Thanks to today’s technology, we no longer need to spend hours in a dark room printing photos. We simply upload them to our computer from our digital camera and print them on paper. But if the printer you are using isn’t high quality, your photos won’t look very good.
This article will provide advice on what you should look for in a photo printer, so your shots come out looking terrific.
What Type of Printer Should I Buy?
Photo printers are typically either ink jet or dye sublimination printers.
Ink jet printers are reliable and affordable. They can be used to print photos and they are perfect for any office related needs such as printing documents, assignments, etc.
Dye Sublimination Printers are more suitable for professional photographers who print high resolution daily. It uses glossy photo paper to produce great looking photos, but it does not work for office applications.
What to Look for When Buying a Printer
When shopping for a printer, here are some things to look out for.
Resolution: If you’re going to buy a photo printer, don’t waste your money by purchasing one that’s low resolution. Your prints won’t end up looking very good. For the best results possible, go with one that offers a resolution of at least 4800 x 1200 dpi.
Ink Quality: There are two types of inks you can buy for your printer. These include:
• Coloring Agent Based Ink: This type of ink is an affordable option but it is not very resistant to light exposure so it may fade when exposed to light. However, it is great for paper printing because it will give a laser type, thin print result.
• Pigment Based Inks: Pigment based inks will get you high quality photos that last longer. They come in a wider range of colors that appear more vivid as opposed to their coloring agent-based counterparts.
Size: If you travel a lot, you may want to buy a compact sized printer. However, a larger printer will provide a higher quality print, so it is recommended if you do most of your printing at home.
Compatibility: Make sure the printer you are purchasing is compatible with your digital storage device. If it’s not, it won’t work at all. Its specifications will tell you whether it’s compatible or not.
Speed: Photo printers don’t have to be very fast, but if it takes an excessive amount of time to spit out one photo, it may not be the best option. The speed of the printer should be included in the manual. Be sure to check it out before you buy.
Number of Prints: Every printer has a monthly duty cycle which refers to the number of photos it is recommended to be printing a month. If the monthly duty cycle is below the number of photos you print each month, the printer may not be the right investment for you.
A photo printer will help you get your photos printed out quickly and easily. But it’s imperative to purchase one that gets you the high-quality prints you need.
Now that you know what to look for in a photo printer, you are ready to make a smart purchasing decision. Which do you feel are best suited to your needs?