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Choosing a Photo Printer - Bright Hub Top 10

written by: Arnold Zafra•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 4/26/2009

With the proliferation of cheap digital point-and-shoot and SLR cameras, there is now a growing need for reliable photo printers that can easily print quality photos. If you're on the look-out, here are the top 10 bestselling photo printers available on the market today.

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    Canon PIXMA MX860 Wireless All-In-One Photo Printer

    Canon Pixma MP610 Photo All-In-One Inkjet Printer Aside from being a wireless printer, the Canon PIXMA MX860 also boasts of 9600 x 2400 maximum color dpi with 1pl and 5 individual ink tank systems. This tank system is composed of four dye-based inks plus a pigment-based black ink. That may sound too technical, but it only means that this printer can produce exceptional photos as well as crisp laser-quality text. What's nice about this printer's cartridge system is the fact that it allows you to replace just the ink tank that runs out of ink instead of replacing the whole cartridge. Other features of the Canon PIXMA MX860 Wireless include a built-in 35-sheet Auto Document Feeder for fast copying and scanning, an auto-duplex feature capable of printing 2-sided documents without manually flipping the pages, security features, dual gamut technology, a 2.5-inch LCD, auto image fix, and more. Price $155.

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    Epson PictureMate Dash PM260 Compact Photo Inkjet Printer

    Epson PictureMate Dasm PM260 The Epson PictureMate Dash PM260 printer is capable of producing 4 x 6 photo prints in less than one minute. It allows you to print directly from your memory card, digital camera or USB flash drive. It features Advanced MicroPiezo Printing Technology, 4760 x 1440 dpi maximum resolution, a 3 picoliter ink droplet, and a fast printing speed of 37 seconds for 4 x 6 images. Even better is the fact that the photo prints produced are resistant to smudges, fading, water, and scratches. Price $149.99.

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    HP A636 Compact Photo Printer

    HP A636 Compact Photo Printer This small and portable printer is ideal for producing 5 x 7 photos and those with panoramic dimensions. It also allows you to edit your photos before printing by cropping, zooming, and adding text or annotation. The HP A636 Compact Photo Printer also features a 2.4-inch display, and can detect and remove red eye. Its maximum print speed is at 3.7ppm. Price $104.

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    Lexmark X4550 Wireless All-in-One Photo Printer

    Lexmark X4550 All-in-One Photo Printer Offering up to 26 ppm black and 18 ppm color printing speed, the Lexmark X4550 All-in-One Photo Printer can produce up to 4800 x 1200 dpi photo output. But, to make your prints even more beautiful, you can also use its optional six-color print cartridge. The printer is equipped with PrecisionSense technology that can detect the type of paper being used and automatically adjusts the print resolution to one that best suits the paper type. The Lexmark X4550 is also capable of borderless copying in photo sizes as well as reducing and enlarging original copies from 25 to 400 percent. Price $108.04.

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    Sony DPP-FP95 Picture Station Digital Photo Printer

    Sony DPP-FP95 Picture Station The Sony DPP-FP95 Picture Station Digital Photo Printer is a compact photo printer that you can bring with you anywhere. It is capable of producing lab-quality 4 x 6 inch prints in 45 seconds using dye-sublimation technology. In addition, its print output features SuperCoat 2 laminate which prevents the photo print from fading easily. Plus, you also get to choose several printing modes including ID photo, layout print, borderless print, border print, and date print. One notable feature of the Sony DPP-FP95 is a 3.6-inch adjustable LCD screen with an intuitive interface which allows you to create keepsakes and scrapbooks. Other features of the Sony DPP-FP95 photo printer include auto touch-up correction, filter effects, and a built-in memory card reader supporting Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick PRO Duo, SD Memory Card and xD-Picture Card. Price $279.95.

    Continue to the next page for the rest of our list of top photo printers.

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    Best Photo Printer for Any Budget - Top Ten Photo Printer ListStill trying to decide on a photo printer? Bright Hub lists ten of the top performing photo printers, all with a wide range of features and capabilities.
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    Brother DCP-585CW Color Inkjet All-in-One Photo Printer

    Brother DCP-585CW Color Inkjet All-in-One Photo Printer Brother's entry to our list of top 10 photo printers is the DCP-585CW Color Inkjet AIO Photo Printer that can produce documents and photos up to 6000 x 1200 dpi. This printer has separate trays – one for documents with a 100-sheet capacity and a photo tray with 20-sheet capacity. It prints borderless photos at 33 ppm for black prints and 27 ppm for color prints. In addition, this printer utilizes separate ink cartridges for different color editing and printing of your photos. The Brother DCP-585CW Color Inkjet AIO Printer has a 3.3-inch widescreen color LCD display which allows you to edit and print photos. You can also print without a computer since this printer has a built-in media card slot and wireless networking capability.

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    Canon MP480 All-in-One Photo Printer

    Canon MP480 All-in-One Photo Printer Our second Canon photo printer on the list is the versatile MP480 All-in-One Photo Printer which is capable of printing up to 2400 x 4800 color dpi resolution. It allows you to print 4 x 6 borderless prints in just 45 seconds. It is equipped with a 4-color ink system which produces vivid colors and bold, black text. So, you can use this printer for producing photo prints as well as document copies. Adding versatility to the Canon MP480 is its 1.8-inch TFT screen which you can use to edit your photos before printing. The printer also supports wireless and PC-less printing using its built-in memory card slot, Bluetooth-enabled devices, or even directly from your camera through a USB connection. Price $81.98.

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    Epson Stylus Photo 1400 Photo Printer

    Epson Stylus Photo 1400 Photo Printer Next up is another Epson Photo Printer, this time bearing the name Stylus Photo 1400. This photo printer can produce vibrant and crystal-clear 4 x 6 photo prints with up to 5760 x 1444 dpi in less than one minute. It can print up to 13 x 19 inch enlargements without you worrying about losing vibrancy and clarity. Making all this possible is the photo printer’s six individual, high-capacity Claria Hi-Definition Ink cartridges. It also features auto photo correction and PictBridge support. Normal printing speed of the Epson Stylus Photo 1400 Printer is at 15 ppm for both color and black prints. Price $199.99.

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    HP Photosmart B8550 Inkjet Photo Printer

    HP Photosmart B8550 Inkjet Photo Printer The second HP Photo Printer that made it to our Top Ten Photo Printer list is the Photosmart B8550 Inkjet Photo Printer. This printer can enlarge photos up to 13 x 19 inches. It is equipped with a 125-sheet tray that can hold paper from 4 x 6 to 13 x 19 inches in size. Printing speed of the HP Photosmart B8550 printer is at 32 ppm for black and white, and 95 seconds for 13 x 19 color photos. Other features of this printer include a 5-ink system and 2.4-inch color LCD. Price $298.99.

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    Kodak ESP3 SE All-in-One Printer

    Kodak ESP3 SE All-in-One Printer This all-around compact photo printer also serves as a copier, card reader, and scanner. It can produce up to 30 sheets of color prints and allows you to print lab quality pictures. The features of the Kodak ESP3 SE Printer include Automatic Paper-Type Sensor, Detail Enhancement, PictBridge-Enabled, Automatic Scanning, and the following Operational Modes: 1-Touch Copying, 1-Touch Printing. Maximum speed for printing black and white prints is at 30 ppm and 29 ppm for color prints. Price $369.34.