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Paradox
07-11-2008, 02:26 AM
There are some shots that you just want printed quickly, at home, with a decent quality. Doesn't have to be exhibition quality, just decent, for giving to friends, family, that kind of thing. People who don't know the difference between a professional print and a mediocre one. So, I'm looking into the specialised 4x6 printers you can get. I'm going to do my own research, but was wondering if any of you guys had a suggestion for a 4x6 printer that's relatively economical to run, and has pretty good photo quality? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks. :)

Rhys
07-11-2008, 06:32 AM
Quite honestly, any printer will do 6x4s.

SpecialK
07-11-2008, 08:37 PM
I have a Canon Selphy 400 that will do as wide as 4 x 8's. I frequently print 2 or 3 up for for a mini proof sheet sort of thing, or to stick on the wall at work.

It's dye-sublimation, uses 4 paper passes in and out, and takes dye-film cartridges. The Canon software is pretty decent.

Mine cost me fifty bucks on sale, and I think it is one of my best photo-related purchases. At the current $129, I would still like it "OK" :-)

http://www.amazon.com/Canon-Selphy-CP400-Photo-Printer/dp/B0007KQT1W/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

Paradox
07-12-2008, 01:18 AM
Rhys - Yes, but I have a larger printer which I can use for documents, and for A4 or larger prints I send off for them from an online service, since I don't need them instantly. But for small prints it would be nice to have some good quality 6x4s printed fast, my current printer doesn't cut it, and it's cheaper to get a specialised small printer - Plus the ease of use is nice for these things.

SpecialK - Thanks for the suggestion - I've actually been looking at various models of the Selphy, and while they look good on paper they seem to get mediocre reviews for some reason...

I've been considering going with Epsons contribution - A small-format inkjet printer. Its costs per print are under 20p, which is good for the english market, and I can get it for about 90. Almost all reviews (Proffessional and customer) say the quality is superb, and it's much faster than the dye subs at 37 seconds for a print. Prints are also apparently scratch, fade, and dust resistant etc. You americans can find it Here (http://www.amazon.com/Epson-PictureMate-Compact-Inkjet-Printer/dp/B000UMRWCC).

It's uneblievable how many different models you have to consider when going for these purchases. :eek: