There are millions of pictures taken every day, but more than 80% of them get lost because people switch phones, delete them etc. Printing your pictures is one of the best ways to keep your memories alive forever. That’s why, i decided to review the 5 best photo printers available in the market that you can buy right now. I made sure to include an option for every budget, so let’s get started.
1. Canon PIXMA Pro-100
Of course, the winner of our best photo printers list is the Pixma Pro 100 from Canon. It’s a great professional inkjet printer that is on entry-level pricing for photo printing, making it a good option for home use. It is designed with photo printing in mind and it can easily print documents as well, but if you are a photography enthusiast the Canon PIXMA Pro-100 will be perfect for your home studio or office.
The Canon PIXMA Pro-100 comes at a huge size with a large footprint, and it has a weight of 43.2-pounds, so consider this before buying so you are not surprised if you have no space on your desk. Canon has built this printer with the best materials, as it is apparent on its build quality and you won’t have to worry about its durability and sturdiness. It has a square design except for its rounded corners when not in use the paper tray folds up nicely to offer a sharper and cleaner look. There are only three buttons located on the printer, the power button, a paper feed button, and the dedicated button for WPS wireless connection, but you cannot monitor the ink levels, unfortunately. Everything about the design of this printer is of premium quality.
Despite being a professional photo printer, it has a hassle-free setup, and it provides everything about the installation in the package, there is an instruction manual as to how to set it up and how to use that is very comprehensible.
The print quality on the Canon PIXMA Pro-100 is great overall, it is mainly designed for photo printing, but if the need arises for you to print out documents the text and the graphics will look very good, from texts to various charts and graphics. But when it comes to its main purpose the Canon PIXMA Pro-100 was amazing, after some calibration and using the appropriate software and the Conon Pro Luster photo paper, I tested the printer at it printed borderless 8.5×11-inch prints with fantastic quality. If you are a photographer I don’t need to tell you but printing photos requires some calibration in the software, to bring out the results as they are on the screen.
The Canon PIXMA Pro-100 is the absolute best printer when it comes to photo printing.
2. Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000
The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 may not be the best choice for home enthusiasts, or for studios that want to save up costs. This printer is intended for professional use, it has a premium price point, each of the 11 inks cost very high and don’t last for long, also the premium paper for these kinds of prints costs a lot. But if you want the very best print quality, the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 impresses with its output detail, color, sharpness, saturation, and highlights, it is the absolute best.
It is a very large device right out of the box with 11.2x17x28.5-inches and weighs a hefty 70.5-pounds, so you will need adequate space for it to operate. But it has a nice design overall and will look good on the printing desk, I liked the exceptionally smooth and clean design that is appropriate for studios.
Connectivity wise it offers Ethernet, WiFi, and USB connection, but if you are used to them you will miss the WiFi Direct and the Near Field Communication for routerless peer-to-peer connectivity for smartphones. However, Canon has included the Wireless PictBridge feature in this printer, for printing directly from a digital camera.
To get the premium quality prints the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 utilizes 11 ink colors and a Chroma Optimizer, that is applied over the ink in the end to seal the detail and color. The print resolution can go up to 4800x2400dpi, it achieves this resolution thanks to the Canon’s FINE technology that uses microscopic droplets while printing.
As stated before the photo print quality is excellent, but will also depend on the quality of the photo that you want to print, as long as it is at an adequate level, the prints will be excellent and will look premium, simply the best. Also on top of that, it will print high-quality photos in a breeze. It can support a wide range of paper sizes and formats, and it will print with amazing quality in each and every one of them, there is no paper roll holder support though, which may bother some photographers.
At a premium asking price with equally high running costs, the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 will provide the best photo quality that you find.
3. Epson SureColor P600
The Epson SureColor P600 is a perfect mid-range printer that has great uses that are appropriate for both beginners and professionals. Despite its mid-range price, enthusiasts will be pleased with the high-end photo printing of the Epson SureColor P600, that can print on papers as large as the A3+ format. This printer is a special tool that is an expert in printing photos, and it can also print sharp texts, but because its nature it cannot act as a scanner or a copier.
Because of its ability to print at large formats at the best quality, the Epson SureColor P600 has a large footprint that occupies a large space on your desk, so you need to think according to your space before buying. The build quality on this product is very sturdy and every tray opens and closes completely without any wiggle. When turned off and when all the trays are closed the Epson SureColor P600 has a nice and clean design, that will look good on your desk. The controls on the device are very scarce, it only has a large home button, a power button, and back button that is complementary to the 2.7-inch touchscreen display, this also improves the streamlined look of the printer.
The biggest selling point of this printer is its print quality and it provides prints with a resolution of 5760dpi, one of the best in the market. In about two and a half minutes it can print out a huge A3+, but for finer, more detailed high-quality prints it takes about 5 minutes give or take for a print. Besides the A3+ format it can print out a wide range of formats, and you can print CD/DVD labels on top of them with ease.
With the appropriate photo paper the Epson SureColor P600, thanks to its 9 color cartridges it will produce the best results that are possible for a non-commercial setting. With great color graduations that are also vibrant, and if monochrome prints are your thing, four black inks will provide very neutral mono images with great shadow and highlight detail.
The Epson SureColor P600 is a great printer for a photo enthusiast that has a relaxed budget, or for smaller studios.
4. Epson Expression Photo XP-8500
For those that want a more affordable option, but don’t want to compromise print quality and speed, as well as wireless connectivity the Epson Expression Photo XP-8500 is the perfect buy. This is one of the best printers and it can be categorized even as an all-in-one printer as it can act even as a copier and scanner. The whole package is designed and built with the exceptional Epson quality, that is one of the leaders in the printing industry.
This printer has a very small footprint, it measures just 13.7×13.4×5.6-inches and it has a very lightweight at just 14.8 pounds, that means you can single-handedly transfer it from room to room, and you can find various places to set it up on your desk, of course, you have to take into consideration the paper output tray that opens up.
In this device, you can only find two buttons, the home button, and the power button. The home button can be a little confusing in the beginning as it takes you to the options list which is then displayed on the small display on the front of the device, but after just a little tinkering and some test prints, you will get the hang of it.
You can load the printer in three methods, the first option is via the upper cassette that takes only photo paper with 16:9 format up to 5×7-inch, the lower cassette takes the copy paper, presentation paper, and legal sized paper, and the rear cassette that can take a large variety of paper types and sizes.
When you first start printing and you insert the paper into the tray there will be some prompts and instructions as to how to get the best and the most adequate print. When printing documents it achieved a speed of 9ppm and it can also act as a duplexer at a lower speed of 4.6ppm, pretty good for a photo printer. In draft mode, it can print photos in just 10 seconds but for the best quality, you will have to sacrifice some speed. The picture quality was awesome with plenty of detail and amazing color.
Truly one the best budget photo printers from Epson.
5. Canon Selphy CP1200
We are going to start our best photo printers list with an amazing product from Canon. The Canon Selphy CP1200 is the best photo printer for those that are always on the move, as it can provide high-quality borderless photos with 4×6-inch dimensions at its max. Other than that it offers tons of connectivity options, as you can print out of your PC, your mobile devices, and from a USB stick drive or a memory card, there is also an LCD display and a control panel that you can use for stand-alone operation, plus with the battery add on that can be bought separately you can operate without being connected to a power source, for a true portable experience.
The Canon Selphy CP1200 measures at 7.1×5.4×2.5-inches when it is not turned on so you can easily pack it in your backpack. The dry weight of the machine is less than 2-pounds, of course, the weight will add up a little considering that you have to pack paper, ink cartridge, and a power adapter.
The paper tray has a capacity of 18-sheets of paper, and the hinged lid of the tray is used as the paper output tray. The battery is a nice addition and I think that it will prove useful thanks to its 54 print battery life and it takes just 4 hours to fully charge it. The 2.7-inch color LCD display can tilt up to 45 degrees.
Because of its portable nature setup of the device was a breeze, just turn the device on insert paper into the tray and attaching the ink cassette, there is also a mini USB port included for connecting the printer to a computer, and you can easily connect it to your WiFi network.
The Canon Selphy CP1200 uses dye-sublimation thermal-transfer technology, that completes four passes on each and every print, this happens because every color needs a separate pass, and the final pass is made for protective coating. However, this makes the printer, not the fastest around, as it takes around 50 seconds to print a single photo.
The print quality is over the top for a portable printer with 300x300dpi with 256 levels of color it was amazing with tons of detail.
It is recommended for a traveling photographer that needs to print on the go.