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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique photo printers rating which considers: 970 US prices • 5,000 expert & user reviews • 150 product comparisons • 110 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

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Canon logo

Canon SELPHY CP1300

933 Reviews
techgearlab.com Top Pick

$85.99

300 X 300 DPI
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10x15
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Aug 2017
#2

88

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Fujifilm logo

Fujifilm instax mini Link

310 Reviews
Digitaltrends.com Recommended ProductEphotozine Recommendedamateurphotographer.co.uk Gold Awardtechgearlab.com Top Pick

$66.99

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Dec 2018
#3

85

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Canon Selphy Square QX10

52 Reviews
Supports Wi‑Fi  Supports borderless printing
Supports Wi‑Fi
Supports borderless printing

$59.99

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Feb 2020
#4

84

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Kodak logo

Kodak Mini 2

163 Reviews
Supports Wi‑Fi  Supports bluetooth  Supports Near Field Communication (NFC) 
Supports Wi‑Fi
Supports bluetooth
Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

$32.00

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Jul 2018
#5

83

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Canon SELPHY CP400

8 Reviews

$29.99

300 X 300 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Sep 2017
#6

82

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Fujifilm Instax Share SP‑2

 

$63.29

314 X 314 DPI
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Dec 2018
#7

82

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Canon SELPHY CP600

14 Reviews

$30.99

300 X 300 DPI
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10x15
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Jun 2017
#8

81

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Canon SELPHY ES1

32 Reviews

$34.06

300 X 600 DPI
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10x15
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May 2018
#9

81

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Fujifilm Instax Share SP‑1

22 Reviews

$61.99

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A8
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Jun 2014
#10

80

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Canon SELPHY CP1000

36 Reviews

$33.33

300 X 300 DPI
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A6
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Sep 2017
#11

80

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HP Photosmart 335

 

$38.12

4800 X 1200 DPI
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A6
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May 2005
#12

79

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Canon SELPHY CP760

15 Reviews

$31.99

300 X 300 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Jan 2018
#13

79

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Canon PIXMA PRO1000

10 Reviews

$899.00

2400 X 1200 DPI
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A2
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Mar 2020
#14

79

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Canon SELPHY CP510

23 Reviews

$30.00

300 X 300 DPI
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10x15
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May 2018
#15

79

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Fujifilm instax SHARE SP‑3

 

$78.99

800 X 600 DPI
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Mar 2019
#16

78

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Canon PIXMA IP7220

112 Reviews

$91.45

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Dec 2012
#17

78

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Canon Pixma iP100

37 Reviews

$149.95

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Apr 2017
#18

77

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Canon PIXMA iP110

681 Reviews

$84.99

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Oct 2014
#19

77

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Vupoint Solutions Photo Cube Mini

1 Review

$45.00

300 X 300 DPI
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A5
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Aug 2017

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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 82%. Compare all award winning photo printers.

Rank Brand Number of Photo Printers Price Range Average Rating
#1
Canon Photo Printers 51 $30 - $899
82%
2,789 reviews
#2
Epson Photo Printers 27 $165 - $1,900
77%
891 reviews

Trending Photo Printer Comparisons

Canon
CP1300
$85.99
One more award
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-2
$63.29
$23 cheaper
16 months newer
314 x 314 DPI
DPI
Fujifilm
instax mini Link
$73.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Four more
awards
More customers
recommend it
VS
Canon
Selphy Square QX10
$59.99
$13 cheaper
Better brand
14 months newer
Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
$78.99
Better brand
Newer by seven
months
VS
Kodak
Mini 2
$32.00
$47 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Canon
SELPHY ES2
$80.00
Better brand
One more award
VS
Kodak
Mini 2
$32.00
$48 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Three years
newer
Kodak
Mini 2
$32.00
$41 cheaper
A bit better
expert reviews
VS
Fujifilm
instax mini Link
$73.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Four more
awards
More customers
recommend it
Canon
CP1000
$33.33
$40 cheaper
Better brand
Expert reviews
are better
VS
Fujifilm
instax mini Link
$73.00
Four more
awards
Better Kagoo
Score
User reviews
are a lot
better
Canon
CP1300
$85.99
More popular
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
VS
Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
$78.99
$7 cheaper
20 months newer
5 times the
maximum
resolution
Canon
CP1300
$85.99
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
Better brand
VS
Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-2
$63.29
$23 cheaper
16 months newer
314 x 314 DPI
DPI
Epson
L800
$1,599.00
92 times the
maximum
resolution
Better overall
reviews
Better expert
reviews
VS
Canon
CP1300
$85.99
$1,513 cheaper
Five years
newer
Better Kagoo
Score
Canon
CP1200
$70.00
$9 cheaper
Better brand
VS
Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
$78.99
Three years
newer
Better Kagoo
Score
5 times the
maximum
resolution
Canon
CP1300
$85.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
2 Expert Review
Sites Gave It a
Higher Review
Score
VS
Fujifilm
instax mini Link
$73.00
$13 cheaper
Three more
awards
More customers
recommend it
Canon
CP1200
$70.00
Better brand
VS
Kodak
Mini 2
$32.00
$38 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by three
years
Epson
Stylus Photo R2000
$1,600.00
One more awards
3 times the
maximum
resolution
Expert reviews
are a bit
better
VS
Canon
PRO-1000
$899.00
$701 cheaper
Newer by nine
years
Better Kagoo
Score
Canon
CP1000
$33.33
Better brand
Better expert
reviews
A little better
user reviews
VS
Kodak
Mini 2
$32.00
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
Newer by 11
months
Epson
R3000
$1,749.99
Three more
awards
A little better
expert reviews
Newer by four
months
VS
Canon
Pixma Pro-1
$876.00
$874 cheaper
Better brand
Twice as big
maximum print
size
Canon
CP1000
$33.33
$30 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-2
$63.29
16 months newer
314 x 314 DPI
DPI
Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-2
$63.29
Better brand
Newer by five
months
VS
Kodak
Mini 2
$32.00
$31 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Canon
CP1200
$70.00
Better brand
VS
Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-2
$63.29
$7 cheaper
Newer by three
years
Better Kagoo
Score
Canon
CP1300
$85.99
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
Better brand
VS
Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
$78.99
$7 cheaper
19 months newer
800 x 600 DPI
DPI
Kodak
Mini 2
$32.00
$28 cheaper
Better expert
reviews
Marginally
better overall
reviews
VS
Canon
Selphy Square QX10
$59.99
Better Kagoo
Score
19 months newer
More customers
recommend it
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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.

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

In total we found 37 photo printers ranging from $29 to $1,900. A new photo printer costs on average $339 and 80% of photo printers are priced between $32 and $899. The Canon SELPHY CP510 is the cheapest photo printer at only $30, and Epson R3000 is the most expensive at $1,900.

Photo Printer Brands - Price Range

OKI photo printers start at $1,619 and their most expensive photo printer costs $1,619. The average price of OKI photo printers is $1,619 which is the highest average price of all photo printer brands.

The second highest average photo printer price out of all brands is Epson photo printers with an average price of $1,213. Epson photo printers range in price from $165 to $1,900.

The average price of Canon photo printers is $208 which is the third highest average price of all photo printer brands. Canon photo printers start at $30 and their most expensive photo printer costs $899.

Photo Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 913 expert reviews and 3,395 user reviews for photo printers and used this data to calculate the average rating for each brand of photo printer.

Biggest Photo Printer Retailers

We found 43 current offers for photo printers from eBay making it the biggest photo printer retailer. That is over 5 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Adorama for whom we found 8 current offers for photo printers.

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. The biggest month last year for new photo printer releases was February, with one new photo printers released that month. One new photo printers were released in March 2019 making it the biggest month that year for new photo printer releases. In 2018 most new photo printers were released in May, with 10 new photo printers released that month.

How Fast Do Photo Printer Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, photo printers drop in price by 28%.

That means that on a typical photo printer costing $339 you could save on average $95 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Maximum Resolutions

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

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

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.

Amongst new photo printers, the most popular maximum print size is A4 / letter. We found 42 photo printers that are photo printers that have an A4 / letter max print size. We found 23 photo printers that are photo printers that have a 10x15 max print size, making this the second most popular maximum print size amongst new photo printers.

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 eBay. 36 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 eBay. 83.7% of their photo printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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