Photo Printer for Passport Photos

  dsouths 15:27 PM 16 Feb 13
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I'm looking for a photo printer that can print out professional quality passport photos. I don't want to splash out 600+ for a professional passport photo printer such as http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/473898-REG/SonyUPXC1001UPXC100ProfessionalDigital_Printing.html.

I also think that by purchasing a good quality home/professional photo printer the paper will be much cheaper to purchase rather than the professional passport photo systems. Does anyone have any experience with this?

Any help would be greatly appreciated

Dave

  wiz-king 15:46 PM 16 Feb 13

You can use any colour printer as long as the photo conforms to the guidelines

  dsouths 16:00 PM 16 Feb 13

I have read a lot of review on differing photo print quality. I want one that is consistently good quality, prints out quickly & is as cheap as possible to run. It would also be very useful if I could manipulate the print size i.e to passport size prints via the printer without having to use software. Any thoughts?

  Nontek 16:17 PM 16 Feb 13

Most Chemist shops in UK have a Instant Passport Photo service, much cheaper than DIY.

  bumpkin 16:40 PM 16 Feb 13

Curious as to how many you want to print to justify the cost of the printer when you can do as lotvic suggests. When I have done them in the past for passports, ID cards, travel cards etc for friends and family I have just used an average pc printer set to best quality and used decent photo paper. Use a bit of freebie software to resize or trim. Never had any rejected.

  dsouths 17:06 PM 16 Feb 13

I have read a lot of review on differing photo print quality. I want one that is consistently good quality, prints out quickly & is as cheap as possible to run. It would also be very useful if I could manipulate the print size i.e to passport size prints via the printer without having to use software. Any thoughts?

  dsouths 17:09 PM 16 Feb 13

I am working in a chemist shop & wish to supply passport photos to my customers but currently cannot justify 600+ to my employer for an passport photo system. I thought the due to the quality of printers about these days for 100-200 they would be more than sufficient to provide this service to my customers. Obviously I want to maintain a high standard to my customers which is why I am in need of advice regarding photo printer. Any thoughts?

  bumpkin 18:02 PM 16 Feb 13

Now we have the full picture (no pun intended)you work in a Chemists why did you not say so? Plenty of good quality printers available that would fulfill your needs for under £200. Can't see your reasoning for not using software which makes it so easy.

  bumpkin 18:34 PM 16 Feb 13

Looking at the whole situation I think it it would be better to persuade your boss to invest in the proper equipment. no messing around with software, no trimming, little on no wastage, no quality issues. They may think a long time return on their investment if any at all but it is tax deductible. Offering this service could bring more customers into the shop who may well spend on other items. I believe that is the reason most chemist shops do this.

  LastChip 19:14 PM 16 Feb 13

The printer is almost irrelevant.

It's the skill in getting exactly what the passport office requires in the photograph to the correct proportions and in the correct position that is important. That's why many photographs taken in photo booths now fail. It's also why the correct software can make your life far easier, particularly when you're busy in a commercial environment.

If you're offering a commercial service, your customers have every right to expect a professional product with no hassle of rejection.

  woodchip 19:25 PM 16 Feb 13

You are going to have to print a lot of photos to get your money back if that's all you want it for. As above any good photo Inkjet will do it. though I prefer Epson. You need the Correct software to print the correct Size photo in Pixels

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