HP has announced the Photosmart D7360, which it describes as "the fastest photo printer with lab-quality prints".

The D7360 can output a 6-x-4-inch print as quickly as 12 seconds, and can print full colour documents at up to 31ppm, according to HP. It supports paper sizes from 6-x-4 through A4 to large panoramas up to 215-x-610mm.

The printer uses a six-colour print system -- yellow, cyan, magenta, light cyan, light magenta and black -- which are split into separate ink cartridges to keep consumable costs down. The D7360 uses HP's Vivera inks, which the company claims offers rich and realistic photos that resist fading for generations.

A 3.4-inch colour touchscreen on the front of the D7360 allows images to be edited and organized before transfer to a PC (or without one). The printer has media card slots for quick transfer of images to a computer. This can also be used for direct printing, as can the unit's PictBridge slot.

The Photosmart D7360 will ship later this month for £169 plus VAT.