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Compare the 10 Best Photo PrintersFebruary 2018(Last Updated 20 February 2018)

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The best photo printers on the market, ready for all your photo printing needs
Compare top brands including Canon, Epson and Kodak
Independent & impartial evaluation of every photo printer based on features, reviews and price
To Find the Best Photo Printers We Impartially Analysed: 60 Photo Printer Models 3,500 Photo Printer Reviews 265 Photo Printer Prices
To Find the Best Photo Printers We Impartially Analysed:
60 Photo Printer Models
3,500 Photo Printer Reviews
265 Photo Printer Prices
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#1

90

Canon iP8500

12 Reviews + 1 Award
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$899.38

Amazon US
Dec 2016
The best scoring photo printer under $1,000, with a reasonable price
#2

90

Polaroid POLMP01

4 Reviews
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$75.99

eBay
Apr 2015
A high-quality and award winning ZINK (zero ink) photo printer
#3

90

Epson SC‑P600

6 Reviews + 4 Awards
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$987.99

Amazon US
Nov 2014
A multi award winning and fully loaded 5760 x 1440 DPI photo printer, with a reasonable price
#4

89

Canon Pixma Pro‑100S

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$620.27

eBay
Feb 2015
A top-quality and multi award winning 4800 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with a reasonable price
Save 44%
#5

89

Canon SELPHY CP1300

54 Reviews + 1 Award
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$94.99

eBay
Sep 2017
The best rated photo printer under $500, with a fair price and a recent release date
Save 11%
#6

88

Canon iP8750

154 Reviews
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$490.51

eBay
Jan 2014
A powerful and classic 9600 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with a reasonable price
Save 7%
#7

88

Canon iX6850

87 Reviews
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$284.79

eBay
Jan 2014
A classic and top-quality 9600 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with a reasonable price
#8

88

Canon PRO‑1000

11 Reviews + 4 Awards
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$1,299.00

Adorama
Nov 2015
A multi award winning and fully featured 2400 x 1200 DPI photo printer, with a fair price
#9

87

LG Pocket Photo PD233

24 Reviews + 5 Awards
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$89.99

Amazon US
Oct 2013
The top scoring photo printer under $100, with a good price
Save 24%
#10

87

Canon CP1200

915 Reviews + 3 Awards
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$82.50

Amazon US
Jan 2016
An award winning and fully featured 300 x 300 DPI photo printer, with a good price
#11

86

Canon Selphy CP820

35 Reviews
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$841.00

Amazon US
Jan 2014
A classic and fully featured 300 x 300 DPI photo printer, with a good price
#12

85

Fujifilm Instax Share SP‑1

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$109.75

eBay
Jun 2014
A fully featured and award winning inkjet photo printer, with a reasonable price
#13

85

Canon CP910

24 Reviews + 1 Award
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$97.97

Curacao
Jan 2014
An award winning and fully featured 300 x 300 DPI photo printer, with a reasonable price
Save 48%
#14

84

Canon Pro‑10

6 Reviews + 1 Award
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$379.00

Amazon US
Sep 2012
An award winning and fully featured 4800 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with a fair price
#15

84

Epson PM‑400

1 Review
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$199.99

Adorama
Dec 2015
A very highly rated and fully featured 5760 x 1400 DPI photo printer, with a reasonable price
Save 44%
#16

83

Canon CP1000

4 Reviews
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$114.00

Amazon US
Apr 2015
A positively reviewed and fully featured 300 x 300 DPI photo printer
#17

82

Epson Expression Photo XP‑55

1 Review
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$197.31

eBay
Oct 2014
A classic and fully featured 5760 x 1400 DPI photo printer, with a reasonable price
#18

81

Prynt PW310001

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$148.99

eBay
Feb 2018
A fully featured and good value for money ZINK (zero ink) photo printer, with a recent release date
Save 31%
#19

80

Fujifilm Instax SHARE SP‑2

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$89.90

eBay
Aug 2016
A good value for money and fully featured 640 x 480 DPI photo printer
#20

80

Polaroid ZIP

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$60.00

eBay
Feb 2017
A best selling and fully featured ZINK (zero ink) photo printer, with a good price

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Canon
iP8750
$490.51
$130 cheaper
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Canon
Pixma Pro-100S
$620.27
£0 cheaper to
run over five
years
Canon
iX6850
$284.79
$206 cheaper
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Canon
iP8750
$490.51
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expert reviews
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by £0 over
five years
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Pro-10
$379.00
$609 cheaper
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Epson
SC-P600
$987.99
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awards
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SC-P600
$987.99
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awards
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Canon
Pixma Pro-100S
$620.27
$368 cheaper
£23 cheaper to
run over five
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CP1300
$124.00
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Fujifilm
Instax SHARE SP-2
$89.90
$34 cheaper
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by $17,602 over
five years
Canon
CP1200
$82.50
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Polaroid
ZIP
$65.00
$18 cheaper
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by $17,504 over
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PM-400
$199.99
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reviews
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Canon
CP1200
$82.50
$117 cheaper
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CP1300
$124.00
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Fujifilm
Instax SHARE SP-2
$89.90
$34 cheaper
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over five years
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Expression Photo XP-55
$197.31
£48 cheaper to
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CP1200
$82.50
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iP110
$149.95
$44 cheaper to
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Canon
CP1200
$82.50
$67 cheaper
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.com review
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are a little
better
Canon
iP8750
$490.51
$497 cheaper
71% cheaper to
run over five
years
More popular
VS
Epson
SC-P600
$987.99
Better expert
reviews
Canon
iP110
$149.95
57% cheaper to
run over five
years
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Canon
CP1200
$82.50
$67 cheaper
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Computershopper
.com review
score
Fujifilm
SP-1
$148.99
100% cheaper to
run over five
years
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Canon
CP1300
$124.00
$25 cheaper
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Epson
Stylus Photo R3000
$2,927.59
Nine more
awards
Better
Ephotozine
review score
Better PC Mag
review score
VS
Canon
Pro-10
$379.00
$2,549 cheaper
Better brand
Cheaper to run
by $21 over
five years
Canon
iP8750
$490.51
More popular
Cheaper to run
by £80 over
five years
VS
Canon
CP1300
$124.00
$367 cheaper
Slightly better
user reviews
Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-1
$109.75
$14 cheaper
More popular
One more awards
VS
Canon
CP1300
$124.00
Better brand
Fujifilm
SP-1
$148.99
$401 cheaper
$18 cheaper to
run over five
years
More popular
VS
Epson
ET-7700
$549.99
Better brand
Canon
iP110
$149.95
$470 cheaper
More popular
VS
Canon
Pixma Pro-100S
$620.27
Cheaper to run
by £28 over
five years
Better
Computershopper
.com review
score
Better Mac
World review
score
Canon
CP1200
$82.50
$12 cheaper
More popular
Two more awards
VS
Canon
SELPHY CP1300
$94.99
Marginally
better user
reviews
Epson
Expression Photo XP-55
$197.31
£48 cheaper to
run over five
years
More popular
VS
Canon
CP1300
$124.00
$73 cheaper
Better brand

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is colour depth mean on a photo printer?
AColour Depth is a measurement of how many colours the printer can produce - a higher colour depth means a greater visual fidelity between the print and the original photo.
QWhat is Pictbridge?
APictbridge - or Direct Printing - is a system to allow users to print photos directly from their camera or phone, without having to connect to a computer first. This can either be done using a cable or wifi.
QWhat is Z-INK?
AZ-INK - or 'Zero Ink' - is a photo printing method that doesn't require a normal print cartridge to work. Instead it uses special paper that reacts to heat, giving different colours at different temperatures. This 'inkless' printing makes ZINK printers perfect for instant cameras and portable printers.

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

The price range of photo printers is from $45 to $2,929 and in total we found prices for 28 photo printers. A new photo printer costs on average $498 and 80% of photo printers are priced between $84 and $1,299. The Vupoint Solutions Photo Cube is the cheapest photo printer at only $45, and Epson Stylus Photo R3000 is the most expensive at $2,929.

Photo Printer Brands - Price Range

The average price of OKI photo printers is $1,619 which is the highest average price of all photo printer brands. OKI photo printers range in price from $1,619 to $1,619.

Epson photo printers start at $200 and their most expensive photo printer costs $2,929. The average price of Epson photo printers is $950 which is the second highest average price of all photo printer brands.

The average price of Canon photo printers is $486 which is the third highest average price of all photo printer brands. Canon photo printers start at $84 and their most expensive photo printer costs $1,300.

Photo Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 347 expert reviews and 1,638 user reviews for photo printers available online and used these reviews to evaluate the average rating for each brand of photo printer. The top three photo printer brands are Canon, Epson and Polaroid. Canon has an average rating of 87%, Epson has an average rating of 85% and Polaroid has an average rating of 84%.

Biggest Photo Printer Retailers

The biggest photo printer retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 16 current photo printer offers from eBay. The second biggest photo printer retailer is Amazon US with 7 offers. That means eBay is more than twice as big as Amazon US when it comes to photo printers. Curacao is the third biggest retailer with 4 current offers.

When Are Most New Photo Printers Released?

The most common period for new photo printers to be released in is between February and March. That means that most of the latest photo printer technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. Last year most new photo printers were released in March, with three new photo printers released that month. December was the biggest month in 2016 for new photo printers, with five new photo printers released that month. Four new photo printers were released in February 2015 making it the biggest month that year for new photo printer releases.

How Fast Do Photo Printer Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, photo printers drop in price by 22% on average. That means that on a typical photo printer costing $498 you could save on average $109 by waiting 6 months before buying.

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 13 photo printers that are 300 x 300 DPI photo printers. The second most common maximum resolution amongst new photo printers is 4800 x 2400 DPI. We found 5 photo printers that are 4800 x 2400 DPI 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 30 photo printers that are inkjet photo printers, which makes inkjet the most common print technology amongst new photo printers. We found 14 photo printers that are dye-sublimation photo printers, making this the second most frequently found print technology amongst new photo printers.

Biggest Photo Printer Retailers

We found 16 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, Amazon US for whom we found 7 current offers for photo printers. The third biggest retailer is Curacao with 4 current photo printer offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Photo Printers?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest photo printer prices (found to be cheapest for 14 photo printers).

Proportion of Photo Printers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

With the cheapest price on 87.5% of its photo printers, eBay is most frequently the cheapest photo printer store.