When should you buy a printer made just for printing photos rather than an everyday type of printer?
Photo Printers how big do you need to go?
Today's upper end printers will print photo quality prints without any problems.
But if you want to have a print that will stand the test of time you need to make sure that you can get true archival inks for your printer. You will also need the right paper. Be sure you are getting real photo paper not just glossy. Again look to see if it is rated as archival. The archival rating means that it will last for 100 years if properly cared for.
Generally the only time you need to buy a special printer is if you need prints that are larger than a standard 210mmX 297mm (12"x8.5") in which case you better be ready to spend some serious money.
Remember that any good printer will make smaller prints usually down to 750mm X 1250mm (3x5") so unless you want prints larger than 8x10 and need them often enough to offset the cost of a larger printer all you need to consider are the consumables.