Tiny technology: smallest and best photo, paper printers

Epson PictureMate Charm PM 225

Tiny technology makes high-resolution, high-speed inkjet printers possible, affordable and energy efficient. There may be truth in the assumption that larger machines can stomach more devices and gimmicks, that they can produce six colors instead of just five, and that they service more office purposes.

But, there is a whole product category for the average computer operator who wants the ability to use their own hp toner to print photographs equal to if not better than the pictures processed at the local drug store.

Here’s a short list of quality printers that will not break your wallet:


Epson PictureMate Charm PM 225

With its lid down and handle up, this the Epson PictureMate Charm looks like a very small beer cooler or a piece of ladies’ luggage. The handle also tells you this printer is meant to be put away when not being used to print photos. There is a 2.5″ LCD display to let you makes early adjustments like fixing red eye and cropping size. Its 4800 x 1200 dots per inch with print a 4″ X 6″ picture in less than 60 seconds. It comes with a generous supply of the only paper it will work well with; the paper’s finish is protective and smudges proof.


Epson PictureMate Show PM 300

This tiny printer resembles the PictureMate Charm, but it has a much larger 7″ display screen. It has a higher color resolution but takes longer to print. This printer has an internal memory where you can archive pictures, and it works with USB flash sticks, Bluetooth camera phones. And, it comes with a remote control to let you edit and print or run its slideshow. Lots of gimmicks, but it only prints 4″ x 6″.


Canon Selphy CP780

This little 2.1 pound printer comes with its own carrying case for travel. It prints paper up to 4″ x 6″ with a 300 x 300 dpi. You can print directly from memory card or camera and can be upgraded to accept pictures from Bluetooth devices. It prints good quality in a little over 45 seconds. Canon provides a one-year warranty in addition to online resources and tutorials.


Kodak ESO C310

This Kodak looks like a typical black printer on the small side. The 9600 x 9600 dpi resolution is super and prints in less than 40 seconds. It has an easy Wi-Fi set-up and feeds Kodak email printing or Google Cloud Print. It will interface with you smartphone, tablet or computer. Kodak has perfected the paper business, and this printer produces vivid, color fast, fade resistant, prints. And, it is uniquely positioned as eco-friendly since you can recycle cartridges, it comes with Energy Star, Kodak promotes forest-friendly paper.


HP Photosmart C310A

The HP is not portable, but that may be its only limitation for its size and price. As important as its outstanding resolution is the fact that it will print in pictures up to 8.5″ x 11″. Its 4.3″ LCD display is a touchscreen where you can read printing process, process cartridges, and download free printer apps. The Photosmart C310A prints black and white as cleanly as color, processes envelopes, and different paper sizes. It scans and prints on two-sides. At 32 pages per minute, it is faster than other printers and can print from any wireless device or location you want. You can also print from your camera, memory card, memory stick, and SD card.


Canon Pixma iP100

This sleek handsome complement to your office is a highly rated photo only printer. The 9600 x 2499 dots per inch prints a 4″ x 6″ color photo in 50 seconds. The Pixma comes with a supply of papers up to 8 x 10 and as small as 2.1″ x 3.39″. It can print business envelopes, letter size, and legal size papers as well. This Canon has USB, Bluetooth, and EDR4 connectivity to print wirelessly from PCs or camera phones. At 17 pounds, it will travel with you or sit handsomely on your desk. It AutoFix feature corrects weaknesses, lighting, and exposures. This printer, unlike the others, brags that it easily handles heavier papers, such as crafting and greeting cards. Canon’s Pixma has an Energy Star rating, recycles its products, and reduces hazardous materials by recycling the plastic.

You can buy a quality printer online, in bigbox stores, or electronics chain stores. You can comparison shop online or in person. And, you will find that almost all printers can interface with whatever computer system you have. In fact, some of these printers will work without a computer.

The computers listed here are durable, speedy, and energy smart. They work in your office, family room, or hotel room. Most of them carry light, and some perform tasks other than photo-printing. The list purposely avoids the heavier, multi-tasking, and laser printers – not to diminish their quality but to emphasize the micro-technology and affordability of the devices listed. When shopping, just be sure you are looking for photo-only printers to compare oranges and oranges.

Written by JD Rucker

+JD Rucker is Editor at Soshable, a Social Media Marketing Blog. He is a Christian, a husband, a father, and founder of both Judeo Christian Church and Dealer Authority. He drinks a lot of coffee, usually in the form of a 5-shot espresso over ice. Find him on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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