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Kagoo Score - Our unique photo printers rating considers: 700 UK prices • 5,000 expert & user reviews • 66 product comparisons • 79 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

90

Canon iX6850

126 Reviews
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£141.29

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A3
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Jan 2014
The highest scoring high-quality photo printer on the market, with a very good price
#2

90

Canon iP110

284 Reviews
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£174.97

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Jun 2016
The highest scoring direct printing photo printer around, with a good price
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#3

86

Canon iP8750

224 Reviews
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£189.00

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A3
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Jan 2014
A very popular and top of the range 9600 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with a good price
#4

86

Canon CP1200

922 Reviews
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£95.00

300 X 300 DPI
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A6
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Jan 2016
The top rated photo printer under £100, with a very good price and good features
Voucher
#5

86

Epson Expression Photo XP‑55

1 Review
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£94.98

5760 X 1400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Oct 2014
The cheapest high-quality photo printer on the market
#6

81

Polaroid ZIP

645 Reviews
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£60.00

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A8
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Feb 2017
An award winning and best selling A8 max print size photo printer, with a low price but only average features
#7

81

Canon Pro‑10

7 Reviews
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£490.22

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A3
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Feb 2018
The latest high-quality photo printer on the market
Voucher
#8

80

Canon CP1300

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£100.00

300 X 300 DPI
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A6
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Aug 2017
A bargain price and fairly new 300 x 300 DPI photo printer, with good features
£3 Voucher
#9

80

Epson XP‑8500

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£92.00

4800 X 1200 DPI
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A4 (Long)
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Sep 2016
A very popular and low cost 4800 x 1200 DPI photo printer, with good features
#10

79

Canon CP1000

11 Reviews
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£70.98

300 X 300 DPI
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A6
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May 2015
The cheapest direct printing photo printer on the market, but with only middle of the road features
#11

77

Canon iP8500

12 Reviews
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£75.00

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Dec 2016
An award winning and fully featured 4800 x 2400 DPI photo printer
#12

77

Canon PRO‑1000

11 Reviews
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£899.00

2400 X 1200 DPI
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A2 (432 X 559 Mm)
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Feb 2018
The best scoring photo printer under £1,000, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites and 2 further awards from other expert sites
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#13

77

Epson SC‑P400

8 Reviews
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£446.68

5760 X 1440 DPI
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A3
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Oct 2015
A good spec and award winning 5760 x 1440 DPI photo printer, with an Editor's Choice award from three expert review websites
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#14

77

Epson SC‑P600

6 Reviews
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£532.99

5760 X 1440 DPI
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A3
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Nov 2014
The highest review score high-quality photo printer around, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and 3 further awards from other expert sites
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#15

77

Epson R3000

112 Reviews
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£34.48

5760 X 1440 DPI
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A3
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May 2011
The highest review score direct printing photo printer around, with an Editor's Choice award from three expert review websites and 7 further awards from other expert sites
#16

76

Canon SELPHY CP1300

152 Reviews
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£116.50

300 X 300 DPI
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A6
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Sep 2017
A relatively new and award winning 300 x 300 DPI photo printer, with good features
#17

75

Canon Pixma Pro‑1

40 Reviews
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£648.60

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A3
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Jul 2013
A fully featured and multi award winning 4800 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with an Editor's Choice award from four expert review websites and 3 further awards from other expert sites
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#18

73

Canon CP910

343 Reviews
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£94.99

300 X 300 DPI
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A6
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Mar 2015
An award winning but 3 year old 300 x 300 DPI photo printer, with good features
#19

73

Canon Pixma IP4950

9 Reviews
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£399.99

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Jul 2013
An award winning and fully featured 9600 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and 2 further awards from other expert sites
£75 Voucher
#20

73

Epson ET‑7700

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£413.00

5760 X 1440 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Sep 2017
A newly released and good spec 5760 x 1440 DPI photo printer

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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 87%. Compare all award winning photo printers.

Rank Brand Number of Photo Printers Price Range Average Rating
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Canon Photo Printers 22 £30 - £975
87%
2,381 reviews

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Pixma Pro-100S
£338.39
£108 cheaper
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SC-P400
£446.68
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Two more awards
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Pro-10
£490.22
£43 cheaper
Better brand
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review score
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SC-P600
£532.99
More popular
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SC-P600
£532.99
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£648.60
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SC-P600
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£94.98
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£95.00
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iP8750
£189.00
£344 cheaper
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SC-P600
£532.99
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CP1000
£70.98
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ZIP
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Pro-10
£490.22
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£413.00
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£532.99
£366 cheaper
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£899.00
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R3000
£25.97
£91 cheaper
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SELPHY CP1300
£116.50
Better brand
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R3000
£25.97
£464 cheaper
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£490.22
Better brand
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£648.60
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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

We currently list 24 photo printers ranging from £29 to £975. The average price of a new photo printer is £258 and 80% of photo printers are priced between £90 and £549. The Canon iP2850 is the cheapest photo printer at only £30, and Canon PRO-1000 is the most expensive at £975.

Photo Printer Brands - Price Range

The highest average photo printer price out of all brands is OKI photo printers with an average price of £821. OKI photo printers range in price from £821 to £821.

Epson photo printers start at £90 and their most expensive photo printer costs £549. The second highest average photo printer price out of all brands is Epson photo printers with an average price of £326.

The third highest average photo printer price out of all brands is Canon photo printers with an average price of £248. Canon photo printers start at £30 and their most expensive photo printer costs £975.

Photo Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 404 expert reviews and 3,669 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 26 current offers for photo printers from Amazon UK making it the biggest photo printer retailer. That is much bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 16 current offers for photo printers. The third biggest retailer is Insight with 9 current photo printer offers.

When Are Most New Photo Printers Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any evident trend in the release month for new photo printers. In February 2017 two new photo printers were released making it the biggest month that year for new photo printer releases. The biggest month in 2016 for new photo printer releases was September, with eight new photo printers released that month. In 2015 most new photo printers were released in May, with four new photo printers released that month.

How Fast Do Photo Printer Prices Drop After Release?

On average photo printers drop in price by 4% in the first 6 months after release. On a typical new photo printer costing £258, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average £10.

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 frequently found maximum resolution is 300 x 300 DPI. We found 8 photo printers that are 300 x 300 DPI photo printers. 4800 x 1200 DPI is the second most frequently found maximum resolution amongst new photo printers. We found 6 photo printers that are 4800 x 1200 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

This 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 popular maximum print size is A4 / Letter. We found 10 photo printers that are photo printers that have an A4 / Letter max print size. We found 9 photo printers that are photo printers that have an A6 max print size, making A6 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 Amazon UK. 12 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 Amazon UK. 46.2% of their photo printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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