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On-Site Printing--A Win-Win Situation
An enduring memory for clients, extra revenue for you

Whether you're offering prints to attendees at a high-end party (think wedding or bat/bar mitzvah) or churning out on-site images at a sporting event, you need a portable printer that's fast, reliable, and easy to use (and, of course, capable of producing a high-quality product that will impress the guests). Read on to see some of the latest entries in this category from the major players...


Canon U.S.A., Inc., introduced two new printers for professional and advanced photographers at PMA 2009: the 10-color PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II and the eight-color PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II photo printers. The PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II printer takes advantage of Canon's professional Lucia brand pigment-based inks for long-lasting, professional-quality prints. The PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II printer uses the company's dye-based inks to produce gallery-quality prints up to 13x19 inches on a variety of fine-art papers and glossy media.


The Epson Stylus Photo R2880 is a pro printer that features Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta ink technology, and a high-performance print head for professional photographic output. The printer also features Radiance Technology, which smooths color transitions and optimizes highlight and shadow detail. The Epson R2880 replaces the Epson R2400 as the flagship of Epson's 13-inch printer lineup.


HiTi Digital, Inc., has introduced the HiTi P510Si, a 6-inch stand-alone roll-type photo printer with direct wireless printing capability, in conjunction with the HiTi WFT510, the world's first wireless photo transmitter designed to be applied to any PictBridge-compatible digital camera (including high-end DSLRs). Users can send images from the camera to the printer with a functioning FTP server using wireless technology (no more removing memory cards). By installing the WFT PC kit, bundled with the WFT510, users can also transmit image data directly to a computer hard drive.


The HP Photosmart Pro B9180 printer produces gallery-quality photos and fine-art prints with archivable, pigment-based HP Vivera inks. The B9180 churns out a 13x19-inch photo in less than a minute and a half, and a 4x6 photo in less than 10 seconds. Photographers can print on a variety of photo and art media, including stiff prematted paper or canvas. The HP Color Center tool will guide you through all the color-management steps while setting up the print job, and the front bypass tray will allow you to print multiple-size photos without having to swap paper.

ICI Imagedata

ICI Imagedata offers its line of Olmec dye-sublimation photo printers. Included in the line are the OP800 Photo Studio, a high-capacity, high-performance printer that can produce glossy, full-bleed 8x10 or 8x12 images in as little as 40 seconds. The OP900 Photo Factory can be used as a stand-alone or integrated system, producing high-quality, glossy, full-bleed prints. And the OP1000 Print Box produces fast, low-cost prints up to 6x9. All Olmec printers are front-loading and use specially designed 230-micron photo paper.

Kanematsu USA

The Shinko CHC-S2145 is a fast, high-capacity, front-loading digital printer that prints in as little as 6.8 seconds, with a capacity of up to 700 4x6 prints. The included KG Instant Print software automatically formats and prints and can work with Wi-Pics or the Nikon or Canon Wireless Adapter. It can add overlays such as watermarks, file names, or borders. It prints as you shoot, eliminating the need for a dedicated operator to print images. The Shinko CHC-S1245 is a fast, high-capacity, 8-inch digital printer that only takes 30 seconds per print (120 prints per hour).


Mitsubishi's ultra-high speed, high-volume CP-9800DW delivers bright, bold colors with a 300-dpi thermal head that results in greater image quality, clarity, and texture at superior resolutions. Incorporating a roll-type mechanism for jam-free reliability, the CP-9800DW offers four different output sizes with edge-to-edge printing.


Sony's new UP-DR80 dye-sub printer offers event photographers a reliable solution for producing digital photo prints. The new printer's features include the ability to output both glossy and ProMatte finishes, fast print speeds, and an advanced dye-sublimation process that does not require many of the harmful chemicals used in film-based printers. The unit can print borderless 8x10 and 8x12-inch images, and it also supports multi-cut operation, producing 4x8-, 5x8-, and 6x8-inch images. The printer can yield a borderless 8x10 print in approximately 63 seconds (excluding processing time). The UP-DR80 is expected be available this summer.