"9 out of 10, use only canon paper"4.5 starson by PSSaini
Pros: Fantastic quality (on photo paper pro, photo paper plus glossy), incredible print speed, usb2.0 and firewire capable.
Cons: enormous footprintpaper tray only accepts one size at a time (the best pixma supports two types of paper at once)
Summary: ***To get the best pictures out of this machine, I recommend getting at least a 6 megapixel digital camera. If you used anything lower, just save your money and buy a canon pixma.
This printer prints 4x6, 5x7, 8.5x11 (NOT 8x10), and 13/19. All the sizes print at speeds as canon declares them to be. Canon also advised to only used canon photo paper. Thier photo paper pro is as close to the photo lab as you can get. I DO NOT RECOMMEND thier matte paper...you might as well use regular copy paper. I paired this printer with the Epson 4990 PHOTO scanner and was blown away by the enlarged pictures I made from old prints of my parents (which were taken in the 1950s and 60s). If you plan to use this to enlarge some of your older pics, it is imperative that you pair this machine with a good scanner. Otherwise your printouts will not do justice to the price you pay for the printer. As far as the space it takes up, be prepared to give up a fair amount of space on your desk. Also I should note that canon's color cartridges do not have to replaced often. After 100 or so 4x6 prints, 50 or so 5x7 prints, 50 or so 8.5x11 prints and 20 13x19 prints, i only had to replace the cyan and magenta cartridge. If you look hard enough you can find this color cartridges for about $7 shipped.