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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 57 photo printers, 842 reviews and 634 prices. Last updated 13 October 2017.

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£79.00

#1 Epson Expression Photo XP‑55

Expression Photo XP-55
The best rated photo printer under £100, with low running costs
85
Reviews
1 Review
98
Value for Money
Excellent
94
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Age
3 Years Old
78
Running Costs
£41 / 10 Years
90
Overall Score
Excellent
Oct 2014
Release Date
Wex Photographic logo
Amazon UK £79.99
Ebuyer Business £94.98
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£129.00

#2 Canon iX6850

iX6850
The top scoring photo printer under £500, with very low running costs
89
Value for Money
Excellent
94
Features
Fully-Featured
63
Age
4 Years Old
84
Running Costs
£9 / 10 Years
81
Overall Score
Excellent
Jan 2014
Release Date
eBay logo
Ebuyer £147.98
Misco £153.54
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£118.80

#3 Canon iP110

iP110
A classic and cheap 9600 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with good features and low running costs
86
Reviews
59 Reviews
80
Value for Money
Excellent
79
Features
Good Features
65
Age
3 Years Old
70
Running Costs
£38 / 10 Years
79
Overall Score
Very Good
Aug 2014
Release Date
CRC Tasktron logo
Servers Direct £178.97
Ebuyer Business £180.99
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Polaroid ZIP
£80.00
Was £110 (25 days ago)
Amazon UK
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£188.08

#4 OKI C831n

C831n
An award winning and good value for money inkjet photo printer, with satisfactory running costs and good features
85
Reviews
1 Review
85
Value for Money
Excellent
77
Features
Good Features
52
Age
4 Years Old
53
Running Costs
£89 / 10 Years
76
Overall Score
Very Good
Jun 2013
Release Date
BT Business Direct logo
BT Shop £188.08
Ebuyer Business £820.98
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£96.99

#5 Canon CP1200

CP1200
computershopper.com - Editor's ChoicePC Mag - Editor's Choicealtomdata.dk - Recommended
A top-value and best selling 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
88
Reviews
3 Awards
95
Value for Money
Excellent
46
Features
Average Features
77
Age
2 Years Old
51
Running Costs
£89 / 10 Years
75
Overall Score
Very Good
Jan 2016
Release Date
Ebuyer logo
Canon £98.99
Wex Photographic £99.00
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£175.00
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#6 Canon iP8750

iP8750
A fully featured and very economical to run 9600 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with a good price
72
Value for Money
Very Good
94
Features
Fully-Featured
57
Age
4 Years Old
84
Running Costs
£9 / 10 Years
74
Overall Score
Very Good
Jan 2014
Release Date
eBay logo
Amazon UK £189.00
Wex Photographic £189.00
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£118.80
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#7 Canon Pixma Pro‑1

Pixma Pro-1
druckerchannel.de - Recommended for Glossy Paperdigitalartsonline.co.uk - Editor's ChoiceDP Review - Goldphotoreview.com.au - Editor's Choice
The top scoring photo printer under £1,000, with an Editor's Choice award from four expert review websites and 3 further awards from other expert sites
89
Reviews
7 Awards
40
Value for Money
Mediocre
95
Features
Fully-Featured
49
Age
4 Years Old
76
Running Costs
£11 / 10 Years
71
Overall Score
Very Good
Jul 2013
Release Date
CRC Tasktron logo
Ebuyer £597.58
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£79.95

#8 Polaroid ZIP

ZIP
mashable.com - Mashable Choice
A best selling and top-value ZINK (zero ink) photo printer, with an industry award but poor features
87
Reviews
1 Award
93
Value for Money
Excellent
30
Features
Missing Some Features
86
Age
8 Months Old
70
Overall Score
Very Good
Feb 2017
Release Date
eBay logo
Amazon UK £80.00
I Want One of Those £99.99
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£42.98

#9 Canon CP910

CP910
Trusted Reviews - Recommended
An award winning and low cost 300 x 300 DPI photo printer, with average running costs but only middle of the road features
85
Reviews
1 Award
91
Value for Money
Excellent
42
Features
Average Features
66
Age
3 Years Old
40
Running Costs
£89 / 10 Years
70
Overall Score
Very Good
Mar 2015
Release Date
CRC Tasktron logo
Amazon UK £109.99
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£357.99

#10 Canon Pixma Pro‑100S

Pixma Pro-100S
hispazone.com - Recommended Productcomputershopper.com - Editor's ChoiceTechradar - RecommendedExpert Reviews - Best Buy
A multi award winning and best selling 4800 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites and 4 further awards from other expert sites
88
Reviews
6 Awards
35
Value for Money
Mediocre
79
Features
Good Features
64
Age
3 Years Old
77
Running Costs
£11 / 10 Years
67
Overall Score
Good
Feb 2015
Release Date
Amazon UK logo
Wex Photographic £359.00
Ebuyer £367.98
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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

We currently list 29 photo printers ranging from £29 to £930. On average, a new photo printer costs £182 and 80% of photo printers are priced between £71 and £358. The Canon iP2850 is the cheapest photo printer at only £30, and Canon PRO-1000 is the most expensive at £930.

Photo Printer Brands - Price Range

The highest average photo printer price out of all brands is Epson photo printers with an average price of £308. Epson photo printers range in price from £79 to £499.

Canon photo printers start at £30 and the most expensive Canon photo printer costs £930. The average price of Canon photo printers is £184 which is the second highest average price of all photo printer brands.

The average price of OKI photo printers is £141 which is the third highest average price of all photo printer brands. OKI photo printers start at £141 and the most expensive OKI photo printer costs £141.

Photo Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 145 expert reviews and 283 user reviews for photo printers and used this information to evaluate the average rating for each brand of photo printer. The top rated photo printer brand is Polaroid with an average rating of 87%. The second best brand is Epson with 84% and the third best brand is Canon with 84%.

Biggest Photo Printer Retailers

We found 26 current offers for photo printers from Amazon UK making it the biggest photo printer retailer. That is significantly bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 19 current offers for photo printers. The third biggest retailer is Ebuyer with 12 current photo printer offers.

When Are Most New Photo Printers Released?

We looked at the release dates for new photo printers over the last 3 years, but couldn't see any clear trend. Five new photo printers were released in September 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new photo printer releases. The biggest month in 2015 for new photo printer releases was February, with four new photo printers released that month. In January 2014 five 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?

On average photo printers drop in price by 7% in the first 6 months after release. That means that on a typical photo printer costing £182 you could save on average £13 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Maximum Resolutions

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

Amongst new photo printers, the most popular maximum resolution is 300 x 300 DPI. We found 9 photo printers that are 300 x 300 DPI photo printers. The second most common 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

Amongst new photo printers, the most common print technology is inkjet. We found 24 photo printers that are inkjet photo printers. Dye-sublimation is the second most frequently found print technology amongst new photo printers. We found 13 photo printers that are dye-sublimation photo printers.

Biggest Photo Printer Retailers

We found 26 current offers for photo printers from Amazon UK making it the biggest photo printer retailer. That is significantly bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 19 current offers for photo printers. The third biggest retailer is Ebuyer with 12 current photo printer offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Photo Printers?

The retailer that most frequently offered the cheapest price on photo printers is Amazon UK and offers the cheapest price on 9 photo printers.

Proportion of Photo Printers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

With the cheapest price on 34.6% of its photo printers, Amazon UK is most frequently the cheapest photo printer shop.

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