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Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every photo printer on the market in the US to determine our top 10 list. In total we compared over 51 photo printers, 662 reviews and 347 prices. Last updated 22 August 2017.

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#1 Fujifilm SP‑1

SP-1
Ephotozine - Recommended01net.com - 4 Star
The best scoring photo printer under $500, with very good features and two industry awards
93
Reviews
2 Awards
97
Value for Money
Excellent
86
Features
Fully-Featured
98
Running Costs
$0 / 10 Years
90
Overall Score
Excellent
Sep 2015
Release Date
eBay $149.84
Overstock $173.75
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$99.99

#2 Canon CP1200

CP1200
computershopper.com - Editor's ChoicePC Mag - Editor's Choicealtomdata.dk - Recommended
The top scoring photo printer under $100, with great features and low running costs
94
Reviews
3 Awards
97
Value for Money
Excellent
84
Features
Fully-Featured
75
Running Costs
$70 / 10 Years
87
Overall Score
Excellent
Jan 2016
Release Date
Adorama $99.99
Target $109.99
Curacao $149.99
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$139.99

#4 Canon iP110

iP110
An impressive value for money and very highly rated 9600 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with low running costs and good features
90
Reviews
59 Reviews
90
Value for Money
Excellent
79
Features
Good Features
78
Running Costs
$30 / 10 Years
82
Overall Score
Excellent
Aug 2014
Release Date
eBay $139.99
Adorama $149.99
Focus Camera $209.99
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$139.99

#5 Fujifilm Instax Share SP‑2

Instax Share SP-2
pcper.com - Gold
An award winning and astoundingly economical to run inkjet photo printer, with a cheap price and good features
88
Reviews
1 Award
86
Value for Money
Excellent
78
Features
Good Features
96
Running Costs
$0 / 10 Years
80
Overall Score
Excellent
Aug 2016
Release Date
eBay $139.99
Pictureline $179.95
Amazon US $209.95
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$149.99

#7 Canon CP910

CP910
Trusted Reviews - Recommended
A cheap and award winning 300 x 300 DPI photo printer, with OK running costs and good features
89
Reviews
1 Award
78
Value for Money
Very Good
73
Features
Good Features
54
Running Costs
$70 / 10 Years
73
Overall Score
Very Good
Jan 2014
Release Date
Curacao $149.99
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$199.99

#8 Epson PM‑400

PM-400
A top-rated but only middle of the road value for money 5760 x 1400 DPI photo printer, with good features
76
Reviews
1 Review
67
Value for Money
Good
67
Features
Good Features
63
Overall Score
Good
Dec 2015
Release Date
Adorama $199.99
Amazon US $357.17
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$599.00

#9 Canon iP8500

iP8500
Trusted Reviews - Recommended
The highest rated photo printer under $1,000, with good features but representing inferior value for money
91
Reviews
1 Award
41
Value for Money
Mediocre
67
Features
Good Features
87
Running Costs
$2 / 10 Years
62
Overall Score
Good
Dec 2016
Release Date
Amazon US $599.00
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$1,487.70

#10 Epson Stylus Photo R3000

Stylus Photo R3000
DP Review - GoldTrusted Reviews - RecommendedEphotozine - Highly RecommendedPC Mag - Editor's Choice
A multi award winning and good spec 5760 x 1440 DPI photo printer, with satisfactory running costs but representing poor value for money
91
Reviews
10 Awards
35
Value for Money
Mediocre
65
Features
Good Features
52
Running Costs
$58 / 10 Years
58
Overall Score
Average
Oct 2013
Release Date
Amazon US $1,487.70
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$49.99
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#11 Vupoint Solutions Photo Cube

Photo Cube
A good spec but only average value for money 300 x 300 DPI photo printer, with moderate reviews and satisfactory running costs
55
Reviews
3 Reviews
55
Value for Money
Average
62
Features
Good Features
46
Running Costs
$60 / 10 Years
52
Overall Score
Average
Apr 2012
Release Date
eBay $49.99
Amazon US $279.99
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$84.99
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#12 Polaroid ZINK

ZINK
A good spec but not very good value for money ZINK (zero ink) photo printer
47
Value for Money
Mediocre
62
Features
Good Features
50
Overall Score
Average
May 2015
Release Date
eBay $84.99
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Photo Printer Buying Guide

Photo printers are a subsection of standard printers, specifically designed for printing photos taken from digital cameras. While most devices can still be used to print standard black & white documents, their real strength lies in their ability to print high-quality photos, posters and prints, with a colour depth and resolution far higher than most inkjet or laser printer. In this guide we will outline the main considerations when choosing a photo printer, allowing you to decide on the best model for your needs.

Cost

First up, cost. Photo printers are specialist peripherals, and the inks and components used are far higher quality than most other printers. Because of this, photo printers are generally far more expensive than a comparable inkjet or laser printer. Therefore in order to get the best value for money from a photo printer, you should be using it frequently specifically to print photos. Otherwise, you may gain more value from buying a high-quality inkjet or colour laser jet printer (which can still print photos, just not at such a high resolution), and using the services of a copy shop or print kiosk if you want to print especially high-quality photos.

Resolution & Colour Depth

Photo printers are largely defined by the resolution and colour depth they are able to print at. Resolution is measured in dots per inch (dpi) and governs how detailed the resulting print is, especially when photos are blown up to larger sizes than they were originally taken at. If the printer has a low supported resolution, then the prints may look blurry or out of focus, whereas extremely high resolution photos (for instance, those with a DPI of 3,000 and above) will continue to look sharp and full of detail even when blown up to poster-sized prints.

Colour depth is a measure of the colours the printer can produce - a higher colour depth means a greater visual fidelity between the print and the original photo.

With both of these attributes, higher values lead to a better overall print output. However they also usually come with increased price, so you should balance the quality you design from your prints against your budget. Most of our photo printers have a detailed breakdown of these attributes, allowing you to choose more intelligently.

Paper Sizes

The other defining factor of a photo printer is the supported print size. Some photo printers are the size of standard inkjet or laser printers, and can print up to A4 size. Others are much smaller, and can only print dedicated photo sizes (e.g - 4 x 6, 5 x 7 or 10 x 4 inches). These ‘small format’ photo printers are generally cheaper and more portable, but are incapable of printing large photos.

On the other end of the scale, some photo printers are much larger, and come with the ability to print at A3 scale or even larger. These printers usually come equipped with a very high resolution & graphical fidelity… and a price tag to match. These models will most likely only be of interest to professional photographers or serious hobbyists.

Connectivity

While most photo printers work via a USB connection with your computer, several more advanced models have increased connectivity options. These can include:

Direct printing capability: Printers with this option can connect directly to digital cameras, allowing you to print photos straight from camera to printer, bypassing the need for a computer. This is extremely useful with small-format portable photo printers, since it means you can take photos then immediately print them out without having to upload the photos first.

Integrated card reader: Rather than a direct connection, some models of photo printer allow you to insert an SD card and print directly from there. This can save a substantial amount of time downloading and transferring print data, since the printer will have immediate access to all the photos on the SD card

Network capabilities: Though not common, some newer models of printer have wireless or bluetooth connectivity. This allows you to print photos without the need for a physical connection, making printing easier and more efficient.

Photo Printer Retailers, Prices and Features

Photo Printer Prices

Photo printers range in price from $29 to $1,560 and in total we found prices for 16 photo printers. A new photo printer costs on average $270 and 80% of photo printers are priced between $57 and $599. The OKI C831n is the most expensive photo printer that we found at $1,560, and the Vupoint Solutions Photo Cube is the cheapest at only $30.

Photo Printer Brands - Price Range

The %8highest average photo printer price out of all brands is OKI photo printers with an average price of $1,560. OKI photo printers start at $1,560 and the most expensive OKI photo printer costs $1,560.

Canon photo printers range in price from $100 to $650, and the average price of Canon photo printers is $328 which is the second highest average price of all photo printer brands.

The average price of Epson photo printers is $162 which is the third highest average price of all photo printer brands. Epson photo printers start at $125 and the most expensive Epson photo printer costs $200.

Photo Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 138 expert reviews and 129 user reviews for photo printers and used this data to calculate the average rating for each brand of photo printer. The top three photo printer brands are Polaroid, Epson and Canon. Polaroid has an average rating of 86%, Epson has an average rating of 84% and Canon has an average rating of 82%.

Biggest Photo Printer Retailers

We found 15 current offers for photo printers from eBay making it the biggest photo printer retailer. That is more than twice as big as the second biggest retailer, Adorama for whom we found 5 current offers for photo printers. The third biggest retailer is Amazon US with 4 current photo printer offers.

When Are Most New Photo Printers Released?

We couldn't see any prominent trend in the release dates for new photo printers over the last 3 years. Five new photo printers were released in December 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new photo printer releases. In May 2015 four new photo printers were released making it the biggest month that year for new photo printer releases. The biggest month in 2014 for new photo printer releases was January, with seven new photo printers released that month.

How Fast Do Photo Printer Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, photo printers drop in price by 57% on average. On a typical new photo printer costing $270, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $155.

Maximum Resolutions

This indicates the largest image resolution (detail level) that the photo printer is capable of printing at.

300 x 300 DPI is the most popular maximum resolution amongst new photo printers. We found 7 photo printers that are 300 x 300 DPI photo printers. We found 4 photo printers that are 9600 x 2400 DPI photo printers, making 9600 x 2400 DPI the second most common maximum resolution amongst new photo printers.

A larger print resolution means that the photo printer will be able to produce more detailed, sharper photos - leading to a far higher-quality end result.

Print Technologies

We found 23 photo printers that are inkjet photo printers, which makes inkjet the most common print technology amongst new photo printers. The second most frequently found print technology amongst new photo printers is dye-sublimation. We found 10 photo printers that are dye-sublimation photo printers.

Biggest Photo Printer Retailers

The biggest photo printer retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 15 current photo printer offers from eBay. The second biggest photo printer retailer is Adorama with 5 offers. That means eBay is more than twice as big as Adorama when it comes to photo printers. Amazon US is the third biggest retailer with 4 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Photo Printers?

With the cheapest price on 14 photo printers, eBay is most frequently the cheapest photo printer store.

Proportion of Photo Printers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest photo printer prices (found to be cheapest for 93.3% of its photo printers).

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