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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique photo printers rating which considers: 660 US prices • 10,000 expert & user reviews • 140 product comparisons • 210 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

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Polaroid ZIP

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$55.00

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A8
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Jul 2007
The best rated photo printer under $100, with a very good spec.
#3

89

Fujifilm Instax Share SP‑2

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$100.00

314 X 314 DPI
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A8
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Jul 2006
The best scoring photo printer under $500, with a very good spec.
#4

88

Kodak Mini 2

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$54.45

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Apr 2015
A fully featured and affordable photo printer.
#5

87

HP Photosmart 335

15 Reviews
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$42.99

4800 X 1200 DPI
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A6
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May 2005
A classic and sensationally good value for money 4800 x 1200 DPI photo printer, with a great spec.
#6

87

Canon SELPHY CP1300

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$99.95

300 X 300 DPI
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A6
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Nov 2006
An affordable and fully featured 300 x 300 DPI photo printer.
#7

87

Canon CP1300

155 Reviews
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$89.99

300 X 300 DPI
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A6
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Mar 2018
A top-value and award winning 300 x 300 DPI photo printer, with a great spec.
#8

86

OKI C831n

6 Reviews
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$1,618.99

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A4 / Letter
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Nov 2014
An award winning and top-value A4 / Letter max print size photo printer, with a great spec.
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#9

86

Canon iP110

315 Reviews
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$143.95

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Aug 2017
A cheap and excellently reviewed 9600 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with the latest technology and a very good spec.
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#10

84

Epson R3000

116 Reviews
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$900.00

5760 X 1440 DPI
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A3
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Aug 2006
A top-value and multi award winning 5760 x 1440 DPI photo printer, with a great spec.
#11

80

Fujifilm instax SHARE SP‑3

10 Reviews
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$170.23

800 X 600 DPI
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Jan 2018
A fully featured and award winning photo printer, with a reasonable price.
#12

80

Polaroid ZINK

723 Reviews
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$70.00

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A5
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Jul 2015
A good value for money and fully featured A5 max print size photo printer.
#13

80

Fujifilm Instax Share SP‑1

115 Reviews
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$154.43

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A8
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Jun 2014
A cheap and fully featured A8 max print size photo printer.
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#14

77

Polaroid POLMP01

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$90.00

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A8
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Jul 2015
A good spec and award winning photo printer, with a low price.
#15

75

Canon Pixma Pro‑100S

99 Reviews
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$500.12

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A3
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Feb 2015
An award winning and good spec 4800 x 2400 DPI photo printer.
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#16

75

Instax Instax SHARE SP‑2

88 Reviews
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$118.00

640 X 480 DPI
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A8
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Sep 2016
A good spec and cheap 640 x 480 DPI photo printer.
#17

74

Canon Pro‑10

288 Reviews
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$628.54

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A3
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Apr 2011
The best rated photo printer under $1,000.
#18

74

Canon Pro‑100

1,828 Reviews
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$369.00

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A3
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Jul 2015
A good spec but only ok value for money 4800 x 2400 DPI photo printer.
#19

74

Canon PRO‑1000

197 Reviews
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$869.00

2400 X 1200 DPI
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A2
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Aug 2017
A good spec and award winning 2400 x 1200 DPI photo printer, with the latest technology.
#20

72

Canon iP8750

231 Reviews
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$453.70

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A3
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Aug 2018
A good spec and classic 9600 x 2400 DPI photo printer.

72

HP Photosmart 385

7 Reviews
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$185.00

4800 X 1200 DPI
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Jul 2005
A classic and good spec 4800 x 1200 DPI photo printer.

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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 87%. Compare all award winning photo printers.

Rank Brand Number of Photo Printers Price Range Average Rating
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Canon Photo Printers 22 $28 - $2,000
87%
3,658 reviews

Trending Photo Printer Comparisons

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Epson
ET-7700
$549.99
More popular
Two more awards
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SELPHY CP1300
$99.95
$450 cheaper
Better brand
A little better
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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

We currently list 33 photo printers ranging from $28 to $2,000. The average price of a new photo printer is $245 and the 80% of photo printers are priced between $43 and $474. The cheapest photo printer that we found is the Canon CP1200 at only $28, and the most expensive is the Canon Pixma Pro-1 at $2,000.

Photo Printer Brands - Price Range

The average price of Canon photo printers is $432 which is the highest average price of all photo printer brands. Canon photo printers range in price from $28 to $2,000.

The second highest average photo printer price out of all brands is Epson photo printers with an average price of $246. Epson photo printers start at $125 and their most expensive photo printer costs $450.

The third highest average photo printer price out of all brands is Instax photo printers with an average price of $134. Instax photo printers start at $134 and their most expensive photo printer costs $134.

Photo Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 437 expert reviews and 7,285 user reviews for photo printers and used this information to calculate 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 33 current photo printer offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Amazon US with 30 offers. That means eBay is slightly bigger than Amazon US when it comes to photo printers. Adorama is the third biggest retailer with 17 current 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 clear trend. Three new photo printers were released in June 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new photo printer releases. The biggest month in 2016 for new photo printer releases was September, with six new photo printers released that month. In January 2015 six new photo printers were released making it the biggest month that year for new photo printer releases.

How Fast Do Photo Printer Prices Drop After Release?

On average photo printers drop in price by 12% in the first 6 months after release. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $28 on a typical $245 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.

The most frequently found maximum resolution amongst new photo printers is 4800 x 1200 DPI. We found 9 photo printers that are 4800 x 1200 DPI photo printers. 300 x 300 DPI is the second most common maximum resolution amongst new photo printers. We found 9 photo printers that are 300 x 300 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.

We found 12 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. We found 9 photo printers that are photo printers that have an A6 max print size, making A6 the second most frequently found 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. 27 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. 81.8% of their photo printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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