The Canon CP790: Printer that Doubles as Bucket

February 3, 2010 No Comments

Well, we’re all familiar with the so-called “Bucket List” but are you aware that there also such a thing as a “Bucket Printer”?

No kidding, the latest photo printer from Canon looks exactly like a “Bucket Printer”. The entire unit that you see is not the actual printer device. You will have to take out the plastic latches at the sides to get the Canon CP790 photo printer.

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Canon CP790 (Reproduced from the Hardware Zone website)

The CP790 weighs 1.1 kilograms. It can be readily plugged to a wall socket. The bucket, with dimensions of 246.9 x 178 x 86.4 millimeters, serves as a case for the power plugs, photo paper and other supplies and cables so you can carry everything wherever you go.

The Canon CP790 comes equipped with a 3-inch color LCD and an easy-scroll wheel to navigate through the menus and controls. You can also use this to view and select the images that you want to print out. The menu and control settings offer other features like image enhancement, trimming, red-eye correction and other color effects so that when you print the pictures, they’ll look just right.

Aside from the big and easy to press buttons, the Canon CP790 is also very user-friendly. Even old people and young children can easily operate it. You also do not have to attach your digital camera anymore to print the pictures. The Canon CP790 has a memory card slot that can accommodate SD miniSD, SDHC, MMC, CompactFlash, Memory Stick Pro and other types of external memory devices. Canon digital cameras can be connected via PictBridge.

How the CP790 Works (Reproduced from the Hardware Zone website)

How the CP790 Works (Reproduced from the Hardware Zone website)

Based on print tests, a single 4 x 6-inch photo took about 56 seconds to print. The print quality is quite good but professional photographers may notice some elements lacking in the printout. Still, we can’t expect that much from a mid-range portable camera. Perhaps the best part about the Canon CP790 is you don’t have to wait for the ink to dry. It employs a dye-sublimation process that allows fine gradation for picture printouts.

If you buy the Canon CP790 now, its package includes 108 pieces of 4R photo paper and a spare ink cartridge. This lets you save USD 37.90. The whole package is priced at USD 249.

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