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Buyer's Guide 2008: Photo Printers

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Although some dedicated photo printers use dye-sublimation technology, the Epson PictureMate line uses inkjet inks. Like its siblings, the PictureMate Flash is equipped with multiple media card slots for direct printing, but this model also has a built-in CD-RW drive. Plus, there's a USB port to hook up external devices like hard drives or USB flash drives. You can view, edit and add creative effects to your images on the printer's 2.5-inch LCD, carry it around by its handle or install the optional rechargeable battery for prints on the go. Estimated Street Price: $199.

The Canon SELPHY CP740's price tag is one of the lowest for a printer in this category. This inkjet printer has a footprint of only 7x2.5x5 inches and weighs a mere two pounds, so it's easy to take with you to parties and family gatherings. In addition to multiple media card slots and a two-inch LCD, the CP740 has a handy built-in cable for connecting your camera and a USB port for computer printing. You can even print remotely from a compatible camera phone via infrared or an optional Bluetooth adapter. Estimated Street Price: $99.

Another dedicated photo printer using inkjet technology is the HP Photosmart A716. Equipped with a wide variety of media card slots, the A716 also features dual USB ports so you can hook it up to a computer or connect external USB devices, including flash drives. It has a 2.5-inch color LCD, lots of creative editing options and, uniquely, a 4 GB internal hard drive. You can hook the printer up to a TV and run a slideshow-or even edit and print images-with the bundled remote. An optional rechargeable battery is available so you can take the printer on the road. Estimated Street Price: $199.

The Hi-Touch HiTi S400 dye-sub printer sports an unusual-but functional-design, along with interesting features. Not only does the printer's hatch door close during printing to avoid dust, but an optional rear dust shield ensures that nothing mars the quality of the print. The S400 has a handset that incorporates the LCD and controls for viewing and editing images, which is actually very convenient. In addition to media card slots, the S400 can link up with a broad range of USB devices. Estimated Street Price: $318.

The Sony Picture Station DPP-FP90 is a compact dye-sub printer that features a large, high-resolution 3.6-inch LCD for viewing and editing images. In addition to one-touch quick fixes, basic editing tools and creative options, the FP90 utilizes Face Detection and Sony's D-Range (dynamic range) Optimizer technology to improve exposures, especially in portraits. Multiple media card slots and PictBridge connectivity are available. Estimated Street Price: $199.


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