How to Shop for a Photo Printer

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More Specifications: PictBridge

While we're on the subject of getting your pictures from the camera to the printer, you need to know about PictBridge. You'll see this spec listed in printer (and camera) product descriptions. PictBridge is a camera-to-printer transfer protocol that is supported by the Camera & Imaging Products Association. The protocol is widely used by many camera and printer makers.

If you want to print pictures from your camera without turning on your PC, and you don't even want to take the memory card out of your camera, check if your camera supports PictBridge. If your camera is PictBridge-compatible and you buy a PictBridge-compatible printer, then you can print pictures simply by connecting the camera and printer together with a USB cable, no PC required.

Many ink jet printers support this standard. The $100 Canon I475D was one of the first; others include the $179 Epson Stylus Photo R300.

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