We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Printers Reviews
15,611 Reviews

Panasonic KX-PX20 compact photo printer

£145 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Panasonic

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5

Panasonic’s dye-sub boasts a 3.6in colour display with a 170-degree viewing angle, a side slot for SD media and a remote control.

Panasonic’s dye-sub boasts a 3.6in colour display with a 170-degree viewing angle, a side slot for SD media and a remote control.

  • Print quality: 3/5
  • Average print time: 90 seconds
  • Average cost per print: 28p

Though SD is currently the dominant camera media, the PX20 is also compatible with the larger-capacity SDHC cards. Still, Panasonic is narrowing its audience by including just the one slot.

There is PictBridge compatibility, however. And, since Panasonic is also in the TV business, there’s an AV cable (but no USB lead) to enable your telly to be used as an extra-large monitor.

Somewhat inelegantly, you have to open the side compartment housing the print cartridge to insert your SD card. However, the PX20 is boxy but neat with it, and features a front-mounted paper tray that allows for both postcard-sized and wider-format prints.

Switching between these means removing the cover, which is rather fiddly to reinstate. Over time it could also cause damage to the plastic hinges. Its depth requires extra space on your desktop, and it’s important to correctly match ink cartridge to paper – there are two options – or it won’t print. Print times averaged 90 seconds.

There are 36 prints per cartridge, averaging 35p per print; if you opt for a five-cartridge/180-sheet pack then this figure drops to a reasonable 22p. Panasonic claims prints will last for 100 years.

Rudimentary image adjustments can be executed via the bright, clear LCD screen. Opting for Simple mode does away with everything except the ability to print or run a slideshow. Quality-wise, prints fall somewhere between the Canon and the Kodak: distinctly average.

Compact photo printers: buying advice

Compact photo printers: how we test

See also:

Canon Selphy ES2 compact photo printer

Epson Picturemate 290 compact photo printer

HP Photosmart A626 compact photo printer

Kodak Easyshare G610 compact photo printer

Sony DPP-FP70 compact photo printer

Panasonic KX-PX20 Expert Verdict »
Max print size: 6x4in
max resoultion: 300dpi
printing method: thermal dye transfer
cartridge: three-colour all-in-one
actual/claimed print speed: 90/65-75 seconds
LCD size: 3.6in
PictBridge
storage formats: SD
69x173x131mm
1.1kg
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 6 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 4 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

Ideal for Panasonic Lumix camera owners, the KX-PX20 is well-constructed, feature-packed and easy to use. However, prints are of average quality and pricey – and you’re limited to SD media.

There are currently no price comparisons for this product.
  • Sony DPP-FP70 compact photo printer

    Sony DPP-FP70 compact photo printer

    Sony’s FP70 is of a similar size to the Panasonic and Kodak dye-subs and it uses the same technology. But just as much attention has been paid to styling as convenience of operation. It’s certainly cute.

  • Kodak Easyshare G610 compact photo printer

    Kodak Easyshare G610 compact photo printer

    Kodak’s entrant in the dye-sub stakes markets itself as a ‘printer dock’ – docking, of course, with its own brand cameras – so that it can be used independently of a PC.

  • Canon Selphy ES2 compact photo printer

    Canon Selphy ES2 compact photo printer

    The digital revolution has allowed Canon to involve itself not only in image capture, but output too. The company encourages home printing, like Kodak, by bundling cameras and printers together.

  • HP Photosmart A626 compact photo printer

    HP Photosmart A626 compact photo printer

    HP’s good-value A626 boasts touchscreen operation with its supplied plastic stylus, plus the ability to produce both 6x4in and 5x7in prints.

  • Mitsubishi CP9800DW high-volume photo printer

    Mitsubishi CP9800DW high-volume photo printer

    The Mitsubishi CP9800DW is an "event" photo printer, designed for social events such as weddings, where you may need to quickly produce dozens of copies of each photo to give to all the guests.


IDG UK Sites

The 30 best TV shows on Netflix UK: Our pick of the best programmes you can watch right now

IDG UK Sites

Nostalgia time: Top 10 best selling mobile phones in history

IDG UK Sites

VFX Emmy: Game of Thrones work garners gong for Rodeo FX

IDG UK Sites

Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina review (2.6GHz, 128GB, mid-2014)