High-Quality Photo Printers

High-Quality Photo PrintersJanuary 2018(Last Updated 12 January 2018)

The best photo printers capable of the best possible printing quality
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Every week we rank the best photo printers based on features, reviews and price
We compare: 60 Photo Printer Models 1,110 Photo Printer Reviews 692 Photo Printer Prices
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#2

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iP110

Canon iP110

80 Reviews
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£118.80

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CRC Tasktron
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£38
Over 10 years
Oct 2014
The highest scoring direct printing photo printer around, with a very fair price and low running costs
#3

88

Expression Photo XP-55

Epson Expression Photo XP‑55

1 Review
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£94.98

Ebuyer Business
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£41
Over 10 years
Oct 2014
The highest scoring fast-printing photo printer around, with low running costs
#4

87

iP8750

Canon iP8750

75 Reviews
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£189.00

Wex Photographic
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£9
Over 10 years
Jan 2014
A classic and fully featured 9600 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with a reasonable price and very low running costs
#5

84

iX6850

Canon iX6850

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£30.00

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£9
Over 10 years
Jan 2014
The cheapest high-quality photo printer available
#7

80

Pixma Pro-100S

Canon Pixma Pro‑100S

30 Reviews + 6 Awards
computershopper.com - Editor's Choicealphr.com - RecommendedTechradar - RecommendedExpert Reviews - Best Buy
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£299.00

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£11
Over 10 years
Feb 2015
A very economical to run and multi award winning 4800 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites and 4 further awards from other expert sites
#1

77

Pixma Pro-1

Canon Pixma Pro‑1

40 Reviews + 7 Awards
digitalartsonline.co.uk - Editor's Choicedruckerchannel.de - Recommended for Glossy PaperDP Review - Goldphotoreview.com.au - Editor's Choice
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£23.40

CRC Tasktron
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£11
Over 10 years
Jul 2013
The top scoring photo printer under £1,000, with very low running costs but representing only middle of the road value for money
#8

77

Pixma IP4950

Canon Pixma IP4950

9 Reviews + 3 Awards
alphr.com - Recommended A-ListCNET.co.uk - Editor's ChoiceTrusted Reviews - Recommended
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£459.99

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£19
Over 10 years
Jul 2013
A fully loaded and award winning 9600 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with very low running costs but representing only moderate value for money
#9

76

SC-P400

Epson SC‑P400

7 Reviews + 3 Awards
computershopper.com - Editor's ChoiceDigitaltrends.com - Editor's ChoicePC Mag - Editor's Choice
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£454.80

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DPS Business
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£3
Over 10 years
Oct 2015
A very economical to run and award winning 5760 x 1440 DPI photo printer, with good features but representing only average value for money
#10

75

SC-P600

Epson SC‑P600

6 Reviews + 4 Awards
computershopper.com - Editor's Choicebuyerslab.com - 2014 Picklydogbillede.dk - Especially Recommended 6 Starljudochbild.se - Recommended
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£479.00

Cameraworld
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£31
Over 10 years
Nov 2014
The highest review score high-quality photo printer on the market, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and 3 further awards from other expert sites
#11

74

Pro-10

Canon Pro‑10

6 Reviews + 1 Award
Ephotozine - Recommended
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£499.00

Wex Photographic
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£49
Over 10 years
Sep 2012
The lowest running cost direct printing photo printer available, but representing only middle of the road value for money
#15

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ET-7700

Epson ET‑7700

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£499.00

Wex Photographic
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£22
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
The latest high-quality photo printer on the market, but representing only middle of the road value for money

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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.

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High-Quality 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.

High-Quality Photo Printers

All the printers in the group have been designed to print at a far higher quality than the average. This means you can generate far better looking prints - the colours will look better and deeper, the ink coverage will be more even, and the overall quality will be far better and more professional. This is especially important for graphics-heavy prints or photos. It's important to note that higher print qualities will result in a slightly slower print speed, but nothing too troublesome.

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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.