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Updated on January 20, 2018
 

My 2018 Selphy/A4/A3+ photo printers buying guide...

It is sometimes expected from a specialist or at least a professional to give a definite opinion on his choices. It is often what you're asking me for. Well don't expect me to choose for you in this page because it seems quite complicated to me: yes, we're lucky enough to have a broad choice between these two printers brands that are Canon and Epson (in alphabetical order!). 
However, I am going to do my "job" by selecting in their respective range the printers that seem most adapted to a photo use... 


 
     
Selphy 10 x 15 / 4" x 6"
less than $150.00 /150 €
  A4 photo printers
less than $150.00 / 150 €
     
 
     
A3 photo printers
less than $500.00 / 450 €
  A3+ photo printers
more than $600.00


  A3+, A2 et 17" professionnal photo printers

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1 - Selphy photo printers less than $150.00 / 150 €

So I chose a Canon Selphy printer (4" x 6" / 10x15cm photo prints) in this category whose print quality is obviously a photo quality with a printing smoothness of 300 dpi so perfectly invisible to the naked eye. And in addition, the colors are pretty good in time according to my own tests (seven years for the longest).

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Canon Selphy CP1300

Kit CANON CP1300

$129.00


Mon avis sur cette imprimante Selphy Canon CP1300

At this price you can therefore offer a real photo printer (finesse of printing, holding colors in time), very easy to use and carry if you only need the standard size 4" x 6" / 10 x 15 cm. The prints last rather long according to my own tests from the moment you do not put them in the sun - Read Amazon Buyer Reviews



Read my french review


My rating: 8.0 / 10 - I am always impressed by the quality of small prints printed by this printer less than 150 euros. And now I know that the inks hold pretty well in the time of the moment that we do not leave them in full sun. I recommend !

 


Technical specifications of Canon Selphy CP1300

Photo size : 4" x 6" on glossy paper.
Numbers of cartridges Sublimation printing - Paper / ink pack of 36 or 108 sheets.
Printing finesse : 300 x 300 dpi


Canon CP1300 Price Seller
 
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$129.00

Kit 108 sheets Price Seller
 
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$29.90


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1 - A4 inkjet multifunction under $150.00 / 150,00 €...

No pigment-based printers in this price range but already a very good printing accuracy and but already an excellent finesse of photo printing and a lot of versatility!

I thus chose two multifunctional printers that favored photo printing quality, paradoxically, to the detriment of office printing quality! We're still not entering the world of "real" photo quality here though. The two photo printers A4, meanwhile, have real photo printing qualities because they use high quality inks, guaranteed for many years if they are carefully stored in a photo album.


     
         
Canon TS8120 - $120   Epson XP-830 - $99    
Multifunction Top !   Multifunction Top !    


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Canon TS8120 multifunction printer

CANON TS8120

$129.00


My opinion about A4 multifunction Canon TS8120

I'm really surprised by the print quality of the color and black and white prints of this TS8050: real photo prints! In addition, as for his direct competitor and unlike last year, this new model can manage colors for particularly faithful color prints. On this kind of printers, there is only the consumption of ink that is boring! - Read Amazon Buyer Reviews



Read my french review


My rating: 9.0 / 10 -
The first color prints presaged the best and my complete test will confirm that its color and black and white photo part is simply at the level of an excellent photo printer without sacrificing its basic functions, equally excellent, especially the flatbed scanner and the printing of the texts. With the possibility to calibrate it! I highly recommend if you do not make too many prints all the same because its consumption is delusional!

Another suggestion! The Epson XP-830 below is also a high quality multifunction that also calibrates itself. Difficult to choose between the two ...

 


Technical specifications of the Canon TS8120

Max. format: A4
Number of cartridges: 
6 (7ml and XL in option), coloring-agents based inks among which two grey ones
Printing definition: 4800 x 1200 dpi



Canon TS8120 Price Seller
 
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$129.00

Ink cartridges Price Seller
 
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$39.00


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Epson XP-830 multifunction printer

EPSON XP-830

$99.99


My opinion about this A4 multifonctions Epson XP-830 printer

Fineness of photo printing as good as his competitor above but possibility of the calibration and accepts the papers a little thicker thanks to its rear loading. My favorite multifunction for high quality color and B & W prints after calibration! - Read Amazon Buyer Reviews


Read my french review


My rating: 9.5 / 10
- My first tests were conclusive and really amazing for a multifunctional printer that my complete test only confirmed. I never imagined before testing it that the photo printing part on beautiful glossy photo paper could be as good. This is called a versatile printer because the office part has not been sacrificed, quite the contrary! I recommend this multifunction that becomes my favorite on this price slot if you care for your photo prints. A favorite !


Technical specifications of the Epson XP-830

Max. format: A4
Number of cartridges: 
5 (7ml and XL in option) Claria Premium ink, coloring-agents based inks among which two black (Black and Photo black),
Printing definition: 5760 x 1440 dpi



Epson XP-830 Price Seller
 
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$99.99

Multipack Ink Price Seller
 
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$36.99

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3 - Photo printer under $350.00 / 350,00 €...

One enters a little more in the world of the very beautiful quality of photo printing because it is about printers very clearly optimized to obtain a quality of photo print. But still no pigment inks at this price ...

I chose two photo printers that can print in A3 + format this time, with more ink cartridges for a more modeled rendering but especially better quality black / white prints (well neutral) but still based on inks dyes.

 

     
         
Canon Pro-100S - $355   Epson XXP-15000 - $355    
Beautiful colors   Best Q/M    


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Canon Pro-100 Printer

CANON Pixma Pro-100S

$354.20


My opinion about this Canon Pro-100S

Compared to the printers mentioned above, we gain a larger print size (a beautiful 30x40 cm) and four additional ink cartridges meant to make the difference in the gradients, the gamut. Yes, but ... - Read Amazon Buyer Reviews


Read my french review


My rating: 9.5 / 10
- If the black and white prints, in B & W mode or even after calibration, are far from being neutral, greenish or too hot limits, without very deep blacks, almost "tristuilles", without soul, the color prints as for them, after calibration only (because the generic ICC profiles are not terrible), especially on the beautiful paper Glossy Pro Platinum Canon are really very beautiful and faithful. Of course that's $200 more but turn instead to the Pro-10 if you also do the B & W. I recommend this Canon Pro-100 only for color prints, after calibration, because then it excels. For the rest, blah, blah.

Another suggestion: this printer comes in a model using this time pigment inks, the Canon Pro-10 model next page  

 


Technical specifications of the Canon Pro-100S

Max. format: A3+
Number of cartridges: 
8, with coloring agents though, among which two grey ones for more finely-shaded black & white prints;
Printing definition: 4,800 x 2,400 dpi

 


Canon Pro-100S Price Seller
 
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$354.20
  $399.99
 
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Pack Ink Price Seller
 
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$119.95


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Photo Epson XP-15000 printer

EPSON XP-15000

$349.99


My opinion about this Epson XP-15000 - New!

It is the first model of photo quality printer in A3+ format by Epson, at a reasonable cost. Remember to choose a nice paper and calibrate! - Read Amazon Buyer Reviews



Technical specifications of the Epson XP-15000

Max. format: A3+
Number of cartridges: 
6 CLARIA ink cartridges (coloring agents)
Printing definition: 5,760 x 1,440 dpi


Epson XP-15000 Price Seller
 
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$349.99
 
Amazon.co.uk
- Buy from Amazon.co.uk
  $349.99
 
Amazon.co.uk Amazon.ca Amazon.de Amazon.fr

 

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  Big format printers (A2 and over)


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Buy the kit Colormunki Photo

Colormunki Photo


   
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Price  
   
$458.99
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    $399.00 Buy from B&H
   
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