Compact photo printers

Camilla misses the days of having photos stored in an album and wants to know if she should buy a printer.


Q. Camilla
I might be showing my age, but I still preferred the good old days when we had physical copies of out photos stored in albums that we could easily access and show the family. Don’t get me wrong, I love my phone, but the habit of endlessly scrolling through my camera roll to find a photo that I want to show someone has driven me a little crazy at times. This is why I still try and print out some of my important photos and still keep them in an album. This can sometimes be expensive after holidays overseas. I have seen small photo printers available to purchase but are they worth it? What do I need to look for if I buy a photo printer?

A. You are not alone in missing the glory days of photos as interest in compact photo printers is definitely going through a resurgence after first becoming popular in the early 2000s.

Many manufacturers advertise the cost per page of photos printed on their machines, which can give you a good guide as to whether this will be a cost-effective option for you in the long run. It is also an important point to consider when you are comparing printers.

Most compact photo printers share a similar design. They are small units, usually with large LCDs in order to allow people to browse and edit their photos, as can be done on a computer.

The editing options usually allow the user to crop photos, remove red eye, adjust colour settings as well as other functions.

Compact photo printers typically feature a large number of connection options, including USB and most memory card formats, but make sure you check that what’s on offer is compatible with the device you are planning to use.

Better still, some of the printers on the market are so small that you can consider taking them with you when you travel. This allows you to print out photos at the end of every night, which can be useful for jotting down notes to remember the moment and what you have seen that day.

The print quality of most of the photo printers is remarkably high, but if you are still getting your photos printed professionally you will probably still be able to notice the difference.

Most of the printers in this market are priced at under $200 (you can obviously pay a lot more for better quality printers) and deliver such good results that it sounds like it will probably be worth your while if you enjoy having hard copies of your memories.

Do you still print out photos? Do you own a compact photo printer? Which one would you recommend?

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