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    Mrs MLC is buying me a Panasonic TMZ 5 digital camera for my birthday. I fancy getting one of the small printers solely for printing photos from the SD card.

    Can anybody recommend a good one.

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    The Canon and Sony range of dye subs get good write-ups. I've had a couple of the Canon ones and been happy with them. I'm looking to change and will certainly give the Sony range a closer look.

    What exactly do you plan to use it for? Budget?

    If it was to use instead of getting them printed off at a lab then it's an expensive way of doing it. If it is for the odd prints here and there to have instantly kind of thing then they're great for that, but I wouldn't get one in place of taking the card to Boots. Asda etc. - more expensive and the lab prints will still have the edge. You can get inkjet style ones but I think they're more faff than they are worth.

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    I thought it would be useful for printing off a few of the good photos. The rest can stay on the PC. I want one that produces a good quality print.

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    Either of the Sony or Canon range really then. The Sony's (the higher in the range) have some nice features like...

    Face Detection automatically adjusts exposure and tone of faces for beautiful portraits
    Auto Touch-up functions include red eye reduction, skin smoothing, exposure correction and focus correction - no PC needed

    ..the Canons (higher in the range) having the red-eye removal, they don't seem to have the fancier features of the Sony.

    I've never used any of the Sony models so can't say how good the print quality is, although I'd expect it would be good. They've been making dye-sub printers for a long time.

    I guess it's really a case of how much you want to spend and what features are important - a bit of browsing through their web sites and etailors may answer that.

    The Panasonic uses the PictBridge system, as does the Canon - basically the way the camera talks to the printer and gives you a couple of extra options for printing off. Couldn't see what system the Sony used.

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    Cheers Dunc. I'll let you know how I get on as and when one turns up.

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    I took the missus out to get her a small portable 6x4 printer and came back with an Epson R360 instead for the same price(A4 Printer). Its used soley for photo printing and is great. Best Coputer thing I've ever bought. We have two other Printers for documents etc.

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    Just dawned on me after Brock's reply.

    Paul, when you said you were after one that was small, were you meaning easily portable too? - or as Brocks said would an A4 inkjet be an option too? i.e. was it just to sit on a desk and not move anywhere?

    If so then as Brocks said you can get these for less then the small dye-sub type printers with excellent results and it opens up the choice hugely. One advantage of the dye-sub through is that the surface finish is very resilient, while some inkjet papers aren't. Although with the model that Brocks mentioned, it has an ink system (Claria) that when used with certain versions of their papers gives you a hard wearing, water resistant finish.

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    With ours the ink is dry before the print has finished and the results are great. I suspect Epson have moved on as the market is always changing.

    TBH After talking to some sales reps when we went out for the small printer, I could'nt see the point. THe large printer do A4 to 6x4 and are as cheap as the smaller units. The quality is as good and the interface direct from Camera or memory card is also an option. Short of printing "in the Field" I'd stick to a larger format printer.

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    I'd definitely recommend Epson. Worked for them for a long while, so slightly biased, but they are up with the best. Most of their new machines print direct from cards, (all cards) either 4x6 or A4, many are what they call multi-function so can scan too, some are now bluetooth and lightfastness using genuine Claria inks and the best paper is circa a lifetime. Cartridges can be pricey though, but don't go for refills or compatibles despite what they claim. The quality is rarely as good and it instantly invalidates the manufaturers warranty.

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    As pipsqueak says the ink is expensive, Thats wy its soley for photo work. We use two HPs for documents!

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