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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique photo printers rating which considers: 390 US prices • 440 expert & user reviews • 150 product comparisons • 36 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

90

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Canon logo

Canon SELPHY CP1300

50 Reviews
Camera Labs Recommended

$69.99

300 X 300 DPI
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10x15
Info
Aug 2017
#2

82

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Canon SELPHY ES1

 
Supports Direct Printing (PictBridge) 
Supports Direct Printing (PictBridge)

$34.06

300 X 600 DPI
Info
10x15
Info
May 2018
#4

81

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Canon PIXMA IP110

 
My image garden 9600 2400 x DPI  Quieter than average noise level 
My image garden
9600 2400 x DPI
Quieter than average noise level

$41.00

9600 X 2400 DPI
Info
A4 / Letter
Info
Oct 2014
#5

81

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Canon logo

Canon Selphy Square QX10

 
Supports Wi‑Fi  Supports borderless printing
Supports Wi‑Fi
Supports borderless printing

$149.00

(Unknown)
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(Unknown)
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Feb 2020
#8

80

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Fujifilm Instax Share SP‑2

 

$67.89

314 X 314 DPI
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(Unknown)
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Dec 2018
#9

80

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Fujifilm instax mini Link

 

$69.99

(Unknown)
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(Unknown)
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Dec 2018
#10

79

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Canon PIXMA IP7220

 

$91.45

9600 X 2400 DPI
Info
A4 / Letter
Info
Dec 2012
#11

79

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Canon SELPHY CP760

 

$32.99

300 X 300 DPI
Info
A4 / Letter
Info
Jan 2018
#12

78

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Canon SELPHY CP730

 

$39.75

300 X 300 DPI
Info
A4 / Letter
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Jul 2015
#13

78

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Fujifilm instax SHARE SP‑3

 

$78.99

800 X 600 DPI
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(Unknown)
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Mar 2019
#14

77

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HP Photosmart 335

 

$59.70

4800 X 1200 DPI
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A6
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May 2005
#15

77

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Kodak MINI2

 

$39.95

(Unknown)
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(Unknown)
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Jul 2018
#16

77

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Canon Pixma iP100

 

$139.95

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Apr 2017
#17

77

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Canon SELPHY ES2

 

$49.99

300 X 600 DPI
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10x15
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Jul 2015
#18

76

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Canon PIXMA PRO9500

 

$145.00

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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May 2018
#19

76

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Canon PIXMA PRO‑1000

 

$1,098.00

2400 X 1200 DPI
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A2
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Mar 2020
#20

76

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Canon SELPHY CP1200

 

$45.99

300 X 300 DPI
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A6
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Jan 2016

75

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Fujifilm Instax Share SP‑1

 

$48.00

(Unknown)
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A8
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Jun 2014

75

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Epson Stylus Photo R800

3 Reviews

$163.19

5760 X 1440 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Oct 2005

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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 - $1,098
82%
93 reviews
#2
Epson Photo Printers 27 $163 - $1,980
77%
510 reviews

Trending Photo Printer Comparisons

Canon
CP1300
$69.99
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
One more award
VS
Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-2
$67.89
17 months newer
314 x 314 DPI
DPI
Canon
SELPHY ES2
$49.99
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
Kodak
Mini 2
$39.95
$10 cheaper
Three years
newer
Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
$78.99
Better brand
Newer by eight
months
VS
Kodak
Mini 2
$39.95
$39 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Canon
CP1300
$69.99
$9 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
VS
Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
$78.99
20 months newer
5 times the
maximum
resolution
Canon
CP1300
$69.99
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
Better brand
VS
Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-2
$67.89
16 months newer
314 x 314 DPI
DPI
Canon
CP1300
$69.99
$9 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
VS
Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
$78.99
20 months newer
800 x 600 DPI
DPI
Canon
iX6850
$269.59
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Twice as big
maximum print
size
VS
Polaroid
ZINK
$66.94
$203 cheaper
Newer by 16
months
Canon
CP1200
$45.99
Better brand
VS
Kodak
Mini 2
$39.95
$6 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by three
years
Canon
CP1200
$45.99
$22 cheaper
Better brand
VS
Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-2
$67.89
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by three
years
Bigger maximum
resolution
Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-2
$67.89
Better brand
Newer by five
months
VS
Kodak
Mini 2
$39.95
$28 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Epson
Stylus Photo R2000
$869.89
$129 cheaper
3 times the
maximum
resolution
VS
Canon
PRO-1000
$999.00
Newer by nine
years
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Canon
CP1300
$69.99
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
Better brand
VS
Kodak
Mini 2
$39.95
$30 cheaper
Newer by one
year
Canon
CP1300
$69.99
$15 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
VS
Polaroid
POLMP02
$85.00
14 months newer
Canon
SELPHY ES1
$34.06
$45 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Three more
awards
VS
Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
$78.99
3 times the
maximum
resolution
Newer by 10
months
Polaroid
ZIP
$85.00
Better brand
VS
Kodak
Mini 2
$39.95
$45 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
11 years newer
Epson
Stylus Photo R2000
$869.89
Better Kagoo
Score
Three more
awards
VS
Canon
Pro-100
$499.00
$371 cheaper
Four years
newer
Better brand
Canon
CP1200
$45.99
$33 cheaper
Better brand
VS
Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
$78.99
Three years
newer
Better Kagoo
Score
5 times the
maximum
resolution
Epson
Stylus Photo R2000
$869.89
Three more
awards
VS
Canon
iX6850
$269.59
$600 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by three
years
Canon
SELPHY ES2
$49.99
$29 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
VS
Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
$78.99
Four years
newer
800 x 600 DPI
DPI
Canon
iX6850
$269.59
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
Better brand
VS
Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
$78.99
$191 cheaper
Newer by five
years
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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

The price range of photo printers is from $25 to $1,980 and in total we found prices for 43 photo printers. The average price of a new photo printer is $299 and the 80% of photo printers are priced between $34 and $800. The cheapest photo printer that we found is the Canon SELPHY CP510 at only $26, and the most expensive is the Epson L800 at $1,980.

Photo Printer Brands - Price Range

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

Epson photo printers start at $163 and their most expensive photo printer costs $1,980. The second highest average photo printer price out of all brands is Epson photo printers with an average price of $819.

Canon photo printers range in price from $26 to $1,098, and the third highest average photo printer price out of all brands is Canon photo printers with an average price of $215.

Photo Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 296 expert reviews and 396 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 29 current photo printer offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Adorama with 4 offers. That means eBay is over 7 times bigger than Adorama when it comes to photo printers. e-Global Central US is the third biggest retailer with 1 current offers.

When Are Most New Photo Printers Released?

Most new photo printers tend to be released between March and May. If you wait until March 2021 then you might be able to get better features on your photo printer. Alternatively you might be able to buy one of the current photo printers cheaper in March once the latest models have been released. Last year most new photo printers were released in March, with one new photo printers released that month. The biggest month in 2018 for new photo printer releases was May, with 10 new photo printers released that month. September was the biggest month in 2017 for new photo printers, with six new photo printers released that month.

How Fast Do Photo Printer Prices Drop After Release?

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

A typical new photo printer costs on average $299. By waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $33.

Maximum Resolutions

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

Amongst new photo printers, the most popular maximum resolution is 300 x 300 DPI. 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.

We found 42 photo printers that are photo printers that have an A4 / letter max print size, which makes this the most popular maximum print size amongst new photo printers. We found 22 photo printers that are photo printers that have a 10x15 max print size, making this 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. 17 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. 58.6% of their photo printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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