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Kodak Mini 2

29 Reviews

£74.99

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Jul 2018

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Kodak PD‑450EU

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computershopper.com - Good For Families

£118.99

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10x15
4\" x 6\" (10x15 cm)
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Jan 2010

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OKI C831N

£820.98

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A4 / Letter
A4 (210 x 297 mm)
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Nov 2014

71

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Polaroid POLMP01

£77.99

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A8
2.3" x 3.4" (5.8x8.6 cm)
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Jul 2015

67

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Polaroid ZINK

£34.95

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A5
2\" x 3\" (5x7.6 cm)
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May 2015

67

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Polaroid ZIP

£79.99

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A8
50 x 76 mm
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Jul 2007
#13

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Fujifilm Instax Share SP‑2

£62.99

314 X 314 DPI
320 x 320
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Dec 2018

68

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Instax Instax SHARE SP‑2

£99.00

640 X 480 DPI
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A8
50 x 76 mm
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Sep 2016

78

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Fujifilm instax SHARE SP‑3

£91.99

800 X 600 DPI
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Mar 2019

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Polaroid POLMP02R

£136.44

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A5
5x7.6
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Sep 2018

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£358.92
£190 cheaper
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SC-P400
£549.00
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£60.00
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Instax Share SP-2
£62.99
16 months newer
314 x 314 DPI
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CP1200
£74.99
£44 cheaper
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Kodak
PD-450EU
£118.99
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Canon
CP1300
£60.00
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Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-2
£62.99
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Canon
iP8750
£199.00
£350 cheaper
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Epson
SC-P400
£549.00
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Canon
CP1200
£74.99
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Epson
XP-8500
£78.12
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One more award
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Canon
CP1200
£74.99
£44 cheaper
Six years newer
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Kodak
PD-450EU
£118.99
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One more award
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Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
£91.99
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Kodak
Mini 2
£74.99
£17 cheaper
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Canon
CP1300
£60.00
£32 cheaper
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One more award
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Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
£91.99
20 months newer
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Canon
Pro-100
£494.42
£55 cheaper
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Epson
SC-P400
£549.00
Three months
newer
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Canon
CP1300
£60.00
£32 cheaper
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One more award
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Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
£91.99
20 months newer
800 x 600 DPI
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Canon
CP1000
£65.00
£10 cheaper
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Kodak
Mini 2
£74.99
Better Kagoo
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A little better
user reviews
Newer by 11
months
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Canon
iX6850
£120.97
Better brand
4 times the
maximum
resolution
A3 max print
size
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Epson
XP-8500
£78.12
£43 cheaper
More popular
Three years
newer
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Canon
CP1200
£74.99
Better brand
Better Kagoo
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A6 max print
size
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Polaroid
ZINK
£34.95
£40 cheaper
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Canon
CP1200
£74.99
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Kodak
Mini 2
£74.99
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Newer by three
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Canon
CP1200
£74.99
£24 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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print size
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Instax
Instax SHARE SP-2
£99.00
More popular
Bigger maximum
resolution
Eight months
newer
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Canon
CP1200
£74.99
More popular
Better brand
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Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-2
£62.99
£12 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Newer by three
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Polaroid
ZINK
£34.95
£84 cheaper
Five years
newer
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Kodak
PD-450EU
£118.99
One more award
Better Kagoo
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Better brand
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Epson
SC-P400
£549.00
£350 cheaper
Bigger maximum
resolution
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Canon
PRO-1000
£899.00
Better Kagoo
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Newer by 22
months
Two more awards
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Canon
iP8750
£199.00
Better Kagoo
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Newer by four
years
Better brand
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Kodak
PD-450EU
£118.99
£80 cheaper
One more award
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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 37 photo printers ranging from £22 to £1,060. On average, a new photo printer costs £232 and 80% of photo printers are priced between £50 and £629. The Canon Pro 9000 Mark II is the most expensive photo printer that we found at £1,060, and the Epson XP8500 is the cheapest at only £22.

Photo Printer Brands - Price Range

OKI photo printers start at £821 and their most expensive photo printer costs £821. The highest average photo printer price out of all brands is OKI photo printers with an average price of £821.

The second highest average photo printer price out of all brands is Epson photo printers with an average price of £286. Epson photo printers range in price from £22 to £549.

The average price of Canon photo printers is £257 which is the third highest average price of all photo printer brands. Canon photo printers range in price from £30 to £1,060.

Photo Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 919 expert reviews and 2,085 user reviews for photo printers and used these reviews to evaluate the average rating for each brand of photo printer.

Biggest Photo Printer Retailers

We found 24 current offers for photo printers from Amazon UK making it the biggest photo printer retailer. That is much bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 13 current offers for photo printers. The third biggest retailer is Office Stationery with 5 current photo printer offers.

When Are Most New Photo Printers Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any prominent trend in the release month for new photo printers. In May 2018, 10 new photo printers were released making it the biggest month that year for new photo printer releases. Six new photo printers were released in August 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new photo printer releases. In 2016 most new photo printers were released in September, with six new photo printers released that month.

How Fast Do Photo Printer Prices Drop After Release?

New photo printers drop in price by an average of 5% in the first 6 months after they were first released.

If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £13 on a typical £232 new photo printer 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.

300 x 300 DPI is the most frequently found maximum resolution amongst new photo printers. We found 26 photo printers that are 300 x 300 DPI photo printers. 5760 x 1440 DPI is the second most popular maximum resolution amongst new photo printers. 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 40 photo printers that are photo printers that have an A4 / letter max print size, which makes A4 / letter the most frequently found maximum print size amongst new photo printers. We found 21 photo printers that are photo printers that have a 10x15 max print size, making 10x15 the second most common 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 Amazon UK. 12 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 Amazon UK. 50% of their photo printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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