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Old 07-11-03, 07:55 AM
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Recommendations for a photo printer?

It seems that there are about a thousand affordable printers that claim to produce photo quality images. Can they really? Is there a particular brand or model that you would suggest getting (or staying away from)?

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Old 07-11-03, 05:16 PM
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I've said this in other threads and I'll say it again here: Canon i850 or i950.

Both are great and affordable printers. The i850 goes for about $150 at Best Buy. The i950 sells for a little more, but I haven't kept up on the price.

I have the i850, which uses four separate ink cartridges, each of which costs about $12 to replace. Because each color cartridge is separate, and therefore larger than an all-in-one, they last a lot longer and are much more economical than other printers I've had (Epson and HP). The i950 has, I think, six cartridges for even better color photo quality.

Color photos from my i850 are fantastic, and plain text is very, very good too. It's also fast and quiet, and comes with an impressive suite of software, including a browser and photo tools.

The i950, as you might expect, is even better. I would have bought it instead, but it hadn't been released yet when I was in the market for a new printer. Still, I have no regrets about buying the i850.
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I'll confuse the issue and recommend Epson over Canon. Epson's been the leader for years--and still is, in my opinion.

Actually, the questions you need to find answers to aren't which brand to buy, but what your needs are. What size prints? Narrow (8-1/2") or wide (13"), or larger (44")? How important is lightfastness? How good of a print do you really want?

What really contributes to the "photo quality" appearance is much less the printer and ink than the paper. Different papers can make a world of difference!
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well, i have the epson 820, and it really does give good quality prints for the price. drains ink pretty fast tho. i use the generic carthridges, and they're almost as good as the epson ones.
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Originally posted by danw
What size prints? Narrow (8-1/2") or wide (13"), or larger (44")? How important is lightfastness? How good of a print do you really want?

I wouldn't expect to need anything larger than standard 8 1/2" X 11". So, I would probably only consider something that did larger prints if there was little or no cost difference. I don't want something that is going to look great today, and faded tomorrow... but it doesn't need to be professional level either.

The preference would be to spend under $250, but that's not a hard and fast limit if something much better can be had for only a little more. If you're talking about printers at twice that though, then I probably can't justify the price.
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The i950 is $236 at Buy.com.
http://www.buy.com/retail/product.as...341035&loc=101
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When you say you "wouldn't expect to need anything larger than standard 8 1/2" X 11"," does that mean you will normally print 8x10"? Or would you normally print 4x6" and sometimes 8x10"? If you mostly want little 4x6" prints, I'd recommend finding a printer--online, like SnapFish or a local Fuji Frontier--it's less expensive than doing it yourself.

That said, I'm sure the Canon i950 that Salty recommends is a fine printer. I'm not sure of Epson's current offerings as their small-format stuff stays under my radar.
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The Canon i950 is pretty darn good. I bought one a couple weeks ago from the recommendations here, although that was for the i850 model. Next to quality, the separate ink cartridges were a very important consideration. I like that you can see how much ink is left.

I printed out a couple of photos (they include five sheets of 4x6 photo paper and you can use both sides) and it came out looking very professional. You almost couldn't tell the difference between a "real" photo and one printed by the i950. It also prints out photos reasonably well on regular paper, depending on the quality of the source image.
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I also bought a i950 a few weeks ago and it's great. Photo's come out great with the canon paper, but be warned- i tried some with HP's best paper and the quality compared to the canon's best paper was HORRIBLE. The HP paper sucked. But HP paper isn't that great quality in the first place. Does anyone know of a website or chart that compares the print quality of diferent brand paper to all the photo printers. I don't want to spend a lot of money experimenting with paper.
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I will be on a Dell 8500 laptop and I would like to print out DVD covers for the ones I have and 'will' run over with my wheelchair :crunch: LOL


P.S. I have a HP 932 ink jet right now, but I am prepared to replace it, I was talking about the printer, not the heavy WC with a heavy danol in it. LOL
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i also also bought the i950 a few weeks ago and it's awesome. i also second using canon photo paper only for good results
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Given all the comments, the i950 looks like a good choice. Other than the i950, was there anything else you seriously considered?
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The Canon i9100 is nice also. I have the Canon s900 myself. Love it!
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Originally posted by Dead
Given all the comments, the i950 looks like a good choice. Other than the i950, was there anything else you seriously considered?
I looked at comparable models from Epson and HP, but none of them compared to the Canon in my book. Picture quality was excellent and I was tired of being bled dry paying for ink for my then-current Epson. I've been running the Canon since mid-April and haven't even had to think about replacing a cartridge yet, and that's saying something.
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I got the Canon i850.The price is right and the print is very nice even for 1megapixel shots!
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And I forgot to add they they have CDR Printing trays,which are very usefull.Unfortunately my Canon CD are all in Japanese except the driver.Mr.Salty can help me with some Canon softwares that comes along with the i850
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My wife and I recently purchased the HP Photosmart 7350 printer and the quality of the prints on 4X6 and 5X7 photo paper are excellent. It may be in combination with my Fuji Finpix 3800 camera also.

To be honest, we are not completely happy with this printer though. Although it prints great, we have experienced some problems with it including the ink cartridges not functioning correctly and the power cord not functioning correctly. We are actually on our 3rd one and will probably be taking this one back and upgrading to the 7550 model for another $150 bones.
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I just saw the Canon i850 at Sam's Club for $118 and the i950 for $205. Best prices on those I've seen yet.
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Originally posted by Kumar J
And I forgot to add they they have CDR Printing trays,which are very usefull.Unfortunately my Canon CD are all in Japanese except the driver.Mr.Salty can help me with some Canon softwares that comes along with the i850
Which Canon's have the CDR tray? I know the new Epson 900 has one, and you can buy several modified printers to print on discs, but I've never seen this feature in a canon printer.
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I got the cd tray one ,cause I got it in Japan,but the softwares provided are all in Japanese.The i850 and the i950 has the cd trays!
http://cweb.canon.jp/bj/lineup/850i/index.html

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Well that's pretty cool. Any idea if this tray is available to U.S. customers anywhere?
Old 07-21-03, 09:33 PM
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I thought it was a standard issue o the Pixus i850 and i950.So thats why i got it.Seems like a extra bonus to that beautiful printing it does.
Mr.Salty can you tell me what software are included in the Canon software you received in USA?
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damn. i want that cd tray attachment sooo bad!!! i use this printer mostly for printing cd labels! kumar, do you know if they sell it (for the i950) seperately?
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Do you need to buy special CDRs or DVDRs that are printable to use that feature?
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I used the printable CDR's but the tray is just for Printable CDR's only.They have a cover so that you can print the mini CDR's also.I can check it up at Canon here if they sell the CDR attachment seperately.And how much would it cost.Just give me a day or 2

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