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Ok all you photo guys. I want to make sure my printer is good enough to print good photos before I go out and buy a better digital camera.

I have a HP 6110 all in one, Its brand new, and I have tried printing some picutres on the sample photo paper they send you. They came out ok but not exactly awesome.

1st question: Would an actual photo cartridge make a big difference over the normal color catridge?

What mega pix do I need to be able to make nice looking 8x10's on this printer?




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Having the right material/printer is the key to good photos, I have a canon s820 and it uses photo ink and produces some really kick ass photos all the way up to 8x11. and thats from my 1.3megapixel camera!! and dont cheap out on paper good paper does make a difference!

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Thats the same camera I have. I'm gonna have to go get a hew printer head tonight and try this. Is the HP papaer fine, or is there something better I should be trying?




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My camera is 4.1 mp although I must suck at setting it up because nothing seems super clear. My HP printer does a nice job. I went with HP because even though the cartridges are more $$ they all have new print hedas on them. It seemed important when printing a lot of pics. I think the photo catridge mixes like a million different colors and a reg color one doesnt mix nearly that

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Cool in fact one of the pics I was talking about was from your camera. it came out OK but could have been better, I'm thinking a new head on my printer would make it better.




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There are a few things to get better prints:
  • Use a good photo-quality paper. Even the plain matte finish uses a higer quality paper than standard printer paper.
  • Print a proof and adjust your monitor so that it looks similar to the photo so you can tell what it will look like on the printer while you edit.
  • Adjust your photos for good high-contrast content.

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I dont know much about the hp paper, i use canons photo paper pro, looks as good as from the photo shop. hp's cartridges are expensive?? mine are like 12 bucks for each one and there are 6 of them in the printer. I just recently had to replace them.

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hp's cartridges are expensive?? mine are like 12 bucks for each one and there are 6 of them in the printer. I just recently had to replace them.
Mine has 3 color black and photo and theyre about 30-33 bones each

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Tony,

I have a nice Epson Photo 960 and it rocks on glossy paper. You print the same pic on plain paper and be ready to dissapoint. Paper makes a HUGE difference. Also, when you print, be sure you deselct "high-speed" or any of that stuff. I find that enabling high resolution on the printer and disabling any time-saving feature gives the best quality, at the cost of additional print time....
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I run the 6110 and it prints photo's just fine. The photo cartridge does seem to make a difference, as does the original photo resolution...but I do 8x11 prints with my 3.2 megapix camera just fine.
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Get Kodak paper and the photo cartridge. You will get great prints up to 8.5x11. Make sure that if you go to that size, your pictures are saved at a minimum 3.2 meg resolution. I have a slightly older HP 2210 and the output is great. We basically never shoot 35mm any more or go to an outside (Wolf) printer. Did I hear you say you were looking at the new Canon Digital Rebel 6.2 meg SLR?

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i have a HP 7960 photo printer and have to say it's good for a photo printer but not even nearl;y as good as the photo processing online. I use the HP photo tricolor and the photo black/grey cartrige, But when I want a good 5x7 or 8x10 i use Kodak Online photo precessing for $.24 a 4x6, $.89 for a 5x7 and $2.29 for a 8x10. The quality is near 35 mm quality!!!!!! (i go throgh costco's website).

I use a Canon Digital Rebel (LOVE it, but must use the full manual mode because the Auto mode sucks at indors picrures even with the flash!) they use a way too high apeture and to slow shutter speed to get clear shots in auto, I lower the apature and raise the shutter speed and get some good shots of my son

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I have the sony dsc p10 (5 MP) and I print 8 X 10's with no problems at all on a HP photosmart 7550. i also use the HP premium plus photo paper, glossy. i tried the everyday paper...but the quality sucks with that.
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... I use the HP photo tricolor and the photo black/grey cartrige, But when I want a good 5x7 or 8x10 i use Kodak Online photo precessing for $.24 a 4x6, $.89 for a 5x7 and $2.29 for a 8x10. The quality is near 35 mm quality!!!!!! (i go throgh costco's website)....
interesting! can you give more info on how you get them the files and how you recieve the photos after they are processed? thanks!

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Hey dude, we got a Canon i850, it's made for photo making. It's borderless and pics are wonderful. You probably remember me telling you Stace works at a camera store part time and she's into this, does it on the side. The one guy she works with is doing our wedding and is using a digital camera for most of it. Fuji probably makes the best Digital cameras and they have a camera where the Nikon lenses will work with it. If you want a good all around digital camera, Pentex makes a great digital camera too. If you want me to get more info, let me know. I'm not sure about HP printers I think they are more of an everyday/multi use printers. If you are getting a new camera, I might be able to set you up with someone who does this for a living and get some advise, or I can ask him for you. Another thing I know, a lot of the pro's don't like Kodak cameras to much. Fuji has been in the Digital business the longest I think. Also a tip, all the cameras advertise t.v. aren't the best.

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interesting! can you give more info on how you get them the files and how you recieve the photos after they are processed? thanks!
Very simple, once you registar/logon on, there is a tab that syas " upload pictures from my computer, you cansave up to 400 photos for 6 months. you can do some bascis editing, cropping there too, I take normal 4x6 horizontal (landscape) photos and crop them for 5x7 verticle and vice versa.

once you decide on the size for each picture you want, (you don't have to purchase all of your uploaded files) you click the size you want, pay for them and they mail them to you in about 5 days or so.

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Hey Tony,

If the pics aren't coming out right - make sure you have all the right options checked in your printer's preferences first.

I have an old Epson printer, and it prints AWESOME pictures WITHOUT the photo cartridge. You just need to adjust the printer properties (should be in the same place where to tell the printer what paper you're using.) Make sure it's set to "Photo" or the highest quality, etc.

Personally, I don't know how much the photo cartridge will help for quality. The colors will probably be better, but the quality will probably stay the same.

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