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1. Epson Stylus Photo R1800 Inkjet
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2. Epson PictureMate Personal Photo
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3. Epson Stylus Photo R800 Inkjet
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4. Epson Stylus Photo 1280 Inkjet
$237.49 list($249.99)
5. Epson PictureMate Deluxe Viewer
$124.97 list($278.00)
6. HP Photosmart 7960 Printer
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7. HP PhotoSmart 7760 Photo Printer
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8. HP PhotoSmart 8150 Inkjet Printer
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9. Olympus P-440 Photo Printer
$144.39 list($149.99)
10. Canon Selphy CP400 Photo Printer
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11. Olympus Camedia P-10 Digital Photo
$379.95 list($499.99)
12. Epson SP1280 Inkjet Printer
$352.72 list($329.99)
13. HI-TOUCH HiTi Photo Printer 730PS
$45.76 list($183.00)
14. HP PhotoSmart 7660 Inkjet Printer
$139.48 list($249.99)
15. HP PhotoSmart 245 Compact Photo
$69.00
16. Canon i470D Photo Printer
$105.75 list($189.95)
17. Canon CP-200 Photo Printer
$349.47 list($399.99)
18. Olympus Camedia P-400 Digital
$249.88 list($309.95)
19. Canon CP-300 Photo Printer
$86.49 list($109.99)
20. Canon S530D Photo Printer

1. Epson Stylus Photo R1800 Inkjet Printer
by Epson
list price: $549.99
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Asin: B0007OVML0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 229
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Experience the power and speed of the Epson Stylus® Photo R800. Print brilliant archival quality glossy and matte photos! The world's first printer with 1.5- picoliter ink droplets and up to 5760 x 1440 optimized dpi, this revolutionary performer gives new meaning to quality and detail. And, it provides eight individual cartridges, including matte black ink and a unique gloss optimizer, for professional results every time - no matter what the paper type.Durable Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss pigment inks deliver long-lasting portraits, landscapes and more on virtually any media, including ink jet printable CD/DVDs and 4" and 8.3" 13" roll paper. It also prints borderless photos in convenient, frame-ready sizes. And, with innovative PRINT Image Matching II technology, you'll get brilliant prints automatically from popular digital cameras.The Epson Stylus Photo R800 offers groundbreaking quality and performance, for perfect prints made to last. With Epson Software Film Factory Epson Print CD software, and premium ICC Profiles, all included in the box, this affordable ink jet offers a complete photographic solution for many creative projects. Whisper-quiet operation and fast built-in connectivity make it an ideal fit for any home or studio, while high-speed performance makes it the perfect printer for quickly creating show-stopping high-gloss prints. ... Read more

Features

  • USB 2.0 and FireWire interfaces; PC and Mac compatible
  • Up to 5,760 x 1,440 optimized dpi resolution
  • 4-by-6-inch photos as fast as 42 seconds, 11-by-14 as fast as 1 minute 51 seconds
  • Prints directly onto inkjet-printable CDs and DVDs
  • Supports poster prints up to 13 by 44 inches

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Professional photo printer for professional needs
Quality
With 2 built in black cartridges (8 total), one optimized for glossy paper and another for matte paper, this thing specializes in output quality.Another cartridge is a gloss finisher to protect the output - either way the ink dries instantly.There's a UK web site that reviews this printer hard core and likes it.Everything that comes through my Canon 20D and out this printer is magic - film doesn't even come close.

Use
For best results, make sure your camera, software, and printer are all set to the same color space, preferably AdobeRGB, and shoot in 16bit full color.With these settings, even 8 megapixel's is enough for full bleed Super B (13x19) posters.I started out printing everything in semi gloss because it looks/feels like "real" pictures but after trying matt paper, I'm never going back.Not only are the colors richer/deeper, there is zero glare in any lighting environment - and the ink still won't smudge.Coming from a film background, the hardest thing has been paper size standards.Most of the best paper is 8.5/11 and all the picture frames are old sizes: 8x10, 5x7, 4x6 - I hate trimming everything.

Speed
Using the firewire interface, I sometimes wait longer for the print job to que up on my 1.2 G4 than for the print to appear.Translation: fast.Even full page 600dpi+ originals come out fast enough for instant gratification.

Appearance
The light/dark grey finish and relatively compact case (with in/out puts closed) are equally at home in an office or bedroom.The fun part is printing to a printer larger than the computer its coming from.

Software
Controls are easy to use (OS X) and photo quality output is nearly automatic.Whatever you do, figure out how to turn off Expansion.This on by default unfeature increases the odds for a full bleed but at the expense of stretching the picture to an unpredictably larger size (spent hours figuring out why my borders were off).Prints equally well from Photoshop and iPhoto.Its frightening how smart the ink system is, not only can you see in the software how much ink is left, it tells you how many pages "like the last one printed" you can do with the remaining ink for the lowest cartridge.

Alternatives
When it comes to printing photographs, ink is everything and Epson has it.With the right paper, this pigment is rated to 200 years, has zero dry time, and is crazy color accurate.All you need to do is pick your size
small = PhotoMate
medium = R800
large = R1800

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing to say the least!
I bought my R1800 two weeks ago and it's fabulous! I've been doing quite a bit of photo retouching in PhotoShop and was anxious to see some of my work in large format. The resulting output totally exceeded my expectations! I was also surprised at the speed at which such fine output was generated. I was somewhat concerned about the cost of maintaining an 8-color system as the cost of replacement cartridges ranges between $12.99 and $14.99, but I've done quite a bit of printing and the color levels have barely budged (and I use the setting for the highest print quality). This is truly a great printer for digital photographers, scrapbookers, and PhotoShop enthusiasts like me. It's an incredible piece of equipment.

1-0 out of 5 stars printer arrived dead
I ordered the eagerly awaited R1800 on first day of availability from Amazon.When shipped, item arrived dead.Printer carriage did not move into position, soink cartridges could not be loaded. Defective printer was returned to Amazon (which promptly credited the return, including postage).

On this single anecdotal incident, I do not fault either Epson or Amazon. Stuff happens.Perhaps damage in shipping.I merely provide this information for consumer information, in case other buyers have the same problem.

My star rating is nominal, since unit received did not function at all

5-0 out of 5 stars Beats any lab prints
The Epson R1800 is built like a tank.Upon first inspection out of the box, you will be suprised at it's size.Set-up out of the box was a breeze.About 10 minutes of unwrapping everything and software installation and I was ready to print.

The first prints came out amazing.I used to work in a one hour photo lab with a Noritsu QSS-3011, basically the Cadallic of mini-lab printers.The best of the best.I am college student majoring in photography so quality is #1 to me.I would always print my pictures at the lab and fine tune each print so I would get the best.With this printer, I get nearly the EXACT SAME QUALITY.Which is nothing short of amazing considering we are talking about a lab machine that is in the costs of tens of thousands of dollars.The prints that I have printed from the R1800 rival the quality of that from the Nortisu lab printer.

The 8 inks provide a cost effective method instead of replacing one expensive color tank when just one color runs out.You can just replace whatever color you run out of.

The R1800 prints bordless sizes up to 13" in width.It can print panoramics from 4" to 13" from rolls of paper. Imgaine having a 13" by 44" panoramic on your wall!With the R1800, it's just that easy.

The R1800 can also print on CD's, which is a neat feature, but one that I probably won't use too much until I get ready to graduate and create portfolio CD's with my work on them.

5,760 x 1,440 optimized dpi resolution is what makes these prints so amazingly crisp in quality.

The speed of the printer is pretty impressive too.11x14's in under 3 minutes?4x6's in under 45 seconds?Yes please!

I believe the best paper I've used with R1800 is Epson's Premium Luster paper.It's semi glossy with a sheer luster to it that makes the color and contrast hold of the paper look amazing.

If you are even an amatuer photographer and care about the quality of your printers and are in the market for an at home studio printer, you cannot go wrong with the R1800.I would reccommend nothing else. ... Read more


2. Epson PictureMate Personal Photo Printer
by Epson
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B0002KHZGK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 691
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

PictureMate Personal Photo Lab Color Inkjet Printer ... Read more

Features

  • 6-color pigment inks; resists fading for up to 200 years in archival sleeves
  • USB, memory card slots, optional Bluetooth; PC and Mac
  • 1-touch 4-by-6-inch lab-quality photo printing
  • Remarkably low operating cost, about 29 cents per print
  • 5,760 x 1440 dpi maximum resolution, 2.5-picoliter drops

Reviews (55)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for what it is supposed to do
First let me say, I have a real 13" printer by Epson and do all of the color matching and correction when using it.

Problem is that the workflow on the larger printer really doesn't meet the workflow needs of the wife.

My wife has been using the picturemate for a year now and we have gone through probably 600 prints.It has been well worth it.The photos are exceptional.

My ONLY complaint is the cropping it automatically does to fill the entire 4x6 when doing borderless.There really is no fit option on this printer to get it to print the entire original image for images that don't match the aspect ration of 4x6.But, it only bothers me and doesn't bother my wife.

Looking at the user manual for the new version of the picturemate with the picture viewer, it looks like they have solved this problem on the new version.Because of this I would recommend getting the version with the picture viewer display.

2-0 out of 5 stars Good prints for 48 hours then Black fades
Ok I bought this for the supposedly long life of the ink. Then my dream were shattered by all the disclaimers. I have to live in a glass bubble to get those results.
Then I noticed that the black when first printed looks absulotely great compared to my Canon 5000 but after 48 hours the black faded? I'm using Epson ink? Whats up Epson you optimize your ink for store sales?
Now I know why there are so many lawsuits to you over yoru claims.
Very Disatisfied!

4-0 out of 5 stars A Little Dynamo
I now have no excuse not to take pictures.The Epson Picture Mate is easy to use and the finished product is as good as or better than any photo lab.The one complaint that I hear and read about is the lack of a monitor.Since I review most of my pictures in the camera's monitor (Nikon coolpix 995) or enhance them with my computer, I hardly miss the monitor at all. If it prints too slowly for anyone, I suggest that you press the print button and go about your business.When you return, you wil have some of the finest quality (use the epson paper) longest lasting prints that you can obtain anywhere.

4-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Prints, Beautiful price
I love this handy little printer! I bought it a couple of weeks ago after shopping in quite a few stores looking at various photo printing machines, this one had the right price, and the right quality of print.

The prints come out beautifully, very crisp. It has taken me a little time to learn my way around the software that came with the machine but it seems to be doing the job. The main reason I didn't give it 5 stars is it seems to print a slight bit crooked if the paper isn't in there perfectly every time. Yet it isn't enough to ruin a print either.... and the software does take a little time to learn and I wish there would of been a booklet with some quick info in it on how to use the software to its max. I adore quick cheat sheets.

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT PHOTOS--NO CROPPING PROBLEMS
I just purchased this PictureMate printer for my wife's birthday and what an excellent gift it is!!Photos come out lab quality perfect..brilliant colors!Everything you could want in a personal printer. As for the problem many people have had with the printer cropping the picture when printing from a computer....if you have a scanner hooked up to your computer...bring your pictures up on the scanner program, select printpreview, then normal tile, then fit your picture to the entire tile square and print.....NO CROPPING....I get a beautiful complete UNCROPPED photo every time. If starting with a larger shot, simply resize the photo first OR center the oversized photo on the tile and whatever is inside the tile lines will print on the entire 4x6 photo. ... Read more


3. Epson Stylus Photo R800 Inkjet Printer
by Epson
list price: $399.99
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Asin: B0000WA8CI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 2625
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Experience the power and speed of the Epson Stylus Photo R800. Print brilliant archival quality glossy and matte photos! The world's first printer with 1.5- picoliter ink droplets and up to 5760 x 1440 optimized dpi, this revolutionary performer gives new meaning to quality and detail. And, it provides eight individual cartridges, including matte black ink and a unique gloss optimizer, for professional results every time - no matter what the paper type.Durable Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss pigment inks deliver long-lasting portraits, landscapes and more on virtually any media, including ink jet printable CD/DVDs and 4" and 8.3" roll paper. It also prints borderless photos in convenient, frame-ready sizes. And, with innovative PRINT Image Matching II technology, you'll get brilliant prints automatically from popular digital cameras.The Epson Stylus Photo R800 offers groundbreaking quality and performance, for perfect prints made to last. With Epson Software Film Factory, Epson Print CD software, and premium ICC Profiles, this affordable ink jet offers a complete photographic solution for many creative projects. Whisper-quiet operation and fast built-in connectivity make it an ideal fit for any home or studio, while high-speed performance makes it the perfect printer for quickly creating show-stopping high-gloss prints.

... Read more

Features

  • True border-free photo printing in popular photo sizes
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed and IEEE 1394 FireWire interfaces
  • Up to 5,760 x 1,440 optimized dpi resolution, 1.5-picoliter droplets
  • Up to 17 ppm black text, 5-by-7-inch photo as fast as 45 seconds
  • Prints directly onto inkjet-printable CDs and DVDs

Reviews (34)

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the best prints from digital pictures!
I just upgraded from the Epson 1270 1440 dpi printer to the Epson R800.While I loved the 1270 color prints, I find the R800's print's absolutely amazing!Even 8 x 10 blowups from a cropped 4Mega Pixel jpeg, zoomed to 2x it's cropped size, show absolutely no pixelation or edge artifacts (jagged edges to objects); and the gloss cartridge really finishes the pictures so they are undistinguishable from lab photos!

While the individual color cartridges cost around $14.00 each for genuine Epson, it may actually work out no more expensive than replacing the 6 color 1270 cartridge ($35) when one color runs out.

Great product, Epson!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great printer for the money.
I have read the other reviews and wanted to throw my opinion in. We have purchased one of these printers at work. I have turned out some really nice stuff on them. However,...

The one reviewer who said that the artwork on the discs is flat is correct. It is dull compared to the brilliant colors on the glossy paper I use for the Jewel case inserts. Still it looks alot more professional than the stick on labels that were previously used. I haven't seen anyone mention the fact that it does only print to PRINTABLE CD/DVD's. Don't buy this thinking you are going to slip in the leftovers from that spindle you bought (unless you slap the label on first of course).

The printer does only print on cd/dvd's using the Epson software. Near as I can tell other label software assumes you are using a sheet of paper and use a software based template.That template is in a corner of where a sheet of paper would be. The Epson however, prints on a special disc tray that sits in the center. The two techniques seem incompatible.This was a little frustrating as the Epson software was limiting in the design aspect as it has poor support for graphic formats such as PNG or TGA with transparenies in them.
As a work around,I have been using roxio to design my discs then "save lable design as image file". Then I bring the finished image in and plunk it down in the Epson software. I'm certain you could do the same thing in Photoshop/Illustrator, if you had the proper template.

As for the travel play in the insert tray (try saying that 10 times fast), the Epson appears to use a system to calibrate the tray position at each printing (Infra-red I am guessing)

I have only had the printer for two weeks so I cannot attest to claims of track marks or other problems that some have claimed after having the printer for months.

5-0 out of 5 stars So far, it's great!
Got this printer for a gift, without doing research on my own.What a thrill!Have had no trouble with ink as one reviewer said.Yes, it's expensive; it's not a toy.This is also not what I'd recommend if most of your printing is text.There are cheaper ways to send your 2000-page first novel to fifty relatives.This is THE ONE Professional photogs use for archival prints.It's NOT an ink jet printer, this ink is made of pigments, not dyes, and will not fade when used with the premier line of Epson photo papers.It prints cds perfectly, and I'm using old cheap ones with the stick on labels to clean out my supply rather than buy the printable ones.The programs for those never got right on the margins like this Epson R800 does.I did have just one photo that came out too red.It was a red toned pic of roses and the whole thing printed ruddy.But, that's adjustable with the Adobe photoshop CS software, and every other photo I've done has magnificent color and brilliant resolution.It's a keeper.I'm just a beginner as a photographer, but this makes me look good.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome printer.
I can't believe how great my pictures are...

This is a top notch photo printer. I've waited and read a lot before buying this puppy but I couldn't be happier.

I'm stunned at the few negative comments here. They're probably coming from people using cheap compatible ink cartriges and non-Epson paper.

You can't go wrong. Go ahead and buy the R800.

1-0 out of 5 stars R800 is unreliable, too expensive & variable quality
This is my second--and last--Epson printer. I've had this junk since July, 2004.

I would have bought a Canon or an HP this time around but bought the R800 Epson (the stinkin' four HUNDRED dollar Epson) for one reason: it prints directly onto DVDs. The tipping point to decide on the $400 model? It has pigment inks that will last longer...IF THE INK EVER DECIDED TO COME OUT AND ONTO THE PAPER. But I'm yelling.

Because I have had so many failed prints, I lost interest in printing and the printer sits idle and unused most of the time. Thus the print heads dry and clog up. I can't tell you how much ink (at $95 per complete cartridge set replacement cost) I have wasted in bad prints because the printer heads malfunctioned or the color came out wrong.

At first the print quality was stunning. Then it simply started printing too red. I contacted Epson "support" (what a joke) who eventually said they were having problems with the SP2 XP upgrade messing with the Epson driver. I downloaded the new driver. Still way too red. Flesh tone came out bright red and over saturated. It was so frustrating I simply quit printing and decided to take my Nikon D70's files to a photo finisher. Faster, cheaper and more reliable.

Believe me, don't bother with a printer if you think 1) it's cheaper or 2) faster. It's neither. And it's not even better in quality depending on how good your photo finisher is. A good color photo will last longer than any inkjet print. More durable and water resistant, too.

But I bought the R800 so I could print onto DVDs.

So tonight, knowing I had not used it in weeks, I wisely ran the Print Head Utility and verified that the heads were cleaned and unclogged (wasting yet more precious ink in the process). I then printed out a passably good DVD. Don't think it's anything to write home about: the print quality on a printable CD or DVD is not anywhere near glossy photo paper. Photo printing onto a DVD is dull and flat...not very exciting at all. But at least it's not on peel-and-stick label paper.

I printed a second DVD right away. True to form, even after the head cleaning routine, the black head cloged half way through printing and the lower half of the DVD is shot. Thanks again Epson. Even after the head cleaning routine (that takes about five minutes) it fails again and ruins a $1.50 printable 8x DVD. It's done this to many pieces of high quality glossy photo paper, too, wasting ink, paper, money and time. What a piece of garbage.

And it happens again and again. I just want to scream. And Epson support is nowhere to be found.

And just try figuring out all the color settings. Good luck. Let's see, under Color Management in print setup, should I use Color Controls, PhotoEnhance or ICM mode? If I use the ICC/ICM profile, should I select "off" or "applied by Printer Software"? What's the difference and when does one use which setting? Who knows? I dare you to find the documentation that even explains the sttings, much less actually helps you make a good print the first time.

Now, if you don't mind printing three or four to get one, go for it. And keep your wallet out. Those massive .5cc "tanks" (that should more accurately be called thimbles) empty faster than you can say "Replace Ink Tanks for $95." I love the way Epson puts a sales web link right in the print window titled "Buy Ink" so you can go straight to the Epson site and plunk down full price plus shipping for more ink that will clog and be blown out the head cleaning utility, and then clog anyway.

If you have to buy an Epson, don't waste your money on the R800. Get the $100 model R200. That way when you throw it away it won't hurt so bad.

Never Epson again. ... Read more


4. Epson Stylus Photo 1280 Inkjet Printer (Silver)
by Epson
list price: $549.99
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Asin: B000086A2I
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 2766
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Big Picture Without Borders

The EPSON Stylus® Photo 1280S ink jet printer is the ideal large-format choice. It creates beautiful 8" x 10" prints in less than two minutes, incredible 11" x 14" prints in less than four minutes, and inspiring 13" x 44" panoramas faster than ever.

Furthermore, this printer offers superior BorderFree™ printing for photo quality results that print right to the edge, delivering stunning 6-color prints. It produces captivating borderless 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", letter-size, 11" x 14" and 13" x 19" color photos on a variety of Epson photo papers, which are pre-cut in these popular, frame-ready sizes.

The EPSON Stylus Photo 1280S creates memorable results on everything from gallery exhibition prints to portfolio prints, duplicates, soft proofs, and enlargements. Epson also offers a variety of media ranging from matte to glossy to luster, for just the right print.

For such exquisite output (up to 2880 x 720 dpi), you can thank Epson's award-winning, advanced Micro Piezo™ ink jet technology, tiny 4-picoliter variable-sized ink droplets, smooth AcuPhoto Halftoning™ and quick-drying inks. Due to this combination of technologies, your prints will feature fine shadow detail, dazzling highlights, and accurate skintones.

Factor in laser sharp black text, easy compatibility with Windows® and Macintosh®, plus software that includes EPSON Software™ Film Factory™ and Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 2.0 (LE for Windows 95 or Mac 0S 8.5x users), and you get one big deal for photo enthusiasts seeking unforgettable borderless, 6-color results from a large format printer.

  • Superior, 6-color Photo Ink System
  • True BorderFree™ photo printing in 6 popular sizes
  • 4-picoliter variable-sized ink droplets
  • Water-resistant and lightfast media ... Read more

    Features

    • USB and parallel interfaces; PC and Mac compatible
    • 6-color photo ink system
    • True borderless photo printing in 6 popular sizes
    • 2,880 x 720 dpi maximum resolution
    • 4-picoliter variable-sized ink droplets for fine detail

    Reviews (31)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
    When this printer was introduced about 3 years ago it was clearly the best printer in its class.The prints looked nearly as good as lab prints, and the large format and built-in roll feeder gave options available nowhere else.But compared the best of today (Canon), the Epson 1280 comes up short in print quality and cost of operation.

    Many people seem to complain about the multiple color ink cartridge, and blame that for the high ink consumption.I can say this is not true.Producing and marketing a three ink cartridge is no where near as costly as 3 times single-color cartridges.But Epson printers DO consume lots of expensive ink.

    Besides the cost, I have two complaints: 1) prints invariably have a reddish hue (even though I am using Photoshop with native color profiles), and 2) the management of the roll feeder is clumsy invariably wasting expensive paper.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not for Macs
    This cross-platform printer works fine with Windows. However, its Mac drivers are near useless. The prints are off center and the images fill 2/3 of a sheet. There are no layout options with the Mac drivers. I have written Epson 5 times - no response. I spent $15 for useless Epson Support. Mac users - look elsewhere!

    1-0 out of 5 stars what a dissappointment!
    I did not buy this printer to print photos, so that may be why I'm unhappy with it. I bought the printer expecting it to print out renderings, plans, and presentations for school.

    My first problem is that it DOES NOT print borderless at 11 x 17. If you read the specs carefully you can determine this, but it isn't readily apparent. It prints borderless at every size except for 11 x 17, which is the standard presentation size in many design programs. Also, it takes almost an entire ink cartridge to get one good print - the ink is always smearing or leaving droplets of cyan or magenta on the page as it prints out.

    I think this printer was a waste of money, and if I had to do it all over again I would spend more money on a better quality printer, because I know I would save the money in the end on ink.

    In short this printer has been a source of frustration and a huge headache.

    1-0 out of 5 stars don't buy
    This printer is crap. It makes great prints when it works correctly but it never ever works correctly. I've always had problems with it that I've managed to fix eventually but after my warranty ran out it started printing these pink lines and there's nothing at all I can do to get rid of them. I even called epsons customer support and I have to pay money to even talk to someone. And it says nothing about the problems on their website. Also it goes through ink like crazy and the ink is expensive.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Second Time Lucky
    Jan 21 2005:

    I recently bought a 1280 after having owned an Epson 740 for several years.Because I had had such good results with the 740, and because the 1280 was recommended to me, I had high expectations.Unfortunately, I was disappointed.The prints had a strong magenta color cast and "banding" in blue sky areas.I tried to correct the color cast (about -7 magenta),but could not get good results.The banding I could not correct and that condemned the printer for me.Thus I had to go through the painful process of returning the printer to the store.

    After having read a LOT of printer reviews, I am wondering if perhaps the increase in the number of inks has greatly increased the difficulty of achieving both color balance and evenness of color.With four variables it was hard, but with six, seven, or eight colors it is probably much more difficult to achieve.I wonder if manufacturers are being forced to sacrifice good color balance and evenness of color for highlight and shadow detail.

    I was also struck by the high expectations we users have for these inkjet printers.I think that basically they are ok for home use, but when we start using them professionally, they are are little marginal.

    I also looked at the Canon 9900 and the Epson 2200, but they were a little out of my price range.

    Update Mar 23 2005:

    I bought another 1280, and this one seems to work much better - no strong magenta cast.I also found that I had to dial down the saturation a LOT (i.e. 20 points on a scale of 25) to get natural looking prints.That should also save on ink consumption.Also, I found that a 10 foot USB cable didn't work properly on the Mac (i.e. the printer would spit out the paper part way through printing); a 6 foot cable works much better. ... Read more


5. Epson PictureMate Deluxe Viewer Edition Photo Printer
by Epson
list price: $249.99
our price: $237.49
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0009EUFI4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 495
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

PictureMate Deluxe Viewer Edition Personal Photo Lab Color Inkjet Printer ... Read more

Features

  • More photo options, including mini-wallets, fun Disney borders, and BorderFree
  • Premium 2.4-inch photo viewer for selecting and editing images
  • PC-free photo printing from all popular digital camera memory cards
  • Photos as brilliant and affordable as lab prints, but last 2-4 times longer
  • Water, smudge and fade-proof prints with up to 200-year album life

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely great portable printer!
I've returned the HP375b printer for this one, and what an amazing printer.No more going to a photo lab or uploading to online photo labs, this 6 color ink printer produces stunning pictures everytime.I got a battery with this printer, and it is amazing how convenient it is to just take the printer and the camera whereever I want to be, then just sit and print.As they've indicated, the pictures are smudge and waterproof, making it easier to handle right after printing them.The 6 color ink cartridge is a single unit, and it is a cinch to change them when needed.

The printer has a USB port in the back that can be used to connect to a PC or other USB devices for backup or from which to read the pictures to print.I've never had the chance to backup the pictures from memory cards to a CD-writer, as my memory cards are at least 1GB each and have found the CD writers to be past its time.However, the printer did not have any problem reading from other USB flash cards or from my 60Gig portable hard drive.A support to write to a DVD writer would be a plus with possibly from next firmware release of this printer.

Only inconvenient thing the others may find is that the Pict Bridge connection is located on the back of the printer, rather than the front, where it is more convenient to handle the wires.I, however, found that it is more convenient to just take the memory card out of the camera and plug it into the printer cardreader.

I don't like wires, and all my devices, including my laptops, are portable, so this printer is a great addition to my overall system.This is a must have item if you love taking pictures, and a battery is a must have accessory.

5-0 out of 5 stars A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
This product is incredible.I know photography, and I'm fussy about quality- these pictures honestly look like they were professionally developed.Plus, with the new color screen on the delux model, it is SO easy to look through your pictures and decide which to print.It's also incredibly easy to zoom in and crop the pictures before you print them! If you have a digital camera, you NEED this printer so that your pictures dont just sit in a folder on your computer, yet you dont have to go out to print them. A must buy! ... Read more


6. HP Photosmart 7960 Printer
by Hewlett Packard
list price: $278.00
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Asin: B0000C3GVX
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 9172
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

You'll get full-color, professional-quality print results with the HP PhotoSmart 7960 Photo Printer. Delivering everyday print output at up to 21 ppm or 4-by-6-inch photos in just over 90 seconds, the 7960 can handle a variety of tasks.

The HP PhotoSmart 7960 features HP's exclusive photo resolution enhancement technology: HP PhotoREt Pro utilizes eight-ink printing, ultra small ink drops, true neutral grays, and photo blacks to print everything from professional color images to impressive black-and-white prints with accurate shadow detail. The eight colors come from the No. 59 gray photo cartridge with two shades of gray ink and a special photo black; from the No. 57 tri-color cartridge with cyan, magenta, and yellow; and from the No. 58 photo cartridge with photo cyan and photo magenta (the black in the No. 58 is not used for eight-color printing).

Designed for PC and Mac users alike, the 7960 also offers two USB ports and four memory card slots, so you can print images directly from your digital camera. And, the built-in 2.5-inch LCD lets you preview, edit, and even remove red-eye from images before you print. The printer offers versatile paper handling through it's standard 100-sheet paper tray and built-in 20-sheet 4-by-6-inch photo tray. It also supports an optional duplexing accessory. The 7960 is backed by a one-year limited hardware warranty.

What's in the Box
HP PhotoSmart 7960 photo printer, HP 56 black inkjet print cartridge (19ml) C6656AN, HP 57 tri-color inkjet print cartridge (17ml) C6657AN, HP 58 photo inkjet print cartridge (17ml) C6658AN, HP 59 gray inkjet print cartridge (17ml) C9359AN, power supply, Basics guide and setup poster, CD-ROM with HP Photo & Imaging software for Microsoft Windows and Macintosh, HP Memories Disc Creator software, HP media sampler; USB cable not included ... Read more

Features

  • Up to 4,800 x 1,200 optimized dpi; HP PhotoREt Pro, 8-ink color
  • Up to 21 ppm black, 16 ppm color in fast draft mode
  • Directly accepts CompactFlash, SmartMedia, Secure Digital, Multi Media, Memory Stick, xD-Picture
  • Large LCD to preview, edit, even remove red-eye
  • 2 USB ports, PC and Mac compatible; 1-year warranty

Reviews (44)

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow, a great photo printer
I thought my HP 6122 office printer did a good job on photos UNTIL I bought the 7960!Try the 8 1/2 by 11 borderless - they are spectacular.The color is true and detail is excellent.Use HP paper and have a great time.I have framed some shots and they look most professional!

1-0 out of 5 stars terrible service
My wife and I wasted hours and hours trying to get HP service. HP has outsourced customer service to several developing countries, and each time we called, the representatives were unable to locate the record of our previous call. We were told time and again that we would be contacted by a "case manager" but that never happened. After weeks of trying, it became obvious that we need to discard the product (still under warrantee) and buy a new (non-HP) product ourselves.

1-0 out of 5 stars The decline of HP
Having owned several HP printers over many years, I have noticed a steady and unforgivable decline in the quality of this company's printers with each successive model.The final straw for me is the 7960, by far the worst HP printer I have owned.While producing acceptable prints under most conditions, this printer's liabilities far outweigh its benefits.The workmanship of the unit itself is the flimsiest and most disappointing I have encountered.And the printer's lack of consistent compatibility with the two separate computers I have used it with is both annoying and inexcusable for a supposedly renowned printer company.Bad drivers have caused numerous problems and the driver updates usually make the situation only marginally better.Plus the printer's general overuse of ink and poor paper and envelope handling make the overall experience of owning one distinctly unappealing.This is my last HP printer - I'll be switching to Epson.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Printer
I really love this printer.I have had it for almost a year now.It does a beautiful job on color 8x10's and prints fantastic black and white photos.Switching to the 56 cartridge makes it an excellent text printer as well.(It ships with all 4 cartridges). The 4x6 prints look much better than the ones from a photo shop or from the Kodak kiosk at Best Buy.

Both the Epson and Canon 8 color printers will not print true black and white photos. They have a pink, salmon or pale blue cast.This is also true of their 6 color printers.This printer is also substantially less expensive than Epson and Canon 8-color printers ($399 and $349 respectively).So whether you need or want the color LCD or card reader is moot.This printer is between a $120 and $170 less than its Epson and Canon competitors.Those printers also will not print regular text in sharp, clear, 1200x1200 dpi pigment based resolution.The text prints from their photo printers tend to have a dark grey tone, rather than crisp black because they use dye based, rather than pigment based black ink for text printing.Switching cartridges with the HP 7960 allows you to have the best ink type for your print job.

Finally, if you are looking at a Canon, be careful with the ink tanks.I have a friend who wasn't paying close attention and mixed up the color tanks and ended up sending the wrong color through the print head.She had to take out the print head and wash it for quite awhile in tap water.Then she had to prime (charge) all of the tanks several times to get the water out of the system.What a hassle.There are no keys or notches to prevent you from making this mistake on a Canon.The Epson tanks are keyed so this mistake can't be made and it doesn't matter with an HP. You can't ruin the print heads with HP because they are built into the ink tank.

No printer on the market is as versatile and easy to use.No printer on the market can do so many different things well.When I looked at the reviews in Consumers Reports there was not a big difference in print costs and there didn't seem to be a big savings because of individual ink tanks.Finally, the pictures will last longer.Canon only claims 25 years for framed pictures, while HP claims more than 70 years.Consumers Reports also says that Epson and HP are more fade resistant than Canon.

Color shading and tones is a personal thing.I suggest you take a picture you like with skin tones and shades down to a computer store and print out a 4x6 on each printer and see which one you like the best.After all what you like is the most important thing.All of the sample prints from all of the manufacturers are obviously skewed to present their features and benefits in the best light possible.

5-0 out of 5 stars cannot find a flaw yet
I received this printer last year as a holiday gift and I have not found a flaw yet......it prints very crisp photos that rival any camera store product, it is amazingly easy to use, has lots of editing capabilites, easy to navigate functions, accepts all kinds of digital cards (which is GREAT since you don't have to buy a different printer if you change digital cameras) and prints up to 10 x 12 photos.This printer is well worth the price; in fact, I'd be willing to pay more so it's a bargain.This printer gets heavy usuage (it goes thru at least one ink cartridge change per 75 photos) and I have two toddlers who have - not on my watch - "played" with it and it still works like a dream.Does it get any better than this?!?I think not. ... Read more


7. HP PhotoSmart 7760 Photo Printer
by Hewlett Packard
list price: $158.00
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0000ACOW0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 3398
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

This high-performance HP Photosmart 7760 photo printer produces vivid color and crisp detail with up to 6-ink color or up to 4800-optimized dpi. Edit, enhance, preview and print borderless 4x6 and standard size photos with or without a computer using the 1.8 LCD and top-panel buttons, or print standard documents up to 13 pages per minute in black and in color up to 12 pages per minute. For direct photo printing, simply insert the memory card from your digital camera into one of the 4 built-in card slots and start printing. Or, connect your computer or camera directly to the printer using one of the 2 integrated USB ports and a USB cable (sold separately). Perfect for all types of projects, it prints on a variety of papers up to 8.5x14, transparencies, envelopes, cards, labels and more. Includes HP 57 tri-color inkjet cartridge, HP 58 photo inkjet cartridge and CD-ROM with photo and imaging software. Memory card slots support CompactFlash, Microdrive, SmartMedia, Memory Stick, Secure Digital, MultiMedia Card and xD-Picture Card media, all sold separately. Compatible with Windows 98, Me, 2000 Professional, XP Home and Professional and Mac OS 9.1 or later, including OS X. Requires USB connectivity. 15Hx18Wx7D. ... Read more

Features

  • 2 USB ports, 4 memory card slots; PC and Mac compatible
  • Print directly from your digital camera memory card
  • Preview, edit, and enhance photos with 1.8-inch LCD
  • Up to 13 ppm black, 12 ppm color with standard cartridge
  • Print a 4-by-6-inch photo in as little as 36 seconds

Reviews (21)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Value
Prints excellent pictures for the value.I use it exclusively for pictures, not text, so I don't switch ink, although it is easy to do.In my camparison this is less costly then 4x6 only printers, and I print other photo sizes frequently.Check consumer magazine ratings and you will find this printer rates high on the list.You'll find the best price is here also.Be careful; default print quality is set to 'best' every session which uses ink fast...

2-0 out of 5 stars Great pictures, when it will accept the cartridges
The picture print quality is fantastic on this printer. HOWEVER, I am on the fifth time that I use the photo ink cartridge a few times and then the printer says it has failed. At roughly $30 a piece, this gets VERY costly! The photo store only charges 29 cents a print. I am learning that this is a much better deal! Very disappointing...

5-0 out of 5 stars Great all-purpose printer!
This is an outstanding printer.Aside from doing an excellent job with photos, it also functions extremely well as an all-purpose printer, running the gamut from high-quality photo printing to everyday correspondence and web page printing.

Right after I bought this, my 5-year old laser died, so I started using the 7760 as a temporary all-purpose printer.I was so impressed, I decided against buying another laser printer.The "fast draft mode" provides nice quality for everyday document and web page printing; very sharp for black & white, but just a bit lighter than normal mode, and is far better than draft mode on Epsons.There is also a "Fast Normal" mode that looks near perfect, yet provides some ink savings.Both modes print text and graphics far more quickly than earlier models, narrowing the gap against laser printers dramatically.Like all good-quality photo printers, it runs through ink quickly at the highest photo settings.But for everyday use in "Fast Draft" and "Fast Normal" modes, I'm satisfied with the ink economy.

I have had this printer for 10 months, use nearly everyday, and have never experienced any of the problems noted by other reviewers.I use only with a Dell desktop PC and IBM Thinkpad, so cannot speak to its viability as a standalone photo printer.I love having only one printer, as I never thought that a single printer could run the gamut from high quality photos to economical everyday use---let alone at this price.I've recommended this printer to others time and again, and I'd buy it again in a minute.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent printer and I bought it refurbished for $93!
I always buy refurbished simply because you know the refurbished ones will work!

I have no qualms about this printer, ok maybe a tiny one.

I would rather print a 4x6 picture on a 4x6 paper, I have no idea where to put it. There is a spot that looks like where the 4x6 paper would go into but when I put it in nothing happens, so I resort to putting the 8x10 paper in the tray (where it's supposed to go) and I waste my paper. I try sticking the 4x6 into the tray where the 8x10 goes, but I really have to stick my fingers all the way down so it can reach the mouth, and it still won't go.

I love this printer it's great,looks cool, and does a good job.
I just have to figure out this 4x6 slot that looks like a 4x6 paper would go.

1-0 out of 5 stars I wouldn't have purchased if I would have had all the facts
I purchased this printer for my mother.She doesn't own a computer and would always have either myself or a sibling print her pictures for her.So I thought this was a great idea since it has 2 USB ports and takes 4 different memory cards.Well what you are not told is that the USB ports are only for HP products and they do not sell an adaptor or anything else so that this product can be used with another type of camera.We have a Sony camera where the pictures are burnt on to a cd, so that is why we were looking for a printer that you can use a USB cable for. I emailed HP support and they told me to hook it up to a computer and then print or they suggested several HP camera's we could purchase to use the USB ports.I GIVE THIS LESS THAN A STAR.

The product did print one nice picture off of a memory card but really isn't serving it's purpose for my mother. ... Read more


8. HP PhotoSmart 8150 Inkjet Printer
by Hewlett Packard Office
list price: $219.00
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0002MKC9A
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 3529
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Edit and print photos and video clips plus documents and graphics with large, 2.5-inch display

Print true-to-life photos in 6-ink color or up 4800-optimizeddpi1 color printing that resist fading for generations.Choose to view, edit, and print photos with or without yourcomputer. Use the convenient 2.5-inch color image displayand simple front panel buttons to print directly frommemory cards, the HP Photo Proof Sheet, or fromPictBridge-enabled cameras using the front USB port. Or,use the convenient Save-to-PC feature to save photos toyour computer. Organize, edit, and fix photos with HPImage Zone Software. You'll print fast4 x 6-inch photoas fast as 27 seconds, and crisp, everyday black text andcolor graphics in up to 20 ppm. Print photos from selectcamera phones or other Bluetooth® wirelesstechnology devices, and print frame-by-frame sequencesright from digital camera video clips. Moreconveniences include a flexible paper tray that lets youprint photos with or without borders on standard sizes ofphoto papers.

Note: An integrated digital media card reader is included.

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Features

  • USB interface, slots for digital-camera memory cards; PC/Mac
  • Up to 4,800 x 1,200 optimized dpi color, 1,200 x 1,200 dpi black
  • Up to 20 ppm black and color speed, 4-by-6 photo as fast as 27 seconds
  • 2.5-inch LCD to rotate, crop, zoom, and remove red-eye before printing
  • Frame-by-frame printing of digital video

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars Works great right out of the box!
I've been hemming and hawing over which photo printer to by since I bought my digital camera. I didn't have enough sense to think it through and by the scanner, printer, and camera all at the same time. I thought I would just use the Kodak kiosk like i've been doing. That lasted about a week.
The three main contenders were the HP photosmart 8450 because it s was highly rated and had 8 ink cartridges, and memory card slots
The HP photosmart 8750 because it printed up to 13"x19" and it had the memory card slots,
The canon i9900 because it was supposed to be the absolute best for the serious amateur had 8 ink tanks and printed large, downside though, no memory card reader.
So why didn't I buy any of these and instead got the HP photosmart 8150. It's quite simple actually for two ink tanks less i.e. six instead of eight, it cost 100.00 dollars less where I bought it or 60.00 dollars less on Amazon.I got it home, pulled it out and installed the software. For some reason you have to install the software first then connect the printer. I was up and running in 10-20 minutes, (there's alot of software it comes with photo editing software and scrapbook assistant)plugged in my SD card and printed my first photo five minutes later (I was playing with the menu, it's NOT slow). You can edit right on the printer screen theres some fun effects and borders that you can do. Color was amazing worked right the first time. And the really cool thing is that it has two trays built in. One is for letter sized paper and the other is for 4"x6" photo paper you just slide a switch to engage the photo paper.
Some things to consider:
-Blasted thing doesn't come with the 2.0 USB cord I had to steal the cord off of my new CanoScan.
-It takes a LOT of room on your hard drive 600MB yes over half a gig.
-It's big it's about twice the size of my normal printer
-If you're going to be doing a lot of black and white printing, the gray ink cartridge HP 100 is NOT included
-It does come with photo paper
-It does have the capability to scan transparencies, Film, and Film slides.
-It does have memory card capability.
-One other thing, this may be a duh thing to those in the know, but for a newbie, when you are putting the photo paper in the printer it goes glossy side DOWN with the tear tab towards you. I just slapped it in there and ended up printing on the wrong side, which actually made for a neat effect but you do want to print on the correct side.
I highly recommend it. Glad I didn't buy the Canon i9900; right now that would be gilding the lily.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT Printer
I had to get a printer quick after mine just konked out. I did some research and this looked like the best deal for it's features. I love it. It prints terrific photos, and the regular every day black print is awesome and fast.

2-0 out of 5 stars too many plastic parts that seem light and flimsy
I purchased this printer at the end of January and by the middle of February after only printing about 20 borderless 4X6 pictures direct from memory card the printer failed. It prints about 3/4 of the picture and then something happens with the rollers inside that turns the picture paper to an angle and wrinkles the paper and the print comes out unfinished. I am very disappointed in this printer. I am returning it to store to try another one more time. If this one doesn't work properly then I am going to try another brand. For the record the software and features worked very nicely. It is just mechanics inside that seem cheap and flimsy.

2-0 out of 5 stars Locks up Computer!
Yes the prints are great and you don't have to use a computer,but when we first installed it the computer would lock at the post. Seems if your not using the newest bios Windows XP sees the printer as a hard drive and tries to boot from it which of course it can't.
HPs work around is to unplug the printer everytime you boot the computer. Not a viable option. Updating the bios is not somethingfor the faint hearted. We hooked it up to our newer computer and everything went fine, but thats not where we wanted it. So it hard to reccomend this printer with the support so weak.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Printer, but a little hungry it seems
I recently got this printer as a gift, and I have had great luck printing more than 250 4"x6" prints, some on 8.5x11, and some on Kodak 4"x6.25" stock (leaves a little handle for your prints). The pitcures are very good, with only a little bronzing, which seems to make the prints jump at you. The images were from a 5 megapixel Canon, so they were pretty rich.

I printed from 200dpi images from PhotoShop, Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, and HP Image Zone (or whatever it is.) Windows is the best of the three for batch jobs. The HP software was klunky, as always. Let's face it, they are not software developers.

I also printed some retouched black and whites, and there was some graining with enlargements, but the overall effect was very good. There was some color artifacting (pink or blue tint) to the black and whites, but I just found out HP makes a grayscale photo cartridge for this printer, so I will get that and I am sure there will be no extra colors.

I printed to both glossy and matte, and the images were excellent. With heavy blue saturations the ink takes longer to dry, so watch out you don't smudge your skies or other blue backgrounds.

The printer does go through cartridges, though. I have replaced the photo cartridge (black, light cyan, light magenta) three times for about 300 prints, so 100 each (4x6) is probably the rule of thumb. It also uses a true cyan, yellow, magenta cartridge which doesn't seem to run out as fast. Color reproduction is excellent while the ink lasts. ... Read more


9. Olympus P-440 Photo Printer
by Olympus
list price: $599.99
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Asin: B0000CEUMD
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 25045
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

PRINTER G* ... Read more

Features

  • Dye sublimation technology for professional-looking results
  • Directly supports xD-PictureCard, no PC required
  • Supports optional Type-II PCMCIA adapters for SmartMedia, CompactFlash, and Memory Stick
  • Prints 24-bit 314-dpi photos in a variety of sizes up to 8 by 10 inches
  • 1.8-inch preview LCD; USB interface, PC and Mac compatible

Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT PURCHASE THIS PRINTER! POOR REPAIR SERVICE!
I bought the printer 6 months ago and after a few months of great pictures there was a white line that developed on the
pictures. I had a 1 year warranty to get it repaired and so I sent it to the Olympus Repair Service via mail in great condition. It only had an internal problem. A few weeks later
the repair center sent me a letter stating that the product's mode dial was broken off, the front CVR cracked, the front door cracked, back cover broken, dented in back. That was completely wrong! It was in fair condtion when the printer was sent there to NY to have it repaired. I rate their service zero stars! I recommend not to buy this product. It was a simple repair that turned into a nightmare. It costed $230.00 to get it repaired. I spent $299.99 for that printer. The company Olympus is a rip-off!
I wouldn't buy there products! 1 year warranty! That is so untrue!


4-0 out of 5 stars Great photo quality!!
I was worried about spending 500.00 for a printer, which I knew nothing about, but after reading reviews on Google.com I felt comfortable about doing it. The quality comes out great. You can't go wrong with getting this printer. One thing I did notice, it left a scratch on my prints, when I printed 4X6 images. I have not had a chance to see if it was a one time fluke or what. I'm waiting for more paper to arrive. ... Read more


10. Canon Selphy CP400 Photo Printer
by Canon
list price: $149.99
our price: $144.39
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Asin: B0007KQT1W
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Canon
Sales Rank: 10035
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Product Description

dye sublimation technology (300 x 300 dpi) * 256 gradations per color * direct photo printing with PictBridge-compliant cameras * print sizes: wide borderless or bordered postcard-sized (4" x 8") with optional paper and tray; borderless or bordered postcard-sized (4" x 6"); borderless or bordered L-sized (approximately 3-1/2" x 4-11/16") with optional paper and tray; borderless or bordered credit card-sized (approximately 3-1/2" x 2-3/16") with optional paper and tray; mini label-sized with optional paper and tray * multiple (8-screen) print for mini label-sized photos * ... Read more

Features

  • High-quality, durable color photo prints
  • PictBridge compatible--no PC required
  • Affordable and fun printing for all the family
  • Multiple paper sizes
  • Windows and Mac supported (software supplied)

11. Olympus Camedia P-10 Digital Photo Printer
by Olympus
list price: $249.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0000CEUN7
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 3932
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

No more waiting for professional lab processing. Print clear, high-quality, film-like photos at home with this Olympus digital photo printer—no PC required! Print 4x6" or 3-1/2x5" prints, with or without borders on archival paper for durable, water-resistant and fade-resistant color prints. The printer doesn't use inkjet dots, instead, heat vaporizes colors that permeates the photo paper and creates smooth, more realistic, continuous-tone images. Includes AC adapter and paper tray. Imported. 7-1/2Wx7-3/4Lx6-1/2H". 5-1/2 lbs. ... Read more

Features

  • USB interface; remarkably small footprint; includes Starter Kit
  • No PC required when using a PictBridge-compatible digital camera
  • Dye sublimation technology for professional-looking results
  • Produces 4-by-6 and 3.5-by-5-inch photo prints, with or without borders
  • Fast, just 40 to 44 seconds per print

Reviews (10)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great toy, fantastic results
The good:

Impeccable results - The photos are printed on high quality photo paper, just as if they came from a photo lab.Ease of use is (mostly) a snap - installation and printing is simple as pie.Color reproduction and detail is dead on.Printing speed is good.I couldn't be happier with the results it produces.

Cost - $150 for the printer is dirt cheap and you can grab a 100 print supply pack for $38, which works out to .38 per print.That's about double what you pay for digital prints at a store.But the .38 seems reasonable for all the enjoyment and coolness of printing your own photos, not to mention the convenience.

Design - It's a nice looking piece of equipment.A bit large in my opinion, but it's a welcome addition to my desktop.Build quality seems fine thus far, with no cheap looking or problematic components, but I'd need to own it for a few years before really speaking to the overall build quality.

The bad:

Color reproduction.Wait, didn't I just say the results were impeccable?Well, yes, they are.But figuring out how to get those results took me about five test prints.Plus I own a Mac (OS X 10.3) which makes monitor calibration a snap, have a decent idea of what I'm doing, and am printing with a good program (Photoshop Elements).I'm afraid some users might become frustrated when printing, as the colors just aren't going to come out as they do on screen unless the monitor's colors are properly calibrated and the print options are set correctly.The manual isn't much help here because the number of variables involved is astronomical.

Misleading packaging - Says it comes with everything you need to start printing immediately.Lie!IF your camera is Pictbridge enabled, this is true.Mine's not, so I have to use the computer.This requires a USB cable that is not included with the printer.

Verdict:

On the whole I love the thing and would reccommend it to anyone with the ability and/or patience to get it set up properly.Once you're at the point, it's photo heaven.


Read on for a few basic tips.I'm using an iMac G4 with OS X 10.3.

1.Calibrate your monitor!Find a good utility (one may have come with your computer or be available with your video card driver).Maybe XP has color calibration built in.I wouldn't know.You want 1.8 target gamma.This is standard on Macs.PC standard is 2.2.

2.Printing:Get a decent photo program.Might I reccommend Adobe Photoshop Elements?Easy to use, powerful, great for printing.It's $80, but you get what you pay for.Also, when you print, be sure you're using procedural intent.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent printer - used 9 hours a dayfor 8 days!
Purchased this printer versus a Sony due to name brand issues.

WORKS like a champ!We are printing:

On average: 90 prints a day for a 9 hour day * 9 days = 810 prints so far.

It has never jammed.

I have had fairly good luck buying the printer cartridge/paper (40 sheets or 100 sheet / pack) in NYC.Prices for the 40 print pack: $17.00 at J and R to as much as $25.00 at Compusa Midtown. Amazon sells the 100 print pack are $30.00 (through Adorama).

Print cartridge is easy to change (takes seconds).

Highly recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars Mac OS compatible. Best of all Archival Quality.
One of the previous reviewers states that this was not Mac OS compatible. It is compatible with OS 10.3. I tried it with several computers using OS 10.2.8 and it did not work. Even called customer support. No dice. I think that they tried writing another driver for 10.2.8 but it still did not work. I upgraded to 10.3 and it works great.

There have been many comments about the colors being off. I have used this with 3 Macs and the colors are right on. There may be a slight problem with the brightness but otherwise the colors are well approximated. I noticed that those who complained were using Windows. Color management may be a little trickier on a Wintel than a Mac. I would consider calling customer support of either the computer maker or that of Olympus.

Ctein of Photo Techniques reviewed the P400 about 2 years ago. He had only praises for the prints. But the best part about the print is it's archival quality. Dye Sublimation with an overcoat apparently has a track record for good archival quality. Meaning it will not fade and will maintain it's image quality given certain parameters of humidity, heat, and light exposure. This is a same process that Kodak uses. I do not see the point of printing something only for it to fade on you a few years later. There a lot of claims of archival quality among other printer makers but personally, I do not know how true they are and if they have been proven.

Image quality is great. I really looks like a regular print from a photo processing shop. Colors are crisp and they are continous tone. No pixilation or lines to speak of at all. I have only been using it for snapshots printed from iphoto. I have not used adobe photoshop yet. I can't wait. Have not used it with pictbridge.

Basically, the lost star was for initially stating Olympus would not support the Mac OS then turn around and make a non-working driver for 10.2

2-0 out of 5 stars Printer is OK, but What if there are Problems?
The printer is OK.Its 6X4 prints are adequate.Colors are vibrant even if they are not quite true, and the entire system is easy to use.With so many upsides, there must be a few downsides to rate only two stars!The first is simply that if something goes wrong, the only recourse is to send it back to the manufacturer for maintenance.As the company does not pay for packing or shipping, you must pay the full bill.This policy includes problems for a printer during its first package of paper!There is no user maintenance available.The second problem is the printer's use of color management.As another reviewer noted, what you see is not what you get.He claimed that his black and whites were sepia toned.Mine are blue tinted -- just a hint.This is because I cannot fully control the gray scales via color management software.Technical support in this area was totally non-existant.Olympus should have paid more attention to color management and at least designed the printer for a particular color management scheme (such as sRBG or Adobe 1998, or ...).
While the color management problem might be considered "only for the professional", most people will not too happy when the colors they see on the screen are not what they get on the print.This is the case with the P-10.However, the lack of user maintenance and the lack of product support make this product a potentially poor choice among home consumers.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not for the serious
The P-10 is an adequate printer.If you base all that on the cost per picture, ease of use, and general quality.The down sides are more technical, but add up in the end.

First there is not XP digital signature; that cause my system to hang a couple of time when installing the driver.

IT DOES NOT PRINT WHAT COLORS ARE ON THE SCREEN.I am not just talking adjustment of contrast, brightness, or such.We are talking significant color shifts. If you are using an aim and shoot camera, it will probably be ok.If you use any program to adjust the picture, just be ready for some frustration.

In the end, when I was done, tweaking the pictures and the printer to get a print that was pleasing to the eye, the cost went up.I would print an average of four prints just to get the one I wanted.

In all honesty, I probably should have started with a higher end to begin with.This is adequate if you are not that meticulous about your photos.The colors are deep and vibrant; a very nice sharp and detail finish.It will not do well with Black and White.You end up with a sepia tint.

If cost is not that much of an issue, start with the Canon CP-330. ... Read more


12. Epson SP1280 Inkjet Printer
by Epson
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B000059SJ8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 21718
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The EPSON Stylus Photo 1280 ink jet printer is the ideal large format choice for superior Border Free photo quality prints of up to 13" x 44." At 2880 x 720 dpi Resolution with True 6 Color Photo Reproduction Quality create fast water-resistant prints. Hi Speed USB and IEEE-1284 connections. ... Read more

Features

  • USB and parallel interfaces; PC and Mac compatible
  • Fast, up to 9 ppm print speed, 4-by-6-inch photo in less than a minute
  • 2,880 x 720 dpi maximum resolution
  • Prints large format, up to 13 by 44 inches
  • Lightfast and water-resistant ink formula

Reviews (51)

5-0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST EPSON PRINTERS EVER MADE
I have owned my Epson Stylus 1280 for over a year and a half now and have never once experienced any type of problem with this unit what so ever! I only use aftermarket Abacus Ink and have yet to have a glogged printhead issue. I use this printer to print images taken from my Olympus C 8080 widezoom at 8 megs.
The printouts are perfect! Epson has just released a new driver for XP which can be downloaded at the Epson site to bring this 1280's resolutions all the way upto 5620 x 720!

4-0 out of 5 stars The 5th star would be Linux drivers from Epson
My 1280 died over the weekend.So I did some shopping and bought an HP Photosmart 7760.I figured I'd save some money and wait to get a larger-format printer later.

It was a bad move.The HP is going back, and I've ordered a second 1280.I used my first one hard.For two years.I used it for everything -- normal documents, and lots and lots of digital artwork on matte paper.

Amazon currently has about the best price on ink cartridges and matte paper around.

I did my own tests on the inks -- both water resistance and ultraviolet light resistance.My Bic pen that marked the sample faded in two weeks of sunlight, but not my printed image!(I put a control in my filing cabinet to compare to.)I will not buy compatible cartridges, because I've already investigated the quality of the Epson ink and paper myself.I sell what I print for $185 a page.Sometimes a little less.With framing, more.

If you are a Linux user (and if you don't know what that means or you aren't sure, you can disregard this), you are in for a tough trip.The gimp-print drivers don't come close to matching the Epson Windows drivers for color quality.Not one little bit.Bug Epson about this.There are some adjustments possible with gimp-print, but it would be entirely trial-and-error.

I don't suggest going to the HP side to fix the Linux problem.HP says they "support" over 200 printers with Linux drivers, but the one I happened to try was abysmal.It couldn't even center the image on the page, Gimp didn't work at all, and neither did OpenOffice.At least with my Epson 1280, I have a little printing support (albeit with crummy colors).

If you've used other Epson printers, the 1280 might have slightly different color rendering.I had a Stylus Photo 820 which produced beautiful blues for sky and water.On the Stylus Photo 1280 (under Windows -- we're no longer on the Linux subject), these blues were more grey.I wish the 1280 came with the 820's coloring.

One other thing I like about the 1280:you can print very close to the bottom of the page.Not all the way, but closer than many other printers.This is very helpful.

I wish Epson made an affordable six-color printer like the 1280 with a wider format, perhaps 17" or 22".In my view, they don't.

One warning; Epson claims that the 1280 can print up to 13" x 44".I haven't found a supplier for paper that size.Epson doesn't seem to sell any.At least not in matte finish.

I never print glossy stuff (longevity considerations), so don't consider me to be any kind of authority on glossy stuff.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing
I just bought the 1280 and I am extremly disappointed. I had a Canon i9100 for a couple of weeks, but returned it because it didn't print 11x14 borderless prints. The Epson did, so I bought it. Upon comparing the Canon i9100 to the Epson 1280, there really is no comparison. The Canon has vivid, and true color, the Epson prints couldn't come close to the Canon prints no matter what I did. The Canon is lightning fast. Even at it's highest resolution settings. The Epson is painstakingly slow at any setting other than draft mode. I was really hoping the Epson would work out for me, but no such luck. I'm returning the Epson and re-purchasing the Canon i9100. I'll just have to print out at 11x17 and trim off three inches when I need 11x14 prints. The $100 price difference for the Canon is well worth it.

1-0 out of 5 stars A real disappointment
I've had my printer now for 1.5 years, and have constantly battled with it.I've returned 3 and received 3 refurbished units, all with the same problems...(banding, ink randomly dropped on the photos, constant need to clean the print heads, etc.)...I thought it might be the USB connection, but saw no improvement when I switched it to the parallel port.I do think, however, that it has to do with the computer-printer interface, to have the same problem with 4 different units.I have 80-100 pages that printed so badly that I couldn't use them, which is pretty expensive given the amount of ink the printer consumes.Epson support was of very little help.I too have a friend who gets WONDERFUL prints off of her Epson 1280, but can't figure out why I don't get the same results...

2-0 out of 5 stars everyone else's is better than mine...
i am a design student and bought the 1280 because i could print 11X17's on it. i have had problems with faint horizontal lines and leaking cartridges, jammed heads just after i finished cleaning them, etc. i have a friend at school who also uses this model, and the same epson inks and epson paper as i do, and her print quality is much better than mine. the problems i've had come and go, and when i've gotten fed up, and called epson to replace it (within my warranty period) they wouldn't, saying it's the usb port that is the problem (i haven't had any other problems with the usb port on any other electronics). like i said, it usually works well, but it seems like when i need it the most, it fails for me. i wouldn'tpurchase it again. ... Read more


13. HI-TOUCH HiTi Photo Printer 730PS
by HiTi (Hi-Touch)
list price: $329.99
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Asin: B0001Z99MO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: HiTi (Hi-Touch)
Sales Rank: 24505
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

HiTi 730PS, with its excellent photo quality and multiple printing modes, is able to select, edit and adjust images and to produce up to 6"x8" borderless photos all through the attached LCD handheld controller without a computer.HiTi 730 series Photo Printers use the newly designed ribbons that provide outstanding color performance and extra durability to maximize the photo longevity.Regardless of the brand of your digital camera, HiTi 730PS, with the support of 7 types of memory cards (CF/SM/SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro/IBM Micro Drive), will read and print your digital photos as the best partner to your digital camera.Magic Coating Technology keeps your photo prints brilliant with a waterproof layer, which protects them against fingerprint and the UV radiation. It's easy to store your photos and to treasure your live moments permanently.HiTi Photo Printer 730PS stands excellent photo printing quality, various printing utilities as well as larger printing sizes. Elaborate your unlimited innovations, satisfying your diversified printing needs and enjoy the fun of DIY! Create your own ID photos, personalized calendars, greeting cards.You can select and edit your images without a computer by previewing them on a color TFT LCD Wizard Window. You will be attracted to the powerful functions of 730PS such as the multiple-sized photo paper, photo stickers with 4/2/4, 4x4 and1x1 formats and other combinations such as ID Photo, Index Print, Quick ... Read more

Features

  • Included Accessories Controller, Quick Guide, Paper Cassette, USB Cable, AC Power Cord, CD (with Printer Driver, Bundle Software and Electronic User Manual). Notice -no sample print kit included. Print pack sold separately
  • Professional-grade, high-performance dye-transfer thermal color printing process
  • Amazing printing speed and professional printing quality - a 6x8 photo is done in 70 seconds and a 4x6 in merely 45 seconds
  • Regardless of the brand of your digital camera, HiTi 730PS, with the support of 7 types of memory cards (CF/SM/SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro/IBM Micro Drive), will read and print your digital photos
  • Magic Coating Technology keeps your photo prints brilliant with a waterproof layer, which protects them against fingerprint and the UV radiation

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!No Problems - Get the Photos You Want
We bought this printer ayear ago, travelled half way around the world with it and back, have printed over 1000 pictures on it and absolutely love it!

1.Picture quality is excellent.You read a lot about "photo quality" prints on printers.In our experience, many of those printers are not at all photo quality and you end up having to pay for prints anyway.We could see no point in having a photo printer that didn't really print great photos.We wanted to buy a printer to avoid having to print professionally.And this printer did it.It is worth the price.

2.The printer uses a different technology than laser printer which is used by the photolabs that you may send your digital prints for processing.It uses dye-sublimation and produces equally good photos.

3. Because of the cost of the ink cartridges and paper (which must be purchased together), the cost per print can still be around .29 to .35 cents, which is the same as many internet labs and more than some of the cheaper deals.So, if you're looking for a cheaper alternative, this is not going to be it.But it is a lot easier.To save some money, look for deals on the paper/cartridge combinations (they have to be bought as a combo - it's not like you can use any paper and buy separate cartridges as you can with other types of computer printers.But this is true for most of the other dedicated photo printers anyway.)You can buy 60 print packs for 4X6 prints which will save you some money over the standard 30 print packs.

4.We chose the 730PS over the 600 series because we personally preferred the pictures.You can go to Hi Touch's website and request a sample from the printer you are considering.We requested a sample from one of the two we were considering in order to compare.For the longest time, we could absolutely not see any difference between the prints and certainly no difference from the prints and what we would get if we sent away to a print lab.Finally, we decided on the 730PS because the colors looked more vivid to us, which I preferred.

5.If you have any questions, email or call Hi Touch.They really know their stuff and were very helpful (even after we made the purchase).We got real answers from them, not stupid marketing hype.

6.For Mac users, we use the 730PS with our iMac.

7.We also liked the versatility of the 730PS - it can print 4X6, 5X7 and 6X8 and hopefully will do stickers soon though that isn't available yet.

8.You can do basic editing from the printer itself - including resizing (larger or smaller) and moving (recentering) the part you want to print.Though you can attach to a computer, you don't need to.The printer accepts all types of photo cards.We use Compact Flash cards but have put in even the Sony cards using an adapter that comes with the Sony cards.You can edit pictures (e.g. using PhotoShop) on your computer and connect the printer to your computer to print.

9.This has really expanded our use of photos and makes events more fun because you can immediately print out photos for people to enjoy.

10.We don't have any of the problems that we hear about from other photo printer owners.This company is very solid in terms of their technology.It's not a cheap printer but you won't be disappointed because you'll get a printer that does what you want it to do - produce truly great prints.We have absolutely no need to use photo labs any more unless we need a print that's bigger than 6x8.

11.As for portability, it's not as easily portable as some other dedicated photo printers but we did cart it half way around the world though we're not doing that again.It was tough to find a case for it - we ended up using a salesperson sample/catalog case on wheels w/handle but that fit in overhead compartments on the plane.

If you get the printer, enjoy.We've loved it! ... Read more


14. HP PhotoSmart 7660 Inkjet Printer
by Hewlett Packard Office
list price: $183.00
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Asin: B0000ACOVZ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 11132
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

HP Photosmart 7660 Six-ink color printing or up to 4800-optimized dpi. ... Read more

Features

  • Print directly from your digital camera memory card
  • Up to 12 ppm black, 11 ppm color with standard cartridge
  • Select images from an HP photo proof sheet without a computer
  • 2-line text LCD for simple operation
  • 2 USB ports, 4 memory card slots; PC and Mac compatible

Reviews (25)

4-0 out of 5 stars Bang for the Buck!
Ok, I got this printer for X'mas 2 years ago and it's still awesome. I bought this for 50 bux during a sale and in addition to a gift certificate. I am surprised how some people can give this item a bad review, I'm sure they got a lemon because I have nothing but praises for this printer. My ONLY complaint is that does have a big footprint and the inks are expensive. But otherwise, the quality is great (it also depends on the photo printer paper you use and settings). The 4x6 tray is a nice touch and the mutliple memory card inputs! I bought tons of 4x6 photo paper and its an easy load and the printouts are amazing. Brilliant colors using my Canon SD300 digital camera. It's been 2 years now and I love it.

1-0 out of 5 stars HP 7660 is a joke!BUYER BEWARE!
This printer prints wonderful photos IF you can keep it printing!I constantly had error messages and cartridge incompatibility issues.Oh, and then there is the "failed cartridge" message.HP replaced the cartridge once, but I still got the error messages!I can't make them understand.. it's the PRINTER, not the cartridges!Whatever reads the cartridges is defective and HP won't own up to it! I decided to refill the cartridges and now HP won't even talk to me.Who can afford to buy their ink? Their ink is over 60 dollars!Unless youhave a spare job just to keep buying cartridges for this printer forget it!Buying a HP printer just allows the company to keep their hands deep in your pockets!

3-0 out of 5 stars Great for 8X10's, terrible for 4x6
I have used this for over a year now.Can print out fabulous 8x10's.

It uses two cartridges for photo quality prints.And it is an ink hog.

Cost per 8x10 photos is about $2 a page.

Best paper is Ilford pearl type of paper.

For 4x6's forget it.It's very touchy with this paper holder (built in).After a few 4x6 prints it just decides not to print anymore.I had to get a Canon CP100 (4x6 thermal printer) which does a much better print than the HP, and it is more reliable.

I love HP stuff.But I would not buy this printer again.I would try another HP model, or a Canon.

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
We've had the printer for about a year and have been very pleased with the quality of the prints. The borderless 4x6 prints are very nice. I was somewhat concerned with the flimsy lever mechanism for switching between the two print trays. Well sure enough, the lever broke. Now I can't switch between the two trays. Initially this was not a huge problem because we could still manually pull the 4x6 tray in and out. However, now after I've replaced an ink cartridge, it requires printing to 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper for callibration and won't recognize that I've pulled the 4x6 tray out. So now I'm out a printer (unless anyone has any suggestions).

1-0 out of 5 stars Engineered cheap
I was very happy with the 7550 for one of my computers and after reading the discriptions for the 7660, I thought "great - uses the same cartridges as the 7550". What I didn't read in the discription was costly: it only holds two cartidges at a time
-57 & 58- for color photos (the two cartridges in the box)or
-57 & 56- for standard black & color printing which I will use most of the time, while the 58 sits in its caddy where it can dry out or get lost. Anyone wanna buy an almost new 7660 real cheap? ... Read more


15. HP PhotoSmart 245 Compact Photo Printer
by Hewlett Packard
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B0000ACOW2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 16928
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.comProduct Description

HP's remarkably compact and lightweight PhotoSmart 245 photo printer delivers crisp, high 4,800 dpi resolution images, right from the palm of your hand. Producing 4-by-6-inch borderless prints in approximately 90 seconds, the PhotoSmart 245 is able to print directly from your digital camera's memory card, so you can print at any time, anywhere. A built-in 1.8-inch color LCD lets you preview images before you print, and convenient control buttons aid navigation.

Weighing in at just 2.9 pounds, the HP PhotoSmart 245 photo printer is perfect for taking on the road, but also offers a USB port for connecting to your home computer. It comes complete with a handy bundle of photo and imaging software (PC and Mac), that will help you edit your pictures, and even create custom photo slide presentations that you can save to CD, and send to friends and family. The HP PhotoSmart comes backed by a one-year warranty.

What's in the Box
HP PhotoSmart 245 compact printer, HP 57 tri-color cartridge, power supply, manual, setup poster, CD-ROM with photo and imaging software (PC and Mac), HP media sample pack. ... Read more

Features

  • Prints directly from your digital camera's memory card
  • Up to 4,800 optimized dpi printing for vivid color and crisp detail
  • Prints 4-by-6-inch photo in about 90 seconds
  • 1.8-inch LCD for previewing and editing
  • USB interface, 4 memory card slots; PC and Mac compatible

Reviews (31)

2-0 out of 5 stars Quantity not quality
At the time of purchase I was considering a few cameras.I not only considered the individual cost but also the price of paper and ink.At the time I thought that I had made the right choice by selecting the most cost efficient item.The printer is very easy to use and prints quickly.For quick prints where quality is not that important this printer is great.If you want quality pictures this printer does not even come close to its counterparts.My friend bought the Kodak printer the same day.Her printer is slower and runs out of ink faster but the prints are phenomenal.My prints come out more quickly but the quality is just not there even when set to all of the best options.I wish now that I had gone another route.The printer has just one color cartridge for all colors, however if you print a lot of one color (example pictures at the ocean) then other prints look oddly greenish or redish without the cartridge suggesting a change.I also have a problem with stickiness, I have tried both the premium HP paper as well as other brands and it comes out sticky.The pictures stick to my frames and scrapbook covers even after several hours of drying time.For quick pictures to pin on a bulletin board or give to kids this is great, but for memorable lasting photos this isin't the best bet.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed in NY
At first I loved this printer, it is simple to use and can be used alone or through your pc.Unfortunately the photos never dry.At first I thought it was because I either framed them or put them in an album before they had a chance to dry.I then printed some and let them sit out to dry for weeks and the photos never dried.Any photos that I have framed eventually stick to the glass, particularily the darker spots of the photo.I even got a new printer from HP and still encountered the same problem...has anyone else had this problem? (Yes I am using the correct HP paper and ink)

5-0 out of 5 stars A great little workhorse!
This is a dandy little workhourse that will generate countless 4 x 6 photographs from your digital camera with no hassle or fuss. The HP 245 is a small, tight little package that you can easily pack away and take along on trips.
The HP 245 really helps make the "digital darkroom" a reality, even during trips. I take mine on my boat together with a small laptop computer, and can generate high-quality 4 x 6 photos right on the spot, after taking shots with various digital cameras. The HP 245 has a built-in CF card reader and also reads various other popular media and you can easily print directly from the CF card or other media even without the laptop too.The color LCD allows you to simply insert the CF card (or other medium) and simply select what picture you want to print--without the computer.This also means that you don't need to bring a card reader along if you have your HP 245 since it functions as a digital media reader.
My HP 245 installed effortlessly on my IBM Thinkpad notebook computer (IBM TP 600E) running Windows XP, and is now my main printer for 4 x 6 photos and of course is the only printer I take along on trips. It is great fun to go on trips, take photos, and then give friends nicely framed photos the next day, or later the same day. Frankly, I never realized how much fun it was to have a printer along on trips. Most printers nowadays are big and bulky. This one is not.

The quality of the prints from the HP245 is excellent -- it uses the Type 57 tri-color cartridge which is the same cartridge that several bigger printers use.The photos are crisp, bright, and professional.This printer produces very decent 4 x 6 prints that look great framed on one's living room table, wall, or whatnot.

I also have the HP145 which is exactly the same except that it lacks the color LCD which allows you to view the pictures without a computer, although it will print out a little index of thumbnails for you to select from.When I needed a second printer I went with the 245 because the cost had come down.Either is excellent.

5-0 out of 5 stars This printer is awesome!
I gave this printer to my Brother for Christmas 2 years ago. While I was visiting him last week in Montana, we printed out the pictures I took.they turned out better then regular film. I couldn't believe what I was seeing.I plan to buy myself one.

5-0 out of 5 stars A go everywhere printer!
This is hands down the best compact 4x6 printer on the market.I have been using a Canon S750 for most of my digital printing, and it works great, but the ease of the HP 245 and quality of prints is awesome.Just pop in your memory card and start printing, with a small screen to view your pictures and loads of features, your pictures always look great! Plus the zoom feature is just fantastic.I also bought a travel case for it so I can take it with me on trips, and the hp 11.5 mil. premium plus glossy photo paper with the tab so you don't have to touch the photo is the best paper out there period.An all around great printer! ... Read more


16. Canon i470D Photo Printer
by Canon Office Products

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Asin: B00008IOQQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Canon Office Products
Sales Rank: 17888
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Canon i470D Photo Printer delivers high-quality photos from your computer or directly from removable memory, as well as detailed printing from the Web and crisp text. It achieves print speeds of up to 18 pages per minute in black and up to 12 ppm in color, along with resolution of up to 4,800 x 1,200 color dpi.

The i470D comes with a built-in print-operation panel, Canon Photo Viewer software, and slots for CompactFlash card, Memory Stick, Microdrive, SmartMedia, SD Card, and MultimediaCard. You can print with or without your computer--just connect a compatible Canon digital camera or camcorder to your i470D printer and print (see specifications for a list of compatible cameras).

The unit's LCD simplifies printing without your computer, offering access to features like image selection, size, paper selection, date stamp, and number of prints. Canon Photo Viewer software is automatically installed with the printer driver and lets you view images on your monitor while you print using the printer's operation panel.

The i470D produces edge-to-edge borderless printing (4 x 6-inch, 5 x 7-inch, or 8.5 x 11-inch prints) with the look and feel of a traditional photograph. The printer generates 4 x 6-inch prints in approximately 93 seconds. Canon advanced MicroFine Droplet Technology uses a nozzle system that ejects consistent, prescribed-volume droplets in microscopic sizes for fine detail.

The i470D supports the worldwide standard Exif 2.2 (Exchangeable Image Format File), so when an Exif-compliant camera captures a photo, important camera settings and shooting conditions are saved in the JPEG image file. Easy-PhotoPrint software analyzes the recorded data and automatically adjusts printer driver settings for optimum image processing. To simplify Web-page printing, Canon also includes Easy-WebPrint software (Windows only), so pages print just as they're seen onscreen. ... Read more

Features

  • Up to 18 ppm black, 12 ppm color
  • Prints 4-by-6-inch borderless photos in just 93 seconds
  • 4,800 x 1,200 dpi color, 600 x 600 dpi black
  • Reads CompactFlash, Memory Stick, Microdrive, SmartMedia, SD, and MultimediaCard
  • USB 2.0 interface; PC and Mac compatible

Reviews (27)

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome printer
I bought this printer to make photo pictures with my Kodak digital camera.I liked the idea that you could print pictures with it and not have to have it hooked up to a computer.

The photos that print off of this thing are awesome.You can't tell if it came from the photo shop or from my printer.

The cost to use this printer is 2 to 3 times cheaper than my Lexmark or Compaq printer.I finally got rid of those and just use my Canon printer.

It is quieter than my other two printers, too.Cheaper to run, quieter and great print quality.What more could you ask for??!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best printer I've ever owned!
I've been through a lot of crappy printers and this one was the best I've ever had.It's held up through 4 moves, a lot of printing through grad school, and the best part is that the ink cartridges are cheap and last a long time!I also recently discovered that it prints great pics!All around, you couldn't ask for more for $99.

5-0 out of 5 stars Solid Performer on 4X6 photos
The Canon i470D has turned out to be a very good investment.I am in electronics sales and we are constantly told to that "features tell & benefits sell!"

Well, this printer has provided me with a lot of benefits.I've had it for a year and I love it.

Benefits are: solid printer for Word documents, spreadsheets and especially WEB pages.It has not smeared or clogged the heads or printer as my old HP 660CES.

But the biggest benefit is that I can print crystal clear 4X6 prints of my new gradnson. I give them to relatives and not a one guessed that I printed them on a PC printer.I use Canon glossy photo paper but just found that FUJIFILM glossy works just as well.

Bottom line is that this printer provides me with all the benefits I was looking for. I hightly recommend it for someone like me who dowsn't want to be too technical but get a printer that works well over the long haul.

PS, I also have a Canon CanoScan D1250U2F Color Image Scanner and also got it a year ago.It also has provided me with a lot of benefits.

I am getting a new digital camera for the holidays and most likely will get a Canon Powershot A95 when the price reaches around $300.I think the 3 should really work well together. Since I am not a real techie I think this combo will suit me just fine.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding printer...
The Canon i470D was impulse purchase and it has turned out to exceed my expecations.The images are excellent and the control over color levels "to the edge" prining makes this peripheral an exceptional buy!

Pros:
1. print quality;
2. built-in card reader
3. incredible software package;
4. print to the edge option
5. print saturation options (per color including black)
6. art-work backgrounds with frames for multiple images
7. image browser with slide-show
8. picture stitch program;

Cons:
1. should use Canon paper only; most reliable results
2. small ink cartridges means you replace more often

5-0 out of 5 stars Very pleased after six months...
This printer has been great. Bought it for $50, after a $50 instant/in-store rebate. The black ink cartridges are inexpensive and longer lasting than my previous, and costly, BJ-100 cartridges. The printer is fairly quiet and prints at an acceptable speed. So far the print quality (black & color) has been excellent. I have yet to use it for any photo pics though - so can't comment there. ... Read more


17. Canon CP-200 Photo Printer
by Canon
list price: $189.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000B0ADN
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Canon
Sales Rank: 3379
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

  • Full color direct digital printer
  • Dye-sublimation thermal transfer
  • Prints photos from Canon Powershot digital cameras without a computer
  • Prints either 4" x 6" or credit-card-size photos
  • 300 x 300 dpi USB A-B ... Read more

    Features

    • USB interface, PC and Mac compatible; 1-year warranty
    • 300 x 300 dpi resolution, dye-sublimation technology for rich color
    • Prints 4-by-6-inch snapshots in as little as 85 seconds
    • Supports PictBridge for direct digital-camera printing, no PC required
    • Portable pocket-sized convenience, weighs less than 29 ounces

    Reviews (18)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Go to Canon USA's Website for Drivers!
    This is a good quality printer with 2 major restrictions.First, the printer, printer paper & cartridge packs, and additional paper trays for labels and such are expensive.Second, the largest it prints is 4"x6".


    SETTING UP

    A number of earlier reviewers commented on how difficult it was to print from the computer.Expect setup to take about an hour if everything goes right.Printing from the computer requires a USB printer cable, which doesn't come either with the printer or with Canon digital cameras.But if you dig through the stuff that came with your computer, you might find one.Otherwise you can either buy one or DirectPrint from your camera by connecting your camera to the printer with the same cable that connects your camera to your computer.

    The CD that comes with the printer is useless.The ZoomBrowser EX that's on it is outdated, and the driver that allows your computer to interface with the printer isn't digitally signed.But all you have to do is go to Canon USA's website, and look for the consumer support page and find the CP-200.Canon provides current versions of ZoomBrowser and other software and drivers for whatever version of Windows or Mac OS you use.Download what you need, unzip the files you've downloaded, then go to your computer's Add A Printer and specify the location to which you unzipped the driver.Then the printer installs.

    Printing from Zoombrowser is extremely simple.You may not need directions, but if you do, Canon's website has a pdf file which takes you screen by screen through printing.

    Some reviewers said borderless printing distorted their pictures, but the current version of ZoomBrowser crops photos instead of stretching them.If you don't want edges cropped, print with a border.

    Printing is fun to watch; the colors go by layer by layer.Aparently the picture stands up to a lot once it's dry, but I didn't test it.


    The supplies for this printer aren't cheap.Your drugstore and Ofoto print at about half the price.If you want to print entire albums, this may not be worthwhile.However, if you only need an occasional picture, it's incredibly convenient not to have to go out, and the prints are very good.Then when you're not printing, the printer can go in a drawer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Spectacular results
    For me (Windows XP Home edition), everything worked perfectly out of the box.Within 15 min of opening the box, I had pictures that easily beat the 1 hour photo machines in both detail and color.(I have a 6mp DSLR.)I used an SD card reader to transfer files from the camera to the computer, then used the Microsoft print wizard in MS Photo Manager to quickly size and send the print.This is a great tool to have for getting beautiful snapshots quickly.It is a little pricey as noted in earlier reviews because special paper and dye-sub materials are required but the quality easily beats my Epson C84 IJ and Lexmark Z805 IJ.I will probably use one of the on-line services for bulk printing because they are much cheaper but I always have the capability for something right away when I want it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars It can be fast.
    I used this printer with my Digital Rebel.It fed the paper almost immediately and started the printing process.Photos were done quickly.I find it valuable when visiting friends and family.I am able to leave photographic memories immediately.As for the price of photos, I don't print every photo that I take, only ones that I can't wait to print before I get home on my computer. This is definitely a nice little tool that can even be put in your camera bag.Don't expect to find cheaper replacement ribbons on the third party printer cartridge sites.

    5-0 out of 5 stars convenience vs. price
    so what if you pay a little more for the prints?!! i usually have get togethers on the weekends and for the convenience of sending a photo home with my guests, it sure is worth it!! my guests don't have to wait UNTIL to receive a copy of the photos taken!! for just regular prints, i take in for developing, cd, or connect my canon powershot to the computer and print there. the manual says that an ink cartridge must be replaced with each new pack of paper. so, i plan ahead. people, quit complaining about a simple inconvenience!! we live in america, do you really have anything legitimate to complain about?? but i digress. this little printer is sure handy dandy!! i received both for my bday!! ( we upgraded technologically this year ) VERY COOL!! LOVE IT!! have had no trouble whatsoever!! ENJOY!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love this little toy!!!
    We bought this to go with us on vacation.thought it would be more fun for the kids to send postcards home that actually had them in the picture.We love this.We did have to search a bit to find the creditcard size paper tray (this add on was about 13 bucks).the pic quality is SOOO much nicer than than an inkjet.It is fun to watch it layer the colors and end up with a picture.I thought we would like it but was surprised at how very much fun it is (really fun with a bunch of drunk girlfriends!!!).Yes, there are cheaper ways to get pictures, but we really like how immediate it is.We use it with a canon A75. ... Read more


  • 18. Olympus Camedia P-400 Digital Color Photo Printer
    by Olympus
    list price: $399.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00004Y7KO
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Olympus
    Sales Rank: 11590
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    The Olympus Camedia P-400 uses advanced dye-sublimation technology toprint an extremely sharp image on high-quality photo paper. The result looks andfeels like a traditional photograph. The P-400 also accepts a digital camera'sSmartMedia or PC Card directly, and it has USB and parallel interfaces for easyPC connectivity.

    Weighing over 30 pounds, constructed of heavy plastic, and accented with metalcontrols, the Camedia P-400 impressed us with its sturdy design right out of thebox. To test the printer, we captured photos on a 16 MB CompactFlash card,placed the card in a CompactFlash-to-PCMCIA adapter (not included), and insertedthe adapter in the printer. (Our evaluation model came with the P-RBN photo inkcartridge already installed, but it is easily replaced through the front accesspanel. Also, our unit did not include driver software, so we were unable to testPC functionality.) Using the menu-driven LCD, jog dial, and arrow keys, wespecified our paper type (A4), input source (PC Card), and output photo size (8by 10 inches). We pressed the Print button, and after 2 minutes and 58 secondsthe P-400 rewarded us with a beautiful 8-by-10-inch photograph.

    The Camedia P-400's color was very natural, not neon bright or oversaturated,and its tinting was slightly cool (more blue than red). Resolution was only 314dpi, but the dye-sublimation technology showed no visible grain. The resultswere better than many we've seen from 1,200 dpi ink-jet printers. We alsoprinted a slightly soft photograph and then used the printer's sharpeningfunction in an attempt to improve it. Unfortunately, unwanted pixelationincreased along with any positive sharpening affects. Printing speed was slowbut steady at 2:58 for each 8-by-10 print. Several minutes were required toprint one index/proof sheet of 20 photos, with nearly all of that time spentprocessing the CompactFlash card's data, not actually printing.

    With only a casual glance, we could have easily mistaken the P-400's output ascoming from a photo lab. Only close scrutiny revealed minor pixelation, whichreflected the limit of our digital photo more than that of the printer. Theinitial cost is high, and the dye-sublimation ink cartridges and photo paper areexpensive; but if you can afford it, the P-400 Camedia makes a fine companionfor your digital camera. --Mike Brown

    Pros:

    • Easy walk-up printing of digital photos
    • Prints have the look and feel of traditional photos

    Cons:

    • Substantial cost for consumables
    • Not for general-purpose printing
    ... Read more

    Features

    • Professional-looking, continuous-tone, dye-sublimation prints, up to 8 by 10 inches
    • Prints directly from SmartMedia and PC cards
    • LCD preview and information screen
    • USB and parallel interfaces
    • Prints up to 50 copies at a time

    Reviews (30)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing!
    Got this printer for $199 new (plus tax).This is the only printer I have ever used that literally is plug and play.No tweaks or fiddling with settings (though the option to do that is available).Right out of the box it prints so good you'd think you were in a Kodak or Fuji lab.I've shot photos with Lumix LC5 and Lumix FZ20 and the prints are spectacular.The trickiest part was loading in the new film, after using up the sample film that came pre-loaded.It took a couple minutes to read the directions.Someone else commented about this and gave the printer a "1" rating.Big deal.After you install the film once, you've got the idea.

    I ordered supplies on Amazon.com and the per print cost goes down to $1.58 total.Ya can't do better than that at Costco or Sam's club.Think about it.An 8x10 in 90 seconds for $1.58.Best deal on the market.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Only the best will do.
    Nestled upon my desk between a new Brother HP-1440 laser and a recently purchased Epson 960 CD printer, is a three year old Olympus P-400. Fast high quality text print-outs are routed to the laser printer, and the Epson is used for the specialty printing of card stock, CDs, and DVDs, but all photographs are created from the P-400, whether in color or black and white.

    I originally purchased the P-400 for one simple reason; I wanted the highest quality prints possible of family members and for my wedding video service. The Olympus P-400 has never disappointed my highest expectations.

    Most of us are familiar with how bubble-jet printers create dotted print-outs, which from a distance may look OK, but when viewed up-close the actual quality is not as good as hoped for. I have used a magnifying glass on print-outs from the P-400, and not only are there no dots, I actually do believe I prefer the P-400 print-outs over normal photographs. The P-400 print quality *is* that good. In my region of the world, film developing businesses on occasion ruin whole rolls of film, and so rather than my investing time and money into developing equipment to ensure quality photos, I can now get the prints I want, the size I want, and the quantity I want at any time I want.

    The paper used in the P-400 is thick, very similar to normal photographs, and instead of the photographs having a brand name on the back side such as "Kodak", it reads "Olympus". The finished photograph also automatically receives a clear protective high gloss coating that does make the print feel and appear to be a developed photo. Unless a person has considerable experience with photography, they will not be able to tell the difference between a regular photo and one printed from the P-400. The actual cost per print-out is around $2.00 (paper and ribbon costs combined), which is not bad at all for an 8x10 or four 4x5 photographs. Advertised life of prints is about the same as regular photographs, around 50 years or more, which is far better than just a year or two with bubble-jet printers.

    Changing the ribbon and paper is fast, clean, and very easy. Software installation is also quick and uncomplicated. The user friendly printer actually is a `plug and play'.

    Though the P-400 has a normal printer parallel port, I highly recommend only using the USB port. The time required to transfer data from the computer to the printer usually only takes several seconds per photograph while using the USB, but it may take minutes through the LPT1 cable. With about two minutes from clicking "print" to receiving a finished 8x10 photograph, the speed is more than pleasing. The printer is fast enough and simple enough that I have not yet found a need to use the Smart Card slot nor even any of the other console controls. Through use of most any photo or graphics program, print-outs are as easy as `view and print'.

    The only problem I have encountered was when the printer was new and the plastic ribbon roll rod would occasionally bind in the ribbon holder slot (caused by too tight of tolerances). I was able to trim off the holder's excess plastic to allow the ribbon to turn more freely, and after speaking to the Olympus technical support describing the problem and remedy (of which they were appreciative for the information), surely the new models will no longer have similar minor problems.

    Three years ago I paid over one thousand dollars for the P-400 on sale, and I have never regretted the cost. Recently I was able to print-out numerous specially-formatted 8x10 copies of my daughter's college graduation, which if done through a photographer would have cost me more than the price of the printer. Today's prices are very reasonable, enough that my wife has begun saying she wants one for herself. In our high-tech low-cost society, not many items produce true quality results, but the Olympus P-400 is one product that actually does live up to our best expectations. Highly recommended, I know of no better desk-top photo printer than the Olympus P series.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great photo printer for the commited digital photographer
    I've been printing 3.2 megapixel images on this and they're virtually indistinguishable from a "real" photo, even at the 7.64x10" full size (7.7 megapixel as advertised in the printer information) resolution. Don't believe the inkjet monkeys who tell you that an inkjet can produce comparable prints - they can't.

    I chose this printer over the others available because of the size it is capable of printing, the better color-handling (for instance, the sony dye-subs tend to skew towards overly bright and red tones), and the recommendations of hard-core photo people.

    Things you should know about this printer: when all is said and done, you can find this printer for under three hundred, and 100 prints are going to run you about a buck sixty five each (for a single 8x10) if you shop around. If you want smaller, cheaper photos, just print two or four up on a sheet, get 4 prints out of it on a sheet for about 40 cents each. Get out the scissors, and enjoy. Horray.

    The printer has been having EXTREME difficulty printing directly from a smart media card - I don't like printing two-dollar blank pages - I've only had consistent success printing via USB connection to my 'puter, but it's a lot faster than printing from the smart media card anyway, so no real loss there - just something to keep in mind.

    Reviewers have noted that the ink ribbon can be difficult to install. I don't really agree - olumpus' packaging makes this a straight forward procedure - it's just a little more work than the plug-in-the-inkjet-cartridge laziness we've all become accustomed to.

    The printer is rather large and heavy, but you have to understand this was really initially intended as a professional's printer. It is solidly built, has a real feeling of quality construction. Just make sure if your living space is small that you've hollowed out a suitably sized location - think of it like a 16" monitor and you're working along the right lines size and space-wise.

    For those with a mac (like me - running OS X 10.3), Olympus is seriously lagging on making a compatible driver. I wrote them and got a swift but lackluster response (no deadline for producing a driver). After printing several blank pages directly from my memory card and freaking out, I found the solution: do a google search for "Gimp-print," an open source & free driver bundle for the mac that runs under 10.3, and powers this printer just fine (so far - haven't tested with photoshop yet - only iPhoto, but I suspect it'll do just fine). It's free. Yay. Problem solved, no thanks to Olympus.

    For those of you looking at this printer vs the P-440, the newer version of this printer, the differences are relatively minor (though the 440 does do TRUE 8x10 prints). They use the same paper and ink ribbons, so presumably olympus has a vested interest in continuing to make consumeables for this hardware.

    Driver bitterness aside, the quality coming out of this printer had me jumping up & down once the photos started coming out. I'm really pleased, and the overall quality of the prints is enough to let me overlook the negatives, which have all been temporary.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Quality images at home
    I spent the big bucks when this machine first hit the market. The only problem is through Photoshop -- the ppd doesn't print the picture as you see it on screen. In Mac, I've tweaked through Photoshop, then import into IPhoto then print out for picture perfect images through the computer. Otherwise, dumping them back on to the digital camera media then inserting into the printer was the second best way to go.

    Prints faster through IPhoto on Mac than through the digital cards.

    For 8x10 size photos, still love my P400, even with the cost of film/paper and supplies. Even though prints can be ordered cheaper on some sites through the web, the quality of this printer HANDS DOWN beats anything I've ever gotten back from photo houses on or off line.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Professional Quality at a Great Price!
    If you want a printer that prints the closest to professional quality as you can get at an affordable price, this printer is for you.The only negative I have is the ink ribbon.I would rather use a cartridge, because it is simpler, but that aside, it prints excellent photos! ... Read more


    19. Canon CP-300 Photo Printer
    by Canon
    list price: $309.95
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000B0ADO
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Canon
    Sales Rank: 24076
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    It's the coolest party toy since the Polaroid: the new Canon CP-300 Photo Printer. Connect it directly to your Powershot-series Canon or other PictBridge-supporting digital camera, and you'll be printing snapshots and stickers faster than you can say "cheese." PictBridge is an industry standard that lets you print images by directly connecting your digital camera to your printer, regardless of the brand or model, without using a computer.

    This printer can connect directly to select digital cameras. Learn more about PictBridge.
    The included USB cable adapter also lets you connect the CP-300 to your camera or your computer for access to images stored there.

    Each wee image features 256-level color and 300 dpi resolution; the dye-sublimation process provides results similar to traditional photos, with rich detail and accurate skin tones. Supported papers include a variety of sizes, as well as bordered and borderless options. Whatever you choose, your images print in seconds--about 85 seconds for a postcard size, 40 for tiny labels or credit card size, when printing directly from Canon PowerShot cameras.

    For added portability, the CP-300 includes a rechargeable Ni-MH battery pack and supports an optional car battery adapter (model CBA-CP100). Canon provides a one-year warranty covering parts and service.

    What's in the Box:
    Card Photo Printer CP-300 body, paper cassettes (4-by-6-inch and credit card size), ink cassette, Ni-MH battery, compact power adapter, CD-ROM driver, trial standard paper (4-by-6-inch size) ... Read more

    Features

    • 300 x 300 dpi resolution, dye-sublimation technology for rich color
    • Prints 4-by-6-inch snapshots in as little as 85 seconds
    • Supports PictBridge for direct digital-camera printing, no PC required
    • Includes rechargeable Ni-MH battery pack for complete portability
    • USB interface, PC and Mac compatible; 1-year warranty

    Reviews (13)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Goodbye inkjet photo prints
    I've gone through a number of HP inkjet photo printers.Printing my own photos was somewhat of a novelty, but I had to concede that none rivaled prints done at a photo lab.Finally after struggling with ink costs, paper costs, and less than impressive print quality, I started to use ofoto.com.Recently, I got the bug again and invested in the CP-220.This little unit puts all of the other ones that I've owned (three HP printers) to shame.Durable prints, great color, compact design, PictBridge, etc. make this printer a hands down winner!

    To those of you that travel and would like to bring your printer with you, consider the CP-300... same printer, but comes with a Li-Ion battery pack so you don't need AC power.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Incompatible with HP Photosmart Software
    I ran into a problem where the paper type selection was unavailble.Canon technical support was less than helpful.I figured out that the HP Photosmart software that's installed for my HP P1000 printer was causing the problem.After I exited the HP software in the system tray, the Canon printer began working fine.Canon's response was sometimes software is incompatible.I've found several reports on the web with people having the same problem, so Canon should know about it.The only reason I'm rating it as a 3 is because the picture quality when it actually prints from the PC is excellent.The results weren't quite as good printing directly from a Canon S200 camera; the picture wasn't as sharp.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Good quality photos, but--
    These Canon card printers do a fine job if you are printing directly from the camera -- or it is the only printer you own if trying to print from your computer.I bought the printer to do snapshots, while I own several other printers for documents and larger photographs.Even if you only have Adobe Acrobat on your system, the printer will not work. It is useless to me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Printer, but........
    I have had this portable printer only a few days, and have only printed 18 prints on it so far, all on the Card Size photo paper.These little pictures are really neat, and will be a conversation item at family gatherings, I'm sure.The color you get is phenomenal, as true as any photo coloring I have ever seen, even on commercially developed film. My only complaint with it is that is is not easy for me to use.Evidently others have not had this problem, if what I have read in the other "Customer Reviews" is correct.Perhaps that is because all the others appear to be men who have written the reports and I am a female and perhaps not as "technical savvy" as the guys, as well as being older than most, if not all, of them, since I am a great grandmother, and my generation wasn't exposed to electronic technology at an early age and we did not grow up with a lot of electronic gadgets, but I love them, all the same!
    I hooked my Canon G5 camera to the printer, as per instructions, and had no problems there, (I had my dear husband's assistance with all the cables) and got the ink cartridge and paper tray loaded into the printer with no trouble, but my problem started when I got to the point of sending instructions from the camera to the printer.I did get it done, obviously, since I printed 18 pictures, but sending the correct message to the printer didn't always work correctly!I got nine prints of a photo that I didn't even know that I had asked for!I had not chosen that particular image to print, yet it kept pumping them out! By fiddling with the controls on the camera I was able to print a few photos that I did choose, but the Menu on my Canon G5 does not make it simple.You don't choose any of it on the actual printer, other than what size photos you want and that is determined by the size photo paper that you load into it, everything else is done with the Menu screen on your camera. I have three other digital cameras, but only one of a Canon Digital Camera.I am not sure if I am going to be able to use the other cameras, an Olympus Stylus 300, the Minolta Dimage 7i or the Gateway T50 with this printer or not.I hope that I will be able to, but I don't think they have the "PictBridge" feature that newer digital cameras are equipped with now, though none of my other digital cameras are very old, it is just that this "PictBridge" feature that enables the cameras to work with all printing mediums is very recent. I do like this little printer and will keep it, it wil be great when we go on vacation and it will definitely accompany us, but I wish it were easier to use.If any of you reading this has any tips that might help me, e-mail me with the info most definitely! Also any information on whether or not the printer works with other than Canon cameras or cameras without the "Pict-Bridge" feature. Thanx for any incoming corespondence and helpful information.Sincerely......Alphia D. Larkins aka Mimi3plus3@aol.com

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fun, Functional, and Surprisingly Versatile!
    I own a Canon A70 digital camera and wanted a non-inkjet photo printer for lab-quality photos. The CP 300 exceeded all of my expectations. The 4x6 paper comes ready with post card formatting on the back for an absolutely perfect road trip tool! Just take the photo, print it in the car (the cp 300 comes with a battery pack!), slap a stamp on it, and toss it in a mailbox. Brilliant. Plus, the small credit card size photos are adorable and you can get the sticker kind (either full label or mini labels) which I anticipate will be even more fun. Tip: a business card holder is a perfect album for these little pics.

    All of this you've heard before. What you may not know is that you can print more than just photos with your cp 300! I do a little graphic art on the side and have been able to make high quality prints of original non-photo artwork (created in other programs and saved as a tiff) right through the software that comes with the printer!!

    The only aspect of this printer that is less than ideal is that the paper/ink packs are proprietary and not universally available yet, even online (especially the label kind). ... Read more


    20. Canon S530D Photo Printer
    by Canon Cameras US
    list price: $109.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006F2WD
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
    Sales Rank: 7688
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    The Canon S530D handles all your document printing needs with ease, without sacrificing photo print quality. Print directly from your Canon PowerShot digital camera or from your digital camera's memory card--either way you'll get crisp, clear, professional-quality print results.You can print 4-by-6-inch borderless prints at resolutions of up to 2,400 x 1,200 dpi; or print at lower resolutions in under a minute. Text is fast too: a single page of black text is delivered in just 4.5 seconds.

    The S530D supports new Exif 2.2 (Exchangeable Image Format File) technology for maximum color accuracy. Plus, exclusive Easy-PhotoPrint software (Windows only) can save important camera settings in your JPEG image files to automatically adjust printer driver settings for optimum image processing.

    The S530D is PC and Mac compatible, offers an optional image viewer for previewing your shots before they print, and handles a wide range of media types and sizes,including transparencies, T-shirt transfers, banner paper, and more. ... Read more

    Features

    • Lightfast technology makes photos that last approximately 25 years
    • Up to 2,400 x 1,200 color dpi, 600 x 600 dpi black
    • Up to 14 ppm black, 10 ppm color
    • Prints a 4-by-6-inch borderless photo in less than a minute
    • Advanced MicroFine Droplet Technology ensures true photo-quality

    Reviews (19)

    1-0 out of 5 stars print heads are duds
    I have had this printer for more than a year.At first, it was a great printer. Not anymore!!It uses up ink like no other, yes, it is great to have the individual tanks(which is why I bought the thing) but now the print head isn't working right.Do several deep cleanings and use up nearly all the full tanks up, and the problem is still there.The pages have splotchy black marks and the texts are only partially printed.Went to the canon website, they don't even acknowledge this printer ever existed.
    My recommendation is don't buy this model!!!

    3-0 out of 5 stars uses too much ink!!
    I have to agree w/ the other reviewer that said this printer is an ink eater. It's absolutely ridiculous how often I have to replace the ink cartridges. I rarely print in color & try to use the 'gray scale' option as much as possible, but it still doesn't help. Although the cartridges are cheaper (you can get all 4 for about $50) than most, they run out much faster so you end up spending just as much on them. The print quality is good & once the printer gets started it prints very fast, but having to go to the store & replace the cartridges all the time is a big hassle!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Ink eater!
    I've had this printer for about three months now and have printed about 20 pages total (not full color, not photographs).I am on my third set of cartridges already!In other words, after printing about ten pages (remember, not full color), I have to replace all the cartridges.I find the print quality to be quite good actually, but have never seen a printer eat through ink so quickly.Before buying a printer, I seriously suggest you look at the page output per cartridge.

    2-0 out of 5 stars CanonS530D Review
    This printer prints fast but the quality is poor. Consumer reports rates it a best buy but I disagree. Pictures come out very graney and its almost worthless to have a 2 megapixel or higher camera because the quality will not be seen with this printer. I do not recommend this printer to anyone. I bought the Cannon to replace a Hewlett Packard deskjet 932C and it was slow but the picture quality was superior to the Cannon. This purchase was a real dissapointment.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Canon S530D Printer
    I had purchased a refurbished Canon S530d printer for my wife for Christmas. So far, it has been fantastic. The text prints amazingly fast and crystal clear. We haven't taken full advantage of the photo printing part of the printer, but we tried it out on a regular piece of paper with good results. I can't wait to get some photo paper and try it there. ... Read more


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