Best Photo Printer

Top 10 Rated Photo Printers 2014

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In today’s world we all have a camera within reach almost at all times. Our camera phones are capable of taking wonderful pictures and our dedicated digital cameras are small enough to fit in our pockets. So what are we going to do with all of these photographs? That’s easy. Make prints! With a photo printer you will be able to have hard copies of your favorite memories in literally less than a minute. It is pretty impressive. We looked at 10 of the best photo printers out there and rated them based on the following criteria:

1. Picture quality based on dots per inch (dpi)
2. Portability of the printer
3. Size prints the printer can make
4. Features like Bluetooth and wireless out of the box
5. Printing technology
6. Speed of the printer
7. Cost

Canon Pixma iP100  9.5/10

Prints 4 x 6 photos in 50 seconds
Credit card size prints to 8×10
4.4 pounds

This is one of the most versatile photo printers on the list. It’s no surprise that is comes from Canon. You get 9600×2400 dpi prints that look impressive. The printer itself has 1,856 ink nozzles, so you know you are going to get some fine detail in your prints. This printer uses Canon ink, which can be pretty expensive if you plan on printing a lot. A rechargeable battery and Bluetooth are sacrificed for this amount of image quality. Some may not miss those features, but a lot surely will. You can find the Canon Pixma iP100 on sale for $180.00 to $249.99.

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HP Photosmart C310a  9/10

3.45” touchscreen LCD
Up to 8.5 x 11 prints
Wireless out of the box

This is another high quality photo printer from HP. This printer ensures fantastic looking pictures at 9600 x 2400 dpi and wireless printing capabilities for convenience, and fast printing speed to keep you going. Since it weighs almost 20 pounds, you are not going to be printing on the go. It’s also compatible with iOS devices for wireless printing ease. The big touchscreen lcd makes it easy to see what you are doing and how your prints are going to turn out when you are printing directly from a memory card or digital camera. This photo printer usually sells for $129.99. That’s a great price for this machine.

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Canon Pixma mini320  9/10

2.5” LCD preview screen
5×7 prints in under a minute
9600 x 2400 dpi

This is one high quality photo printer. Canon really turned up the quality when they put together the Pixma mini 320. The dots per inch rating is incredibly high, double that of some of the other printers on the list. This one also makes 5×7 prints. It’s only a little bigger than the 4×6, but the option to print that size will be valuable to many people. It weights about 5 and a half pounds, so it will be easy to bring it with you wherever you are shooting. This one is pretty expensive too at $399.99.

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Hp Photosmart 385  9/10

2.5” LCD preview screen
Highest quality prints come out in 95 seconds
4×6 to 4×12 prints
Accepts USB drives and up to 4 memory cards
Optional Bluetooth adapter

HP has made a high quality photo printer with a lot of options when it comes to photo size and quality. The maximum print size is 4×12. 4×12 is a much larger size than many of the other printers will do. The dots per inch (dpi) goes up to 4800 x 1200. It’s going to use a lot more ink and take a lot longer to print at this setting, but quality is not sacrificed one bit. You will be impressed with the results of this one. The HP Photosmart 385 sells for $329.99. It’s a bit expensive, but you are paying to high quality prints.

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Epson PictureMate Charm  8.5/10

2.5” LCD preview screen
4×6 in 37 seconds
4×6 maximum print size
7.9 pounds

The Epson PictureMate Charm is all about photo quality. Epson is a known name in printing technology and it’s obvious they brought that knowledge to this photo printer. Photos printed are instantly water, smudge, and scratch resistant. And they’ll last up to 200 years. It uses 4-color ink cartridges to professional quality prints. That’s a really long time for photos made on the go. Optional accessories include a rechargeable battery and a Bluetooth adapter to print wirelessly. You can find this printer on sale for $165.00 to $186.95.

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Polaroid GL10  8.5/10

3×4 prints in 45 seconds
Print wirelessly from android and windows phones
Rechargeable battery prints up to 35 prints per charge
No ink cartridges or ribbons needed

Polaroid has made this photo printer perfect for those who want small prints right away. A rechargeable battery is included versus being an additional purchase like many other other photo printers on the list. A single charge will get out about 35 prints before it runs out of juice. It is also wireless out of the box. Another feature some photo printers leave out. The printer will communicate with Android phones, Windows phones, and most computers through wifi. Those are the most useful features and they work well. The prints are pretty small here, but there is no ink needed. Just buy the paper and you are set. You can pick up the Polaroid GL10 for around $91.75.

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Canon SELPHY CP800  8/10

2.5” LCD preview screen
4×6 photos in 47 seconds
4×8 is largest print size
USB and memory card photo printing

Canon creates great photo printers. This one is no different. It is a compact model that can easily be taken with you where ever you go. It weights only 2 pounds and an optional battery pack can be purchased to make it truly portable. It prints 4×6 sized photos in less than a minute that are said to last 100 years before they start to fade. This photo printer uses media sets, which are ink and paper sold together in a bundle. The Canon SELPHY CP800 is available for $54.95 to $94.95.

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Canon SELPHY CP900  8/10

2.7” LCD preview screen
Postcard prints (almost 4×6) in 47 seconds
Wireless printing built-in
Accepts SD and USD drives

This version of the SELPHY photo printer from Canon is a great piece of equipment. It is highly portable weighing in at less than 2 pounds. Wireless connectivity is included, so no optional accessories are needed for that function. This printer uses the ink and paper sets like other Canon printers. The printer can print from USB drives, SD cards, and directly from the camera. Most cameras take SD cards, but that could be problem for some who use compact flash or some other media. This photo printer can be found for $84.00. It’s a great deal for the quality of the prints and the portability offered.

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Kodak ESP C310  7.5/10

1.5” LCD preview screen
Built-in wifi and Google cloud compatibility
Compatible with iOS, Android, and Blackberry with a Kodak app
4×6 prints
Scanning functionality

When anyone hears the Kodak name, they think photography. Kodak’s photo printer is one to consider if you are serious about getting a solid machine. It’s a bigger printer, so the focus is not on being mobile. Because of this Kodak was able to really make high quality prints. It also keeps up with the evolving world of technology. Apps are available for cloud printing from Google and wirelessly from all the different smartphones and tablets. Very handy for those of us with the latest gadgets. You can also scan your existing photos with this machine. This photo printer is available for $66.60.

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Polaroid PoGo Instant  7.5/10

No preview screen
2×3 inch prints in under a minute
Zero ink printing
Pocket-sized printer
Wireless printing out of the box

Polaroid really know what features are valuable to photographers who want to print on the go. This photo printer is incredibly small and prints wirelessly without expensive additional accessories. The printer itself only weighs 8 ounces. That’s half a pound. It surely won’t be bogging you down. It is only capable of printing 2×3 images which are pretty small. But there are situations where that would be good. If you just want snapshots with your friends, it is perfect. The rechargeable battery can only print about 15 shots per charge. That’s pretty low. All in all, this tiny photo printer has the potential to be a really fun device. You can find it on sale for a reasonable price of $49.95.

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Brian Jones has had a passion for photography and anything related for the majority of his life. One photography class in high school was all it took to get hooked on everything to do with the subject. He became more focused on learning about camera… See more about Brian

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