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Digital Photo Printing at Home

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Digital photo printing at home has a special appeal to many for the simple reason of being able to walk up to the computer and have a photo in hand within minutes. Is the 4x6" size too liming for you? No problem. Choose the size and shape of your photo to your heart's content (within your printer's limits, of course).

Printers have made remarkable improvements in the past few years. With the right equipment and supplies, you can print brilliant photos that come very close to their developed counterparts. Individuals with less critical eyes will say that a good inkjet printed photo looks as good as those developed by professional labs.

If you are not sure what I mean by "developing", and how that may be different from "printing" your own photos at home, please see my Should You Print or Develop article.

I have recently reviewed several inkjet photo printers and chose a couple of models that should meet most in-home needs. All of the recommended printers offer these basic features:

  • Great reviews from users
  • Prints high quality photos when using recommended ink and paper
  • Prints borderless photos
  • Accepts memory cards from digital cameras to print photos without a computer

Below are my two recommendations based on the intended use of the printer.

Small 4x6" Photo Printer

For those who want the easiest 4x6" digital photo printing, and nothing else, consider the HP PhotoSmart 375 Compact Photo Printer. This small printer has received great reviews for ease of use and print quality. Keep in mind that you will get the best quality prints with the manufacturer-recommended ink and paper.

Why I recommend it:

  • Great reviews from users
  • Very small package, can take along on trips
  • Able to print directly from camera without using computer
  • Color LCD screen to preview images before printing
Full Size Photo Printer

For full-size digital photo printing up to 8.5x11", I recommend the Canon PIXMA iP4000 Photo Printer. This printer is also highly regarded in the user community for top quality prints at a very reasonable price.

Why I recommend it:

  • Great reviews from users
  • Prints borderless photos up to 8.5x11"
  • Prints 4x6" photos in about 36 seconds
  • Two-sided printing
  • Able to print directly from camera without using computer