I'm putting together a portable photo booth and would like recommendations on a fast, reliable, cheap-to-run, portable printer that will do photo strips.
Hey all. I'm helping a friend put together a portable photo booth as part of a (very) small side business that we're starting up together. We've got most of the design details worked out, but haven't been able to settle on a printer yet and I'm hoping that the hivemind can help me pick one out.
Here's what we're looking for in a printer, more or less, in rough descending order of priority. All of these attributes are fairly important, but I've tried to put the most critical ones at the top.
- Quality photographic prints on approximately 2"x7" photo strips (mandatory)
- Trouble-free, reliable, and durable
- Fast print speeds
- Low per-print cost (third-party ink is OK, if quality third-party inks are available)
- Small size and light weight
- Low up-front cost (more than $200 would be hard to justify)
Do any of you know of or have any experience with printers that you think would fit the bill? Right now the one that looks most attractive to me is the Canon PIXMA iP100 Mobile Photo Printer
, but I'm by no means settled on that particular machine. (For one thing, I'm not 100% sure that it will print on strip paper, though we can always return it if it doesn't do what we want. Also, its print speeds are not terribly fast.)
I've worked photo booths before that use the Canon PIXMA iP4700
(which is obsolete now though Canon still makes very similar models) and they're OK but a bit bulky and balky and fragile, and it would be nice if they were even faster.
Anyway, I'd love to hear what you recommend; thanks in advance for your advice. Oh, and also, if there's a printer out there that you would specifically recommend avoiding
, I'd be glad to hear about that too!