Canon SELPHY CP1300

Canon SELPHY CP1300 Smartphone Printer Review

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Last Updated on January 1, 2022 by Daniel

The Canon SELPHY CP1300 is a simple but effective smartphone printer for anyone who is looking for a quick and easy way to print out photos, documents, and presentations.

With a host of clever features and a slim design, the Canon SELPHY CP1300 smartphone printer is a great choice for anyone who needs a reliable and easy-to-use smartphone printer.

The Canon SELPHY CP1300 printer is simple to set up and use, thanks to its intuitive interface, and its compact and lightweight design.

In addition, the Canon SELPHY CP1300 offers a host of useful features and functionality to make it a smart choice for anyone who needs a printer for their smartphone.

Canon SELPHY CP1300: Design

Canon SELPHY CP1300

  • Lightweight
  • Fairly portable

With dimensions of 5.4 x 7.2 x 2.5 inches (excluding the paper tray), the Canon Selphy CP1300 is the perfect size for a crowded desk, small apartment, or dorm room.

Although the printer body is mostly plastic, it weighs 1.9 pounds (2.5 pounds with cartridge and cassette). However, it lacks a carry handle and if you want true portability you must purchase the optional battery (for an additional cost). In case you want to bring it along to a party or family event where there’s an outlet nearby, both the printer and paper tray can fit in a messenger bag along with its AC adapter.

If you want true portability, you’ll have to purchase the optional battery (for an extra cost).

In both black and white, the printer is equipped with a 3.2-inch LCD screen for viewing menus and previewing photos. Unfortunately, the LCD does not have a touchscreen, so the menu is navigated using buttons.

Canon SELPHY CP1300: Setup

Canon SELPHY CP1300

  • Easy to set up
  • Easy to use

Before you begin setting up the Canon Selphy CP1300, you should understand how dye-sublimation printing works. It involves heating up a roll of cellophane-like film to vaporize the colors and transfer them to the glossy surface of the photo paper. A cartridge like this is located in the side compartment of the printer. After loading the paper into the provided paper cassette, it is inserted into the front compartment of the printer. Turn the printer on, plug it in, and use the on-screen menu to make your selections, and you’re good to go.

One thing to keep in mind is that dye-sublimation printers require you to use paper that comes with the cartridge, unlike inkjet printers. You should also keep the back of the printer clear of any obstructions. During each pass through the printer for each of the three colors (cyan, yellow, magenta), the paper extends out the back.

The prints are dry to the touch, so you can handle them right away. Canon claims they will last up to 100 years, but as with any print, direct sunlight can shorten its lifespan.

Canon SELPHY CP1300: Connectivity

Canon SELPHY CP1300

  • Wired
  • Wireless
  • USB

Using Selphy CP1300 as a standalone printer is nothing new, but Canon offers several options. Through the CP1300’s built-in card slot or by using a USB flash drive, images can be printed directly from an SD card.

Additionally, Canon’s PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app lets you print wirelessly from iOS and Android devices (and it’s one of the easiest wireless setups we’ve ever seen). Mopria Print Services is also available for Android users. In addition, computers and compatible cameras can be used to print wirelessly or wired. It covers pretty much everything.


Canon SELPHY CP1300

As the perforated top and bottom edges are detached, the final print size is 4 x 6 inches, which fits into the paper cassette included with the printer. Though that’s the typical snapshot print size, you can also print more than one image on one sheet in various sizes-from two up to multiple images in a single print, each with a different size. Moreover, you and your friends can send images wirelessly to the printer to create a single printout.

The Canon Selphy CP1300 offers good value for money considering its features and print quality.

Along with various layouts, the CP1300 offers several editing controls, such as cropping, skin smoothing, brightness/contrast/color adjustments, and red-eye correction as well as the ability to add camera shooting dates. Although we love the smooth glossy surface of the default settings, you can add a surface pattern for a less glossy finish.

The CP1300 is also equipped with tools for taking ID photos, like passport photos.


It takes less than a minute to print a single page. In light of the fact that the paper needs to complete four passes (yellow, magenta, cyan, and finishing coat), that’s a pretty good time. When it goes through its paces, the printer makes a bit of noise, but not too much.

There are times when things slow down on the screen when you’re making adjustments or scrolling through images. This is especially evident when the image files are high resolution. While it’s processing the request, you can see the hourglass icon and the word “busy” so you know the printer is at work.

Print Quality

canon smartphone printer

  • Excellent
  • Accurate
  • Fast

Overall, the Selphy CP1300 offers excellent print quality. Colors are generally rich and accurate. Our test prints looked better than those produced by local do-it-yourself kiosks.

Some prints did not match the vibrancy of the original image, however. Nevertheless, the colors were not too different. On our computer monitors and inkjet prints, a hot pink blouse on a model appeared a little less snappy. However, the prints were clear and sharp, with plenty of detail.

A few of the test prints looked better than those from the local do-it-yourself kiosks.

Competition: The Canon Selphy CP1300 is hard to beat

Canon Selphy CP1300’s direct competitor is the dye-sub, Epson PictureMate PM-400 Personal Photo Lab. It measures 6.9 x 9.00 x 3.3 inches (L/W/H) and is slightly heavier than the Selphy, but is easier to carry and can print wirelessly and standalone.

Due to its ability to print 4 x 6-inch and 5 x 7-inch prints, the printer is larger and heavier. PictureMate PM-400 prints 4 x 6 photos in as little as 36 seconds. We haven’t tested this particular model, but an earlier version had good print quality and was easy to use, if not better than the Canon Selphy CP1300. Additionally, paper/ink bundles offer lower prices per print.

Several pocket-size printers, such as the HP Sprocket 2nd Edition, are less direct competitors. The Canon Selphy CP1300 costs about the same, but prints only 2 x 3-inch documents from mobile devices. Despite its small size (about the size of a smartphone), it is very portable and is available in a variety of colors.

When you buy a 100-sheet pack, the cost per print is about $0.45 per sheet. By using ZINK technology, there is no need for “ink” since the colors are embedded in the paper and brought to life by a heating process. The HP Sprocket 2nd Edition probably produces the best print quality among pocket-sized printers. Nevertheless, we tend to prefer the quality of the Canon Selphy CP1300 or the Epson PictureMate.

Canon SELPHY CP1300: Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Lightweight Pricey
Easy to set up
Good image quality

Final Verdict

We’ve seen some of the best prints from compact/portable printers when it comes to the Canon Selphy CP1300. The CP1300’s prints make it a great choice for anyone looking for hard copies of their photos to share, display or put in an album.