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The 10 Best Photo Printers - June 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 51 photo printers, 669 reviews and 808 prices. Last updated 23 June 2017.

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#1 in Photo Printers
ZIP

Polaroid ZIP

mashable.com - Mashable Choice
Reviews
80
1 Award
Value for Money
92
Excellent
Features
100
Fully-Featured
Age
93
5 Months Old
Overall Score
89
Excellent
Feb 2017
Release Date
#2 in Photo Printers
Stylus Photo R3000

Epson Stylus Photo R3000

DP Review - GoldTrusted Reviews - RecommendedEphotozine - Highly RecommendedPC Mag - Editor's Choice
Reviews
95
10 Awards
Value for Money
95
Excellent
Features
100
Fully-Featured
Age
42
4 Years Old
Overall Score
86
Excellent
Oct 2013
Release Date
#3 in Photo Printers
Pixma Pro-1

Canon Pixma Pro‑1

digitalartsonline.co.uk - Editor's Choicedruckerchannel.de - Recommended for Glossy PaperDP Review - Goldphotoreview.com.au - Editor's Choice
Reviews
89
7 Awards
Value for Money
96
Excellent
Features
100
Fully-Featured
Age
40
4 Years Old
Overall Score
83
Excellent
Jul 2013
Release Date
#4 in Photo Printers
iX6850

Canon iX6850

Reviews
79
6 Reviews
Value for Money
76
Very Good
Features
100
Fully-Featured
Age
47
3 Years Old
Overall Score
78
Very Good
Jan 2014
Release Date
#5 in Photo Printers
CP910

Canon CP910

Trusted Reviews - Recommended
Reviews
80
1 Award
Value for Money
87
Excellent
Features
60
Good Features
Age
46
3 Years Old
Overall Score
69
Good
Jan 2014
Release Date
#6 in Photo Printers
Pixma IP4950

Canon Pixma IP4950

alphr.com - Recommended A-ListCNET.co.uk - Editor's ChoiceTrusted Reviews - Recommended
Reviews
85
3 Awards
Value for Money
4
Mediocre
Features
77
Good Features
Age
40
4 Years Old
Overall Score
67
Good
Jul 2013
Release Date
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#7 in Photo Printers
Sprocket

HP Sprocket

Reviews
77
20 Reviews
Value for Money
94
Excellent
Features
0
Missing Some Features
Age
97
2 Months Old
Overall Score
61
Good
May 2017
Release Date
#8 in Photo Printers
SP-1

Fujifilm SP‑1

Ephotozine - Recommended01net.com - 4 Star
Reviews
77
2 Awards
Value for Money
28
Mediocre
Features
0
Missing Some Features
Age
72
2 Years Old
Overall Score
50
Average
Sep 2015
Release Date
#9 in Photo Printers
Instax Share SP-2

Fujifilm Instax Share SP‑2

pcper.com - Gold
Reviews
73
1 Award
Value for Money
50
Average
Features
18
Missing Some Features
Age
86
10 Months Old
Overall Score
58
Average
Aug 2016
Release Date
#10 in Photo Printers
CP1200

Canon CP1200

computershopper.com - Editor's ChoicePC Mag - Editor's Choicealtomdata.dk - Recommended
Reviews
81
3 Awards
Value for Money
80
Excellent
Features
0
Missing Some Features
Age
77
1 Year Old
Overall Score
58
Average
Jan 2016
Release Date

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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

The price range of photo printers is from £20 to £545 and in total we found prices for 25 photo printers. On average, a new photo printer costs £137 and 80% of photo printers are priced between £33 and £370. The Epson SC-P600 is the most expensive photo printer that we found at £545, and the Canon Pixma Pro-1 is the cheapest at only £20.

Photo Printer Brands - Price Range

The %8highest average photo printer price out of all brands is Epson photo printers with an average price of £249. Epson photo printers start at £21 and the most expensive Epson photo printer costs £545.

The %8highest average photo printer price out of all brands is Fujifilm photo printers with an average price of £131. Fujifilm photo printers start at £114 and the most expensive Fujifilm photo printer costs £149.

Canon photo printers start at £20 and the most expensive Canon photo printer costs £370. The third highest average photo printer price out of all brands is Canon photo printers with an average price of £125.

Photo Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 141 expert reviews and 88 user reviews for photo printers written online and used this data to determine 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

We found 24 current offers for photo printers from eBay making it the biggest photo printer retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon UK for whom we found 22 current offers for photo printers. The third biggest retailer is BT Business Direct with 15 current photo printer offers.

When Are Most New Photo Printers Released?

We couldn't see any noticeable trend in the release dates for new photo printers over the last 3 years. In December 2016 five new photo printers were released making it the biggest month that year for new photo printer releases. Four new photo printers were released in May 2015 making it the biggest month that year for new photo printer releases. In 2014 most new photo printers were released in January, with seven new photo printers released that month.

How Fast Do Photo Printer Prices Drop After Release?

On average photo printers drop in price by 20% in the first 6 months after release. On a typical new photo printer costing £137, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average £27.

Maximum Resolutions

We found 7 photo printers that are photo printers that have a Maximum resolution of 300 x 300 DPI, which makes this the most frequently found maximum resolution amongst new photo printers. 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

We found 24 current offers for photo printers from eBay making it the biggest photo printer retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon UK for whom we found 22 current offers for photo printers. The third biggest retailer is BT Business Direct with 15 current photo printer offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Photo Printers?

With the cheapest price on 10 photo printers, eBay is most frequently the cheapest photo printer shop.

Proportion of Photo Printers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

With the cheapest price on 41.7% of its photo printers, eBay is most frequently the cheapest photo printer shop.

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