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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique photo printers rating which considers: 2,700 expert & user reviews • 150 product comparisons • 100 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

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Canon PIXMA IP110

254 Reviews

£147.80

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
A4 (210 x 297 mm)
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Oct 2014
Voucher
#2

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Canon CP1300

837 Reviews
Camera Labs - Recommended

£109.00

300 X 300 DPI
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10x15
4\" x 6\" (10x15 cm)
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Aug 2017
#3

88

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Epson XP8500

25 Reviews
altomdata.dk - Recommended

£98.00

4800 X 1200 DPI
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A4 (Long)
Legal (216 x 356 mm)
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Sep 2016
Voucher
#4

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Canon PIXMA IX6850

£116.95

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A3
A3+ (330 x 483 mm)
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Jan 2014
Voucher
#5

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Canon Pixma Pro‑100S

32 Reviews
alphr.com - Recommendedcomputershopper.com - Editor's ChoiceTechradar - RecommendedExpert Reviews - Best Buy

£357.53

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A3
A3+ (330 x 483 mm)
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Feb 2015
#6

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Canon PIXMA IP8750

£199.00

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A3
A3+ (330 x 483 mm)
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Jan 2014
#7

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Canon PIXMA IP7250

£28.00

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A4 (Long)
216 x 356 mm
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Sep 2012
Voucher
#8

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Kodak Mini 2

29 Reviews

£80.00

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Jul 2018
#9

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Canon PIXMA PRO1000

10 Reviews
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£849.00

2400 X 1200 DPI
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A2
A2 (432 x 559 mm)
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Aug 2017
#10

82

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Canon CP1000

19 Reviews

£70.98

300 X 300 DPI
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A6
100 x 150 mm
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Sep 2017
#11

81

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Canon 3204C004

£99.00

313 X 400 DPI
314 x 400
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A5
2\" x 3\" (5x7.6 cm)
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Sep 2018
#12

80

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Canon PIXMA TS305

1 Review

£23.99

4800 X 1200 DPI
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A6
100 x 150 mm
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Sep 2016
#13

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Canon PIXMA IP2850

15 Reviews

£22.70

4800 X 600 DPI
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A4 / Letter
A4 / Letter (216 x 297 mm)
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Jan 2014
#14

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Canon 3204C006

£99.00

313 X 400 DPI
314 x 400
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A5
2\" x 3\" (5x7.6 cm)
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Sep 2018
#15

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Epson SureColor SCP400

£446.68

5760 X 1440 DPI
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A3
A3+ (330 x 483 mm)
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Oct 2015
#16

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Canon MG7750

£58.95

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A6
100 x 150 mm
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Oct 2016
#17

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Epson Stylus Photo R2000

31 Reviews
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£770.42

5760 X 1440 DPI
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10x15
4\" x 6\" (10x15 cm)
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May 2011
#18

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Canon Pixma IP4950

9 Reviews
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£489.99

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
A4 (210 x 297 mm)
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Jul 2013
#19

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Canon CP400

8 Reviews

£30.00

300 X 300 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Sep 2017
#20

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Canon PIXMA PRO10S

7 Reviews
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£689.85

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A3
A3+ (330 x 483 mm)
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Feb 2015

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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 85%. Compare all award winning photo printers.

Rank Brand Number of Photo Printers Price Range Average Rating
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Canon Photo Printers 49 £23 - £849
85%
1,685 reviews
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Epson Photo Printers 27 £98 - £772
77%
845 reviews

Trending Photo Printer Comparisons

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Canon
Pixma Pro-100S
£357.53
£87 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
VS
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Epson
SC-P400
£445.00
Newer by nine
months
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Canon
CP1300
£109.00
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
Better brand
VS
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Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-2
£65.99
£43 cheaper
16 months newer
314 x 314 DPI
DPI
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Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
£88.99
Newer by eight
months
VS
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Kodak
Mini 2
£80.00
£9 cheaper
More popular
Better Kagoo
Score
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Canon
CP1200
£104.99
£8 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Six years newer
VS
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Kodak
PD-450EU
£112.99
One more award
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Canon
CP1300
£109.00
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
Better brand
VS
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Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-2
£65.99
£43 cheaper
16 months newer
314 x 314 DPI
DPI
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Canon
Pixma Pro-100S
£357.53
Better brand
More popular
Bigger maximum
resolution
VS
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Epson
XP-8500
£98.00
£260 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
20 months newer
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Canon
CP1300
£109.00
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
Better brand
VS
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Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
£88.99
£20 cheaper
19 months newer
5 times the
maximum
resolution
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Canon
SELPHY ES2
£149.99
Better brand
One more award
VS
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Kodak
Mini 2
£80.00
£70 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Three years
newer
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Canon
iP8750
£199.00
£246 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
VS
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Epson
SC-P400
£445.00
21 months newer
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Canon
CP1200
£104.99
Better brand
VS
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Epson
XP-8500
£98.00
£7 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
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Polaroid
ZINK
£89.99
£19 cheaper
More popular
VS
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Canon
CP1300
£109.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by two
years
One more award
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Canon
CP1200
£104.99
£8 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Six years newer
VS
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Kodak
PD-450EU
£112.99
One more award
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Canon
CP1300
£109.00
Better brand
More customers
recommend it
Marginally
better user
reviews
VS
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Epson
XP-8500
£98.00
£11 cheaper
4800 x 1200 DPI
DPI
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Canon
CP1300
£109.00
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
Better brand
VS
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Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
£88.99
£20 cheaper
20 months newer
800 x 600 DPI
DPI
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Canon
iX6850
£116.95
Better brand
4 times the
maximum
resolution
A3 max print
size
VS
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Epson
XP-8500
£98.00
£19 cheaper
Three years
newer
One more award
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Canon
CP1000
£70.98
£9 cheaper
Better brand
VS
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Kodak
Mini 2
£80.00
More popular
Better Kagoo
Score
A little better
user reviews
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Canon
CP1200
£104.99
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
A6 max print
size
VS
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Polaroid
ZINK
£89.99
£15 cheaper
More popular
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Canon
CP1000
£70.98
£27 cheaper
Better brand
Newer by one
year
VS
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Epson
XP-8500
£98.00
More popular
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
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Canon
CP1200
£104.99
Better brand
VS
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Kodak
Mini 2
£80.00
£25 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by three
years
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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

Photo printers range in price from £22 to £849 and in total we found prices for 33 photo printers. A new photo printer costs on average £221 and 80% of photo printers are priced between £30 and £690. The Canon PRO1000 is the most expensive photo printer that we found at £849, and the Canon IP2850 is the cheapest at only £23.

Photo Printer Brands - Price Range

OKI photo printers range in price from £821 to £821, and the average price of OKI photo printers is £821 which is the highest average price of all photo printer brands.

The average price of Epson photo printers is £380 which is the second highest average price of all photo printer brands. Epson photo printers range in price from £98 to £772.

The third highest average photo printer price out of all brands is Canon photo printers with an average price of £210. Canon photo printers start at £23 and their most expensive photo printer costs £849.

Photo Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 876 expert reviews and 1,838 user reviews for photo printers and used this data to calculate the average rating for each brand of photo printer.

Biggest Photo Printer Retailers

We found 3 current offers for photo printers from Canon Store UK making it the biggest photo printer retailer. That is significantly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon UK for whom we found 2 current offers for photo printers. The third biggest retailer is eBay with 1 current photo printer offers.

When Are Most New Photo Printers Released?

The most common period for new photo printers to be released in is between March and May. For the latest photo printer technology you may want to consider waiting until March 2020. Alternatively you might be able to buy one of the current photo printers cheaper in March once the latest models have been released. The biggest month in 2019 for new photo printer releases was March, with one new photo printers released that month. 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.

How Fast Do Photo Printer Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, photo printers drop in price by 5% on average.

A typical new photo printer costs on average £221. By waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average £10.

Maximum Resolutions

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

We found 26 photo printers that are 300 x 300 DPI photo printers, which makes this the most common maximum resolution amongst new 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.

Amongst new photo printers, the most common maximum print size is A4 / letter. We found 40 photo printers that are photo printers that have an A4 / letter max print size. We found 21 photo printers that are photo printers that have a 10x15 max print size, making this 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 Canon Store UK. 1 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.

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