View Full Version : Question on Photo Printers

12-10-2007, 10:31 PM
The wife has been wanting one of these for some time now. Personally, it seems much cheaper to go to wal-mart and print pics we want for $.25 each as opposed to paper, ink, as well as initial costs of a printer. But being the nice husband that I am, I'm contemplating one for a present. She's been wanting one that takes the 4x6 paper. I want one that when I look at it at angles I don't see different layers of Ink like my inkjet printers do, but rather looks like a 35mm print (like the ones at walmart look like).

Any recommendations?

12-10-2007, 10:51 PM
I don't have any recommendations, but last Christmas I was looking at camera that was part of a special deal that would allow me to get a photo printer for something like $50 if I bought the camera. As it turned out, the rep for the company that made the printer (canon or kodak maybe?) happened to be there so I asked her about the costs of ink and paper, did some quick math and came up with a cost per print in my head. I didn't buy the camera but I was still considering it when I went to Target later that day. I checked at their photo development desk and found that they would make prints from digital media for pretty much exactly the same price per photo. I decided not to buy the printer that day because it didn't really seem like it was a great deal, but I could see someone wanting one at the house for convenience.

Don't let me discourage you though because I know that if you wife has it in her mind that she wants one, you might as well get it and make her happy.

12-10-2007, 10:55 PM
Good luck, those machines they use are expensive, thats why they have a good quality.

I used to work at Savon's Photo Department. I've seen the difference and they don't compare.

Sorry to be a buzzkill, but I would stray away.

If you have to get one, make sure its one of the ones where the ink is readily available.

12-11-2007, 09:17 AM
Thanks guys, kinda been my thoughts as well with them. I sure have had a hard time convincing her. I seriously doubt one of those printers will do any better than the one I have now. But, until she actually has one and sees the quality (or lack thereof) she will think I'm just being cheap.

12-11-2007, 09:22 AM
4x6 prints will probably be around the same cost - but if you want to do 8x10's a photo printer will be cheaper.

I'd recommend HP, Canon or Epson. Do not buy a Lexmark.

I like the printers that have individual inks so if you run out of red, the entire ink cartridge isn't wasted.

12-11-2007, 07:13 PM
Yeah, I agree. Don't buy a Lexmark. I just got my new Epson RX595 instead of my old Lexmark one, it prints 4x6" photos in as fast as 11 seconds or text documents at speeds up to 38 ppm. And the recent price is just $85
I love this printer. It allows me to scan photos. Then I can take that same photo and make it as a cd cover. By being able to print directly onto cd-printable discs, I no longer lose my precious moments of my friends and family.

12-11-2007, 07:23 PM
Avoid Lexmark at ALL costs - even if it's extremely cheap

I used to work there - believe me, they're products are a mess

12-11-2007, 07:28 PM
If you're looking for quality that's pretty close to the quality you'll get at a developer, look into a dye sublimation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dye_sublimation) printer.

The good:
-Excellent print quality
-Paper and "ink" come together, so it's easy to calculate how much your prints will cost.

The bad:
-Usually limited to 4x6 prints ONLY
-Not usually any cheaper than Wal-Mart or Target
-Paper and "ink" come together, so it can be a pain to find if the company isn't very popular after a while.

Here's a Canon:
$79.99 plus $29.99 for a pack of 108 prints ($.278 each)

Here's an Epson:
$99.99 plus $39.99 for a pack of 150 prints ($.267 each)

12-12-2007, 04:58 PM
Here's the one I have:


(actually, I have the MP600) It does everything very well and I definitely recommend it.