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Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every photo printer on the market in the US to determine our top 10 list. In total we compared over 60 photo printers, 1,000 reviews and 513 prices. Last updated 14 November 2017.

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Canon Pro-10
$699.00
Was $1,149 (31 days ago)
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#1

90

PRO-1000

Canon PRO‑1000

11 Reviews + 4 Awards
computershopper.com - Editor's ChoiceEISA.eu - EISA Best ProductLydogbilde.no - Best Buyphotoreview.com.au - Editor's Choice
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$54.99

Pictureline
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$45
Over 10 years
Nov 2015
The highest scoring photo printer under $100, with very low running costs and great features
#2

85

CP1200

Canon CP1200

174 Reviews + 3 Awards
computershopper.com - Editor's ChoicePC Mag - Editor's Choicealtomdata.dk - Recommended
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$87.99

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Amazon US
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$73
Over 10 years
Jan 2016
A low cost and award winning 300 x 300 DPI photo printer, with low running costs and very good features
#3

84

ZIP

Polaroid ZIP

116 Reviews + 1 Award
mashable.com - Mashable Choice
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$65.00

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(Unknown)
Feb 2017
The top rated photo printer under $500, with very good features and an industry award
#4

83

iP110

Canon iP110

79 Reviews
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$58.67

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$31
Over 10 years
Oct 2014
A bargain price and classic 9600 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with very good features and very low running costs
#5

82

SP-1

Fujifilm SP‑1

24 Reviews + 2 Awards
Ephotozine - Recommended01net.com - 4 Star
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$94.00

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$0
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
An award winning and sensationally economical to run 640 x 480 DPI photo printer, with good features and a good price
#7

80

CP910

Canon CP910

17 Reviews + 2 Awards
01net.com - 4 StarTrusted Reviews - Recommended
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$112.99

Amazon US
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$73
Over 10 years
Mar 2015
An excellent value for money and award winning 300 x 300 DPI photo printer, with moderate running costs and good features
#8

63

CP1300

Canon CP1300

Camera Labs - Recommended
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$124.00

Adorama
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$73
Over 10 years
Aug 2017
An affordable and good spec 300 x 300 DPI photo printer, with average running costs and a recent release date
#9

61

PM-400

Epson PM‑400

1 Review
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$98.72

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Dec 2015
A fairly highly rated but only average value for money 5760 x 1400 DPI photo printer, with good features
#10

59

Instax Share SP-2

Fujifilm Instax Share SP‑2

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$130.00

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(Unknown)
Sep 2016
A good value for money and very popular inkjet photo printer, with good features
#11

58

POLMP01

Polaroid POLMP01

3 Reviews
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$254.14

Amazon US
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Apr 2015
A good spec and positively reviewed ZINK (zero ink) photo printer, but representing only middle of the road value for money
#12

58

Photo Cube

Vupoint Solutions Photo Cube

4 Reviews
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$44.49

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$62
Over 10 years
Apr 2012
A good spec but only average value for money 300 x 300 DPI photo printer, with OK reviews and average running costs
#13

56

Selphy CP820

Canon Selphy CP820

35 Reviews
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$538.71

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Amazon US
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$73
Over 10 years
Jan 2014
The highest scoring photo printer under $1,000, with average running costs but representing poor value for money
#14

55

Stylus Photo R3000

Epson Stylus Photo R3000

43 Reviews + 10 Awards
DP Review - GoldTrusted Reviews - RecommendedEphotozine - Highly RecommendedPC Mag - Editor's Choice
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$125.00

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$60
Over 10 years
Oct 2013
A good spec and multi award winning 5760 x 1440 DPI photo printer, with moderate running costs
#15

52

Pro-10

Canon Pro‑10

7 Reviews + 1 Award
Ephotozine - Recommended
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$699.00

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$40
Over 10 years
Sep 2012
An award winning and good spec 4800 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with satisfactory running costs but representing inferior value for money
#16

48

PD-450

Kodak PD‑450

computershopper.com - Good For Families
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$127.49

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Dec 2016
A good spec but not very good value for money dye-sublimation photo printer
#17

47

Instax Share SP-1

Fujifilm Instax Share SP‑1

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$158.90

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$42
Over 10 years
Jun 2014
A good spec but not very good value for money inkjet photo printer, with OK running costs
#18

45

iP8750

Canon iP8750

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$549.99

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$7
Over 10 years
Jan 2014
A very economical to run but only average spec 9600 x 2400 DPI photo printer, representing not very good value for money
#19

44

ET-7700

Epson ET‑7700

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$549.99

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$18
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
An inferior value for money and average spec 5760 x 1440 DPI photo printer, with OK running costs and a recent release date
#20

43

C831n

OKI C831n

1 Review
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$1,618.99

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$72
Over 10 years
Jun 2013
An inferior value for money and average spec inkjet photo printer, with OK reviews and running costs

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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

Photo printers range in price from $29 to $1,600 and in total we found prices for 20 photo printers. A new photo printer costs on average $284 and 80% of photo printers are priced between $55 and $550. The OKI C831n is the most expensive photo printer that we found at $1,600, and the Vupoint Solutions Photo Cube is the cheapest at only $30.

Photo Printer Brands - Price Range

The highest average photo printer price out of all brands is OKI photo printers with an average price of $1,600. OKI photo printers range in price from $1,600 to $1,600.

The average price of Epson photo printers is $324 which is the second highest average price of all photo printer brands. Epson photo printers start at $99 and the most expensive Epson photo printer costs $550.

The third highest average photo printer price out of all brands is Canon photo printers with an average price of $280. Canon photo printers range in price from $55 to $699.

Photo Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 148 expert reviews and 394 user reviews for photo printers written online and used this data to determine the average rating for each brand of photo printer. Polaroid is the top rated photo printer brand with an average rating of 87%. Canon is the second best brand with 85% and Epson is the third best brand with 84%.

Biggest Photo Printer Retailers

The biggest photo printer retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon US. We found 25 current photo printer offers from Amazon US. The second biggest photo printer retailer is eBay with 18 offers. That means Amazon US is significantly bigger than eBay when it comes to photo printers. Adorama is the third biggest retailer with 9 current offers.

When Are Most New Photo Printers Released?

We couldn't see any prominent pattern in the release dates for new photo printers over the last 3 years. Five new photo printers were released in September 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new photo printer releases. February was the biggest month in 2015 for new photo printers, with four new photo printers released that month. In January 2014 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?

In the first 6 months after release, photo printers drop in price by 32% on average. That means a saving of $90 on a typical $284 new photo printer if you wait 6 months before buying.

Maximum Resolutions

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

Amongst new photo printers, the most common maximum resolution is 300 x 300 DPI. We found 9 photo printers that are 300 x 300 DPI photo printers. We found 5 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.

Print Technologies

The most popular print technology amongst new photo printers is inkjet. We found 26 photo printers that are inkjet photo printers. We found 12 photo printers that are dye-sublimation photo printers, making this the second most popular print technology amongst new photo printers.

Biggest Photo Printer Retailers

The biggest photo printer retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon US. We found 25 current photo printer offers from Amazon US. The second biggest photo printer retailer is eBay with 18 offers. That means Amazon US is significantly bigger than eBay when it comes to photo printers. Adorama is the third biggest retailer with 9 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Photo Printers?

The store that most frequently offered the cheapest price on photo printers is eBay and offers the cheapest price on 13 photo printers.

Proportion of Photo Printers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The cheapest retailer by number of photo printer for which they offer the cheapest price is eBay with the cheapest price on 72.2% of its photo printers.

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