Top Five Photo Printers: Review Roundup

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These days, no one buys a major technology purchase – computer, TV, camera – without doing some research. Well, the same should go for buying a printer. These devices are more complex than ever with so many features and functions that it can be hard to narrow down a style of printer.

That’s why the staff of PrinterComparison is sharing their top five picks every month in a different class of printer.  Today, we’ll be taking a look at five quality photo printers ranging from budget friendly to high end so everyone – the at-home novice, prosumer and professional – can find what they are looking for, a great photo printer!

1.  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?

Canon Pixma Pro-1 Review

2. Epson Stylus R3000

Epson Stylus R3000The Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Inkjet Printer is 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.

Epson Stylus R3000 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.

Epson PictureMate Show Review

4. Kodak HERO 9.1

Kodak Hero 9.1The HERO 9.1 would be an excellent option as a household printer, especially for multi-person households where everyone seems to have different needs, while still delivering excellent photo quality.  At $249.99, the flashy HERO 9.1 has a sleek design with a 4.3-inch touchscreen display, 30-page ADF, 100-sheet paper tray with a 40-sheet photo tray and print speeds up to 8.5 ipm in black and 5.5 ipm in color.  Oh, and it won our Editor’s Choice Award!

Kodak HERO 9.1 Review

5. Canon Pixma MG4220

Canon Pixma MG4220Last, but not least, we have the budget friendly Canon PIXMA MG4220 coming in at $129.99.  This all-in-one inkjet is the perfect option for the student who wants to be able to print out photos on the go from their mobile devices but it is also still functional for “real” school work with a built-in copier and scanner.

Canon Pixma MG4220 Review



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