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What are the Top Photo Booth Printers on the Market Today?

There is a new version of this article, please see The Top 9 Printers for Your Photo Booth 2017.

What is the best printer for my photo booth?Which Photo Booth Printer is Best for Me?

This question is a popular topic that is always up for heated discussion in photo booth forums and chat boards. Depending on your booth design and many other factors, the opinions and responses can be quite different. For some, choosing a photo booth printer can be a bit overwhelming. The purpose of this blog article is to help you find the right printer for your needs, and hopefully take some of the guess work and stress out of the process.

Each day we get many calls asking “what are the best photo booth printers?” If you have been following my previous blog posts about printer choice you know that quality is very subjective. For some it’s about reliability and for others the decision is based solely on price. We also get into detailed discussions about support from the dealer and the manufacturer, as well as how well a printer “travels.”  Most experts agree that dye sub technology is extremely reliable, very consistent and easy to manage. With that said, the question becomes “which dye sub printer is right for my photo booth build?”

When educating booth owners on event printers and photo booth technology, it seems to be helpful if I describe printers in terms of “performance” and/or “economy.” Why? Let me explain. The printers in the performance category as I have listed below are very different from the printers in the economy category. Performance printers share some similar characteristics with each other like speed, build and a higher price point. Economy printers tend to be slower and have a lower price point. Some of the economy printers also tend to not take as much abuse as the higher priced performance models. As you read about the different printers in the different classes, think of which ones might be a better fit for your build and workflow or, what I like to call your photo booth “personality.”

The Economy Class

The Brava 21 Dual Media photo and sticker printerWith the introduction of the Brava 21 earlier this year we had to create a new class and we came up with Dual Media. Dual media printers can print high quality photo prints just like the other printers in this article, however, they can also print photo quality stickers. That’s right, with a change of the paper you can print photos with a peel away sticker backing. Great for the bride’s memory book – no glue needed. Some companies are providing their customers with “memory boards” – photo booth attendees peel the back off one of the strips and stick it on a decorated board. Stickers are also a great marketing tool for branding and promotions.

SINFONIA CS2Sinfonia Shinko CS2 Photo Printer S6145
The world’s smallest and lightest professional photo printer! You have heard me say before that what I like about this model is the fact that Sinfonia did not sacrifice quality with the build. The outer shell of the printer is very durable considering the weight of the printer. This is the perfect fit for photo booth designs that require a small footprint. The CS2 photo printer is currently one of the best value buys in the economy class given its robust design.
DNP DSRX1 Photo Printer
The DSRX1 remains unique relative to weight and size in its class. This unique personality makes this printer a popular choice with photo booth builders. Its print capacity is impressive, considering it can output 700 4×6 prints on a single roll before it needs to be reloaded. Usually printers with this kind of capacity are bulky and heavy; however, the DSRX1 is only 30 pounds!

HiTi 510L
HiTi P510L Photo PrinterThe HiTi 510L photo printer also has a very unique profile in the economy class, but for very different reasons. For booth builders that like to have a ‘portal’ for picking up prints, this printer fits the profile. When the prints eject from the printer, unlike the other printers shown here, prints from the 510L land on top of the printer body, (see picture at right.) Some builders also prefer the ribbon load with this printer as the ribbon is housed in a single cartridge, which conveniently snaps into place with little effort.

The Performance Class

DNP DS40 Photo PrinterIf you are willing to spend the extra money for a best of class product, the DNP DS40 photo printer is an excellent choice. Photo booth workflows typically do not demand the kind of speed (or components) that this printer provides, however, that doesn’t stop it from being high on the “quality build” part of the performance class. To this day, one of the most compelling testimonials about the DS40 quality can be found here. That blog post says it all.

MITSUBISHI CPD70DWMitsubishi CPD70DW Photo Printer
We recently highlighted the CPD70DW photo printer as the “printer of the month” in our photo booth newsletter. What I like is the printer’s ability to be used inside and outside of the photo booth. For event photographers using Darkroom Core or Darkroom Professional Software in a traditional event workflow, the speed and processing power keep the lines from getting too long. If you are working with Darkroom Booth software in your photo booth, the CPD70DW’s small footprint and stability make it an excellent choice.

Ask for Sample Prints

Lastly, if you have read this article and are having trouble deciding on a printer; please contact us for sample prints! This is a service Imaging Spectrum has been providing to our customers for years – sample prints are a great way to let you experience the quality of each of the printers first hand. Click here to request sample prints. Feel free to give our photo booth team a call if you would like to learn more about these printers or Darkroom Booth Software. 800-342-9294 If it is more convenient you can also email me directly at


We would also suggest watching videos of the printers in action.

Thanks for reading!


Steve has over 30 years of professional imaging industry experience and is Sales Manager at Imaging Spectrum.


  1. S Behen

    October 26, 2015 - 8:13 am


    If the 520 is your preference, it will work with the Mac OS.
    There are many considerations for each individuals workflow. No one printer is best for every application. As of now, no dye sub printer has built in wifi for direct camera printing. Rumor has it a new Samsung camera will have the ability to run a windows OS and possibly take driver up loads. However this has not been tested with the Hiti Prinbiz app.

    Steve B

  2. Adam

    October 24, 2015 - 4:02 pm

    Hi. There is lots of great advice on here but I’m still uncertain which printer will operate best with my Macbook Pro (OS X Yosemite 10.10.5)? I don’t mind spending £500-£600 so thinking the HiTI would be the best bet? Also, I shoot events with Canon 6Ds and I was wondering if I could use the built-in wifi transmitter to print straight to any of these printers? Your advice would be appreciated. Thanks, Adam

  3. SteveB

    March 30, 2015 - 8:32 am


    Thank you for contacting us. Please feel free to email to start a technical detailed dialogue relative to your software needs. Darkroom Booth is reliable and popular.
    Your printer choice of the RX1 does not do 5×7 (just so you know).
    But the printer will get the job done.

    Thanks again.

    Steve B
    Imaging Spectrum

  4. Kevin

    March 28, 2015 - 5:59 am

    I have been looking at a solution for a Craft beer tour, and as part of my very small Event Biz (On a little Island), the tour about 80 pax per session and needs additional revenue streams (Craft beer is fun but does not mint coin) and my services are just covering expenses.

    This concept seems simple (Photo booth-ing) however it is not that simple once yo start the questions; the software for one – I need green screen (Its all I know), I guess all do that (I have green screen wiz, simple as boiling an egg)) I do (Think) I need an app that can do AR with the bottles/objects (Beer and the likes) for example, make someone swim inside the bottle or drink from a giant bottle kinda-stuff!

    So to date have:
    Nikon 5300 (Easy to use and seems to be compatible with most app/software)
    Laptop win 8.1 (Hate this, but living with it)
    Lighting and the gear
    A booth construction (Self made, Saloon (Bar) look with the steer skull and all)
    Props, a general mix from fake cash, paintball gear, hats, wigs, Dads cloths (I am 40ish, so Dad cloths are epic), signs, white boards and the general stuff expected.

    Printer, this blog cleared that for sure, will be going for the DNP DSRX1 (OK right?)

    Now the big one -The Software;

    Here is the thing, do I trust what I read? I have downloaded, with 8/10 products having a technical issue (Flag 1) the 2, those that did come in were a nightmare.

    So I am truly stuck to what software is the Dogs bollocks and is KISS (Keep it simple stupid). I am willing to shell out $300, but I see $100 apps doing the same stuff, Take Snapshot (Allen Christopher), seems good, but the reviews suck and reviews for utter crap are epic, the list is long in terms of offering (Spark/Social/Photo/Dark etc etc etc) – I am in a pickle mucker, just need some pro (pucker) direction.

    I am all ears.



  5. SteveB

    February 18, 2015 - 8:58 am


    Glad to help you choose a printer. Any of these printers should work. Feel free to call us at 800-342-9294. We would be happy to help you find the perfect printer for your booth.


    Steve B

  6. Hennie

    February 18, 2015 - 6:13 am

    Hi, I hope you can help me, I am currently doing some research to create a photobooth, could you recommend any of these printers to do the job

    Thanks in advances.

  7. Dominick

    October 1, 2014 - 4:51 pm

    Are there any wireless options for photo booth printers?

  8. mm

    Eric Woodchek

    September 19, 2014 - 3:49 pm

    @Lisa Your best bet is the Mitsubishi CP-K60DW-S. It will cut a 5×7 into (2) 3.5×5 prints. The K60 also has a promotion running right now with free media and a travel case. Read more here. Then contact us if you have any questions.

  9. Lisa

    September 19, 2014 - 12:01 pm

    Is there a printer that can cut a 5×7 into (2) 3.5×5 ?

  10. Steve B

    May 30, 2014 - 8:20 am


    Thanks for the note. At the moment there is no printer that does two sided printing relative to a photo booth workflow. At least nothing practical. Obviously there are consumer inkjet products that can do two sided printing but they are not practical for a professional photo booth workflow.

    Thanks again for the note. We document comments like this for future product development.


    Steve B
    Imaging Spectrum

  11. Brett Denning

    May 29, 2014 - 9:09 pm

    I am curious if there is a 4×6 picture printer that is not fed by a roll. I am looking for a machine that can print both sides (manually is ok). It needs to be high speed. These machines look perfect if not for the roll stock. Thanks!

  12. Steve B

    February 24, 2014 - 9:01 am

    Motion Booth,

    Yes it is. At least in terms of anything you would want in a professional photo booth environment.



  13. Motion Booth

    February 21, 2014 - 6:10 pm


    Is the CS2 still the smallest dye sub printer out there?

  14. Free Photo Booth Templates

    February 7, 2014 - 10:45 pm

    hanks for writing this very useful information you have provided for me cheers!

  15. Steve B

    February 3, 2014 - 9:17 am


    Thanks for the note. The event printers on the market today (professional dye sub) do not allow direct printing from a camera. You would need to transfer images to the computer first. The printers need to print from a computer running their drivers.

    Please feel free to call to discuss in greater detail.


    Steve B
    Imaging Spectrum

  16. Robert Urech

    February 1, 2014 - 6:38 am

    Is any of the printers mentioned in this post “Google Cloud Print” ready? Thanks for all info.

  17. Hawaii Photo Booth

    September 17, 2013 - 7:17 pm

    Thanks for posting the videos of the printers in action. My ink jet claims a 21 sec. 4×6 print, but I know from experience that it takes over a minute from hitting print to having a physical print. The videos are helpful.

    I did a photo booth for a friend’s wedding and the wedding coordinator asked for my info to see if I’d want to run one as a business. I’m looking to get ‘professional’ gear for gigs going forward and your site is super helpful for understanding this whole dye-sub thing. Thanks for all the info!

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