Kodak have announced the launch of the 8500 Digital Photo Printer in Europe.
This sheet-fed printer sets high standards for speed and image quality at an
affordable price range.
This true photo-quality printer produces continuous tone pictures at only
75 seconds per
20,3 x 25,4 cm image - a speed superior to other thermal-based and inkjet printers
at this price. Kodak Professional's new printer is designed to appeal to independent
portrait studios, commercial photographers and advanced amateurs who request
a faster, photo-quality alternative to inkjet. The resulting prints have a real
"The affordable, photo-quality Kodak Professional 8500 Digital Photo Printer
gives professional photographers new opportunities to sell more prints, deliver
proofs faster and build their businesses", said Clare Bruce, Marketing
Manager, Kodak Professional in the UK. "This compact, portable printer
can go on the road, on site and on the desktop, and opens up a wealth of entrepreneurial
opportunities for any photographer. The introduction of the new printer fits
within the strategies for growth of the Eastman Kodak Company, driving output
in all forms."
Best desktop photo printing productivity
The 8500 printer provides robust photo prints at a competitive cost per print,
and its full-frame buffer (24 MB RAM) provides high print productivity. It prints
all standard photo sizes up to a full 20,3 x 25,4 cm for low media (paper and
Designed to be portable, the 8500 printer is an ideal solution for on-site photographers
who need to produce professional-quality images immediately. The lightweight
printer is based on dry, thermal technology that requires no special electrical,
plumbing or cooling support. It plugs easily into existing workflows and is
easy to operate and maintain.
With continuous tone output at 314 dpi, and the ability to produce both matte
and gloss finishes, the 8500 printer delivers true photo-quality output virtually
anywhere. It uses Kodak Professional Ektatherm ribbon and paper, and its enclosed
paper path allows for higher reliability and fewer remakes.
The new Kodak Professional 8500 Ektatherm media provides image permanence
that is comparable to traditional photographic prints. The printer is designed
as an open-architecture device that can be used with virtually any application
and supported by virtually any operating system, including Windows 98/ME, NT
4.0, 2000 and XP systems, as well as Apple 9.X systems (Apple OS X system is
planned for the fourth Quarter of this year). It connects via either a USB or
parallel interface, and comes with a power cable, paper tray, dust covers, a
ribbon carrier, print drivers, user documentation, and a CD copy of Adobe Elements.