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Printing On The Go

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics' Photo Imaging Products division offers the CP-9500DW Digital Color Thermal Printer, designed with the event photographer in mind. The printer features a revolutionary system—the ink sheet rolls have built-in Color Imaging Chips that contain specific data for the media, so the printer can more accurately control color.

The CP-9500DW dye-sub printer features a unique roll-type mechanism for jam-free reliability, built-in memory buffer, and catch tray for prints. The printer is capable of producing 3.5x5, 4x6, 5x7, and 6x9 prints. The CP-9500DW offers high-speed printing, at 17 seconds for a 3.5x5, about 20 seconds for a 4x6, approximately 28 seconds for a 5x7 and 38 seconds for a 6x9 print. Roll capacity is 600 4x6s or 350 5x7s. Connectivity to computers is via USB 2.0 and SCSI-II interfaces.

Mitsubishi also offers the CP-3020DU, for 8x10 prints.


Olympus Corporation

Olympus' P-440 Photo Printer produces true 8x10 dye-sub prints, as well as a range of other sizes including postcard, Photo-Album, and passport. The printer offers a speedy 75 seconds per full-size A4 print and can be set to automatically print up to 50 copies of the same image. The P-440 can be connected to a computer via USB; but also accepts a range of compatible media for printing directly from a memory card. The Olympus P-440 offers both Matte and Glossy print surfaces.

The unit's 1.8-inch LCD lets you review images and navigate menus. A third option for viewing images downloaded via the media slot is via the video out port, when the printer is hooked up to a television. And because the printer accepts media directly, without the need for a computer, it also offers a variety of creative options and image editing tools.

Olympus also offers the P-10 printer.


Polaroid Corporation

Polaroid Corporation introduced the PP46d thermal photo printer earlier this year. The printer offers borderless printing, in a variety of layouts, and built-in adjustment of sharpness and brightness of an image. The PP46d offers a range of digital media slots for printing without the need for a computer, as well as a USB port to connect to PCs.

Polaroid also offers its Digital MiniPortrait system (DMP)—an all-in-one digital camera and thermal printing system. The DMP can be used with studio strobes, as it features an x-sync and can be set to fire via slave, as well as using the built-in flash. Other feaures include a USB port and the capability to print 1, 2, 4, and 6 up per print.


Sony Corporation

Just last month, Sony introduced its latest dye-sub printer for use in the studio or on location—the UP-DR150 digital photo printer. The UP-DR150 uses Sony's fourth generation dye-sub print technology for high-volume roll printing, with a roll capacity of 550 4x6 prints or 335 5x7 prints without reloading. Time-saving features include: a simple front-access design to minimize maintenance, high-speed USB 2.0 interface, auto-loading mechanism, and durable new print heads.

This printer can deliver a 4x6 in about 8 seconds, a 5x7 in about 15 seconds, and a 6x8 in about 20 seconds. The UP-DR150 offers photographers a choice of three finishes—glossy, matte, and texture—on prints; and four different print packs: 3.5x5, 4x6, 5x7, and 6x8. Sony's UP-DR150 will be available next month.

Sony's UPX-C200 Digital Printing System can also be used for event photography. The system's printer produces images from 2x2 up to 4x6. Images are transmitted wirelessly, from the camera, via Bluetooth technology, to up to three printers. When configured with multiple printers, new photos can be taken while the most recent image is printed.