Looking for that perfect photo printer for your needs? Whether you need a model that prints photos only, or one that can also print other output, we have the top 5 best photo printers on the market today.
If you’re like most snap-happy digital camera owners, you probably have a boatload of digital photo files filling up hard drive space, but have printed out very few of them. You could always go to a kiosk in your local drugstore or send them to an online photo service. But what if you want your print here and now? A photo printer may just be what you need to fulfill your need for instant gratification. But we know choosing the right one from the myriad choices out there can be daunting. Never fear: We bring you our picks in various photo printer categories.
The first thing you should understand is that photo printers fall into two categories: dedicated (also known as small-format) and near-dedicated photo printers. Dedicated photo printers can print nothing but photos. They are typically limited to a maximum paper size of 2-by-3, 4-by-6, or 5-by-7 inches (or panoramic variations on these sizes), but the category isn’t defined just by its limits. These printers are relatively small and portable. They’re really standalone consumer electronics products, with an emphasis on ease of use. But it’s misleading to say all they do is print photos. Most include additional functionality, like the ability to crop photos, change colors, and even store photos.
Near-dedicated photo printers, at least the ones at the consumer level, are aimed at serious amateur photographers. They offer professional-level output quality, can typically print at sizes up to 13 by 19 inches, and often demand a reasonable level of sophistication to get the best results. There are also multifunction printers (MFPs) that can work as personal photo labs. If you must use a near-dedicated photo printer for office printing as well as photos, be sure to pick one that lets you easily switch between photo paper and plain paper.
Whether you’re a casual photographer or a hardcore pro, one of the top five best photo printers is sure to fit your needs. Whichever you choose, you’re guaranteed to hold evidence of that great moment in your hand almost as soon as you capture it with a click.
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Canon Pixma MG8220 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-in-One
The Canon Pixma MG8220 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-in-One has equal claim to being either a high-end home MFP or a standalone home photo lab.
Kodak HERO 9.1 All-in-One Printer
The Kodak HERO 9.1 All-in-One Printer is a good fit as a home printer or for the dual role of home and home office printer, as long as your print needs are distinctly light duty.
Canon Pixma MG6220 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-in-One
The Canon Pixma MG6220 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-in-One is best understood as a high-end home MFP, with a focus on photos and limited usefulness for a home office.
Epson Stylus Photo R2000
The Epson Stylus Photo R2000 offers speed and output quality suitable for professional photographers and graphic artists at a price suitable for serious amateurs.
Polaroid Grey Label GL10 Instant Mobile Printer
The Polaroid Grey Label GL10 Instant Mobile Printer delivers far better-looking photos than Polaroid’s first-generation ZINK printer—and larger photos, too.
By Laarni Almendrala Ragaza, PCMag