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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique photo printers rating which considers: 2,700 UK prices • 3,600 expert & user reviews • 150 product comparisons • 110 industry awards • Score breakdown
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Kagoo Score
Average Review Rating
Price
Maximum Resolution
Maximum Print Size
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#1

90

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Canon logo

Canon PIXMA IP8750

346 Reviews
Expert Reviews Recommended

£290.49

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A3
Info
Jan 2014
#2

87

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Canon PIXMA IP110

681 Reviews
9600 2400 x DPI  Quieter than average noise level  Supports Wi‑Fi 
9600 2400 x DPI
Quieter than average noise level
Supports Wi‑Fi

£77.97

9600 X 2400 DPI
Info
A4 / Letter
Info
Oct 2014
#3

86

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Canon PIXMA IX6850

700 Reviews
9600 2400 x DPI  Supports Wi‑Fi  Supports borderless printing
9600 2400 x DPI
Supports Wi‑Fi
Supports borderless printing

£153.99

9600 X 2400 DPI
Info
10x15
Info
Jan 2014
#4

86

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Canon PIXMA IP7250

1 Review
9600 2400 x DPI  Supports Wi‑Fi  Supports borderless printing
9600 2400 x DPI
Supports Wi‑Fi
Supports borderless printing

£299.99

9600 X 2400 DPI
Info
A4
(Long)
Info
Sep 2012
#5

83

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Canon Pixma Pro‑100S

 

£167.97

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A3
Info
Feb 2015
#6

83

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Canon Selphy Square QX10

10 Reviews

£129.00

(Unknown)
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(Unknown)
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Feb 2020
#7

83

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Canon Pixma iP100

37 Reviews

£199.00

9600 X 2400 DPI
Info
A4 / Letter
Info
Apr 2017
#8

83

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Kodak Mini 2

234 Reviews

£26.86

(Unknown)
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(Unknown)
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Jul 2018
#9

82

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Canon PIXMA PRO1000

 

£999.00

2400 X 1200 DPI
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A2
Info
Mar 2020
#10

82

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Fujifilm instax mini Link

26 Reviews

£98.10

(Unknown)
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(Unknown)
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Dec 2018
#11

81

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Epson R3000

117 Reviews

£522.00

5760 X 1440 DPI
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A5
Info
Oct 2013
#12

81

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Canon Pixma Pro‑1

42 Reviews

£517.76

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A3
Info
Jun 2013
#13

81

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Canon PIXMA TS305

 

£34.11

4800 X 1200 DPI
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A6
Info
Sep 2016
#14

80

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Canon SELPHY CP1300

4 Reviews

£115.00

300 X 300 DPI
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10x15
Info
Aug 2017
#15

80

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Canon SELPHY CP1000

5 Reviews

£70.98

300 X 300 DPI
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A6
Info
Sep 2017
#16

79

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Canon SELPHY CP800

53 Reviews

£35.00

300 X 300 DPI
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A4 / Letter
Info
Aug 2017
#17

78

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Canon Pixma IP4950

9 Reviews

£295.00

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
Info
Jul 2013
#18

78

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Canon PIXMA PRO10S

8 Reviews

£538.98

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A3
Info
Feb 2015
#19

78

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Canon SELPHY ES1

32 Reviews

£59.99

300 X 600 DPI
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10x15
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May 2018

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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 79%. Compare all award winning photo printers.

Rank Brand Number of Photo Printers Price Range Average Rating
#1
Canon Photo Printers 51 £27 - £999
79%
2,143 reviews
#2
Epson Photo Printers 27 £205 - £522
77%
891 reviews

Trending Photo Printer Comparisons

Canon
Pixma Pro-100S
£167.97
£279 cheaper
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Epson
SC-P400
£446.68
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Fujifilm
instax mini Link
£98.10
£31 cheaper
Four more
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reviews
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Canon
Selphy Square QX10
£129.00
Better Kagoo
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Canon
CP1300
£115.00
£133 cheaper
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Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-2
£247.53
16 months newer
314 x 314 DPI
DPI
Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
£174.00
Better brand
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months
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Mini 2
£26.86
£147 cheaper
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Canon
SELPHY ES2
£149.99
Better brand
One more award
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Kodak
Mini 2
£26.86
£123 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
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newer
Kodak
Mini 2
£26.86
£71 cheaper
A bit better
expert reviews
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Fujifilm
instax mini Link
£98.10
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Better brand
Better
Goodhousekeepin
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Canon
CP1000
£70.98
£27 cheaper
Better brand
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are better
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Fujifilm
instax mini Link
£98.10
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awards
Better Kagoo
Score
16 months newer
Canon
iP8750
£290.49
£156 cheaper
One more award
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Epson
SC-P400
£446.68
22 months newer
Canon
CP800
£35.00
£63 cheaper
Better brand
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Fujifilm
instax mini Link
£98.10
Three more
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Better Kagoo
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16 months newer
Canon
CP1300
£115.00
£59 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
VS
Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
£174.00
19 months newer
5 times the
maximum
resolution
Canon
CP1300
£115.00
£133 cheaper
Two more awards
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-2
£247.53
16 months newer
314 x 314 DPI
DPI
Kodak
Mini 2
£26.86
£102 cheaper
More popular
Better expert
reviews
VS
Canon
Selphy Square QX10
£129.00
Better brand
19 months newer
Epson
R3000
£522.00
Five more
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Expert reviews
are moderately
better
3 Expert Review
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Score
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Canon
Pixma Pro-100S
£167.97
£354 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Canon
iX6850
£153.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
Polaroid
ZINK
£50.00
£104 cheaper
Newer by 17
months
Canon
CP1300
£115.00
Better brand
Better
Techgearlab.com
review score
VS
Fujifilm
instax mini Link
£98.10
£17 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Two more awards
Canon
CP1000
£70.98
£177 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-2
£247.53
15 months newer
314 x 314 DPI
DPI
Epson
R3000
£522.00
Three more
awards
A little better
expert reviews
Newer by four
months
VS
Canon
Pixma Pro-1
£517.76
Better brand
Twice as big
maximum print
size
4800 x 2400 DPI
DPI
Canon
CP1000
£70.98
Better brand
Better expert
reviews
VS
Kodak
Mini 2
£26.86
£44 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 11
months
Epson
SC-P400
£446.68
Bigger maximum
resolution
VS
Canon
CP1300
£115.00
£332 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 22
months
Canon
CP1300
£115.00
£59 cheaper
Two more awards
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
£174.00
20 months newer
800 x 600 DPI
DPI
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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.

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 £25 to £999 and in total we found prices for 34 photo printers. A new photo printer costs on average £242 and 80% of photo printers are priced between £34 and £539. The cheapest photo printer that we found is the Canon SELPHY CP510 at only £26, and the most expensive is the Canon PRO1000 at £999.

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.

Epson photo printers start at £205 and their most expensive photo printer costs £522. The average price of Epson photo printers is £391 which is the second highest average price of all photo printer brands.

The third highest average photo printer price out of all brands is Canon photo printers with an average price of £234. Canon photo printers start at £26 and their most expensive photo printer costs £999.

Photo Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 934 expert reviews and 2,516 user reviews for photo printers and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of photo printer.

Biggest Photo Printer Retailers

We found 35 current offers for photo printers from eBay making it the biggest photo printer retailer. That is much bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon UK for whom we found 23 current offers for photo printers. The third biggest retailer is PC World Business with 6 current photo printer offers.

When Are Most New Photo Printers Released?

We couldn't see any obvious pattern in the release dates for new photo printers over the last 3 years. In 2020 most new photo printers were released in February, with one new photo printers released that month. In June 2019, one new photo printers were released making it the biggest month that year for new photo printer releases. 10 new photo printers were released in May 2018 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 7% on average.

A typical new photo printer costs on average £242. By waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average £16.

Maximum Resolutions

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

Amongst new photo printers, the most common maximum resolution is 300 x 300 DPI. We found 26 photo printers that are 300 x 300 DPI photo printers. 5760 x 1440 DPI is the second most common 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.

We found 42 photo printers that are photo printers that have an A4 / letter max print size, which makes this the most popular maximum print size amongst new photo printers. The second most popular maximum print size amongst new photo printers is 10x15. We found 23 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. 21 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. 60% of their photo printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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