to get the shots,
and keep the shots...
digital camera to computer to snapshot prints now a reality:
When I first heard about this printer I was a bit suspicious -- how could
a printer so cheap produce good prints. We decided to give it a try.
At Christmas time when this unit was tested, they were going for around $279. Today,
it's found in most Staples and Office Max stores for around $179.
While there are others, this is the HP PhotoSmart 100 series printer, which prints
up to 0.33 ppm (best mode), with a color resolution of up to 2400 x 1200 dpi
(on premium photo paper).
I tested both the memory stick from my brother's SONY Mavica, and the Smart Media
from my Olympus cameras. Both worked beautifully and produced prints that come very
close to continuous tone prints.
If one looks very close, you can see a bit of pixilation -- however, most people
we showed prints to did not think they were digitsl.
This unit supports CompactFlash, SmartMedia, and Sony Memory Stick memory cards.
You get realistic prints with up to 2400 x 1200 dpi on premium photo paper. If you're
heading out for vacation, it's easy to bring along, weighing in at less than three
You control the printer from it's operations panel on top, and loading paper is very
simple and straight forward. The best part is you can print directly from a digital
camera -- without the use of a computer! Bad news for Mac users if you should want
to use the USB interface, because it supports only Windows 98, 2000, Me, and XP.
(Click here for a close up.)
HP Thermal Inkjet, and prints media sizes, std. 4 x 6 in. You can load it with plain
paper or index cards, if you really want to, but I recommend the high-gloss photo
paper (4 x 6) you can pick up at most any office supply store. It's rather expensive
running from 35 cents to a buck-fifty per shot, depending on where you buy it. Check
your local CostCo or Price Club, they had EPSON photo paper in ours recently for
half of the usual cost. The unit comes with a 1-year limited warranty, and seems
to be very sturdy. (8.8 x 4.3 x 4.7 inches, 2.9 lb
You can probably find good deals online, and for that you should go to the Ace
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