Recommendation for HP Photo printer

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Sam, May 22, 2004.

  1. Sam

    Sam Guest

    I am in the market for an HP photo printer. Price is an issue but I also want to be able to print predominately 4x6 *borderless* pics.

    Any recommendation/comments on the various models? BTW, I have a Canon A75.

    Thanks

    Sam
     
    Sam, May 22, 2004
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  2. Sam

    Tim Guest

    I am in the market for an HP photo printer. Price is an issue but I also
    want to be able to print predominately 4x6 *borderless* pics.

    If you're heart is set on an HP model then disregard this message.
    Otherwise I would strongly recommend a Canon photo printer instead. I have
    their i850 and it's the best printer I ever owned, including the HPs. It's
    fast, quiet, prints beautiful 4x6 borderless pics, and has separate ink
    cartridges for each color reducing the cost of ink replacement. Plus you
    already have an A75 so it's better optimized for it.

    Certain Canon photo printers allow you to plug your camera directly into
    them, using the camera's LCD monitor as a print-preview screen and bypassing
    your PC entirely. They call this feature PictBridge. It's also good because
    your camera's screen usually has a much higher resolution than printers with
    LCD screens built into them.

    Here is some more info about PictBridge ....

    http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/directprint/


    And here are a listing of current Canon printers. The i850 has been
    discontinued but I believe the i860 is its successor ..
    ..
    http://tinyurl.com/fd3d

    Good luck.
     
    Tim, May 23, 2004
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  3. Sam

    Sam Guest

    : If you're heart is set on an HP model then disregard this message.
    : Otherwise I would strongly recommend a Canon photo printer instead. I
    have
    : their i850 and it's the best printer I ever owned, including the HPs. It's
    : fast, quiet, prints beautiful 4x6 borderless pics, and has separate ink
    : cartridges for each color reducing the cost of ink replacement. Plus you
    : already have an A75 so it's better optimized for it.
    :
    : Certain Canon photo printers allow you to plug your camera directly into
    : them, using the camera's LCD monitor as a print-preview screen and
    bypassing
    : your PC entirely. They call this feature PictBridge. It's also good
    because
    : your camera's screen usually has a much higher resolution than printers
    with
    : LCD screens built into them.
    :
    : Here is some more info about PictBridge ....
    :
    : http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/directprint/
    :
    :
    : And here are a listing of current Canon printers. The i850 has been
    : discontinued but I believe the i860 is its successor ..
    : .
    : http://tinyurl.com/fd3d
    :

    Thanks Tim, that's the kind of answer I am looking for. The only reason I
    was thinking of getting an HP printer was because the guy at the computer
    re-inking place recommended HP because you get more ink for the buck and
    it's not expensive to refill using generic ink. I specifically asked
    about the Canon line and he said they don't hold much ink in their
    individual cartridges. I'll take a look at the Canon i860.

    Sam
     
    Sam, May 23, 2004
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  4. Sam

    Rick Guest

    Also check out the Epson R800. Eight color, 1.5 picoliter,
    individual ink cartridges, both matte and gloss black, gloss
    optimizer, 80-year pigment inks, etc etc. Absolutely stunning
    output. Canon and HP will be playing catch-up (again) for
    the next year.

    Rick
     
    Rick, May 23, 2004
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  5. Sam

    Tim Guest

    I priced name brand ink for both brands and my Canon, by far, gives me more
    ink per dollar compared with a similar HP (ever since HP downsized their
    cartridges). Each cartridge goes a long way so it may not be as simple as
    comparing by ink volume alone. And compared with my last printer (an Epson),
    my yearly ink expense has dropped by 50%. Also, the Canon has never clogged
    on me, unlike the Epson, and is much more quiet. Bear in mind that I never
    used generic ink, so that might affect things a bit.
     
    Tim, May 23, 2004
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  6. Sam

    Lionel Guest

    I don't know if they still do it, but Canon used to have the practice of
    providing 'starter' cartridges with the printer which only had about
    half the ink of a normal cartridge. Combine that with people playing
    lots with their new toy, & it resulted in a Canon getting a terrible
    repution as ink-guzzlers.
     
    Lionel, May 23, 2004
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  7. Sam

    Tim Guest

    It's been a while but I believe mine came with the standard size cartridges.
    I heard about that practice with other brands too though. In fact I had an
    HP with starter cartridges.
     
    Tim, May 23, 2004
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