Your Guide To Photo Printers

As digital cameras become more and more popular among today’s consumers, it’s no surprise that photo printers are increasing in popularity as well. These devices allow you to transform your precious memories into true photo-quality prints. Although most standard printers produce great output, photo printers create final results that are unrivaled in terms of quality and shine.

Photo printers are designed to deliver professional-quality photofinishing with a protective clear coating. A significant advantage of these types of printers is that they can print directly from your digital camera, and most models accept storage cards such as memory sticks and CompactFlash. Some photo printers can only handle 4x6 or smaller prints, as opposed to the standard 8.5x11 sheets. So if you’re going to be printing both snapshots and regular text pages, you should probably go with a basic inkjet printer.

There are two different types of ink technology available in photo printers: inkjet and thermal dye (also known as dye-sublimation). Thermal-dye printers use a roll of transparent film, called a ribbon, to transfer dye to the surface of a special, glossy paper. Several photo printers now come with a built-in automatic image fix feature, which helps you create amazing results on all your photos.

As with most consumer goods, the price of photo printers can range anywhere from $50 at the low end all the way to $400 at the high end. If you want just to print your snapshots to give to friends and family, you’ll probably be happy with any photo printer. On the other hand, you’ll need to choose more carefully if you’re going to be blowing these pictures up and framing them on your living-room wall. Generally speaking, you can purchase a perfectly good photo printer for about $150-$200, so only pay more if you need those extra features.

Most photo printers use ink cartridges consisting of four colors: cyan, black, magenta, and yellow. However, keep in mind that some add light cyan and light magenta, and a select few even add red and blue. Also, some photo printers offer variations of black and gray inks, which is a great feature for those interested in black-and-white photography.

The speed at which photo printers operate will vary depending on the manufacturer and model, but for the most part, the quality of output will be the same. Needless to say, speed is still measured in pages per minute (ppm) just like it is with all other printers.

By: Stacy Page

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