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Canon CP-330

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Canon CP-330

The CP-330 doesn't have any whiz-bang features, but its compact design and quality output make it a reasonable choice among portable photo printers.

The Canon CP-330 dye-sub photo printer is pretty, portable, and PictBridge compatible. It doesn't have some of the features we've come to expect in a photo printer, such as an LCD or slots for removable media, but the CP-330 still won us over with its stylish, compact design and its fast snapshot printing. It comes with a rechargeable battery, so you'll have juice in the field. However, the CP-330 is on the pricey side. If you can live without the battery, take a look at the step-down model, the Canon CP-220, which costs about AU$150 less.

In both looks and features, the Canon CP-330 resembles the company's previous-generation portable photo printer, the CP-300. Measuring 17 by 12.2 by 5.6 cm and weighing just 850 grams without ink, paper cassette, or battery installed, the CP-330 is just as compact as its predecessor. Like the CP-300, the CP-330 has a luminous circle on its top that glows yellow, cyan, or magenta as each respective colour of dye is printed.

There's a little door in the front panel that flips down to receive one of the two included paper cassettes, which hold 18 sheets each of 4x6 or 4x8 paper (extra cassettes in different sizes are sold separately). On the right side, you'll see a hatch for loading the ink cassettes, and on the left side are two USB ports: one for connecting the printer to your PC or Mac and another for connecting a compatible Canon digital camera or any camera that supports the PictBridge direct-print standard.

The CP-330 comes with a battery pack that snaps onto the back of the printer. According to Canon, the rechargeable lithium-ion battery gives about 90 minutes of print time. You should be able to get 65 to 80 prints out of a charge--depending on how rich with graphics your photos are.

Its size makes it easy to take on the road with you, but you'll need a fair bit of elbow room to work with it. The battery adds a few centimeters and some weight, and the paper cassettes stick out as much as 24 cm from the front. During printing, the CP-330 sucks paper in and out of the back of the printer four times as it lays down ink, so you'll need about 20 cm of clearance in the back as well.

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All in all, the CP-330 is a pretty basic printer. It does what it's supposed to do--print snapshots--with no unnecessary fuss. Because the Canon CP-330 is so small, there's no room on its body for an LCD or removable media slots (for a portable printer that does have these features, look to the HP Photosmart 245). You can print directly from certain Canon digital cameras as well as from other cameras that support the PictBridge standard, but any changes you want make to the photo or the printing process will depend on the capabilities of the camera; the printer has no editing functions.

Canon includes a suite of software for managing your photos and printing from your PC or Mac. The software lets you change print layouts, add a frame, or stitch multiple photos together for a panoramic effect. However, there's no editing application included here, so you can't crop, remove red-eye, or otherwise alter your photos unless you already have software that does this. That's pretty skimpy for a relatively expensive printer such as this.

The CP-330's print drivers are incredibly basic. From the Print Settings tab, you can choose what size paper to use, the orientation, the number of copies, and whether you want borderless prints. The Image Adjustment tab lets you tweak saturation, hue, brightness, and contrast, and the Utilities tab simply tells you whether the printer's notification messages are on, such as pop-ups that let you know if printing fails or you run out of ink.

Even though it's a tad slower than its brother, the CP-300, the Canon CP-330 was pretty speedy in CNET Labs' tests. It took 1.57 minutes to print a 4x6-inch photo. By comparison, the competing HP Photosmart 245 and the Sony Picture Station took 2.36 minutes and 1.54 minutes to do the same job, respectively. Overall, the CP-330 is a smooth performer, though it's a little noisier than most dye-sub printers we've tested.

Image quality was good but certainly not the best we've seen. The printer did a nice job of producing smooth, realistic skin tones of various hues. However, the overall effect was of a picture taken in slightly soft focus, and the printer was unable to reproduce the finest details in our tricky test photo. For example, there's a little tin robot toy in the picture. Prints that we rate excellent, such as those from the HP Photosmart 7960, are able to reproduce the robot's vintage orangey-red colour and the tiny silver rivets in its suit. The CP-330's version was a darker shade of red, and none of the suit details came out. We partly attribute this to some banding in the print, which seemed to result in a slight shift in our perception of colour and sharpness.

The same slight blurriness and lack of detail were visible throughout the photo, and all the colours had a somewhat dark, cold tone to them. The combined darkness and blurriness tended to make three-dimensional objects look slightly flattened as well. If you're not a total stickler about your photos, you'll probably be happy with the CP-330's output.

The Canon CP-330 comes with a standard one-year warranty within Australia. For AU$67, you can extend your warranty for to a total of three years.

Canon CP-330
Company: Canon Australia
Price: AU$449
Distributor: Selected resellers
Phone:  1800 021 167

Specifications

General
Printer Type Compact photo printer - dye sublimation - color
Form Factor portable
Printer
Technology dye sublimation
Print Speed Up to 1.4 min/page - 3.95 in x 5.83 in
Up to 1.8 min/page - 3.9 in x 7.9 in
Up to 1.2 min/page - 3.5 in x 4.7 in
Up to 0.7 min/page - 2.1 in x 3.4 in
Up to 0.7 min/page - 0.7 in x 0.9 in
Connectivity Technology wired
Interface USB, IrDA
Direct Printing Specifications Canon Direct Print, DPOF, PictBridge
Type compact photo printer
Portable portable
Max H-Document Size 3.95 m
Max V-Document Size 7.87 in
Media Type photo paper, photo postcard paper, photo stickers
Media Sizes 0.7 in x 0.9 in, 3.4 in x 2.13 in, 3.5 in x 4.7 in, 3.9 in x 7.9 in, 3.95 in x 5.83 in
Connectivity
Wireless Ready Yes
Power Device
Type power adapter
Power Consumption Operational 50 Watt
Form Factor external
Battery
Included 1
Power
Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep 4 Watt
Power Consumption Operational 50 Watt
Miscellaneous
Media Included paper/ink cassette
Printing
Max Resolution B/W 300 dpi
Max Resolution Color 300 dpi
Media Handling
Max Media Size (Custom) 3.95 in x 7.87 in
Media Type Photo paper, photo stickers, photo postcard paper
Media Sizes 3.95 in x 5.83 in, 3.4 in x 2.13 in, 0.7 in x 0.9 in, 3.5 in x 4.7 in, 3.9 in x 7.9 in
System Requirements
OS Required Apple MacOS 9, Apple MacOS 9.2, Apple MacOS X 10.1, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature 41 °F
Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
Humidity Range Operating 20 - 80%
Copier
Copier Type none
Document & Media Handling
Media Type Class photo paper
Media Size Class Other
Header
Brand Canon
Product Line Canon CP
Model 330
Packaged Quantity 1
Compatibility Mac, PC
Interface Required
Connector Type 4 pin USB Type A, IrDA
Type IrDA, USB
Total Qty 1
Office Machine
Type printer
Functions printer
Printing Technology dye sublimation
Printing Output Type color
Dimensions & Weight
Width 6.7 in
Depth 4.8 in
Height 2.2 in
Weight 1.98 lbs
Expansion Bays
Type none
Expansion Slots
Type none
Slot Required
Type none
Printer Output
Max Speed 0.7 min/page, 1.2 min/page, 1.4 min/page, 1.8 min/page
Media Size 0.7 in x 0.9 in, 2.1 in x 3.4 in, 3.5 in x 4.7 in, 3.9 in x 7.9 in, 3.95 in x 5.83 in
Software
Type Drivers & Utilities
PC Connectivity
Interface IrDA, USB

Where To Buy

Price
$279.00

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Where To Buy

Canon CP-330

Part Number: 9369A001
Price
$279.00