Every studio and professional photographer needs a printer that can do a few things. These things include handling large print jobs, excellent printing detail/color, and speed. These features are all things that should be looked into when finding the right printer for your studio.
When selecting a printer one of the most important aspects is its reliability. What good is a high-end printer if it only works 50% of the time? That will only cause frustration and anger. Take a look at the best professional printers for 2020. Special thanks to Joshua Fuller for the cover photo. View Josh’s presets.
The Canon imagePROGRAF is a fantastic printer for the price. Ink is expensive, but thankfully Canon includes 164% more ink than other brands with their printers. A neat feature of this printer is that it has an economy print mode which allows for up to 40% less ink usage. This will cut down on operational costs tremendously.
Another upside to this printer is the speed it can print. It can print 113 24×36 posters per hour. With the use of pigment ink you will also have the ability to produce weather-resistant posters. One thing to be aware of is that this printer ships without a stand.
The Epson SureColor is the definition of a high performance printer. With state of the art technology comes state of the art performance. New Precision Core MicroTFP print head is the driving force of this printer. This utilizes 8000 nozzles that doubles the print speed compared to the previous generation.
Epson claims that their Epson Ultra Chrome PRO archival ink technology produces exceptional color prints that can last up to a mind blowing 200 years.
This printer is the perfect printer for professional photographers and graphic designers. In fact it was specifically designed for this market. The DesignJet can print media from 11 inches to 44 inches. The print speeds of this printer are nothing to overlook. At 916 square feet per hour you have great feed for those large printing jobs.
HP Pixel Control is integrated software that allows for smoother gradients which results in cleaner prints. Along with an integrated vertical trimmer you will have everything you need when it comes to printing.
If you are a photographer who loves to get the perfect shot then why not get a printer that is designed to produce the “perfect” print, The Canon imagePROGRAF was designed with new technologies such as a new print head, new ink set, and new image processing engine. These new advances in technology allow for stunning print images. The new Chroma Optimizer which utilizes new pigment ink allows for a broader color spectrum and shadow details.
The imagePROGRAF was engineered with an incredible 18,432 nozzles and sensors that are constantly monitoring your prints as they happen. This is an amazing printer for the price.
The Epson SureColor T4570 features commercial grade reliability with their permanent print head with advanced Nozzle Verification Technology. This printer also features Wi-Fi which allows you to print remotely from with ease from tablets and smartphones. The SureColor T4570 does not require a computer to function.
It allows you to print directly from an external hard drive such as a USB drive. This printer is Energy Star qualified and is RoHS compliant (Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive).
This is one of the few printers that come out of the box ready to print. The HP DesignJet T540 prints bold images and sharp lines on any type of printer paper. HP claims that the DesignJet T500 printer series features the world’s smallest plotters to fit nearly anywhere in your home or office. This printer can produce high-quality prints in as little as 27 seconds. The HP Design Jet T540 is also Energy Star rated.
If you are operating on a smaller scale in terms of print jobs and print sizes then this is the printer for you. This printer prints up 8×12 photos and can scale down to 8×4 photos. Outstanding print quality is guaranteed due to the thermal control technology which can achieve these results in glossy and matte finishes.
HiTi, the makers of this printer, promises high quality prints rapidly and jam-free. This printer appears to be efficient and ultra reliable.
The DesignJet Z6810 comes in at a very high price point, but delivers amazing prints at every level. The pace at which this printer can produce high end prints is incredible. It is rated to print 212 square feet per hour in glossy and 548 square feet per hour on plain paper.
The DesignJet Z6810 is reliable and prints accurate colors with an embedded spectrophotometer. This means the printer contains a monochromator, which is a device that produces a light beam containing wavelengths in a narrow path around a selected wavelength.