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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique photo printers rating which considers: 510 US prices • 2,700 expert & user reviews • 150 product comparisons • 110 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

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Canon CP1300

837 Reviews
Camera Labs - Recommended

$67.00

300 X 300 DPI
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10x15
4\" x 6\" (10x15 cm)
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Aug 2017
#2

84

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Kodak Mini 2

29 Reviews

$35.00

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Jul 2018
#3

83

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Fujifilm Instax Share SP‑1

22 Reviews
Ephotozine - Recommended01net.com - 4 Star

$82.50

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A8
50 x 76 mm
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Jun 2014
#4

82

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Canon IP110

254 Reviews

$140.00

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
A4 (210 x 297 mm)
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Oct 2014
#5

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Canon iP7220

112 Reviews

$91.45

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
A4 (210 x 297 mm)
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Dec 2012
#6

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Polaroid ZINK

$50.00

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A5
2\" x 3\" (5x7.6 cm)
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May 2015
#7

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Canon Selphy DS810

16 Reviews

$40.00

4800 X 1200 DPI
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10x15
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Jul 2015
#8

78

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Canon PRO1000

10 Reviews
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$1,199.99

2400 X 1200 DPI
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A2
A2 (432 x 559 mm)
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Aug 2017
#9

78

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Fujifilm instax SHARE SP‑3

$142.50

800 X 600 DPI
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(Unknown)
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Mar 2019
#10

77

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Fujifilm Instax Share SP‑2

$45.00

314 X 314 DPI
320 x 320
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(Unknown)
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Dec 2018
#11

77

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Canon SELPHY ES1

32 Reviews
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$99.99

300 X 600 DPI
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10x15
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May 2018
#12

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Polaroid POLMP01

$60.00

(Unknown)
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A8
2.3" x 3.4" (5.8x8.6 cm)
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Jul 2015
#13

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Canon Pro‑100

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$399.00

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A3
A3+ (330 × 483 mm)
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Jul 2015
#14

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Canon Pixma iP100

36 Reviews
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$174.00

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Apr 2017
#15

76

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Epson Stylus Photo R1800

20 Reviews
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$999.99

5760 X 1440 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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May 2018
#16

76

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Canon Pro 9000 Mark II

$199.99

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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May 2018
#17

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Canon Pixma Pro9000 Mark II

$269.99

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A3
A3+ (330 x 483 mm)
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Feb 2017
#18

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Epson Stylus Photo R200

5 Reviews

$229.00

5760 X 1440 DPI
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A4 / Letter
A4 (210 x 297 mm)
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Jul 2017
#19

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Canon PRO10S

8 Reviews
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$699.00

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A3
A3+ (330 x 483 mm)
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Feb 2015
#20

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Canon Pixma Pro‑1

$860.00

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A3
A3+ (330 x 483 mm)
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Jun 2013

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What Are The Best Photo Printer Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every photo printer and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated photo printer brand is Canon with an average rating of 85%. Compare all award winning photo printers.

Rank Brand Number of Photo Printers Price Range Average Rating
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Canon Photo Printers 49 $27 - $1,200
85%
1,697 reviews
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Epson Photo Printers 27 $37 - $1,395
77%
845 reviews

Trending Photo Printer Comparisons

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Canon
CP1300
$67.00
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
One more award
VS
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Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-2
$45.00
$22 cheaper
16 months newer
314 x 314 DPI
DPI
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Canon
CP1200
$50.00
$10 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Six years newer
VS
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Kodak
PD-450EU
$60.04
One more award
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Canon
CP1300
$67.00
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
Better brand
VS
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Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-2
$45.00
$22 cheaper
16 months newer
314 x 314 DPI
DPI
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Canon
CP1200
$50.00
$10 cheaper
Six years newer
Better brand
VS
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Kodak
PD-450EU
$60.04
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
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Epson
R3000
$1,395.00
Five more
awards
Expert reviews
are moderately
better
3 Expert Review
Sites Gave It a
Higher Review
Score
VS
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Canon
Pixma Pro-100S
$455.35
$940 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
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Epson
R3000
$1,395.00
Better Kagoo
Score
10 more awards
Newer by four
months
VS
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Canon
Pixma Pro-1
$860.00
$535 cheaper
Better brand
Twice as big
maximum print
size
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Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
$142.50
Newer by eight
months
VS
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Kodak
Mini 2
$29.95
$113 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
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Canon
CP1300
$67.00
$76 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
VS
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Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
$142.50
20 months newer
5 times the
maximum
resolution
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Epson
R3000
$1,395.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Nine more
awards
Expert reviews
are better
VS
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Canon
Pro-10
$699.00
$696 cheaper
Better brand
Newer by 16
months
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Epson
R3000
$1,395.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Nine more
awards
Expert reviews
are better
VS
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Canon
Pro-10
$699.00
$696 cheaper
Newer by 16
months
Bigger maximum
resolution
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Epson
R3000
$1,395.00
10 more awards
Better Kagoo
Score
5760 x 1440 DPI
DPI
VS
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Canon
CP1200
$50.00
$1,345 cheaper
Two years newer
Better brand
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Canon
CP1300
$67.00
$76 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
VS
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Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
$142.50
20 months newer
800 x 600 DPI
DPI
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Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-1
$82.50
Two more awards
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Polaroid
ZINK
$39.95
$43 cheaper
Bigger maximum
print size
Newer by 11
months
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Epson
R3000
$1,395.00
10 more awards
VS
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Canon
iP8750
$287.76
$1,107 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Bigger maximum
resolution
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Canon
CP1200
$50.00
More popular
Better brand
VS
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Kodak
Mini 2
$29.95
$20 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by three
years
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Canon
CP1200
$50.00
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
A6 max print
size
VS
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Polaroid
ZINK
$39.95
$10 cheaper
More popular
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Epson
R3000
$1,395.00
Nine more
awards
92 times the
maximum
resolution
VS
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Canon
CP1300
$67.00
$1,328 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Four years
newer
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Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-1
$82.50
One more awards
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Canon
CP1300
$67.00
$16 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Three years
newer
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Epson
Stylus Photo R2000
$999.99
Three more
awards
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Canon
Pro-100
$399.00
$601 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Better brand
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Canon
SELPHY ES1
$99.99
$43 cheaper
Three more
awards
Better brand
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Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
$142.50
Better Kagoo
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3 times the
maximum
resolution
Newer by 10
months
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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.

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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.

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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 $26 to $1,619 and in total we found prices for 45 photo printers. A new photo printer costs on average $276 and 80% of photo printers are priced between $35 and $1,000. The cheapest photo printer that we found is the Canon CP400 at only $27, and the most expensive is the OKI C831N at $1,619.

Photo Printer Brands - Price Range

OKI photo printers range in price from $1,619 to $1,619, and the highest average photo printer price out of all brands is OKI photo printers with an average price of $1,619.

Epson photo printers range in price from $37 to $1,395, and the average price of Epson photo printers is $553 which is the second highest average price of all photo printer brands.

Canon photo printers range in price from $27 to $1,200, and the average price of Canon photo printers is $235 which is the third highest average price of all photo printer brands.

Photo Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 888 expert reviews and 1,838 user reviews for photo printers and used this information to determine the average rating for each brand of photo printer.

Biggest Photo Printer Retailers

We found 8 current offers for photo printers from Adorama making it the biggest photo printer retailer. That is over 4 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 2 current offers for photo printers. The third biggest retailer is Walmart with 1 current photo printer offers.

When Are Most New Photo Printers Released?

We looked at the release dates for new photo printers over the last 3 years, but couldn't see any prominent pattern. May was the biggest month last year for new photo printers, with 10 new photo printers released that month. Six new photo printers were released in August 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new photo printer releases. In 2016 most new photo printers were released in September, with six new photo printers released that month.

How Fast Do Photo Printer Prices Drop After Release?

On average photo printers drop in price by 11% in the first 6 months after release.

That means a saving of $31 on a typical $276 new photo printer if you wait 6 months before buying.

Maximum Resolutions

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

The most frequently found maximum resolution amongst new photo printers is 300 x 300 DPI. We found 26 photo printers that are 300 x 300 DPI photo printers. We found 21 photo printers that are 5760 x 1440 DPI photo printers, making this the second most popular 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.

Maximum Print Sizes

'Maximum Print Size' is the largest possible size paper that the printer is capable of printing onto. Larger sizes mean that the photo printer is more versatile, and can handle different print jobs.

We found 40 photo printers that are photo printers that have an A4 / letter max print size, which makes this the most frequently found maximum print size amongst new photo printers. The second most common maximum print size amongst new photo printers is 10x15. We found 21 photo printers that are photo printers that have a 10x15 max print size.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Photo Printers?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying photo printers. For each retailer it shows the total number of photo printers where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying photo printers. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was Adorama. 4 of their photo printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Photo Printers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for photo printers by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of photo printer prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's photo printer prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was Adorama. 50% of their photo printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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