Cre­at­ing photo prints at home? Matthew Richards puts the lat­est A4 and A3+ mod­els to the test

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Does Canon or Ep­son rule supreme when it comes to print­ing your beloved pho­tos? We test eight A4 and A3+ mod­els to find out

Canon and Ep­son make the best photo inkjet prin­ters on the

mar­ket. For A4 (8.5 x 11 inches in the USA), re­cent mod­els com­bine a pig­ment-based black ink, for crisp doc­u­ment print­ing, with four or more dye-based inks for pre­mium photo out­put. Mov­ing up to larger for­mat A3+ print­ing (13x19 inches), there’s a choice be­tween prin­ters that are based ex­clu­sively on dye or pig­ment inks.

Dye inks are fully ab­sorbed into the pa­per, and tend to give a smoother, more even fin­ish on glossy, semi-gloss and lus­tre photo pa­pers. Pig­ment inks are of­ten pre­ferred for fully matte photo pa­pers and the larger mol­e­cules are more fadere­sis­tant over time, es­pe­cially for prints that you’re go­ing to hang on the wall.

For run­ning costs, us­ing the man­u­fac­tur­ers’ own-brand inks and high-qual­ity pa­pers, you can usu­ally ex­pect to pay around £1.20/$1.60 per A4 print, and up to £4/$5.30 for an A3+ print.

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