If you enjoy taking photos, it’s always fun to print them out and display them around your home. Taking them to be professionally printed every time can be costly – not to mention time-consuming – so instead, why not print them yourself at home? That way, you can benefit from high-quality prints whenever you like, without having to wait in a queue. Here’s what to look for to determine the best photo printer and scanner for your needs. We’ve also listed our top picks.
Features To Look For In A Photo Printer/ Scanner
- Image Size
The image size you require will to a large extent determine the photo printer you choose. That’s because photo printers vary in the image size they print. For example, some only print 4 x 6 images while others offer the capacity to print photos up to 8.5 x 11. The type you go for depends on your needs.
The benefit of buying a dedicated photo printer over an multi-function printer is the enhanced image quality – and when you’re printing photos, this is one of the main concerns you’ll have. Look at the printer’s specification – the higher the dpi (dots per inch), the better quality the printed image will be.
- Wi-Fi Connectivity
Choosing a printer with Wi-Fi connectivity will enable you to print from any device in your wireless network which can be especially handy if you’ve taken a photo using your smartphone and want to print it directly without having to first upload to your computer.
- Print Speed
We mentioned above that saving time is one of the benefits of buying a photo printer, so if this is high on your list of priorities, look for one with a fast print speed.
- Monochrome or Colour
Do you take arty shots that look amazing in black and white or do you prefer to capture bright colours to liven up your home? Your style of photography will determine whether or not colour printing is important to you. If it isn’t, you can save money by looking for a monochrome photo printer. If it is, be sure your chosen printer can print in colour.
Still unsure which photo printer to choose? Take a look at our recommendations below.
- Epson Stylus Photo 1500W
Enjoy high-quality, glossy prints with the Epson Stylus Photo 1500W. With built-in Wi-Fi support, you’ll be able to print directly from your desktop and laptop, as well as your smartphone. Ideal for users wanting to print photos in vivid colour, you can use this machine to print on glossy paper, plain paper, CDs, DVDs and envelopes.
- Canon SELPHY CP910
Photo enthusiasts will fall in love with the Canon SELPHY CP910. Print directly from your camera and smartphone whenever and wherever you are – this printer is so compact that it’s the ideal companion for your travels. Choose from glossy or semi-gloss finish without needing to change the paper, while the Auto Image Optimize feature corrects the image intelligently for best results every time.
- Epson SureColor SC-P400
If you want to do more with your photos than just prints, you’ll need the Epson SureColor SC-P400, which enables you to print onto fine art paper, matte and glossy paper, as well as CDs and DVDs. Its advanced connectivity means you can print directly from your smartphone, which is ideal for instant prints. Compact and lightweight, it’ll easily fit into the smallest of spaces with room to spare. Enjoy superior quality prints on account of the UltraChrome HiGloss 2 inks.
If you’re in need of a top quality photo scanner but you’re not sure where to start, check out our top picks.
- Epson Perfection V800 Photo
Take advantage of the super speedy load times of the Epson Perfection V800 Photo scanner, which starts up in less than one second. With in-built digital ICE technology, it’s ideal for removing imperfections from old photos and film so you can enjoy them at the best possible quality. Suitable for scanning film, slides and prints, you can easily convert your images into high-quality media.
- Canon CanoScan LiDE220
Scan and upload your images to the Cloud easily and swiftly with the Canon CanoScan LiDE220. With a maximum optical resolution of 4800 x 4800 dpi, its 48-bit colour depth can produce endless colour variations, so you can enjoy vivid, bright images. It also comes with the My Image Garden software package to help you organise your images.
- Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai
Boasting a 7200 dpi resolution, the Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai will reproduce images in excellent colour and detail, while the in-built infrared channel will allow you to remove any dust and scratches from the original images. Ideal for amateur and professional photographers, you can enjoy high-quality images on all photo enlargements.
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