Getting a personal printer specifically for printing photos is a great way save money and time in the long run. Most people have to resort to printing photos through an online third party or having them printed at shops, which is typically more expensive and troublesome. But when it comes to actually buying a printer, many find themselves at a loss as to what to look out for.
Here’s a quick guide on considerations to be made when purchasing the best photo printer that’ll sit your needs.
Cost – How Much You’re Willing to Spend
It goes without saying that a photo printer, especially a good one, won’t come cheap, but it should also be said that even after purchasing a printer there’ll still be other payments to be made. Such as printer ink and photo paper, both of which the quality of your photo prints will be heavily reliant on.
While both are required in order to produce the best possible prints, some might find it necessary to stick close to their budgets so plan accordingly.
Printer Size and Compactness
Printers range in all shapes and sizes, some of them even small enough to fit in your pocket. The size of your photo printer will depend on where you’ll use your printer the most, what size will your photos be printed in, as well as whether you’ll need to have it relocated often. In the end, it all comes down to personal preference, although most opt for a printer that’s able to print at least A4 sized photos.
Somewhat overlooked, this also dictates where you’ll be printing your pictures from. Your mobile or from a PC; directly from your camera or transferred somewhere else.
These days most printers come with a Wi-Fi connectivity function, which lets you print directly from cameras and smartphones. Extremely convenient, wireless photo printers are favored by many, but might be too expensive for some, leading to people opting to stick to USB connected printers, which will work just as well but requires the photos to be transferred to a PC with a USB source.
Types of Photo Printers
Inkjet Printers – Most high-quality printers are inkjet printers, as they function by spraying drops of ink onto paper, and will likely product pictures with better colours and better saturation.
Compact Photo Printers – Small wireless printers that can print photos as polaroid or business card sizes as well as fit in your pocket are becoming more popular, especially with the scrapbooking crowd, also preferred as they don’t really require ink to use, as the ink would be found in the printing paper.
Why Not Get a Photo Printer?
Getting a photo printer would be an investment, one that’s worth it in the end, especially if you’re in the habit of taking pictures of friends, family, scenery, or even strangers. While the pictures will still exist on your hard drive as a softcopy, sometimes, it just feels better to have the physical copy on to be kept in an album and shown off.