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

In this guide to the best photo printers of 2019, we look at the top devices for ensuring your photos look their best when you make physical copies of them.

No matter if you're a professional photographer, or merely a keen amateur that likes to take holiday photos, you'll want the very best photo printer your budget can stretch to – and we're here to help.

These days, there's a huge range of photo printers to choose from, so our best photo printers guide is here to make things more simple. We've picked the absolute cream of the crop when it comes to photo printers – 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.

The best photo printers come in every shape and size, from budget photo printers that are easy to use, portable devices and even professional-level photo printers. Fortunately, this means that no matter what you’re looking for, you should be able to find the best photo printer for your needs.

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

Canon Pixma G6050

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1. Canon Pixma G6050

Refillable tanks give this inkjet an economic advantage

Print speed: 13ppm (mono) | Paper capacity: 250 sheets | Paper size: A4 | Weight: 8.1kg

Low running cost 
Plenty of ink in the box
Slow to print 
Small display

Inkjet printers with refillable ink tanks have a distinct advantage when it comes to running costs and the Canon Pixma G6050 comes with enough ink for 7,700 colour pages or 18,000 in black and white. It’s a multifunction device which means there’s a scanner built in that can be used to make photocopies and although there’s no fax facility, it has Wi-Fi built in and an auto duplex mode. It prints photos slowly, but accurately and thanks to the excellent integration of the ink reservoirs you can print hundreds of them without having to fork out for new cartridges.

Read the full review: Canon Pixma G6050

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 Pixma TS8050

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4. Canon Pixma TS8050 photo printer

Neat 3-in-1 prints photos with six-ink precision

Print speed: 15ppm (mono) | Paper capacity: 100 sheets | Paper size: A4 | Weight: 6.5kg

Six-ink colour fidelity  
Large touchscreen 
Slow print speed 
Expensive ink   

Canon has done well to cram all of the key features into this pleasingly compact 3-in-1 device. It can print, scan and copy up to A4-sized paper and handle envelopes, card and every kind of glossy photo paper. Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity is built in, the touchscreen interface is huge and there’s even a slot for an SD Card. The best thing about this printer, however, is its excellent print quality. The print resolution is a rich 9,600 x 2,400 dpi and it uses six inkjet cartridges, instead of the usual four, to achieve superior colour fidelity.

Read the full review: Canon Pixma TS8050

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

Canon Pixma TR8550

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9. Canon Pixma TR8550

A business-oriented inkjet that also prints fabulous photos

Print speed: 15ppm (mono) | Paper capacity: 100 sheets | Paper size: A4 | Weight: 8kg

Includes ADF and fax   
Large touchscreen 
Slow print speed 
Small main paper tray   

By including an automatic document feeder (ADF) and a fax facility, this 4-in-1 device is aimed at the small, or home office. However, with separate pigment ink for printing black and white text and four more inkjet cartridges for colour, it happens to print very fine photographs very well. There’s also an SD card slot for camera users and inbuilt Wi-Fi enables cloud printing and remote smartphone control. Both printing and scanning is done at a fairly high resolution, which means you can make decent photocopies using the 20-sheet ADF.

Read the full review: Canon Pixma TR8550

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.