Epson PM 225 Compact Photo Printer Review
The best option if you want the highest-quality 4" x 6" prints on the fly.
This one's tricky to compare for a number of reasons, mainly because the printer to the Z340 is attached to a camera, and can print just about anywhere that's not underwater. On the other hand, the print quality of the Z340 is terrible. If you're looking for frame-worthy photos, the Epson PM 225 is the printer you're looking for.
Across the board, the Epson PM 225 is far more accurate with color reproduction than the Z340 is. Not only that, but what you can't see here is the fact that there is also a huge color error problem on the tail edge of every print, with a band of orange at the bottom of every 2 x 3 print.
Perhaps there's only so much you should expect from a printer with no ink, but the Polaroid camera just can't even compete in terms of detail reproduction. Still, we're talking about a maximum 2 x 3 print here, so there's really not a whole lot one should expect.
Again with the unfair comparisons, the Z340 doesn't even come close to "good," whereas the Epson PM 225 is close to "best of all-time (so far)." If you're looking for quality prints, you're not going to be using the Z340, that's for sure.
Color Gamut Comparison
Similarly, the Z340's color gamut is not nearly as wide as the Epson PM 225's is, but it's not a fair comparison. Not even close.
Here is where the Z340 really shines: not only is this a printer that's attached to a 14 megapixel camera, but it's a printer that uses no ink. While it's a small convenience, it's nice ot only have to buy the paper you'll use to print on, and that saves a lot of hassle and frustration down the line. The Epson PM 225 on the other hand, doesn't really go much of anywhere, and requires ink cartridges to print. Raw performance means only so much.
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