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{Canon CP1300
£120.00
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#1

90

Pixma Pro-1

Canon Pixma Pro‑1

40 Reviews + 7 Awards
druckerchannel.de - Recommended for Glossy Paperdigitalartsonline.co.uk - Editor's ChoiceDP 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 highest scoring direct printing photo printer on the market, with an Editor's Choice award from four expert review websites and 3 further awards from other expert sites
#2

82

Expression Photo XP-55

Epson Expression Photo XP‑55

1 Review
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£74.99

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Amazon UK
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£41
Over 10 years
Oct 2014
Good for printing directly from cameras, this is the highest scoring fast-printing photo printer around
#3

79

iP110

Canon iP110

79 Reviews
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£118.80

CRC Tasktron
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£38
Over 10 years
Oct 2014
The best scoring photo printer under £500, with average running costs and a reasonable price
#4

79

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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£32.82

Amazon UK
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£74
Over 10 years
Oct 2013
A bargain price and multi award winning 5760 x 1440 DPI photo printer, with alright running costs and good features
#5

77

iP8750

Canon iP8750

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£179.99

Amazon UK
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£9
Over 10 years
Jan 2014
A powerful and classic 9600 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with very low running costs but representing only moderate value for money
#6

73

iX6850

Canon iX6850

78 Reviews
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£138.00

eBay
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£9
Over 10 years
Jan 2014
A fully loaded and very economical to run 9600 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with a reasonable price
#7

70

CP1200

Canon CP1200

174 Reviews + 3 Awards
computershopper.com - Editor's ChoicePC Mag - Editor's Choicealtomdata.dk - Recommended
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£89.99

Argos
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£89
Over 10 years
Jan 2016
A best selling and affordable 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
#8

66

CP1000

Canon CP1000

3 Reviews
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£70.98

Ebuyer Business
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£89
Over 10 years
Mar 2017
A top-value and fairly new 300 x 300 DPI photo printer, with alright reviews but inferior features
#9

66

Pixma Pro-100S

Canon Pixma Pro‑100S

30 Reviews + 6 Awards
alphr.com - Recommendedhispazone.com - Recommended ProductTechradar - RecommendedExpert Reviews - Best Buy
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£339.99

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£11
Over 10 years
Feb 2015
An 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
#10

65

CP910

Canon CP910

17 Reviews + 2 Awards
01net.com - 4 StarTrusted Reviews - Recommended
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£42.98

CRC Tasktron
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£89
Over 10 years
Mar 2015
An award winning and good value for money 300 x 300 DPI photo printer, with satisfactory running costs but poor features
#11

63

ZIP

Polaroid ZIP

38 Reviews + 1 Award
mashable.com - Mashable Choice
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£90.00

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(Unknown)
Feb 2017
An award winning and best selling ZINK (zero ink) photo printer, with a cheap price but not very good features
#12

62

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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£429.99

eBay
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£19
Over 10 years
Jul 2013
A fully featured and award winning 9600 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and 2 further awards from other expert sites
#13

62

iP2850

Canon iP2850

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£20.00

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£17
Over 10 years
Jan 2014
A bargain price and best selling 4800 x 600 DPI photo printer, with low running costs but only middle of the road features
#14

58

CP1300

Canon CP1300

Camera Labs - Recommended
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£120.00

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Currys
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£89
Over 10 years
Aug 2017
The latest direct printing photo printer around, but with high running costs
#15

56

Instax Share SP-2

Fujifilm Instax Share SP‑2

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£94.95

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eBay
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(Unknown)
Sep 2016
A relatively new and good value for money inkjet photo printer, but with poor features
#16

55

SC-P400

Epson SC‑P400

8 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
The highest rated photo printer under £1,000, with an Editor's Choice award from three expert review websites
#17

54

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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£497.99

DPS Business
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£31
Over 10 years
Nov 2014
The highest review score high-quality photo printer around, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and 3 further awards from other expert sites
#18

54

Selphy CP820

Canon Selphy CP820

35 Reviews
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£42.98

CRC Tasktron
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£89
Over 10 years
Jan 2014
A classic but only moderate value for money 300 x 300 DPI photo printer, with not very good features and high running costs
#19

54

Pro-10

Canon Pro‑10

6 Reviews + 1 Award
Ephotozine - Recommended
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£499.00

Cameraworld
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£49
Over 10 years
Sep 2012
An award winning and good spec 4800 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with alright running costs but representing inferior value for money
#20

54

CP1000

Canon CP1000

3 Reviews
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£97.19

CRC Tasktron
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£89
Over 10 years
May 2015
A 3 year old and average value for money 300 x 300 DPI photo printer, with OK reviews and running costs

53

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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£929.99

DPS Business
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£56
Over 10 years
Nov 2015
The highest review score direct printing photo printer around, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites and 2 further awards from other expert sites

52

G2500

Canon G2500

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£234.99

Canon
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£18
Over 10 years
Feb 2017
A fairly new but only average spec 4800 x 1200 DPI photo printer, with OK running costs but representing poor value for money

52

PM-210

Kodak PM‑210

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£99.98

PC World Business
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(Unknown)
Dec 2016
A bargain price and relatively new dye-sublimation photo printer, but with inferior features

50

ET-7700

Epson ET‑7700

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£499.99

Amazon UK
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£22
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
The latest high-quality photo printer available, with average running costs

48

SP-1

Fujifilm SP‑1

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£113.99

e-GlobaL Central UK
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£0
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
A very economical to run but 2 year old 640 x 480 DPI photo printer, with inferior features and representing poor value for money

47

G1500

Canon G1500

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£189.99

Canon
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£1
Over 10 years
Mar 2017
A fairly new and very economical to run inkjet photo printer, but with inferior features and representing inferior value for money

46

PM-210G

Kodak PM‑210G

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£99.99

Amazon UK
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(Unknown)
Aug 2017
A new but only average value for money 300 x 300 DPI photo printer, with poor features

42

C831n

OKI C831n

1 Review
buyerslab.com - Energy Efficiency
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£188.10

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BT Business Direct
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£89
Over 10 years
Jun 2013
A good spec but 4 year old inkjet photo printer, with moderate reviews and OK running costs

40

PD-450

Kodak PD‑450

computershopper.com - Good For Families
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£114.73

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Amazon UK
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(Unknown)
Dec 2016
A relatively new but not very good value for money dye-sublimation photo printer, with poor features

39

Pocket Photo PD239

LG Pocket Photo PD239

25 Reviews + 1 Award
gagadget.com - Recommended
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£84.99

e-GlobaL Central UK
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£4
Over 10 years
Mar 2014
A very economical to run but 4 year old 314 x 314 DPI photo printer, with moderate reviews but representing inferior value for money

35

ZINK

Polaroid ZINK

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£24.99

eBay
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(Unknown)
May 2015
An inferior value for money and 3 year old ZINK (zero ink) photo printer, with poor features

32

PM210W

Kodak PM210W

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£99.99

Amazon UK
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(Unknown)
Apr 2017
A fairly new but low spec 300 x 300 DPI photo printer

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Canon CP1200
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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 £23 to £854 and in total we found prices for 32 photo printers. The average price of a new photo printer is £212 and 80% of photo printers are priced between £43 and £498. The Canon Pixma Pro-1 is the cheapest photo printer at only £23, and Canon PRO-1000 is the most expensive at £854.

Photo Printer Brands - Price Range

The %8highest average photo printer price out of all brands is OKI photo printers with an average price of £821. OKI photo printers start at £821 and the most expensive OKI photo printer costs £821.

The second highest average photo printer price out of all brands is Epson photo printers with an average price of £285. Epson photo printers range in price from £34 to £500.

Canon photo printers start at £23 and the most expensive Canon photo printer costs £854. The third highest average photo printer price out of all brands is Canon photo printers with an average price of £204.

Photo Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 161 expert reviews and 465 user reviews for photo printers written online and used these reviews 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 86% and Epson is the third best brand with 84%.

Biggest Photo Printer Retailers

We found 28 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 18 current offers for photo printers. The third biggest retailer is Ebuyer with 13 current photo printer offers.

When Are Most New Photo Printers Released?

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

How Fast Do Photo Printer Prices Drop After Release?

New photo printers drop in price by an average of 9% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £19 on a typical £212 new photo printer by waiting 6 months before buying.

Maximum Resolutions

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

We found 10 photo printers that are 300 x 300 DPI photo printers, which makes this the most popular maximum resolution amongst new photo printers. The second most popular maximum resolution amongst new photo printers is 5760 x 1440 DPI. We found 5 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.

Print Technologies

The most popular print technology amongst new photo printers is inkjet. We found 27 photo printers that are inkjet photo printers. Dye-sublimation is the second most popular print technology amongst new photo printers. We found 12 photo printers that are dye-sublimation photo printers.

Biggest Photo Printer Retailers

The biggest photo printer retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon UK. We found 28 current photo printer offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest photo printer retailer is eBay with 18 offers. That means Amazon UK is much bigger than eBay when it comes to photo printers. Ebuyer is the third biggest retailer with 13 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Photo Printers?

The retailer that most frequently offered the cheapest price on photo printers is Amazon UK and offers the cheapest price on 10 photo printers.

Proportion of Photo Printers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The shop that most frequently offered the cheapest price on photo printers is Amazon UK and offers the cheapest price on 35.7% of its photo printers.