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Kagoo Score - Our unique photo printers rating considers: 520 US prices • 5,000 expert & user reviews • 67 product comparisons • 78 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

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Canon iP110

282 Reviews
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$120.00

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Jun 2016
The best rated photo printer under $500, with great features
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#2

88

Canon CP1200

922 Reviews
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$30.00

300 X 300 DPI
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A6
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Jan 2016
The best rated photo printer under $100, with very good features
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86

Epson R3000

112 Reviews
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$2,066.24

5760 X 1440 DPI
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A3
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May 2011
A multi award winning and bargain price 5760 x 1440 DPI photo printer, with very good features
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#5

86

Polaroid ZIP

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$50.00

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A8
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Feb 2017
A best selling and affordable A8 max print size photo printer, with very good features
#6

82

Epson PM‑400

1 Review
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$98.72

5760 X 1400 DPI
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A5
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Dec 2015
A highly rated and bargain price 5760 x 1400 DPI photo printer, with great features
#7

82

Canon CP910

342 Reviews
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$91.40

300 X 300 DPI
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A6
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Mar 2015
A very cheap and award winning 300 x 300 DPI photo printer, with great features
#8

82

Fujifilm SP‑1

23 Reviews
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$173.75

640 X 480 DPI
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A8
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Sep 2015
An award winning and affordable 640 x 480 DPI photo printer, with very good features
#9

81

Fujifilm Instax SHARE SP‑2

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$114.99

640 X 480 DPI
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A8
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Aug 2016
A cheap and very popular 640 x 480 DPI photo printer, with great features
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#10

81

Vupoint Solutions Photo Cube

4 Reviews
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$39.75

300 X 300 DPI
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A6
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Apr 2012
A bargain price and classic 300 x 300 DPI photo printer, with very good features
#11

81

Canon CP1300

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$99.95

300 X 300 DPI
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A6
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Aug 2017
A cheap and fully featured 300 x 300 DPI photo printer
#12

80

Canon SELPHY CP1300

152 Reviews
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$159.00

300 X 300 DPI
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A6
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Sep 2017
A low cost and award winning 300 x 300 DPI photo printer, with very good features
#13

77

Fujifilm instax SHARE SP‑3

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$159.99

800 X 600 DPI
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Nov 2017
A good value for money and good spec 300 x 300 DPI photo printer
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73

Canon Pro‑100

29 Reviews
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$179.00

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A3
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Sep 2012
A good spec and bargain price 4800 x 2400 DPI photo printer
#15

73

Fujifilm Instax Share SP‑1

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$134.63

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A8
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Jun 2014
A low cost and good spec A8 max print size photo printer
#16

72

Canon CP1000

11 Reviews
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$157.60

300 X 300 DPI
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A6
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May 2015
A good spec and classic 300 x 300 DPI photo printer, with a good price
#17

71

Kodak PM‑210

4 Reviews
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$169.00

300 X 300 DPI
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A8
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Aug 2017
An award winning and good spec 300 x 300 DPI photo printer
#18

70

Epson SC‑P600

6 Reviews
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$936.09

5760 X 1440 DPI
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A3
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Nov 2014
The best rated photo printer under $1,000
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70

Canon Pro‑10

6 Reviews
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$699.00

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A3
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Feb 2018
An award winning and good spec 4800 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with the latest technology
#20

69

Canon Pixma Pro‑100S

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$571.70

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A3
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Feb 2015
A multi award winning and good spec 4800 x 2400 DPI photo printer

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Canon Pixma Pro‑1

40 Reviews
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$1,999.99

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A3
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Jul 2013
A good spec and multi award winning 4800 x 2400 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.

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87%
2,378 reviews

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Pro-10
$699.00
$852 cheaper
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Better PC Mag
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SC-P600
$1,551.00
More popular
Three more
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SC-P600
$1,551.00
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Pixma Pro-100S
$566.11
$985 cheaper
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Canon
Pixma Pro-1
$1,999.99
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SC-P600
$1,551.00
$449 cheaper
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Pixma Pro-100S
$566.11
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ET-7700
$549.99
$16 cheaper
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PM-400
$98.72
Marginally
better expert
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Canon
CP1200
$30.00
$69 cheaper
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CP1300
$99.99
$19 cheaper
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Instax SHARE SP-2
$118.50
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Expression Photo XP-55
$191.60
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CP1200
$30.00
$162 cheaper
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CP1200
$30.00
$20 cheaper
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ZIP
$50.00
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Pixma Pro-1
$1,999.99
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ET-7700
$549.99
$1,450 cheaper
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iP8750
$477.10
$1,074 cheaper
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Epson
SC-P600
$1,551.00
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reviews
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Canon
CP1000
$157.60
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ZIP
$50.00
$108 cheaper
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Canon
Pro-10
$699.00
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ET-7700
$549.99
$149 cheaper
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Expression Photo XP-55
$191.60
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SELPHY CP1300
$159.00
$33 cheaper
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SC-P600
$1,551.00
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better expert
reviews
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Canon
PRO-1000
$1,149.99
$401 cheaper
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Epson
R3000
$2,041.22
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Canon
SELPHY CP1300
$159.00
$1,882 cheaper
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Canon
CP1200
$30.00
$150 cheaper
Two more awards
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XP-8500
$179.99
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Altomdata.dk
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R3000
$2,041.22
Nine more
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Ephotozine
review score
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Pro-10
$699.00
$1,342 cheaper
Better brand
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SP-1
$173.75
$376 cheaper
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ET-7700
$549.99
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R3000
$2,041.22
Seven more
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Computershopper
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CP1200
$30.00
$2,011 cheaper
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iP110
$120.00
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PM-400
$98.72
$21 cheaper
Better expert
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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

In total we found 29 photo printers ranging from $29 to $2,042. A new photo printer costs on average $454 and 80% of photo printers are priced between $50 and $1,551. The Epson R3000 is the most expensive photo printer that we found at $2,041, and the HP Photosmart 335 is the cheapest at only $30.

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 start at $99 and their most expensive photo printer costs $2,041. The second highest average photo printer price out of all brands is Epson photo printers with an average price of $769.

The average price of Canon photo printers is $458 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 $2,000.

Photo Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 378 expert reviews and 3,596 user reviews for photo printers from across the internet and used these reviews to calculate the average rating for each brand of photo printer.

Biggest Photo Printer Retailers

We found 27 current offers for photo printers from eBay making it the biggest photo printer retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon US for whom we found 23 current offers for photo printers. The third biggest retailer is Adorama with 14 current photo printer offers.

When Are Most New Photo Printers Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any noticeable trend in the release month for new photo printers. February was the biggest month in 2017 for new photo printers, with two new photo printers released that month. In September 2016 nine new photo printers were released making it the biggest month that year for new photo printer releases. The biggest month in 2015 for new photo printer releases was May, with three 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 26%. That means that on a typical photo printer costing $454 you could save on average $119 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.

Amongst new photo printers, the most popular maximum resolution is 300 x 300 DPI. We found 11 photo printers that are 300 x 300 DPI photo printers. We found 6 photo printers that are 4800 x 2400 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.

Amongst new photo printers, the most frequently found maximum print size is A4 / Letter. We found 9 photo printers that are photo printers that have an A4 / Letter max print size. We found 8 photo printers that are photo printers that have an A6 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. 22 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. 81.5% of their photo printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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