Best Dedicated Photo Printers

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This top five is a bit different since it encompasses three diiferent style of printing: inkjet, inkless, and dye sublimination. What the three have in common are that all styles are used by manufacturers to create dedicated photo printing products.

But why buy a dedicated photo printer when so many all-in-one printers feature photo printing? For a variety of reasons including: portability, a larger range of colors for better accuracy, a wider variety of print media, and special features for displaying photos more naturally, to name a few.


1. Canon Selphy CP800


Canon Selphy CP800The Canon Selphy CP800 is Canon’s most compact as well as cheapest dedicated photo printer in our lineup at $99.99. It’s extremely portable and easy to use with a built-in memory card reader, PictBridge/USB port and the optional battery pack. Not to mention the photo quality is excellent and versatile thanks to easily added clip art, frames and speech bubbles.

Rating average: 7 out of 10 stars


Read the Canon Selphy CP800 review

2. Canon Pixma iX6520


Canon Pixma iX6520The Canon PIXMA iX6520 is a single function wide-format inkjet printer offering prints up to 13 x 19 inches.  Other features include: print speeds up to 11.3 ipm in black and up to 8.8 ipm in color, paper capacity up to 150 sheets, a print resolution up to 9600 x 2400 dpi in color and USB connectivity for $199.99.

Rating average: 7 out of 10 stars

Canon Pixma iX6520 review

3. Epson PictureMate Show



Epson PictureMate ShowThe Epson PictureMate Show has been around the block but is still an interesting choice for photo enthusiasts at $299.99.  The initial draw will be the 7-inch widescreen digital photo frame and 270 MB internal memory, allowing the PictureMate Show to be functional even when its not printing.  But it also delivers excellent photo quality, it can print from multiple sources (digital cameras, PCs, Bluetooth compatible devices, a variety of memory cards and USB connected external devices), the cost per print is reasonable (25 cents or less a print for glossy or matte) and it is Energy Star compliant with an Auto Power On and Auto Power Off mode.

Rating average: 8 out of 10 stars

Epson PictureMate Show Review

4.  Epson Stylus Photo R3000



Epson Stylus R3000The Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Inkjet Printeris second only to the much larger Epson Stylus Pro 3880 but offers a much more affordable price tag at $799.99 (sale price of $599.99 on Epson’s website). This A3+ (wide format) photo printer offers two-way paper feeding with a 120-sheet standard paper rear tray (30-sheet photo paper) and a single-sheet manual feed tray in the front, it can print an 8 x 10-inch image in just over 1 minute and 30 seconds, has a print resolution up to 5760 x 1440 dpi, features Wi-Fi  and a PictBridge/USB print port.

Rating average: 8 out of 10 stars

Epson Stylus R3000 Review

5. Canon Pixma Pro-1


Canon Pixma Pro-1

The Canon PIXMA Pro-1 Professional Inkjet Printer is the most expensive printer on this list at $999.99, but this A3+ (wide format) photo printer offers two-way paper feeding with a 150-sheet rear tray and single sheet manual feed, it can print an 8 x 10-inch image in just over 2 minutes, has a print resolution up to 4800 x 2400 dpi and features a PictBridge/USB print port.  And did we mention the virtually PERFECT color accuracy without manual calibration and fantastic retention of highlight and shadow detail without clipping to white or black?

Rating average: 8 out of 10 stars

Canon Pixma Pro-1 Review

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