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Reviewed: Canon Selphy CP1300 photo printer – £99 at Aldi and John Lewis

This cheap, portable printer will automatically enhance your pictures, but will it produce good prints?

The portable Canon Selphy CP1300 photo printer, which promises to serve up ‘lab-quality photo-prints in less than a minute’, is now on sale at Aldi and John Lewis.

Up for grabs at just £99, the Selphy is designed to print small, postcard-sized prints. Aldi and John Lewis are selling it at the same price, but the John Lewis deal comes with a two-year guarantee thrown in.

This quirky printer will catch the attention of buyers on a budget, but does it have any stand-out features? Read our first look review of the Canon Selphy CP1300 to find out, or keep scrolling for more details.

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Canon Selphy: three key features

Print from your smartphone

If you’ve taken some memorable holiday snaps on your smartphone and fancy hanging them up on the wall, the Selphy can help you create a unique collage. Thankfully, you don’t need to plug your phone into a computer and transfer images manually – it’s all done wirelessly.

This budget-priced printer can partner up with a range of smartphone apps, so whether you’re on iOS or Android you’ll be able to print photos without much fuss. iPhone owners can use Apple AirPrint to get the job done – it lets you print full quality photos without having to install additional software.

Both Apple and Android owners can give Canon’s free Selphy app a spin. It lets you scan documents using your phone camera, and you can save pictures in the cloud by syncing your Canon Cloud Link account. If you and some friends connect to the app at the same time, you can work together to create collages from your own image libraries.

Speedy printing

According to Canon, you can print a postcard-sized image on the Selphy in 47 seconds, while mini stickers will take less than a minute to fly out of the paper tray. The Selphy can print around 54 postcard-sized prints per full charge. If you buy through Aldi, the gadget comes bundled with 36 prints.

Automatic photo enhancing

An automatic optimise function will save you from having to manually tweak photos to get them looking their best. The Selphy is able to detect and correct any imperfections it spots before printing your images, also adjusting brightness and colour to improve overall quality. You can check the results on the 3.2-inch display before giving the printer the thumbs up.

There are a selection of presets to try out, including Face Frame mode that lets you create ID photos at official sizes.

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