Snapshot Printers

Printing digital photos can be time consuming. You can either end up with a computer filled with pictures you never look at or a full memory card in your camera.

Snapshot printers might be the answer.

Mike Kelton loves taking pictures and he asked his parents for a digital camera with a photo printer to take to college.

Kelton says, "It was easier and more portable. Moving up to school, you're moving back and forth and you're on the go all the time."

If you're also looking for an easier way to print, Consumer Reports just tested 22 compact photo printers, including ones from Canon and HP. They range in price from $80 to $300.

Consumer Reports Susan Daino says, "You just plug the camera in, select the print that you want and press the print button on your camera."

Two of the printers come with cameras that dock right on top.

Testers printed hundreds of photos then evaluated them for quality. Most of them rated good or very good.

As for speed, testers used a stopwatch to time performance and all but one printed a 4x6 photo in two minutes or less. That's a lot faster than most regular inkjets.

Daino says, "These printers are very fast and they're convenient. They print good quality pictures but they're not as versatile as a full size inkjet that can also do text and print large photos and they cost about the same price."

If having a small, portable printer appeals to you, Consumer Reports recommends the $130 HP Photosmart 335 GoGo."

Consumer Reports also recommends the Canon Selphy CP 600 for $200. It's one of the smallest and lightest of the bunch and a battery is included in the purchase, saving you money. With many of the other printers, a rechargeable battery is an added expense.


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