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Onsite Output: SP's Guide to Printers
As thermal printers turn up the revenue at more youth sports, social, and corporate events, these portable printers are growing faster, lighter, and more savvy all the time.


Hi-Touch 730GALA
Hi-Touch 730GALA
Kanematsu Shinko CHC-S1245
Kanematsu Shinko CHC-S1245
Kodak Photo Printer 6850
Kodak Photo Printer 6850
Olympus P-11
Olympus P-11
Mitsubishi CP-9550D
Mitsubishi CP-9550D
Sony UP-D75
Sony UP-D75
Using the Kanematsu Shinko CHC-S1245
Using the Kanematsu Shinko CHC-S1245
Jim Buchanan


Using the Mitsubishi CP-9550D
Using the Mitsubishi CP-9550D
Terrell Lloyd



Whether you’re covering the latest sporting event, a high-end wedding, or a local bar or bat mitzvah, you may want to offer guests prints created onsite just for the occasion. But you can’t lug your entire studio with you, so you’ll need a professional-quality printer that’s portable, easy to use, and even operational without having to be hooked up to a PC or Mac. The printers listed here have all made a name for themselves in event photography, reliably offering archival prints for guests in a smart business move that will make a name for you.

Hi-Touch 730GALA
www.hitouchimaging.com

The 730GALA allows photographers to enjoy instant photo printing without the use of a computer, and with flexible template functions and printout formats. The 730GALA allows you to preview photo printing on a color LCD Wizard window, with image editing and enhancement functions (crop, brightness, contrast, RGBY, etc.), printout settings, and choice of printing formats. The printer supports 6x8, 5x7, and 4x6 print sizes, and accepts seven types of memory cards, including CompactFlash, SmartMedia, and Memory Stick.

The 730GALA’s Magic Coating Technology adds a waterproof layer to protect against fingerprints and UV radiation. Bundle software includes PhotoDésirée 2.0, which allows photographers to create personalized calendars, poster greeting cards, and CD labels, and GalaDésirée, which allows users to design their own templates.

Kanematsu Shinko CHC-S1245
www.kanematsuusa.com

The CHC-S1245 is not only the latest dye-sub printer in a long line of Kanematsu Shinko printers (joining the CHC-2145 and CHC-S9045, among others)—the digital photo printer also nabbed top honors at this year’s DIMA Shoot-out in the Best 8-Inch Roll Printer category.

The printer has garnered praise from event photographers who appreciate its speed, high quality, and cost-cutting capabilities. The CHC-S1245 offers 8x10 printing on location, and can print borderless 8x10, 8x12, or package prints (with available software packages) in 30 seconds or less.

Because it’s multi-cut-capable, prints can be cut to 8x10, 8x12, two 5x7/8s, two 6x8s, or three 4x8s, so photographers don’t have to bring more than one printer to the event they’re photographing.

Its fast output means customers won’t have to wait long for their prints: An 8x19 in standard mode takes less than 30 seconds (an 8x10 in fine-print mode takes 39 seconds, an 8x12 print in standard mode takes 35 seconds, and an 8x12 in fine-print mode takes 46 seconds).

Other features include an easy-to-load printer ribbon and paper roll; handy LED lights for Power, Print, and Error messages; and wireless networking capability (with wireless device server, sold separately).

Kodak Photo Printer 6850
www.kodak.com

Photographic-quality prints in seconds is the claim for Kodak’s newest addition to its line of professional thermal printers. The Photo Printer 6850 can print high-quality, borderless 6x8 or 5x7 prints in 15 seconds, and 4x6 prints in just 8 seconds. The printer can deliver as many as 375 6x8 prints or 750 4x6 prints without operator intervention. The print drivers on the Kodak Photo Printer 6850 are supported by Windows XP and 2000, and interface directly with personal computers and laptops, meaning photographers can count on the printer for ultimate portability. A built-in cutter enhances photographers’ “while you wait” printing capabilities.

Olympus P-11
www.olympusamerica.com

This new dye-sub printer from Olympus prints 4x6 or 3.5x5 lab-quality, edge-to-edge prints (no perforations or microcuts) in 33 seconds or less. Prints emerge from the P-11 dry, durable, and in archival condition, protected by a special overcoating from UV light, fingerprints, and water.

Olympus has incorporated PictBridge technology into the P-11 so users can connect it to any PictBridge-enabled digital camera without the use of a computer (though users also have the option of connecting the printer to a PC or Mac). The printer’s paper tray doesn’t extrude from the front, translating into a smaller footprint and minimizing dust and debris during the printing process.

Mitsubishi CP-9550D
www.mitsubishi-imaging.com

This new digital photo printer from Mitsubishi offers versatile printing options, with five different output sizes (3.5x5, 4x6, 5x7, 6x8, and 6x9) and edge-to-edge printing. A dual-line printhead technology, 16-bit internal processing, and an adaptive thermal heat management engine with a 346-dpi thermal head aids in resolution and prolongs service life.

The front-access paper catch tray can hold up to 20 prints, while a new feed mechanism delivers the prints to your customers quickly and easily. Two 32MB memory frames allow images to be stored in memory while printing, and the color image control system monitors the number of prints remaining. A high-speed USB 2.0 connection provides rapid connectivity to photographers’ systems.

Sony UP-D75
www.sony.com

Sony’s new 8x10-inch UP-D75 digital photo printer succeeds the UP-D70A. The new model uses a unique lamination process to create the Sony Pro Matte finish for portrait-style photos, using the same media print pack as its predecessor for glossy and textured finishes. The longer-life printhead outputs 8x10, 300-dpi photos in 80 seconds. Other features include a high-speed USB 2.0 interface, integrated gray balance adjustment capability, and a compact cubic design for stacking purposes.

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