All-in-One Photo Printers for photographers
There is no shortage of photo capable printers, in fact you can pick up an entry level Epson printer for less than £40 (XP-30). However, having spent your cash on a decent camera and lenses you are probably going to want something that does justice to your camera equipment.
Most of today’s dedicated single function photo printers are now A3 or larger. A big printer may be ideal for digital cameras with 16 to 23 or more megapixels, but the downside is that large format printers take up a lot of desk space and the reality is that many hobbyist and home users probably don’t need to produce large prints on a regular basis. Of course large format printers are capable of printing A4 or 6×4 prints, but unless you intent to produce a lot of small prints then the extra cost of larger capacity ink cartridges may be an overkill, especially if the ink dries up before it is used.
So if you have a space restriction and want to produce great looking photos then maybe look no further than a Multifunction or All-in-One printer. These printers incorporate a flatbed scanner with sufficient resolution for most scanning and copying work, memory card reader, WiFi and Ethernet, PictBridge, Remote printing, CD/DVD label printing and maybe a FAX capability. These units have become very popular due to their low cost, versatility and capability of producing high quality photographic prints.
In this review we will be looking at photo quality and photo capable multifunction printers that we consider to be worthy of your serious consideration. To clarify the difference between Photo Capable and Photo Quality, Photo Capable printers are usually supplied with four colours; Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black, referred to as CMYK. Photo Capable printers are great for day to day printing a variety of document types, including; text, newsletters, greeting cards, graphics and photos. Photo Quality printers generally include six or more inks, which include Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Light Cyan, Light Magenta and Black. These are the printers that are going to reproduce the best quality photos. Some of the more advanced single function printers have 8 or more inks which may also include Light Black inks for cast free monochrome printing (B/W). However, regardless of which printer type you want to use, to achieve the best quality photos you need to use premium photo quality media (paper).
Multifunction printers can cost less than £50 or up to £250, obviously higher specified printers are going to cost more and no doubt produce better quality photos. In this review we will take a look at five printers, from Kodak, Epson, Canon and HP, all our review printers are in the £90 to £250 range.