Advantages Fantasic photo-lab quality
Disadvantages A little pricey
The printer is a real no-brainer to use with a PictBridge-compatible camera - just plug the camera into it and press the "print" button (it can also be plugged into a PC and used like a conventional printer).The paper/ink packs cost around £10 for 36 prints, and you'll soon see why they are sold in packs. The printer is a "dye sublimation" printer, and works like a commercial printing machine by repeatedly passing the paper through the printer and applying each of the ink colours (yellow, cyan, magenta) to build up the final image. It's fascinating to watch the picture forming as the paper goes back and forth.
The printer is a little on the slow side, taking around a minute to print a photo, but as I mentioned above it is fascinating to watch, and a talking point if you have anyone around! However most cameras should allow you to select a number of photos to print, and you can leave it to it.The printer itself is a really nice bit of kit - very small (about the size of a thick paperback), with lights inside that glow to tell you what it is doing, but it's a little noisy when printing.
All-in-all an excellent printer, producing genuine photo-lab quality prints.
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