Canon Selphy ES30 Compact Photo Printer Review

by Mark Burnsworth

I recently purchased the Canon Selphy ES30 Compact Photo Printer so that my wife and I could easily print our own photos of our newborn daughter. Not only is it convenient for ourselves, but it’s great for printing extras for friends and family when they come over. Below I’ll go into more detail about the printer itself as well as our experiences with it so far after a couple months of regular use.

Overview of the Canon Selphy ES30

The Canon Selphy ES30 is an ultra portable, compact photo printer that produces beautiful 4” x 6” prints in under a minute. It features a high resolution 3.0” LCD screen that allows you to preview, edit and optimize photos using simple, intuitive controls. It even allows you to add calendars, frames and clip art to photos on the fly. The built-in carrying handle and support for a wide variety of memory cards also make this a truly mobile photo lab. And thanks to the integrated ink and paper cartridges, you never have to worry about running out of ink before printing all of your photos.

Here’s a video showing how you can create a desk calendar using the pictures you take. It’s what I did and it was incredibly easy to set up:

My Experience with the Canon Selphy ES30

My wife and I have been using the Canon Selphy ES30 for a couple of months now and so far it’s exceeded all of our expectations. As you can imagine with a newborn daughter, we’ve been taking photos almost nonstop so that we don’t miss a thing, or the chance to embarrass her later when she’s all grown up! The built-in controls are very intuitive and easy to use; in fact it only took minutes to un-box, setup and start printing our first photos.

We were a little skeptical initially of the one minute claim as far as printing photos because this printer is so tiny but it does just that. And the 4” x 6” photos are very vibrant and colorful. Even the details are crisp and clear. If you held up a photo printed from the Canon Selphy ES30 and the same photo printed in a lab, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference, it’s that good. I also love how the 4th pass during printing adds a clear coat that waterproofs the photo and makes it UV resistant. And the integrated ink and paper cartridges are very convenient, especially since they come in packs of 50. You don’t have to worry about anything, just pop it in there and go.


  • Price — very inexpensive given the quality and added features
  • Quality — produces lab quality photos on demand
  • Combo — integrated ink and paper cartridges are very convenient
  • Portability — built in carrying handle plus the small, compact size make it very portable


  • Cartridges — the only downside to the cartridges is local stores never seem to have them in stock, so we have to buy them online
  • No battery option — the only thing missing from this model is a battery option, with that it would be perfect

The Bottom Line

Overall my wife and I couldn’t be happier with our purchase. Having the Canon Selphy ES30 around the house means we can print lab quality photos on demand, either for our own family albums or to send home with visiting friends and relatives. It’s a huge time and cost saver compared to developing film at a lab and you can’t tell the difference quality wise. I would have no problem recommending this to any new parents or anyone else that simply wants their own convenient photo lab at home.

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