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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique photo printers rating which considers: 670 US prices • 3,000 expert & user reviews • 150 product comparisons • 120 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#2

Canon Pro‑10

7 Reviews
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$699.00

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A3
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Apr 2011
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#3

Canon PRO‑1000

10 Reviews
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$675.00

2400 X 1200 DPI
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A2
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Aug 2017
#4

Polaroid GL10

15 Reviews
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$39.69

1200 X 1200 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Sep 2017
#5

Epson Stylus Photo R2000

31 Reviews
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$999.99

5760 X 1440 DPI
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A3
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May 2011
#6

Canon Pixma IP4950

9 Reviews
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$77.95

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Jul 2013
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#7

Canon Pixma iP100

36 Reviews
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$32.16

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Apr 2017
#8

Canon iP4820

7 Reviews
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$300.00

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Jan 2018
#9

Canon SELPHY ES1

22 Reviews
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$119.99

300 X 600 DPI
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10x15
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May 2018
#10

Epson Stylus Photo R1800

20 Reviews
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$146.58

5760 X 1440 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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May 2018
#11

Vupoint Solutions Photo Cube

8 Reviews
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$39.75

300 X 300 DPI
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10x15
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Mar 2005
#12

Canon iP8750

105 Reviews
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$447.30

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A3
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Aug 2018
#13

Epson Stylus Photo R200

5 Reviews
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$289.95

5760 X 1440 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Jul 2017
#14

Epson L800

13 Reviews
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$36.97

5760 X 1440 DPI
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A4 (Long)
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Oct 2015
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Kodak Mini 2

10 Reviews
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$54.99

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Jul 2018
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Canon CP400

8 Reviews
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$40.00

300 X 300 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Sep 2017
#17

Epson Stylus Photo R800

17 Reviews
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$95.07

5760 X 1440 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Oct 2005
#18

Canon SELPHY CP510

23 Reviews
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$200.00

300 X 300 DPI
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10x15
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May 2018
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Epson R3000

116 Reviews
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$1,500.00

5760 X 1440 DPI
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A3
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Aug 2006
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Canon Pro‑100

32 Reviews
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$359.00

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A3
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Jul 2015
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Canon Selphy DS810

12 Reviews
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$39.98

4800 X 1200 DPI
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Jul 2015

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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 80%. 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 - $878
80%
2,117 reviews
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Epson Photo Printers 28 $28 - $1,500
74%
910 reviews

Trending Photo Printer Comparisons

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Epson
PM-400
$199.99
Marginally
better expert
reviews
VS
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Canon
CP1200
$55.00
$145 cheaper
Better brand
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Canon
CP1200
$55.00
$20 cheaper
Better brand
VS
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Polaroid
ZIP
$75.00
More popular
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Epson
R3000
$1,500.00
Six more awards
Expert reviews
are marginally
better
VS
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Canon
Pro-10
$699.00
$801 cheaper
Better brand
Better user
reviews
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Epson
R3000
$1,500.00
Seven more
awards
User reviews
are a lot
better
Expert reviews
are better
VS
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Canon
CP1200
$55.00
$1,445 cheaper
Better brand
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Epson
R3000
$1,500.00
Nine more
awards
Expert reviews
are better
VS
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Canon
Pro-10
$699.00
$801 cheaper
Better brand
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Canon
iP110
$26.66
$173 cheaper
Better brand
VS
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Epson
PM-400
$199.99
Better expert
reviews
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Epson
R3000
$1,500.00
Nine more
awards
VS
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Canon
CP1300
$90.28
$1,410 cheaper
Better brand
User reviews
are marginally
better
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Polaroid
POLMP01
$74.99
$15 cheaper
User reviews
are appreciably
better
VS
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Canon
CP1300
$90.28
Better brand
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Epson
R3000
$1,500.00
Expert reviews
are a lot
better
VS
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Canon
iP110
$26.66
$1,473 cheaper
Better brand
Marginally
better user
reviews
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Epson
R3000
$1,500.00
Expert reviews
are better
VS
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Canon
iP8750
$447.30
$1,053 cheaper
Better brand
User reviews
are a bit
better
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Epson
R3000
$1,500.00
Five more
awards
Expert reviews
are marginally
better
VS
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Canon
Pro-100
$359.00
$1,141 cheaper
Better brand
User reviews
are better
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Epson
R3000
$1,500.00
Nine more
awards
Better user
reviews
VS
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Canon
CP1300
$90.28
$1,410 cheaper
Better brand
Expert reviews
are better
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Epson
R3000
$1,500.00
Expert reviews
are better
VS
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Canon
iP8750
$447.30
$1,053 cheaper
Better brand
User reviews
are moderately
better
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Epson
Stylus Photo R2000
$999.99
Two more awards
VS
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Canon
CP1300
$90.28
$910 cheaper
Better brand
User reviews
are
significantly
better
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Canon
Pro-100
$359.00
$1,260 cheaper
Better brand
VS
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OKI
C831n
$1,618.99
More popular
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Canon
iP110
$26.66
$48 cheaper
Better brand
VS
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Polaroid
ZIP
$75.00
More popular
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Epson
R3000
$1,500.00
Seven more
awards
Better expert
reviews
VS
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Canon
CP1200
$55.00
$1,445 cheaper
Better brand
Better user
reviews
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Polaroid
POLMP01
$74.99
Much better
user reviews
Slightly better
expert reviews
VS
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Canon
CP1200
$55.00
$20 cheaper
Better brand
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Canon
iP110
$26.66
$48 cheaper
Better brand
User reviews
are a little
better
VS
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Polaroid
ZIP
$75.00
More popular
A bit better
expert reviews
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Canon
Pixma iP100
$32.16
$1,468 cheaper
Better brand
VS
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Epson
R3000
$1,500.00
Six more awards
Expert reviews
are a bit
better

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

We currently list 49 photo printers ranging from $27 to $1,619. On average, a new photo printer costs $218 and 80% of photo printers are priced between $37 and $457. The cheapest photo printer that we found is the Canon iP110 at only $27, and the most expensive is the OKI C831n at $1,619.

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 start at $1,619 and their most expensive photo printer costs $1,619.

Epson photo printers range in price from $28 to $1,500, and the average price of Epson photo printers is $382 which is the second highest average price of all photo printer brands.

The third highest average photo printer price out of all brands is Canon photo printers with an average price of $184. Canon photo printers start at $27 and their most expensive photo printer costs $878.

Photo Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 906 expert reviews and 2,286 user reviews for photo printers and used this data to determine the average rating for each brand of photo printer.

Biggest Photo Printer Retailers

The biggest photo printer retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 54 current photo printer offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Adorama with 16 offers. That means eBay is over 3 times bigger than Adorama when it comes to photo printers. Target is the third biggest retailer with 5 current offers.

When Are Most New Photo Printers Released?

Most new photo printers tend to be released between July and September. In September 2017 eight new photo printers were released making it the biggest month that year for new photo printer releases. Also the biggest month in 2016 for new photo printer releases was September, with nine new photo printers released that month. 12 new photo printers were released in July 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 23% on average. On a typical new photo printer costing $218, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $51.

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 27 photo printers that are 300 x 300 DPI photo printers. We found 22 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.

A4 / Letter is the most popular maximum print size amongst new photo printers. We found 40 photo printers that are photo printers that have an A4 / Letter max print size. The second most popular maximum print size amongst new photo printers is 10x15. We found 17 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 eBay. 38 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. 70.4% of their photo printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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