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Should You Buy a Canon Photo Printer?

Matthew
Updated 12 June 2020
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should you buy a Canon Photo Printer?

Canon is one of the most popular photo printer brands as well as being well known for its digital cameras, inkjet printers and camcorders.

If you are wondering how Canon photo printers compare to other brands, our guide below collates all the key info in a single place. We've compared 150+ photo printers by objectively and impartially analysing over 2,700 user and expert reviews and 100+ awards from hundreds of different review sites.

Canon are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and award winning photo printers. Their photo printers start at $26 for the SELPHY CP510 which is a 300 x 300 photo printer and a photo printer that has a 10x15 max print size and go up to $1,000 for the Pixma Pro-1 which is a 4800 x 2400 photo printer and a photo printer that has an A3+ (330 x 483 mm) max print size. The average price of a new Canon photo printer is $247.

Canon are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and award winning photo printers.

Is Canon the Best Photo Printer Brand?

So are Canon photo printers any good? We give every photo printer a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all photo printers we are able to impartially rank all the photo printer brands.

Canon is ranked the No. 1 best photo printer brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Canon is the actually best photo printer brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
1,841 reviews
#2
Japan
84%
84%
820 reviews
#3
Polaroid
80%
80%
15 reviews
#4
Fujifilm
Japan
78%
78%
22 reviews
#5
Kodak
67%
67%
51 reviews
#6
Vupoint Solutions
63%
63%
9 reviews
#7
HP
United States
63%
63%
30 reviews
#8
OKI
53%
53%
0 reviews

Let's look at how Canon photo printers compare to the other photo printer brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection
All photo printer Brands
Canon Photo Printers

There's a wide selection of Canon photo printers available compared to other photo printer brands, with 20 Canon photo printers currently on the market in the US. Canon also have better reviews than the typical photo printer brand, with the average rating of a Canon photo printer being 85%.

The average review score for a Canon photo printer is 85%.

Canon have a number of great features including my image garden which sets them apart from the competition.

However Canon photo printers tend to be more expensive than most other photo printer brands making them a less popular choice with consumers.

No. Of Photo Printers
Average Price
$237
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $749
Price Distribution of All Photo Printers
No. Of Photo Printers
Average Price
$247
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $999
Price Distribution of Canon Photo Printers

What Do the Canon Photo Printer Reviews Say?

We've added up all the reviews for every Canon photo printer to work out the average distribution of reviews for Canon and then compared this to the other photo printer brands.

Canon logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
73
4 stars
140
3 stars
28
2 stars
6
1 star
1
Canon logo

User Reviews

5 stars
957
4 stars
318
3 stars
73
2 stars
32
1 star
51
Canon has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star user reviews for its photo printers than most other brands. However the proportion of 4 and 5 star expert reviews are actually lower.

Over 86% of expert reviews and 89% of user reviews for Canon photo printers are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 87% and 88% respectively across all Photo Printer brands.

Purchasers of Canon photo printers frequently mentioned that the product produced good quality prints and was easy to use. Their photo printers have also won 40+ awards.

In the table below we compare the average review score given to Canon photo printers by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other photo printer brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.

Average Review Score Canon Epson Fujifilm Polaroid LG
CNET.com logo
72%
18 reviews
80%
21 reviews
80%
4 reviews
PC Mag logo
77%
18 reviews
82%
10 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
Techradar logo
83%
12 reviews
75%
13 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
73%
11 reviews
74%
10 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
83%
8 reviews
83%
11 reviews
v3.co.uk logo
77%
7 reviews
80%
7 reviews
computershopper.com logo
75%
8 reviews
84%
4 reviews
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
81%
8 reviews
85%
3 reviews
What Digital Camera logo
86%
6 reviews
89%
4 reviews
86%
1 review
Mac World logo
69%
7 reviews
87%
3 reviews
photoreview.com.au logo
84%
6 reviews
79%
4 reviews
techadvisor.co.uk logo
78%
8 reviews
70%
2 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
70%
5 reviews
87%
5 reviews
macworld.co.uk logo
80%
3 reviews
77%
6 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
73%
6 reviews
70%
2 reviews
100%
1 review
Pocket Lint logo
67%
3 reviews
84%
5 reviews
pcworld.com_techhive.com logo
77%
5 reviews
75%
2 reviews
Ephotozine logo
80%
1 review
78%
5 reviews
80%
1 review
printercomparison.com logo
74%
5 reviews
80%
1 review
practicalphotography.com logo
80%
1 review
85%
4 reviews
Other Expert Sites
71%
86 reviews
72%
77 reviews
69%
5 reviews
68%
8 reviews
50%
7 reviews
Average
77%
232 reviews
80%
199 reviews
77%
11 reviews
78%
10 reviews
75%
8 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Canon Photo Printers Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 43 industry awards for Canon photo printers. The table below compares the number of awards received by Canon to other popular photo printer brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Canon has won 43 awards for its photo printers.

Compare all award winning photo printers

Number of Awards Canon Epson Fujifilm Polaroid LG
Trusted Reviews logo
4
6
CNET.com logo
3
4
computershopper.com logo
3
3
PC Mag logo
2
3
Expert Reviews logo
2
3
Ephotozine logo
1
2
1
01net.com logo
1
1
1
alphr.com logo
2
1
Lydogbilde.no logo
2
1
macworld.co.uk logo
1
2
EISA.eu logo
1
2
itpro.no logo
3
PhotographyBlog.com logo
3
IT Reviews.com logo
1
2
tipa.com logo
1
2
Pocket Lint logo
2
techadvisor.co.uk logo
2
toptenreviews.com logo
1
1
photoreview.com.au logo
2
kamerabild.se logo
2
Other Expert Sites
11
12
5
Total
43
52
2
5

How Reliable Are Canon Photo Printers?

We checked over 2,700 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Canon photo printers. over 30 of these reviews mention reliability of which 69% were positive. Therefore the majority of Canon photo printer owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

69% of reviewers think Canon photo printers are reliable.

So, most people think that Canon photo printers are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for Canon photo printers that mention reliability:

RELIABLE

the Canon Selphy CP1300 Wireless Compact Photo Printer Review is reliable printing machine
yugatech.com
beige shell has a robust feel
apcmag.com
The latest Selphy dye-sublimation model is a well-built snapshot printer capable of producing good photos
computershopper.com
reliable printers
Bestbuy.com
Excellent Build Quality
johnlewis.com
it has a built in multi memory card reader too
amazon.co.uk
was always reliable
Bhphotovideo.com

NOT RELIABLE

not built very solidly
Newegg.com
The device is plasticky
amazon.co.uk
I'm not sure of the durability
Bhphotovideo.com
Her Selphy 800 CP had broke
Bestbuy.com
Mediocre Build Quality
johnlewis.com

Features to Look Out For On Canon Photo Printers

There's a number of great features to look out for on the latest range of Canon photo printers that set them apart from the competition. These include my image garden.

Canon My Image Garden

Canon photo printers that feature my image garden include the Canon PIXMA iP110 ($41) and the Canon PIXMA iP8750 ($298).

What is the Best Mid-Range Canon Photo Printer?

Canon SELPHY CP1300

$29.90
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300 X
300
DPI
1 Sheets
MAX INPUT
CAPACITY

A great mid range choice, priced at $29.90 is the Canon SELPHY CP1300, which has a Kagoo Score of 88.

Features We Love:
Supports Wi-Fi
Supports Direct Printing (PictBridge)
Supports borderless printing

An award winning and maximum print size photo printer, with an affordable price and maximum resolution. Purchasers report that this photo printer produces excellent prints, superb quality prints and it's really easy to use.

96
Reviews
837 Reviews + 1 Award
86
Features
Fully-Featured
91
Popularity
Widely Available
86
Value for Money
Very Good
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Canon SELPHY CP1300 has very good expert reviews and excellent user reviews with 96% of buyers recommending this photo printer to others.

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What is the Best High End Canon Photo Printer?

Canon PIXMA iP8750

$298.45
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9600 X
2400
DPI
10.4ppm
PRINT SPEED
(COLOUR,
43.5dB
NOISE LEVEL
150 Sheets
MAX INPUT
CAPACITY

If you're looking for a high end Canon photo printer then the Canon PIXMA iP8750 takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 73, but is a bit more expensive at $298.45.

Features We Love:
My image garden
9600 x 2400 DPI
Supports Wi-Fi
Supports borderless printing

A good spec and maximum resolution photo printer.

79
Features
Good Features
64
Value for Money
Good
73
Kagoo Score
Very Good
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In This Guide
Should You Buy a Canon Photo Printer?
Is Canon the Best Photo Printer Brand?
What Do the Canon Photo Printer Reviews Say?
How Many Industry Awards Have Canon Photo Printers Received?
How Reliable Are Canon Photo Printers?
Features to Look Out For On Canon Photo Printers
Canon My Image Garden
What is the Best Mid-Range Canon Photo Printer?
What is the Best High End Canon Photo Printer?

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