Canon Selphy DS810
Canon left the concept of the previous DS700, whose particularity was to be able to connect to a TV via an S-Video cable. This capability is now only available with Sony. Canon came back to a product more in the continuity with other lines with a memory card player and LCD monitor. The only problem is there are a few mistakes. As we said above, a good printer is a simple one. Here there are 15 controls, some of them completely useless, because they are redundant and they can be confused with the others. The printer invites you to click on "SETTINGS" (written on the monitor) but there is no such a control. Either way, in the end it prints pictures that are cut 11% and with a strong dominance in red.
Another big problem and a little like previous versions is that consumable options are more than confusing. For the cartridges it’s simple, you don’t really have the choice as they come in pairs. For the paper it is a little more complicated. The printer is sold with Photo Paper Pro, or PR101 paper, which is a nice gesture as it is their best paper. When it’s finished, our first impulse would be to go out and buy the same, which would be a big mistake. 7,50 € for 20 paper = 37,5 cents per paper equals a total cost per photo of 37.5 (paper) + 19.6 (ink) = 57 cents per photo. Too expensive!
Canon sells two economy packs. The first includes 100 GP401 sheets (190 g/m²) and 2 cartridges for 34.90 €. You will have to buy paper to finish the cartridges, and in the end you will roughly fall under 35 cts per print. The second pack, the GP501, is a whiter and lighter paper (170g/m²) and the result is slightly better. Canon gladly recommends it for photo albums. The price is 9.99€, which equals 30 cts per photo.
In short, this is uselessly complicated. Let´s hope Canon will quickly put some order into this area.