the printer's handy retractable USB cable, or insert your memory card into one of its card slots. Then scroll through your shots using the CP740's built-in 2" color LCD screen to find the image you want to print. In about a minute, you'll have a vibrant 4" x 6" copy that rivals the look and feel of a professionally processed photo.

Product Highlights:

  • dye sublimation technology (300 x 300 dpi)
  • 256 gradations per color
  • uses ChromaLife 100 ink types for fade-resistant photos
  • 2" color LCD for previewing images
  • memory card slots accept most types of memory cards
  • direct photo printing with PictBridge-compatible digital cameras
  • built-in retractable USB cable for camera connection
  • Bluetooth compatible with optional Canon Bluetooth adapter (BU-20)
  • print sizes:
    • borderless or bordered postcard-sized (4" x 6")
    • wide borderless or bordered postcard-sized (4" x 8")
    • borderless or bordered credit card-sized (approximately 3-3/8" x 2-1/8") with optional paper tray
    • mini label-sized with optional paper tray
  • USB interface for printing with a computer
  • 7-1/16"W x 2-9/16"H x 5-1/16"D
  • weight: 2.1 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • paper tray (4" x 6")
  • cleaner stick
  • trial size 4" x 6" photo paper and ink cartridge
  • AC adapter
  • software CD-ROM (Windows® and Mac)

What's in the Box:

  • Compact photo printer
  • Postcard size paper cassette
  • Postcard size ink cassette
  • Packet of 5 sheets of postcard size paper
  • Cleaner stick
  • CA-CP200 Compact power adapter with attached 58" output cord (DC output: 24V DC/2.2A)
  • 6.5' AC power cable
  • CP Printer Solution Disk CD-ROM (Ver 9.0)
  • Printing Guide (English)
  • Printing Guide (Spanish/French)
  • Warranty card
  • Canon Customer Support sheet
  • Online product registration sheet

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Overview: The Canon SELPHY CP740 allows you to produce prints that match the appearance and long-life of images produced by traditional film processes. Engineered for superior picture quality, this printer has a resolution of 300 x 300 dpi and 256 gradations (levels) per color (Yellow, Cyan, and Magenta), so you can create richly detailed prints.

Dye Sublimation Technology: Dye-Sublimation technology controls the ink flow to deliver a full range of realistic tones and shadings, so color is natural and true-to-life. For durability, the SELPHY CP740 adds a transparent, protective over coating to each print that shields it from the damaging effects of sunlight and humidity.

Memory Card Slot: The printer has three slots on the front panel to allow you to print from various types of memory cards. The printer can accommodate the following memory cards:

SD SlotMS Slot
  • SD Memory Card
  • miniSD Card¹
  • microSD Card²
  • SDHC Memory Card
  • miniSDHC Card¹
  • microSDHC Card²
  • MultiMediaCard
  • MMCplus Card
  • MMCmobile Card
  • MMCmicro Card²
  • RS-MMD Card
  • Memory Stick
  • Memory Stick PRO
  • Memory Stick Duo
  • Memory Stick PRO Duo
  • Memory Stick Micro ²

CF Slot

  • CompactFlash Card
  • MicroDrive
  • xD-Picture Card²

¹ Card aligns with guides on bottom of slot.
² Special Adapter required

Direct Connection: You can connect this printer directly to a camera via USB if the camera supports Direct Print, PictBridge, or Print/Share. A retractable USB cable extends from the front of the printer with a mini-USB-Ver 2.0 plug. If that doesn't fit your camera, use the cable included with the camera and plug into the USB type-A jack on the left side of the printer. You can control the printer's customized functions on Canon cameras, including automatic printing using DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), date imprint, number of copies, print effects, trimming settings, paper size and type, etc (available controls vary by camera model).

PictBridge Printing: You can connect this printer directly to a PictBridge compliant digital camera. PictBridge is an industry standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge-compliant digital camera directly to a PictBridge-compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.

Retractable USB Cable: On the front of the printer there is a 12" retractable USB cable that connects to your camera for direct print or PictBridge. It is terminated with a Mini USB Ver.2.0 plug.

Optional Bluetooth Adapter: With the optional BU-20 Bluetooth adapter you can print wirelessly from Bluetooth-compatible mobile phones or PDAs.

IrDA: You can also connect wirelessly and print using an IrDA (infrared) enabled phone or PDA.

Print Sizes: This printer can make various sizes of bordered or borderless prints. Each size of paper requires the use of a cassette for that specific size. The printer can print the following sized prints:

  • L Size: 3.5" x 4.7" borderless / 3.1" x 4.1" bordered
  • Postcard Size: 4" x 6" borderless and bordered (cassette supplied)
  • Credit Card Size: 2.1" x 3.4" borderless / 2" x 2.6" bordered
  • Label Size: 0.9" x 0.7" (eight per sheet)
  • Wide Size: 4" x 8" borderless and bordered (print area varies with camera model)

Note: The printer includes 5 postcard-sized sheets of paper and a print cartridge with the capacity to print 5 postcard-sized prints.

Printing Speed: The printer can produce prints at approximately the following speeds:

Print SizeDirect connection to camera* Printing from
a Memory Card
L Size50 seconds67 seconds
Postcard Size58 seconds77 seconds
Credit Card Size31 seconds45 seconds
Wide Size73 seconds95 seconds

*Print speed applicable when a Canon compact digital camera equipped with the DIGIC II processor is connected. Printing speeds may vary with other cameras.

LCD Window: The printer features a 2 inch LCD window which displays images stored on the memory card or camera; plus indicates the file number, number of copies to be printed, printing mode, layout, size, etc.

Controls: The top panel includes several control buttons:

  • Mode: select the printing mode:
    • Single: prints single copy of the displayed image
    • Select: prints specified number of selected images
    • All: prints one copy of all images
    • DPOF: prints images specified by DPOF set on the camera
  • Layout: select the print layout; borderless, bordered, 2 images, 4 images, 8 images, or Index Print
  • Date: select the date format to be printed; No date printed, Year/Month/Day, Month/Day/Year, or Day/Month/Year
  • Display: display larger image with no other information
  • Red-Eye Correction: lets you set red-eye correction
  • Print/Stop: start/stop printing
  • Power: on/off
  • 4-way control (+, -, >, <): change image, set number to print

Software Requirements

Windows System Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 2000 Service Pack 4, Windows XP (including Service Pack 1 and Service Pack 2), Windows Vista
  • Computer: PC with one of the above OS preinstalled and a USB port as a standard feature; upgraded machines not supported
  • CPU:
    • Windows 2000/XP: 500 MHz Pentium or higher
    • Windows Vista: 1.3 GHz or higher
  • RAM:
    • Windows 2000/XP: 256 MB or more
    • Windows Vista: 512 MB or more
  • Interface: USB
  • Free Hard Disk Space:
    • Canon Utilities
      • ZoomBrowser EX: 200 MB or more
      • Easy-PhotoPrint: 65 MB or more
      • PhotoStitch: 40 MB or more
    • Printer Driver: 4 MB or more
  • Display: 1024 x 768 pixels/High color (16 bit) or better

Macintosh System Requirements:

  • OS: Mac OS X (v10.3 to 10.4)
  • Computer: Macintosh computer with one of the above OS installed and a USB port as a standard feature
  • CPU: PowerPC G3/G4/G5 or Intel Processor
  • RAM: 256 MB or more
  • Interface: USB
  • Free Hard Disk Space:
    • Canon Utilities
      • ImageBrowser: 200 MB or more
      • PhotoStitch: 40 MB or more
    • Printer Driver: 4 MB or more
  • Display: 1024 x 768 pixels/32,000 colors or better

Inputs and Outputs

Front Panel:

  • Memory Card Slots:
    • MS: Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo and Memory Stick Micro (with adapter)
    • CF: CompactFlash Card, Microdrive, and xD-Picture card (with adapter)
    • SD: SD Memory Card, miniSD Card, microSD Card, SDHC Memory Card, miniSDHC Card, microSDHC Card, MultiMediaCard, MMCplus Card, MMCmobile Card, MMCmicro Card and RS-MMC
  • USB Cable: retractable 12" USB cable with a Mini USB Ver.2.0 plug
  • Paper cassette tray opening

Back Panel:

  • DC In (24V): jack for use with supplied AC adapter

Left Side:

  • Direct Print Port: Female USB-A port for connecting the printer to a compatible digital camera
  • USB Port: USB Type-B port used to connect the printer to a compatible computer

Right Side: printing cartridge insert


Without paper cassette installed:

  • Width: 7.044"
  • Height: 2.521"
  • Depth: 5.004"

With included postcard paper cassette installed:

  • Width: 7.004"
  • Height: 2.521"
  • Depth: 11.9375"

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