Best Photo Printers of 2016

Purchasing a high-quality photo printer doesn't need to break your budget. Take a look at some of our best picks for this year.

Updated 26 January 2017: We've updated our best photo printer guide with the newest and best options. The Canon Selphy CP1200 takes our top spot, replacing the CP800 and we took out the OfficeJet Pro 8610 in favor of the 8710.

Best overall

Canon Selphy CP1200

Canon Selphy CP1200

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The Selphy CP1200 by Canon is a superb little printer that packs a punch when it comes to photo printing. There's even an optional battery pack for use on the road, for when you absolutely must have instant physical copies of special memories.

Bottom line: Ideal for those who print our photos often and desire great quality results.

One more thing: Each Selphy ink and paper kit comes with exactly enough of each to Print 18, 36, or 54 photos.

Why the Canon Selphy CP1200 is our top photo printer pick

The CP1200 by Canon is a great little photo printer, dedicated to taking digital copies of all your favorite memories and making them physical.

It's compact, fun to use, and doesn't rely on inkjet printing. This is why the CP1200 is our number one choice for the best photo printer of 2017. Picking up the optional battery pack will ensure the unit will be able to print out memories taking full advantage of its portable size and wireless connectivity. There are also some fun little features that really add to the overall experience.

It has the ability to print on postcard-sized paper, not to mention label sizes, square and even 8 small stickers at a time. That opens up a number of possibilities when you snap a stunning photo or a keepsake memory.

For a mobile world, Canon has worked on the official app solution that makes it effortless to print something from a smartphone running Android or iOS. If smartphone photography isn't quite your thing, card slots and USB ports are at hand for hooking up a camera. Overall, it's a great little unit that won't actually destroy your bank balance in the process.

Affordable

HP Envy 4520

HP Envy 4520 All-in-One Color Photo Printer

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Released mid-2015, this inexpensive all-in-one package lets you do everything: print, scan, or copy. The Envy 4520 uses HP thermal inkjet technology and offers a 1200dpi color print resolution, is able to print up to just shy of 7 pages per minute, and sports two-sided printing capabilities.

Bottom line: Ideal for those on a tight budget and who don't necessarily require perfect quality photo printing.

One more thing: Can comfortably be used as a normal printer and scanner.

Compact

Canon SELPHY CP910

Canon SELPHY CP910 Compact Photo Color Printer

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This portable printer has an internal battery, allowing you to take the unit on your travels to print out photos from location. It's not the fastest, but it will produce some fantastic results thanks to fancy dye sublimation. Just like the SP1200, there's support for wireless connections, but you can throw in an SD card.

Bottom line: A great small, portable unit that can handle the odd print here and there.

One more thing: Inkjet nozzle omission ensures less ink wasted during operation.

Heavy duty

HP OfficeJet Pro 8710

HP OfficeJet 8710

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The Pro 8710 by HP is a serious printer. Should you require a unit that can handle high levels of output, this printer will be able to churn out 18 (color) pages per minute with the option for double-sided printing. It's bulky but is destined for an office or home desk with various devices wirelessly connected.

Bottom line: Great for heavy office and home usage.

One more thing: It's possible to subscribe to HP Instant Ink for cartridge renewal before you run low.

Conclusion

All-in-one printer and scanners are a common sight but there are some real gems out there, depending on your requirements. Should you wish to take advantage of more accurate dye transfer then we'd direct you to the Canon Selphy CP1200, which will produce top quality photo print outs.

Best overall

Canon Selphy CP1200

Canon Selphy CP1200

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The Selphy CP1200 by Canon is a superb little printer that packs a punch when it comes to photo printing. There's even an optional battery pack for use on the road, for those times when you absolutely must have instant physical copies of special memories.

Bottom line: Ideal for those who print our photos often and desire great quality results.

One more thing: Each Selphy ink and paper kit comes with exactly enough of each to Print 18, 36, or 54 photos.