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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique photo printers rating which considers: 790 UK prices • 3,000 expert & user reviews • 150 product comparisons • 120 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

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Canon iP8750

105 Reviews
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£179.00

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A3
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Aug 2018
This photo printer produces excellent prints, outstanding quality prints but doesn't have wifi capacity. It's the highest scoring high-quality photo printer on the market, with an industry award and a fair price.
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#2

87

Canon iP110

229 Reviews
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£157.27

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Aug 2017
This photo printer produces excellent prints, it's compact and very easy to setup. It's a positively reviewed and fully featured 9600 x 2400 DPI photo printer, very good for printing directly from cameras.
£200 Voucher
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87

Canon iX6850

106 Reviews
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£131.18

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A3
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Sep 2016
This photo printer produces excellent prints, outstanding quality prints and it's very easy to setup. It's a fully featured and bargain price 9600 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with fantastic expert reviews.
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87

Canon iP7250

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£43.00

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A4 (Long)
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Sep 2012
The highest rated photo printer under £50, with a great spec. This photo printer produces excellent prints, very good quality prints and it's very easy to setup.
#5

86

Canon CP1300

537 Reviews
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£79.99

300 X 300 DPI
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10x15
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Aug 2017
The highest review score direct printing photo printer on the market, with a good spec. It produces very good quality prints, excellent prints and it's very easy to use.
£200 Voucher
#6

85

Epson XP‑8500

25 Reviews
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£78.97

4800 X 1200 DPI
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A4 (Long)
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Sep 2016
A best selling and top-value 4800 x 1200 DPI photo printer, with an industry award and a good spec. This photo printer produces excellent prints, it's quick to charge and really easy to setup.
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#7

85

Canon Pixma iP100

36 Reviews
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£23.92

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Apr 2017
A low cost and multi award winning 9600 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with an Editor's Choice award from three expert review websites and an additional award from another expert site. This photo printer is very easy to carry around and well designed but expensive.
#8

83

Epson Expression Photo XP‑55

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£109.99

5760 X 1400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Sep 2006
An affordable and powerful 5760 x 1400 DPI photo printer.
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83

Canon CP1200

307 Reviews
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£99.00

300 X 300 DPI
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A6
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Jan 2016
This photo printer is very easy to use and to setup, and [an excellent] size. It's a low cost and award winning 300 x 300 DPI photo printer, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites and an additional award from another expert site.
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82

Epson Stylus Photo R2000

31 Reviews
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£20.63

5760 X 1440 DPI
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A3
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May 2011
The cheapest high-quality photo printer available, with an Editor's Choice award from three expert review websites. This photo printer produces excellent prints, it's well designed and made.
#11

82

Kodak Mini 2

10 Reviews
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£88.00

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Jul 2018
An excellent value for money and recently released photo printer, with great user reviews but only a middle of the road spec. This photo printer doesn't produce excellent prints and it's expensive.
#12

82

Canon MG7750

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£22.45

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A6
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Oct 2016
An award winning and bargain price 9600 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with a good spec. It doesn't produce excellent prints and it's expensive.
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#13

81

Canon Pixma Pro‑100S

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£299.00

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A3
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Feb 2015
A fully featured and multi award winning 4800 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites and 3 further awards from other expert sites. Has excellent colours quality and it produces excellent prints.
#14

80

Canon CP1000

15 Reviews
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£70.98

300 X 300 DPI
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A6
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Sep 2017
The cheapest direct printing photo printer available, but with only an average spec. It produces excellent prints.
#15

80

Canon iP8500

12 Reviews
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£75.00

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Jan 2011
This photo printer produces excellent prints and it's quiet. It's a fully featured and award winning 4800 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with a reasonable price.
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Canon iP2850

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£29.99

4800 X 600 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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May 2006
A very good value for money and good spec 4800 x 600 DPI photo printer.
#17

78

Canon PIXMA TS305

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£30.34

4800 X 1200 DPI
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A6
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Sep 2016
A bargain price but moderately out of date 4800 x 1200 DPI photo printer, with ok reviews and a good spec.
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Canon CP760

15 Reviews
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£74.00

300 X 300 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Jan 2018
An award winning and relatively new 300 x 300 DPI photo printer, with a fair price and a good spec. It's easy to use, well designed but not compact.
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Epson Stylus Photo R1800

20 Reviews
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£113.64

5760 X 1440 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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May 2018
An award winning and recently released 5760 x 1440 DPI photo printer, with a good spec and an affordable price.
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Canon PRO‑1000

10 Reviews
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£899.00

2400 X 1200 DPI
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A2
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Aug 2017
This photo printer produces excellent prints and it's quiet. It's The top scoring photo printer under £1,000, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites.

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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 80%. Compare all award winning photo printers.

Rank Brand Number of Photo Printers Price Range Average Rating
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Canon Photo Printers 49 £22 - £1,060
80%
2,285 reviews
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Epson Photo Printers 28 £21 - £800
74%
910 reviews

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Pro-10
£538.79
Better brand
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SC-P600
£529.00
Six more awards
Better expert
reviews
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Epson
SC-P600
£529.00
Six more awards
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Canon
Pixma Pro-100S
£299.00
£230 cheaper
Better brand
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are better
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Canon
CP1200
£99.00
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ZIP
£89.99
£9 cheaper
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Epson
SC-P600
£529.00
£370 cheaper
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better user
reviews
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PRO-1000
£899.00
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Marginally
better expert
reviews
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Epson
R3000
£39.03
£500 cheaper
Six more awards
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are marginally
better
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Canon
Pro-10
£538.79
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reviews
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R3000
£39.03
£60 cheaper
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are a lot
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CP1200
£99.00
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Pro-100
£899.99
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SC-P400
£472.00
£428 cheaper
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R3000
£39.03
£500 cheaper
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are better
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Canon
Pro-10
£538.79
Better brand
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Epson
SC-P400
£472.00
£427 cheaper
Marginally
better user
reviews
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Canon
PRO-1000
£899.00
More popular
Better brand
A little better
expert reviews
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Canon
Pro-100
£899.99
Better brand
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Epson
SC-P600
£529.00
£371 cheaper
Two more awards
Marginally
better expert
reviews
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R3000
£39.03
£41 cheaper
Nine more
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Canon
CP1300
£79.99
Better brand
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are marginally
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R3000
£39.03
£118 cheaper
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are a lot
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iP110
£157.27
Better brand
Marginally
better user
reviews
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R3000
£39.03
£140 cheaper
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iP8750
£179.00
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SC-P600
£529.00
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Pixma IP4950
£459.99
£69 cheaper
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R3000
£39.03
£260 cheaper
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Pixma Pro-100S
£299.00
Better brand
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are better
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are a bit
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CP910
£199.99
Better brand
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Expression Photo XP-55
£109.99
£90 cheaper
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POLMP01
£89.99
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CP1300
£79.99
£10 cheaper
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£109.99
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R3000
£39.03
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£899.99
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£29.99
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£547.63
Significantly
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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

The price range of photo printers is from £20 to £1,060 and in total we found prices for 45 photo printers. A new photo printer costs on average £233 and 80% of photo printers are priced between £40 and £548. The Epson Stylus Photo R2000 is the cheapest photo printer at only £21, and Canon Pro 9000 Mark II is the most expensive at £1,060.

Photo Printer Brands - Price Range

The highest average photo printer price out of all brands is OKI photo printers with an average price of £499. OKI photo printers start at £499 and their most expensive photo printer costs £499.

The second highest average photo printer price out of all brands is Epson photo printers with an average price of £311. Epson photo printers range in price from £21 to £800.

The third highest average photo printer price out of all brands is Canon photo printers with an average price of £244. Canon photo printers start at £22 and their most expensive photo printer costs £1,060.

Photo Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 956 expert reviews and 2,404 user reviews for photo printers and used these reviews to calculate the average rating for each brand of photo printer.

Biggest Photo Printer Retailers

The biggest photo printer retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 46 current photo printer offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Amazon UK with 23 offers. That means eBay is much bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to photo printers. Ebuyer is the third biggest retailer with 13 current offers.

When Are Most New Photo Printers Released?

Most new photo printers tend to be released between July and September. In September 2017 eight new photo printers were released making it the biggest month that year for new photo printer releases. In 2016 most new photo printers were released in September as well, with nine new photo printers released that month. 12 new photo printers were released in July 2015 making it the biggest month that year for new photo printer releases.

How Fast Do Photo Printer Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, photo printers drop in price by 1%. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £3 on a typical £233 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.

We found 27 photo printers that are 300 x 300 DPI photo printers, which makes this the most common maximum resolution amongst new photo printers. We found 22 photo printers that are 5760 x 1440 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.

A4 / Letter is the most frequently found maximum print size amongst new photo printers. We found 40 photo printers that are photo printers that have an A4 / Letter max print size. 10x15 is the second most popular maximum print size amongst new photo printers. We found 17 photo printers that are photo printers that have a 10x15 max print size.

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. 34 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. 73.9% of their photo printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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