Panasonic’s dye-sub boasts a 3.6in colour display with a 170-degree viewing angle, a side slot for SD media and a remote control.

  • Print quality: 3/5
  • Average print time: 90 seconds
  • Average cost per print: 28p

Though SD is currently the dominant camera media, the PX20 is also compatible with the larger-capacity SDHC cards. Still, Panasonic is narrowing its audience by including just the one slot.

There is PictBridge compatibility, however. And, since Panasonic is also in the TV business, there’s an AV cable (but no USB lead) to enable your telly to be used as an extra-large monitor.

Somewhat inelegantly, you have to open the side compartment housing the print cartridge to insert your SD card. However, the PX20 is boxy but neat with it, and features a front-mounted paper tray that allows for both postcard-sized and wider-format prints.

Switching between these means removing the cover, which is rather fiddly to reinstate. Over time it could also cause damage to the plastic hinges. Its depth requires extra space on your desktop, and it’s important to correctly match ink cartridge to paper – there are two options – or it won’t print. Print times averaged 90 seconds.

There are 36 prints per cartridge, averaging 35p per print; if you opt for a five-cartridge/180-sheet pack then this figure drops to a reasonable 22p. Panasonic claims prints will last for 100 years.

Rudimentary image adjustments can be executed via the bright, clear LCD screen. Opting for Simple mode does away with everything except the ability to print or run a slideshow. Quality-wise, prints fall somewhere between the Canon and the Kodak: distinctly average.