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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique photo printers rating which considers: 2,700 expert & user reviews • 150 product comparisons • 100 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#2

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Fujifilm logo

Fujifilm instax mini Link

42 Reviews
amateurphotographer.co.uk Gold Award

$75.00

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Dec 2018
#1

90

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Canon SELPHY CP1300

837 Reviews
Camera Labs Recommended

$85.99

300 X 300 DPI
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10x15
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Aug 2017
#4

82

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Kodak Mini 2

29 Reviews

$30.00

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Jul 2018
#10

80

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Fujifilm Instax Share SP‑2

 

$52.25

314 X 314 DPI
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Dec 2018
#6

81

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Canon Selphy Square QX10

1 Review

$144.95

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Feb 2020
#5

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Fujifilm Instax Share SP‑1

22 Reviews
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$79.95

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A8
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Jun 2014
#8

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Canon PIXMA iP110

254 Reviews

$41.00

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Oct 2014
#9

80

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Canon SELPHY ES1

32 Reviews
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$34.06

300 X 600 DPI
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10x15
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May 2018
#11

80

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Canon SELPHY CP730

 

$39.99

300 X 300 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Jul 2015
#16

78

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Fujifilm instax SHARE SP‑3

 

$119.95

800 X 600 DPI
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Mar 2019
#19

77

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Canon PIXMA PRO1000

10 Reviews
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$699.00

2400 X 1200 DPI
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A2
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Mar 2020
#15

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Canon SELPHY CP760

15 Reviews
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$32.99

300 X 300 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Jan 2018
#17

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Canon PIXMA PRO9500

20 Reviews
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$145.00

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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May 2018
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Canon Pixma iP100

36 Reviews
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$90.00

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Apr 2017
#13

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HP Photosmart 335

 

$36.92

4800 X 1200 DPI
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A6
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May 2005

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Canon PIXMA PRO100

32 Reviews
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$499.00

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A3
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Jul 2015

75

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Polaroid POLMP01W

 

$64.99

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A8
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Jul 2015
#20

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Canon SELPHY ES2

23 Reviews
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$69.99

300 X 600 DPI
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10x15
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Jul 2015

75

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Epson Stylus Photo R2000

31 Reviews
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$949.89

5760 X 1440 DPI
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10x15
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May 2011

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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 51 $30 - $800
85%
1,685 reviews
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Epson Photo Printers 27 $163 - $1,980
77%
820 reviews

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Canon
CP1300
$85.99
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
Better brand
VS
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Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-2
$52.13
$34 cheaper
16 months newer
314 x 314 DPI
DPI
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Canon
SELPHY ES2
$69.99
Better brand
One more award
VS
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Kodak
Mini 2
$30.00
$40 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Three years
newer
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Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
$123.00
Better brand
Newer by eight
months
VS
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Kodak
Mini 2
$30.00
$93 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
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Canon
CP1300
$85.99
$37 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
VS
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Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
$123.00
20 months newer
5 times the
maximum
resolution
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Canon
CP1300
$85.99
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
Better brand
VS
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Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-2
$52.13
$34 cheaper
16 months newer
314 x 314 DPI
DPI
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Canon
CP1300
$85.99
$37 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
VS
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Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
$123.00
20 months newer
800 x 600 DPI
DPI
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Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-1
$79.95
$6 cheaper
One more awards
VS
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Canon
CP1300
$85.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Three years
newer
Better brand
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Canon
CP1200
$119.00
Better brand
VS
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Kodak
Mini 2
$30.00
$89 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by three
years
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Epson
R3000
$899.00
Nine more
awards
92 times the
maximum
resolution
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Canon
CP1300
$85.99
$813 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Four years
newer
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Canon
iX6850
$286.62
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Twice as big
maximum print
size
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Polaroid
ZINK
$63.99
$223 cheaper
Newer by 17
months
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Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-2
$52.13
Better brand
Newer by four
months
VS
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Kodak
Mini 2
$30.00
$22 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
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Canon
SELPHY ES1
$34.06
$89 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Three more
awards
VS
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Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
$123.00
3 times the
maximum
resolution
Newer by 10
months
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Epson
Stylus Photo R2000
$949.89
One more awards
3 times the
maximum
resolution
Expert reviews
are a bit
better
VS
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Canon
PRO-1000
$699.99
$250 cheaper
Newer by nine
years
Better Kagoo
Score
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Canon
CP1300
$85.99
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
One more award
VS
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Kodak
Mini 2
$30.00
$56 cheaper
Newer by one
year
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Polaroid
ZIP
$85.00
Better brand
VS
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Kodak
Mini 2
$30.00
$55 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
11 years newer
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Canon
CP1200
$119.00
Better brand
VS
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Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-2
$52.13
$67 cheaper
Newer by three
years
Better Kagoo
Score
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Epson
Stylus Photo R2000
$949.89
Better Kagoo
Score
Three more
awards
VS
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Canon
Pro-100
$499.00
$451 cheaper
Four years
newer
Better brand
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Epson
L800
$1,980.00
92 times the
maximum
resolution
VS
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Canon
CP1300
$85.99
$1,894 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by five
years
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Polaroid
ZINK
$63.99
More popular
VS
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Kodak
Mini 2
$30.00
$34 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by three
years
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Epson
Stylus Photo R2000
$949.89
Better Kagoo
Score
Three more
awards
VS
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Canon
Pro-100
$499.00
$451 cheaper
Four years
newer
Better brand
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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 $1,980 and in total we found prices for 42 photo printers. The average price of a new photo printer is $341 and the 80% of photo printers are priced between $34 and $950. The Epson L800 is the most expensive photo printer that we found at $1,980, and the Canon CP400 is the cheapest at only $27.

Photo Printer Brands - Price Range

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

Epson photo printers start at $163 and their most expensive photo printer costs $1,980. The average price of Epson photo printers is $955 which is the second highest average price of all photo printer brands.

The average price of Canon photo printers is $253 which is the third highest average price of all photo printer brands. Canon photo printers range in price from $27 to $800.

Photo Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 875 expert reviews and 1,856 user reviews for photo printers and used these reviews to evaluate the average rating for each brand of photo printer.

When Are Most New Photo Printers Released?

The most common period for new photo printers to be released in is between March and May. In March 2019, one new photo printers were released 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. The biggest month in 2017 for new photo printer releases was September, with six 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 12%.

If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $42 on a typical $341 new photo printer 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. We found 21 photo printers that are 5760 x 1440 DPI photo printers, making this 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.

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 41 photo printers that are photo printers that have an A4 / letter max print size, which makes A4 / letter 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.

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