Best photo printer 2020: the best printers for your digital photos

Best photo printer

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The devices on our list of the the best photo printers of 2020 have been built specifically to print stunning photos from home.

This means that photo printers are excellent purchases for anyone who has a large collection of digital photos, and would like to make physical versions of them, for gifts or photo books, for example.

While there are multi-function printers that do a good job of printing out photos, there are also specially designed printers that only print out photos, and in this guide to the best photo printers, we’ve included both types of devices, as well as photo printers for a wide range of budgets and use cases. 

These days, there’s a huge range of photo printers to choose from, so we’ve picked the absolute cream of the crop – from affordable desktop photo printers for everyday use, to expensive studio-quality professional photo printers and even wireless printers that can be used with a smartphone.

Not only have we collected the very best photo printers for a huge range of budgets, our very own price comparison tool will also scour the internet for you and deliver the best prices.

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The best photo printer at a glance

  1. Canon Pixma Pro-100
  2. Epson Expression Photo XP-970
  3. Epson SureColor SC-P800
  4. Canon IP8720
  5. Epson EcoTank ET-7750
  6. HP Envy 5055
  7. Canon Pixma TS9150
  8. Canon Pixma G4510
  9. Epson Surecolor P400
  10. HP Envy Photo 7855

Canon Pixma Pro-100

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1. Canon Pixma Pro-100

A monster of a photo printer

Category: Wireless professional inkjet printer | Print speed: 8″ x 10″ on A4 with border:51 secs; 11″ x 14″ on A3 with border: 1 min 30 secs | Paper capacity: 150 sheets of plain paper, 20 sheets photo paper (4″x6″) | Paper size: up to 13″ x 19″ | Weight: 19.6Kg

Two paper trays

Excellent color accuracy

Pricey ink

The Canon Pixma Pro-100 is a monster of a photo printer. Its 8-ink dye system called ChromaLife 100 provides excellent color accuracy and a wide range of colors for vivid prints that you would want to hang in a museum. Its large format allows you to print up to 13” x 19” prints and, with its two paper trays, you’re able to cover just about any paper stock you can think of, making this printer incredibly versatile.

Epson Expression Photo XP-970

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2. Epson Expression Photo XP-970

A small-in-one with exceptional A3 photo ability

Print speed: 8.5ppm (mono) | Paper capacity: 100 sheets | Paper size: A3 | Weight: 8.7kg

Six-ink colour fidelity  

Large touchscreen 

Slow print speed 

Limited paper capacity  

Despite its sleek dimensions, this smooth 3-in-1 inkjet device is able to print on A3-size paper and uses not four, but six inkjet cartridges to achieve superior colour accuracy. It means your ink costs are rather high, but it’s worth it for the beautifully shaded results. The scanner is only A4-size, but it makes very high resolution scans and combined with the high print resolution, you can make near identical colour copies. There’s no fax and print speeds are slow, but in all other respects, the Epson Expression Photo XP-970 is hard to beat. For an idea of its performance you can read our review of the almost identical Epson Expression Photo XP-960.

Epson SureColor SC-P800

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3. Epson SureColor SC-P800 photo printer

On a roll with this large format photos printer

Print speed: 3ppm | Paper capacity: 100 sheets | Paper size: up to A2 | Weight: 8.7kg

Roll paper option

Vivid A2 prints

Large footprint 

High running costs

This A2-size print-only device will suit any business that needs to turn out professional quality large format colour documents. It uses Epson’s nine-colour UltraChrome HD inkset for lifelike colour shading, which come in high capacity 80ml cartridges. Add the paper roll option and this machine can handle high print runs, or turn out impressive panoramic posters. Unsurprisingly, it takes up quite a bit of room and the cost is high, although considerably lower that outsourcing your prints.

Read the full review: Epson SureColor SC-P800 

Canon IP8720

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4. Canon IP8720

Borderless printing monster

Category: Photo printer | Print speed: 4″ x 6″ borderless photo: 36 seconds | Paper capacity: 150 sheets | Paper size: Up to 13″ x 19″ | Weight: 8.44Kg

Borderless prints up to 13×19

rich color reproduction

Tricky setup 

Want to produce borderless photo-quality prints of up to 13” x 19”? Most printers just can’t do that. The Canon IP8720 however can. And with its 6-color ink and 9600 x 2400 max DPI, you get gorgeous and rich color reproduction as well as incredible detail. The Canon also allows for a plethora of ways to print including from mobile devices using their Canon Print App or from the cloud with AirPrint and Google Cloud Print.

Epson EcoTank ET-7750

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5. Epson EcoTank ET-7750 photo printer

Cartridge-less photo printing at its best

Print speed: 28ppm | Paper capacity: 100 sheets | Paper size: up to A3 | Weight: 10.5kg

Vibrant photo quality 

Low long-term cost

High purchase price 


It looks a little ungainly with the refillable ink tanks ruining the symmetry of this otherwise compact all-in-one, but it’s the refined EcoTank system that sets this model apart from the competition. If you can swallow the high price tag, your ongoing ink costs will be very low and Epson’s five-colour printing guarantees excellent image quality, especially with photos on photo paper.      

Read the full review: Epson EcoTank ET-7750 

HP Envy 5055

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6. HP Envy 5055 (5010 in the UK) photo printer

Home photo printing on a budget

Print speed: 10ppm | Paper capacity: 100 sheets | Paper size: up to A4 | Weight: 5.4kg

Low price  

Easy to use  

High ink cost 

Poor connectivity

This humble all-in-one can scan and copy, but its real strength is in printing photos. Frustratingly, there’s no Ethernet port, or USB port for printing from a flash drive and it churns very slowly, but the results are surprisingly good for such an affordable inkjet. The supplied starter cartridges are rather light on ink, but if you replace them with high-capacity carts, then the running cost is competitive too.

Canon Pixma TS9150

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7. Canon Pixma TS9150 printer

Premium photo inkjet looks as good as it prints

Print speed: 15ppm | Paper capacity: 120 sheets | Paper size: up to A4 | Weight: 6.7kg

Great photo quality   

Attractive design  


Slow to print

Sitting at the top of Canon’s Pixma range, the TS9150 looks like a premium product as you might expect, with a giant touchscreen display nestling up-front. It also boasts a high-resolution printing and scanning and Canon’s excellent six-ink system. By using black pigment ink alongside dye-based colours, photographic prints look especially realistic. 

Canon Pixma G4510

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8. Canon Pixma G4510

Refillable tanks mean affordable photos

Print speed: 13ppm | Paper capacity: 100 sheets | Paper size: up to A3 | Weight: 10.5kg

Neat design   

Low ink cost

No duplex mode  

No front USB port

Canon’s most affordable printer to include ink tanks instead of cartridges is a modest 4-in-1 that could work well in a small office that needs to run out lots of colour documents. It prints very slowly and cannot print on both sides of the page, but in all other respects, it holds up well. The cartridge-less system is very economical and the box includes enough ink for 6,000 mono and 7,000 colour pages.   

Read the full review: Canon Pixma G4510

Epson Surecolor P400

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9. Epson Surecolor P400

Prints fabulous photos

Category: Inkjet photo printer | Print speed: 8″ x 10″: 1 min 8 sec; 11″ x 14″: 1 min 42 sec | Paper capacity: 150 sheets | Paper size: Up to A6 | Weight: 12.30Kg

Comes with 8-color ink set

Cut-sheet and roll paper support

Crappy sheet feed

If you want results that look like they came from a photo lab, the Epson Surecolor P400 is hard to beat. Not only does it come with an 8-color ink set including both matte and photo black for a full spectrum of rich color, but it has cut-sheet and roll paper support that allows you to produce just about any project you can think of. The ink system includes 14 mL cartridges that can be individually replaced, making this a printer that won’t run out of ink in the middle of a project or waste precious ink.

HP Envy Photo 7855

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10. HP Envy Photo 7855 (7830 in the UK)

A feature-rich photo printer for the office

Print speed: 15ppm | Paper capacity: 125 sheets | Paper size: up to A4 | Weight: 7.6kg

Low price    

Many features

Impractical design 

Combined ink cartridge

HP’s oddly shaped all-in-one includes every feature from a fax facility, to an SD card slot, while giving you easy access to them via a colourful touchscreen interface. The coloured inks are combined in one cartridge and if you subscribe to HP’s Instant Ink service, it will be automatically replaced just before you run out. It feels a little flimsy, but photos prints in particular, look vibrant.

September 14, 2020
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