If you take many shots through your digital camera, you can turn those virtual images into real photos by either sending the memory card to a digital photo lab and pay to have the pictures developed there or you can purchase a digital camera printer also known as a digital photo printer. The printer of your own is a particularly good idea if you take a lot of digital camera pictures.
The three major manufacturers of digital camera printers are Epson, HP, and Canon. Before settling on one of these products, you should check these tips. Digital photo printers are available in four color printers, six color printers and even eight color printers. Obviously the higher color count will result in better photo quality in the printed product. Results that match those from the photo lab can be had by using good quality photo paper and an eight color printer.
The second feature to check on the selection of photo printers is the printing method which is used. Usually this will be either inkjet or thermal printers. Inkjet printers are often used for printing photo prints, but the printout quality is at best satisfactory. At least a six color printer is required to get good quality prints. Ink cartridges for the inkjet type printers are quite expensive. Finally inkjet printing doesn't give a waterproof finish on the pictures, so there is color fading after time. Thermal printing provides a waterproof coating along with a better quality resolution. This type of printing is more cost effective since paper and the cartridges which it requires are both less expensive.