The days of taking little bottles of film down to the pharmacy to be developed might be behind us, but that doesn’t mean we have to say goodbye to physical photographs entirely. I’m sure a lot of you have already tried out one of the photo printing services that you tend to find in department stores and I’m equally as sure that you’ve found them to be a tad on the pricey side, but there is another option. Buying a photo printer for home use might seem like a luxury, but with so many great printers on the market, it doesn’t have to be.
So, here we go with a short list of just a few of my favourite photo printers to suit all your different needs.
I’m not sure if you can work this out for yourself from the name, but “Sprocket” is a very subtle and very clever play on the word “pocket”. Who could’ve guessed? Bad brand names aside, the HP Sprocket is a great little photo printer that can (surprise, surprise) fit right into your pocket. The HP Sprocket is about the same size as your hand, and while the quality and cost of its paper aren’t the best, the sheer convenience of this photo printer is hard to beat. If you’re looking to recreate the feeling of shooting and printing with a Polaroid, then the Sprocket is exactly what you need.
Epson SureColor SC-P800 A2 Pro
At the complete opposite end of the scale from the Sprocket is this beast of a printer. Whereas the HP Sprocket is a fire and go sort of printer, the Epson SureColor SC-P800 A2 Pro has the complexity to go with its name. This printer can handle a broad range of functions and allows for a high degree of control over options like colour calibration. I wouldn’t recommend this printer to anyone wanting something simple, but if you work in the Arts or are in regular need of a printer that can handle whatever you throw at it, then this bad boy is for you. Just try not to think too hard about the asking price.
Canon Selphy CP1200
While it is not quite as portable as the Sprocket, the Canon Selphy CP1200 is another great choice if you’re looking for a something that is easily carried around and prints smaller photographs. The major advantage this has over the Sprocket is that it uses ink, rather than the heat and dye system of the HP, meaning that its running costs are a bit more affordable. The Selphy also comes with a few more controls and options, so if you’re after something simple but with a little bit of flexibility, it should suit you well enough.
Epson Expression ET-2500 EcoTank
As a full-sized printer for use in your office, the ET-2500 EcoTank is a pricier option than some of the other options that you’ll be able to find out there, but the real trick is in its lower than average running costs. With a high capacity ink tank, this printer should last for quite some time before needing a refill. As a bonus this printer can be used for other printing tasks beyond photographs, making the price point a little bit more manageable.
There are lots of other great photo printers that didn’t make this list, so be sure to have a good look around online to find the one that suits your needs best. If you decide to go with one of the printers on this list, you can find them all on Amazon and you can also save when shopping online with deals from Groupon.