How to choose the best photo printer
A photo printer with the right specs
Whether it be for holiday snaps, family memories or even important landmark company events, most of us will have considered getting a photo printer to deliver us the wanted result. This being said the sheer breadth of variety of brands to choose from, would leave more than one confused and bewildered. Furthermore the choice of printer will have a bearing on the printing quality of the photo. But fear not! I will come to your aid in choosing the printer that is the most suited to your needs. Follow this guide and the right choice will be yours! Before venturing into the search for the right printer, it is important to know what selection criteria one is looking for. Here are a few steps to help you in making the right decision.
The print quality
Printing quality is defined by the resolution (paper resolution being an altogether different matter). Resolution will have a bearing on the fine detail in the print. This is defined in dpi (dot per inch). So what does this mumbo jumbo mean? Simply put it’s the number of dots the printer applies on a line within the span of an inch. The number varies generally from 300 to 4800 and it may go up to 9600 for printers aimed at a professional use. Thus the higher the resolution, the clearer the photo and the better the quality..
Photo printer: the printing format
Ultimately it depends on what you will be using the printer for. Nonetheless, in general terms, the higher the format the more fun you will be able to have.
And so the various types of formats are:
- The Photo format 10×15 (the most common)
- Sticker formats (to be printed on a specific type of paper)
- Postal Card Format
It’s also good to know that the bigger the printing format the bulkier the printer. For instance the CANON SELPHY CP1300 has a footprint of 18 x 13.5 cm and can print photos in a 15 x 10 cm format, whereas the CANON PIXMA IP110W, which still has very reasonable dimensions (32 x 22.6 cm) can print photos up to an A4 format.
Photo printer: connectivity
When it comes to one thing we’re pretty much all the same, apart from the photos we share on social media, others get forgotten and sink into oblivion. We tend to forget to print the photos of last Christmas or the snaps of the 11th birthday of the baby of the family, who by the way is 17 by now…! That’s why photo printing ought to be instantaneous, you should at most, be but a swipe away from printing, and that’s pretty much the case with most inkjet photo printers today. Whether it is via a network or Wi-Fi, you will be able in one swift move to print a photo of the wonderful costume uncle Jack was strutting in for New Years Eve. And so printers nowadays are in that sense more and more connected and user friendly.
Photo printer: the right paper for the job
Here, there is a wide array of choices that’ll suit all pockets and all tastes. The choice you make will have a bearing on the rendering of the photo.
First of all it is preferable that the paper be of a certain minimal thickness. Thickness is related to the grammage, which is indicated on the packaging of the paper you buy. To make things simple, the higher the grammage the thicker the rendering of your photo will be. For instance thinner paper (up to 270gsm) is often used for holiday memories, proof prints or temporary work prints. That’s right, other than for the occasional holiday snap this type of paper is used to sample print quality before finally printing the photo on better paper. On the other hand higher-end paper that is heavier and thicker (between 285 and 325gsm) will be used for exhibition prints and photo books
So as you can see, when it comes to photo printers there’s a printer for everyone! From the most compact printer, to the more professional, or to the more family oriented one. All you need to know is… to know what you need. Now if in spite of everything in my wonderful article, I was not able to help you, do not hesitate to contact our printer specialist Scott by visiting the Ecoburotic website.