have introduced the CAMEDIA P-440 digital photo printer which they say features:
- Larger print area
- Faster print time
- Lower cost
- Colour LCD
This 314 dpi dye-sublimation printer takes just 75 seconds to deliver an A4
laminated print. The P-440`s dye-sublimation technology heats the ribbons holding
the transparent ink which then diffuses on to the paper. This method avoids
the grid patterns often found with ink-jet models and produces true (24 bit)
continuous colour tones. Dye sublimation models therefore need less resolution
than ink-jet printers to achieve high-quality realistic results.
Photos printed with a dye-sublimation model are resistant to environmental
damage such as light and humidity. The pictures are also protected against staining
ensuring that the user is able to keep shots in perfect condition for many years
after they are snapped.
The P-440 uses Print Image Matching technology connecting only to digital
cameras which support this standard to produce best possible results. The P-440
is able to look for information the compatible cameras have provided about each
individual shot. For example, the printer can read record shooting settings,
such as white balance, for each photo. By assessing these details, the printer
can determine the optimum print settings needed to recreate the scene faithfully.
The P-440 boasts an integrated ICC profile which ensures that it uses a palette
of colours which correspond to those used by the camera. The reproduction fidelity
is so impressive that on-the-spot proofing is possible saving precious time
for busy professionals.
The user can save more time by inserting storage cards from a digital camera
directly in to the printer without having to first download the images to a
computer. The P-440 has slots for both xD-Picture Card as well as, via an adapter,
Compact Flash and SmartMedia cards.
The printer features an integrated colour 1.8 LCD which displays the
images clearly so the user can check them and make small alterations immediately.
For presentations on larger screens, connection to a Windows or Mac computer
via the USB interface is possible. The model can also be linked up to a television
via the video out connection.