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Affordable Photo & All-in-One Printers

With all of the great photo printers on the market, it is getting easier, cheaper and more convenient to print photos from your digital camera at home. Dedicated photo printers offer very good to excellent photos. Typically a stand-alone photo printer costs $150- $400 and uses thermal-dye technology. However, you are usually limited in paper size to 4x6. Look for a rechargeable battery option, which will make your photo printer portable so you can take it with you. Another option is a wireless all-in-one printer. You can find some great ones for as little as $100 with excellent print quality. If you don't want to print at home, check out our list of highly rated digital photo printing services

What to Look for When Buying a Photo Printer

Consider what print size will fit your needs. Do you plan to mostly print 4"x6" or a variety of sizes? Some printers only print 4"x6" while some higher end printers can print wallet size, 4"x6", 4"x8", "x7", 4"x12" panoramic and 8.5"x11". Large format printers, while generally more expensive, can handle prints up to 13x19 inches and the higher end ones can print on canvas and fine art material.

You can upload your photos to your computer and then print, but the fastest and easiest way is to insert camera’s memory card directly into your photo printer. There are many different types of memory cards so check that the printer you are considering can accept the type of card your digital camera uses. A number of better printers have a variety of memory slots such as SD, XD, CF and MS to accommodate a variety of cards. Newer printers may also offer mobile printing from an iPhone, iPad, iTouch or Android device.

It helps to see what you're printing. A high quality printer usually has a built in LCD display. Look for one at least 3 inches. Some printers even let you edit your pictures right from the printer, allowing you to crop, rotate, brighten or add borders.

Pixels (dots) matter. Better photo printers offer up to 4800 x 1200 dots per inch. That means extremely sharp, lab-quality photos. Some printers can automatically remove red eye as the photos are printed.


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