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Printing Gone Portable
Maximize your profits with affordable, fast on-site printers

As a professional photographer, you're likely always on the lookout for new revenue streams. By investing in a reliable, transportable dye-sub photo printer, you'll be able to bring in extra income at events by handing out high-quality prints on demand, offering a service to your clients that will keep you at the top of their "to-call" list. Check out recent entries in the on-site printer market below before you head off to your next on-location gala or game.

Hi-Ti Digital, Inc.
The HiTi P710 high-performance roll-type dye-sublimation printer is a photo printing machine that provides both high-speed and high-capacity capabilities to satisfy the most demanding photographic applications. The printer's key features include: high-speed printing (6.8 seconds per 4x6-inch print); HiTi Classic Color technology for realistic color rendering; high media capacity (700 prints for 4x6); and front access of paper and ribbon for easy maintenance. The printer also comes with an 18-month warranty.

ICI Imagedata
ICI Imagedata extends its range of dye-sublimation printers with the launch of the Olmec OP1000 Print Box. Designed for professional studio and event photographers, the OP1000 Print Box is one of the fastest dye-sublimation printers on the market, capable of producing high-quality, full-bleed 4x6-inch prints in less than seven seconds. Easy to load and to operate, with a capacity of up to 790 prints per set of media, the Print Box is a practical and cost-effective alternative to inkjet printing. With a user-friendly display, front loading of media, and instantly-dry prints, the OP1000 Print Box produces high-quality images in a variety of print sizes (from 5x3-1/2 inches to 6x9 inches).

The Shinko CHC-S2145 dye-sublimation printer combines high speed, high quality, and high capacity with a front-loading clamshell design for easy loading and smooth operation. At 6.4 seconds for a 4x6 print, the CHC-S2145 is ideal for event photographers producing 5x7 and 6x9 prints. With a capacity of 700 prints per roll, the CHC-S1245 is one of the highest-capacity printers available. The CHC-S2145 also now offers matte-finish functionality.

Mitsubishi's new CP-3800DW digital color printer for studio applications combines an ultra-compact form with tremendous print power. It's capable of outputting prints with resolutions up to 600x600 dpi at high speeds, taking only 30 seconds for an 8x10. The CP-3800DW also prints 4x8 and 6x8 all from the same roll. The unit features an improved self-cleaning thermal head, two-frame buffer memory, and a USB 2.0 interface.

Sony Electronics
Sony Electronics' UP-DR200 professional digital photo printer offers a new level of productivity and profitability for a wide range of photofinishing applications. Using Sony's dye-sub technology and a 700-count-per-load media pack, the printer can produce up to 450 prints per hour. Additional features include the unique ability to produce both ProMatte and glossy prints using the same media pack; 30 percent greater capacity than previous models; and advanced paper-based media.

Get high-speed, photo-quality production printing with the new Zebra F680 digital photo printer. On location or in your studio, the Zebra F680 delivers 4x6 and 6x8 prints. The F680's dye-sublimation print engine and built-in image processing technology provides high reliability, advanced features, and flexibility. Borderless 4x6 prints take 10 seconds each to print, and a built-in cutter and high-capacity media minimize operator intervention. Your prints will be crisp and vibrant, and the F680's protective laminate resists fingerprints and smudges. The unit weighs just 18 pounds, and with its compact footprint, it is ideal for on-site shoots.

Using the Shinko CHC-S2145 On Location

We do a lot of corporate work, demanding jobs where we have to make sure everything works on-site. We have the Shinko S2145 and 1245 printers, and the speed on both printers has allowed us to make our workflow more efficient. We used to have to daisy-chain two or three printers in a row at an event, but now we just need one Shinko. We'll do a big corporate holiday party, for example, with 2,000 people in attendance, where we'll be doing holiday portraits. We set up a couple of photo stations and we're able to have print delivery right there, with just one table, a Shinko printer, and a laptop. The clients are ecstatic!
-Gary Michael Prochorchik, Exposures Ltd., Las Vegas, NV