How do you choose the printer that is right for you?
In our digital world we sometimes forget that a photograph looks best when it is printed out, in the flesh – or paper, as it were. There are numerous printers aimed specifically at photographers and photo printing, but which are worth considering? Well, here are five of the very best to narrow your choice down…
1) Epson Stylus Photo R2880
One of the more expensive printers coming in at a penny under £1000, this Epson is for the established professional. Though released in 2008, it still boasts some of the best printing capabilities in the industry. With its three black-ink system, the R2880 can achieve some of the highest quality black and white photos around. 5760x1440dpi takes care of the HD resolution and advanced magenta pigments add vibrancy to when you want a little colour.
2) Canon PIXMA MG7550 All-in-One Wi-Fi Printer
While its sleek design does resemble an early broadband router, the Pixma is a fantastic printer for the photographer on a budget. Alongside its Wi-Fi capabilities, it is also capable of Cloud printing, making life easier for the busy photographer who keeps their life up in the air. Though it does also print high quality, the real saving grace for this hardware is ease of use.
A less expensive offering from Epson, this appeals to those with a mid-range budget with ideas of high quality photos. For £259, users are able to create photos, iron-on transfers and even print onto CDs and DVDs. Thanks to a free Epson iPrint app, users can also send photos and documents from their Apple devices through built-in WiFi. And, of course, A3 printing comes in handy for those wishing to print or sell larger copies of their work.
4) Canon Selphy CP910
Compact, sleek and simple, the Selphy appears to be undercutting itself in terms of price (£75). Canon’s Face Frame innovation means you no longer have to find a supermarket photo booth to print of your ID picture. Away from your computer? This printer will also connect with a USB stick so you can print on the go.
5) HP Envy 120
One of the most stylish printers on the market, HP clearly realised most customers will not want a decor disaster in their living room. Accompanying the design is under-appreciated quiet printing with speed to match- not that this compromises quality. Another feature in its favour? You can use it to charge your phone.