Desktop Photo Printers
The best printers to consider for at-home photo printing and the technology that makes them great
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The most important thing to remember is that your best photographs should not be confined to computer screens—they're made for printing. Consider these six desktop photo printers as ideal choices for at-home printing.
Canon Pixma Pro9000 Mark II
Canon Pixma Pro9500 Mark II
Canon Pixma Pro9000 Pro-1 Professional
A step up in the Canon photo printer lineup is the Pixma Pro9500 Mark II. With 25 percent more nozzles on the printhead than the Pro9000 (7,680, up from 6,144), the Pro9500 is capable of an even more accurate approximation of true continuous-tone printing. The printer incorporates Canon's Lucia pigment inks for longer print life span without fading, and 10 ink tanks mean more refined tonal blends and better black-and-white prints thanks to the addition of two black inks and a gray ink. Without that, printers are forced to combine colors to simulate gray—which makes neutral black-and-white prints no easy feat. A second paper tray (to match the second black ink) makes switching from glossy to matte paper a breeze, and a straight-path feed option makes the printer more compatible with thicker paper stocks. Estimated Street Price: $849.
While you can certainly make beautiful color prints with the Canon Pixma PRO-1 Professional inkjet printer, it definitely shines when it comes to producing darkroom-quality black-and-whites. Canon's newest printer is also its top-of-the-line model. It includes a whopping 12 individual pigment inks, and what makes it perfect for black-and-white prints is that five of those inks are shades of gray and black for beautiful tonalities across the grayscale. Large ink tanks help keep costs down, and dual feeding slots allow for easy printing on heavier matte stock up to 13x19 inches. With 12,288 print nozzles, fine tonal gradations and subtle differences are easily rendered in almost continuous tones. Estimated Street Price: $999.
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