There are so many facets to photography – equipment, shooting, and so much more, with printing being one of them. You may not need to know about photo printing when you start out your photography career, but as you dive deeper into the world of photography you will learn how complex printing your photos can be.
Today we’re going to take a look at the best photo printers of 2021. To help break this down a little bit, we’re going to be looking specifically at three main categories – Price, Performance, & Purpose.
With this list, we hope that you’ll be able to find the best photo printer that fits your needs. Let’s take a look.
One of the most common themes that many consumers look at while buying printers, or anything really, is price. Price will determine a lot of different things. Pricing can be different depending on if you are getting an all-in-one printer, a printer for a specific use, or many other factors. Regardless of what you’re looking for exactly, we’re going to be looking at the best photo printers available at an affordable rate!
Price: $200 – $250
The first printer on our list is the Epson Expression Photo printer which is one of the best overall printers for a photographer and entrepreneur. With this printer you’ll have the ability to print high quality, professional grade images and documents in a matter of seconds. With the wireless compatibility you can also print from the other room and collect your images when you are ready.
Get started with the Epson Expression today to start creating clean, quick prints.
Price: $150 – $200
Another affordable printer that can be used for many different uses is the Brother MFC-J985 DW All-in-One printer. Ranging from ~$150 – $250, this printer will allow you to print, scan, and fax with high quality results.
This is a great printer for office use and even better if you’re looking to print 4×6 or 5×7 photos at home!
Price: $250 – $350
The last printer in our range of affordable photo printers is the HP Office Jet Pro 9025. This printer is another all-in-one printer with fast print speeds and quick dry times!
One common theme in the affordable printers section is the all-in-one abilities. Many printer companies will make their printers all-in-one to help market their product, but always be sure to check for quality. Sometimes all-in-one can mean ‘we do a lot, but we don’t do it all that well.’
So before buying, make sure you check the quality for the all-in-once printers. Regardless, this Office Jet Pro 9025 is incredibly fast and perfect for use in group settings with a high demand for output.
The next main category we will be looking at is performance. How well do these printers do their job? How fast are they? Is the quality professional or standard? etc… These are the types of things we are interested in and looking more into to help you find the best photo printer for your home or business needs.
Price: $1,100 – $1,2500
This incredible photo printer has unmatched quality perfect for printing professional grade prints for any need. With a wide 17-inch print potential, you have many different opportunities to print large and small scale photos. This printer also offers complete air connectivity allowing you to always print from your main devices, rather than having to connect to your printer every time.
For the photographers that are creating a business for themself, we highly recommend this versatile printer due to its fair price and superior quality!
Price: $2,000 – $3,000
Next up on our list is is one of the more expensive printers, but if your team has the budget for it then it will for sure be worth it. This large format, professional printer is suitable for printing fine art work, production signage, infographics, technical documents, and much more!
On top of the endless opportunities with this printer, it is also designed with exceptional speed, flexibility, and quality. Some additional features:
- 11-Color Pigment inks & Chroma Optimizer
- Multi-Function Roller System
- Anti-Clogging FINE Technology
- Color Calibration Function
Price: $6,000 – $6,500
Our last performance-based printer comes from HP, specifically their DesignJet T830 model which features a 36-inch wide printing opportunity for businesses and other commercial environments. As you can see in the statement below from HP, this printer is not for use in residential environments becuase of the emissions, but for businesses and government offices, this printer is perfect for use to create printed maps, technical drawings, posters, and more because of its ability to render with precise line quality and crisp text.
FCC Class A emissions device for use in commercial environments, not residential environments.
The last section we’re going to look at is more niche printer. First we’re going to look at a printer for the photographer or team that’s always on the run and moving from place to place. The next printer we’re going to look at is for artists and photographers that use transparency film and may need some different, additional capabilities.
On-The-Go Printing: Kodak Mini 2 Instant Printer
Price: $75 – $100
With mobile photography becoming increasingly popular and and with the world moving at a faster pace all the time, the need for mobile printers has increased significantly in the past 5-10 years. Photographers especially are always moving around going to find the next shot, which is why this Kodak Mini 2 instant photo printer is perfect! With the mobile compatibility, you can have a tangible, printed photo within seconds so that you can see the true quality and detail in your photos.
There are many other portable printers like this model, including the HP Sprocket, or the Prynt Pocket Printer, but Kodak’s Mini 2 printer has superior quality. Don’t disregard other portable printers though because they all differ in speed, size, and price! Also, don’t forget that this won’t have to be your main printer, but just a handy tool to have while you’re out on the road. For other, larger, more high quality prints you will most likely need to invest in some other equipment!
Printing Film Transparencies: Epson Artisan 1430
Price: $900 – $950
This next printer on our list is perfect for the artistic photographer who might be using his/her images for something more than just print. This printer is perfect for use with transparency film meaning you can use it for screen printing or other art work where you may be using half-tones, gradients, or other types of details.
With a sleek design, you can store this printer easily on your desk or somewhere in your workspace so it’s always close by to print your net graphic!
We hope you’ve enjoyed this list of the best printers of 2019 curated by the team at FilterGrade and have found what you were looking for. If you have any other printers that you think should be on our list, let us know what they are and why in the comments!