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The 10 Best Photo Printers - May 2017

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 52 photo printers, 624 reviews and 775 prices. Last updated 19 May 2017.

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Stylus Photo R3000
#1 in Photo Printers

Epson Stylus Photo R3000

DP Review - GoldTrusted Reviews - RecommendedEphotozine - Highly RecommendedPC Mag - Editor's Choice
43 Reviews + 10 Awards
  • 10 industry awards
  • Moderately priced
  • Has an energy Star certified
  • £20.98
    BT Business Direct
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  • More shops: 6
  • £20.98 BT Shop
ZIP
#2 in Photo Printers

Polaroid ZIP

mashable.com - Mashable Choice
97 Reviews + 1 Award
  • One industry award
  • Competitively priced
  • Good quality printing
  • £61.38
    eBay
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  • More shops: 19
  • £99.90 Boots.com
  • £119.99 I Want One of Those
Pixma Pro-1
#3 in Photo Printers

Canon Pixma Pro‑1

druckerchannel.de - Recommended for Glossy Paperdigitalartsonline.co.uk - Editor's ChoiceDP Review - Goldphotoreview.com.au - Editor's Choice
40 Reviews + 7 Awards
  • Seven industry awards
  • Competitively priced
  • £20.54
    Amazon UK
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CP910
#4 in Photo Printers

Canon CP910

Trusted Reviews - Recommended
7 Reviews + 1 Award
  • Expert reviews are average
  • £42.98
    CRC Tasktron
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  • More shops: 3
  • £95.00 Amazon UK
CP1200
#5 in Photo Printers

Canon CP1200

computershopper.com - Editor's ChoicePC Mag - Editor's Choicealtomdata.dk - Recommended
13 Reviews + 3 Awards
  • Popular choice
  • Canon has good reviews for its photo printers
  • £89.99
    Ebuyer
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  • More shops: 29
  • £95.94 Misco
  • £98.98 BT Shop
iP110
#6 in Photo Printers

Canon iP110

18 Reviews
  • Canon has good reviews for its photo printers
  • Has an energy Star certified
SP-1
#7 in Photo Printers
  • £113.99
    e-GlobaL Central UK
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  • More shops: 4
  • £139.99 Amazon UK
iX6850
#8 in Photo Printers

Canon iX6850

6 Reviews
  • Average expert reviews
  • Reasonably priced
  • £143.98
    Laptops Direct
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  • More shops: 39
  • £145.97 Ebuyer
  • £149.94 Misco
iP8750
#9 in Photo Printers

Canon iP8750

  • Good expert reviews
  • Very fast print speed (colour, draft quality, A4/US Letter)
  • £189.00
    Wex Photographic
    Save £10.00 (5%)
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  • More shops: 27
  • £189.99 Argos
  • £199.99 Currys
iP2850
#10 in Photo Printers

Canon iP2850

4 Reviews
  • Canon photo printers have good reviews
  • Very slow print speed (colour, draft quality, A4/US Letter)
  • £29.98
    Ebuyer
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  • More shops: 27
  • £29.99 Ebuyer Business
  • £29.99 Currys

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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 £542 and in total we found prices for 26 photo printers. On average, a new photo printer costs £130 and 80% of photo printers are priced between £35 and £189. The Canon Pixma Pro-1 is the cheapest photo printer at only £20, and Epson SC-P600 is the most expensive at £542.

Photo Printer Brands - Price Range

Epson photo printers start at £21 and the most expensive Epson photo printer costs £542. The average price of Epson photo printers is £248 which is the highest average price of all photo printer brands.

The average price of Fujifilm photo printers is £128 which is the second highest average price of all photo printer brands. Fujifilm photo printers start at £114 and the most expensive Fujifilm photo printer costs £142.

Kodak photo printers start at £100 and the most expensive Kodak photo printer costs £145. The third highest average photo printer price out of all brands is Kodak photo printers with an average price of £123.

Photo Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 138 expert reviews and 88 user reviews for photo printers written online and used this data 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 80%.

Biggest Photo Printer Retailers

The biggest photo printer retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon UK. We found 21 current photo printer offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest photo printer retailer is eBay with 19 offers. That means Amazon UK is slightly bigger than eBay when it comes to photo printers. BT Business Direct is the third biggest retailer with 13 current offers.

When Are Most New Photo Printers Released?

We couldn't see any evident trend 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. May was the biggest month in 2015 for new photo printers, with four new photo printers released that month. In January 2014 seven new photo printers were released 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 11% on average. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £14 on a typical £130 new photo printer by waiting 6 months before buying.

Maximum Resolutions

The most popular maximum resolution amongst new photo printers is 300 x 300 DPI. We found 7 photo printers that are photo printers that have a Maximum resolution of 300 x 300 DPI. We found 5 photo printers that are photo printers that have a Maximum resolution of 9600 x 2400 DPI, making this the second most popular maximum resolution amongst new photo printers.

Biggest Photo Printer Retailers

The biggest photo printer retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon UK. We found 21 current photo printer offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest photo printer retailer is eBay with 19 offers. That means Amazon UK is slightly bigger than eBay when it comes to photo printers. BT Business Direct is the third biggest retailer with 13 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Photo Printers?

With the cheapest price on 7 photo printers, eBay is most frequently the cheapest photo printer shop.

Proportion of Photo Printers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The shop that most frequently offered the cheapest price on photo printers is eBay and offers the cheapest price on 36.8% of its photo printers.

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