|Basic fact on Photo Printers
What are photo printers?
printers fit into a range of printer types. They are optimized
for printing photographs, which means that more attention is paid
to color quality, and less to text quality and speed. They are
available in a wide range of sizes -- there are several on the
market that are very small, so that you can take them along with
your camera and print photos on the go. Many, including the portable
printers, will connect directly to your digital camera, so that
you don't need a computer to print out your pictures. Others will
have slots for digital media cards, so you can simply remove them
from your camera and pop them right into the printer.
Photo printers start at $150, but printers
that offer professional-quality printing will start at
How do photo printers work?
Most photo printers are basically inkjet
printers with six-color cartridges (light cyan, light magenta,
cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) rather than the usual
There are also some that use a technology known
as thermal dye technology (also known as dye sublimation), which
basically melts ink "crayons" onto the pages. These can provide
high-quality color, but are not really suitable for anything but
What costs comes with photo printers?
Necessarily, the cost of the ink is going to
be higher than for a normal inkjet printer. If you print out a
lot of photos, prepare to pay heavily for cartridges.
What are the advantages of photo
- High-quality color.
- Connects directly to camera (or takes
digital media cards).
- Portable printers can travel with you.
- Immediate photos.
- More expensive than normal inkjet
- May not print normal text well.