Buying a digital camera photo printer isn’t easy; especially for people who don’t have much knowledge about computers and printers. This short list of tips will help you identify exactly what you need.

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Tip #1: The printer you need should have PictBridge connectivity.

Since what you are looking for is a digital camera photo printer, it must have PictBridge connectivity. PictBridge is an industry standard which is a mechanism used to directly print photos from the camera straight to the printer. You no longer need to use a computer to serve as a bridge between the printer and the camera. Almost all digital cameras can be connected to PictBridge, since the universal server port that PictBridge uses is a USB 2.0 port. But not all printers have this port. So if you want to have a printer which you can use for printing digital camera photos directly, you need to get a printer with PictBridge connectivity.

Tip #2: Memory card slots can also do the job.

If your digital camera, for instance, has no PictBridge connectivity or you lost the USB cable for your camera, you can use the memory card in the digital camera to print directly. For that reason, you need to find a photo printer which has memory card slots that can accommodate the size of memory card that your camera uses. Most photo printers with memory card slots have complete support so most standard sizes of memory cards can be read by them.

Tip #3: Identify the functions you need from a printer.

If you are going to buy a digital camera photo printer, there are three types of printers you can get according to their functionality.

1) Compact Photo Printers. These printers are designed exclusively for photo printing. They are small and easy to carry. These printers are best for professional photographers or photography enthusiasts who want to be able to produce photos any time. Compact photo printers usually cannot be used for printing on media bigger than 5’’ x 7’’ and they use dye sublimation printing to produce high quality photos.

2) Inkjet Photo Printers. These printers are the most popular in the market. They are cheap and very useful for everyday printing activities, including printing documents, envelope labels, and all sorts of print media on standard size document papers. They are not as good in photo printing as compact photo printers but there are inkjet printer models especially designed to be able to produce high quality photos.

3) All-in-One Inkjet Photo Printers. If you are in a workplace or in a business environment, you need more than just a printer that can print photos. You also need a scanner, a copier, and possibly a fax. If you work in an imaging company or a workplace which requires frequent photo printing like a graphic arts company or a magazine company, you need a printer with reliable photo printing abilities that are not limited to wallet sizes and album sizes. You should also be able to print borderless on letter sized media, and you should be able to reproduce these photos or scan them into your computer. For that, you will need an all-in-one photo printer that can produce high quality photo printouts, copy and scan in full color, and if you have affiliates, also fax in full color.

Tip #4: Choose only a good brand.

No matter how much you can save from buying a low-class or a never-heard-of printer brand, nothing is more rewarding than being able to produce excellent photos from your printer. Canon, HP, Epson, Samsung, and Lexmark all offer a complete range of photo printers which can match all of the requirements stated previously. You just need to search closely and weigh your options properly.

Tip #5: If you’re a professional, the price should not be a concern.

If the reason for your interest in buying a digital camera photo printer is because you are a professional photographer and you need it for your work, you shouldn’t hesitate in investing in a good device. In the long run, you can become a more productive and quality photographer if you use the best tools.

Conclusion

Choosing a digital camera photo printer isn’t hard as long as you keep these tips in mind. At the end of the day, you will find that it’s not the money or time saved that matters, but the quality of photos and the efficiency you get from the printer.