Epson Expression Photo XP-950

We don’t usually review multi-function printers (MFPs) as they’re not designed for photo printing. But Epson’s Expression Photo XP-950 is in a different class from the others as it is the first six-colour MFP to support A3 printing. A special rear feed slot is designed to take A3 sheets of paper, and Epson papers supported include Premium Glossy Photo, Premium Semigloss Photo, Matte Paper Heavyweight, Double-sided Matte Paper, Ultra Glossy Photo and Glossy Paper as well as iron-on transfer and sticker papers.

Canon PIXMA Pro-10

The PIXMA Pro-10 sits in the middle of three A3+ printers that were initially announced by Canon at Photokina 2012. Designed primarily for photo enthusiasts, it uses the same Lucia inks as the higher-specified PIXMA Pro-1, which we reviewed in January 2012, but with one grey tank instead of the Pro-1’s three grey inks.

HP Photosmart 7960

The HP Photosmart is wider than the average A4 printer to accommodate its direct printing components, but it’s also fairly shallow, with both paper input and output trays positioned at the front.

Epson Stylus Photo R800

Epson’s Stylus Photo R800 is the first and only printer to combine a long-lasting pigment ink set with high gloss paper printing. It also has a higher colour gamut than most other Epson printers, regardless of their output size. The R800’s body design is functional and it’s very well built. The ink set consists of the standard CMY inks plus red and blue, two black inks (Matte and Photo Black) and a Gloss Optimiser, containing the same high density clear resin used to encapsulate the pigment particles in the coloured ink.

Epson Perfection 4990 Photo

Epson’s latest top-of-the-range flatbed/film scanner may be large and relatively pricey but you get plenty of bangs for your buck. The Perfection 4990 Photo combines 4800dpi resolution with a bit depth of 48, and Epson claims its high 4.0 optical density produces scans with smooth and accurate colour and subtle grey gradations. Features of the new model include a MatrixCCD scanning head with microlenses that ensure even light coverage. A blue-toned lamp compensates for the base masking in colour negatives, providing faster scans with better colour accuracy.