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Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every photo printer on the market in the UK to determine our top 10 list. In total we compared over 51 photo printers, 721 reviews and 637 prices. Last updated 18 August 2017.

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#1 Epson Expression Photo XP‑55

Expression Photo XP-55
The highest scoring direct printing photo printer available, with superb user reviews and low running costs
86
Reviews
1 Review
97
Value for Money
Excellent
93
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Age
3 Years Old
77
Running Costs
£41 / 10 Years
90
Overall Score
Excellent
Oct 2014
Release Date
eBay £82.87
Wex Photographic £89.00
Ebuyer Business £94.98
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£118.80

#2 Canon iP110

iP110
The best rated photo printer under £500, with low running costs and a fair price
90
Reviews
58 Reviews
83
Value for Money
Excellent
96
Features
Fully-Featured
76
Age
3 Years Old
76
Running Costs
£38 / 10 Years
87
Overall Score
Excellent
Aug 2014
Release Date
CRC Tasktron £118.80
Servers Direct £177.97
Ebuyer Business £180.99
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£140.90
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#3 Canon iX6850

iX6850
A high-quality and very economical to run 9600 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with a good price
80
Value for Money
Excellent
94
Features
Fully-Featured
62
Age
4 Years Old
81
Running Costs
£9 / 10 Years
78
Overall Score
Very Good
Jan 2014
Release Date
Ebuyer £140.90
Misco £153.54
PC World Business £153.54
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£69.99
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#4 Canon CP1200

CP1200
computershopper.com - Editor's ChoicePC Mag - Editor's Choicealtomdata.dk - Recommended
An award winning and very cheap 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
87
Reviews
3 Awards
94
Value for Money
Excellent
47
Features
Average Features
79
Age
2 Years Old
48
Running Costs
£89 / 10 Years
75
Overall Score
Very Good
Jan 2016
Release Date
Ebuyer £69.99
Canon £88.99
Amazon UK £92.95
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£189.00
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#5 Canon iP8750

iP8750
A very economical to run and fully featured 9600 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with a good price
72
Value for Money
Very Good
94
Features
Fully-Featured
60
Age
4 Years Old
82
Running Costs
£9 / 10 Years
75
Overall Score
Very Good
Jan 2014
Release Date
Wex Photographic £189.00
Canon £190.39
PC World Business £199.98
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£143.40
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#6 OKI C831n

C831n
buyerslab.com - Energy Efficiency
A cheap and good spec inkjet photo printer, with OK running costs
70
Reviews
1 Award
84
Value for Money
Excellent
77
Features
Good Features
51
Age
4 Years Old
49
Running Costs
£89 / 10 Years
71
Overall Score
Very Good
Jun 2013
Release Date
Printware £143.40
BT Shop £188.08
BT Business Direct £188.08
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£479.99

#7 Canon Pixma Pro‑1

Pixma Pro-1
digitalartsonline.co.uk - Editor's Choicedruckerchannel.de - Recommended for Glossy PaperDP Review - Goldphotoreview.com.au - Editor's Choice
The highest review score direct printing photo printer around, with an Editor's Choice award from four expert review websites and 3 further awards from other expert sites
89
Reviews
7 Awards
31
Value for Money
Mediocre
96
Features
Fully-Featured
50
Age
4 Years Old
73
Running Costs
£11 / 10 Years
69
Overall Score
Good
Jul 2013
Release Date
eBay £479.99
Wellindal £930.99
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£368.23

#8 Canon Pixma Pro‑100S

Pixma Pro-100S
hispazone.com - Recommended Productcomputershopper.com - Editor's ChoiceTechradar - RecommendedExpert Reviews - Best Buy
A good spec and multi award winning 4800 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with low running costs but representing poor value for money
89
Reviews
6 Awards
36
Value for Money
Mediocre
79
Features
Good Features
67
Age
3 Years Old
75
Running Costs
£11 / 10 Years
68
Overall Score
Good
Feb 2015
Release Date
PC World Business £368.23
Wex Photographic £369.00
BT Business Direct £382.02
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£27.98

#9 Canon iP2850

iP2850
A cheap and economical to run 4800 x 600 DPI photo printer, but with only average features
96
Value for Money
Excellent
51
Features
Average Features
55
Age
4 Years Old
71
Running Costs
£17 / 10 Years
68
Overall Score
Good
Jan 2014
Release Date
Ebuyer £27.98
PC World Business £34.78
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£113.99

#10 Fujifilm SP‑1

SP-1
Ephotozine - Recommended01net.com - 4 Star
A cheap and stunningly economical to run 640 x 480 DPI photo printer, but with only average features
89
Value for Money
Excellent
42
Features
Average Features
73
Age
2 Years Old
95
Running Costs
£0 / 10 Years
68
Overall Score
Good
Sep 2015
Release Date
e-GlobaL Central UK £113.99
Amazon UK £139.99
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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.

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.

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

Photo printers range in price from £20 to £499 and in total we found prices for 26 photo printers. On average, a new photo printer costs £150 and 80% of photo printers are priced between £43 and £368. The most expensive photo printer that we found is the Epson SC-P600 at £499, and the cheapest is the Epson Stylus Photo R3000 at only £20.

Photo Printer Brands - Price Range

Epson photo printers range in price from £20 to £499, and the average price of Epson photo printers is £266 which is the highest average price of all photo printer brands.

The average price of Canon photo printers is £152 which is the second highest average price of all photo printer brands. Canon photo printers range in price from £28 to £400.

The average price of OKI photo printers is £143 which is the third highest average price of all photo printer brands. OKI photo printers range in price from £143 to £143.

Photo Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 138 expert reviews and 88 user reviews for photo printers available online and used this information to evaluate the average rating for each brand of photo printer. Polaroid is the top rated photo printer brand with an average rating of 86%. Epson is the second best brand with 84% and Canon is the third best brand with 81%.

Biggest Photo Printer Retailers

We found 19 current offers for photo printers from eBay making it the biggest photo printer retailer. That is much bigger than the second biggest retailer, BT Shop for whom we found 11 current offers for photo printers. The third biggest retailer is PC World Business with 11 current photo printer offers.

When Are Most New Photo Printers Released?

We couldn't see any noticeable pattern in the release dates for new photo printers over the last 3 years. Last year most new photo printers were released in December, with five new photo printers released that month. Four new photo printers were released in May 2015 making it the biggest month that year for new photo printer releases. January was the biggest month in 2014 for new photo printers, with seven new photo printers released that month.

How Fast Do Photo Printer Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, photo printers drop in price by 17% on average. That means a saving of £26 on a typical £150 new photo printer if you wait 6 months before buying.

Maximum Resolutions

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

The most frequently found maximum resolution amongst new photo printers is 300 x 300 DPI. We found 7 photo printers that are 300 x 300 DPI photo printers. The second most frequently found maximum resolution amongst new photo printers is 9600 x 2400 DPI. We found 4 photo printers that are 9600 x 2400 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 common print technology amongst new photo printers is inkjet. We found 23 photo printers that are inkjet photo printers. Dye-sublimation is the second most popular print technology amongst new photo printers. We found 10 photo printers that are dye-sublimation photo printers.

Biggest Photo Printer Retailers

We found 19 current offers for photo printers from eBay making it the biggest photo printer retailer. That is much bigger than the second biggest retailer, BT Shop for whom we found 11 current offers for photo printers. The third biggest retailer is PC World Business with 11 current photo printer offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Photo Printers?

The cheapest retailer by number of photo printer for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 7 photo printers.

Proportion of Photo Printers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The cheapest shop by number of photo printer for which they offer the cheapest price is eBay with the cheapest price on 36.8% of its photo printers.

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