Printer showdown: Canon vs HP

We’ve rounded up eight great printers from these two companies and pitted them head to head

Photo enthusiast

High-end inkjet multifunctions have even more features and better quality than their budget counterparts. While features may not necessarily be of utmost importance to photo enthusiasts, they can definitely help, as long as they don't get in the way of a brilliant final product.

The Canon PIXMA MP980 again suffers from poor print speeds. Thankfully, this multifunction delivers print quality in spades, provided you are up to playing with the settings a little. The PIXMA MP980's biggest advantage, however, is the ability to scan 35mm negatives and slides directly into a computer. The scanner and software are both geared towards this function, allowing you to digitally capture images at a high quality and reprint them without ever touching your computer.

HP once again beats Canon in features, offering Wi-Fi and a host of other connectivity and gadgetry in a surprisingly compact package. The HP Photosmart Premium C309a also delivers great quality quickly and even offers CD/DVD printing. Unfortunately, it lacks 35mm negative and film scanning. For photographers, this could be a deal breaker.

When it comes to photo quality, many people are likely to opt for the tried-and-true name of Canon rather than HP, and for good reason. The print quality — and photo-oriented features — make the PIXMA MP980 a better proposition.

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