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At £179.99, this portable anytime and anyplace photo printer is, in effect, a full digital photo laboratory, measuring only 20cms square. Equipped with USB and infra-red ports, it is universally compatible with digital cameras, camcorders and mobile phones, and it connects with all types of memory cards. It has PictBridge compatibility, allowing the user to output pictures direct from a camera, via a USB lead, without the necessity of a PC. It also comes Bluetooth enabled for wireless connectivity, and it has a colour LCD display.
Sagems dye-sublimation technology generates continuous tone images, using 16.7 million colours at 300 dpi that are a match for laboratory-processed photographs. The printed images are realistic and have a high degree of tonal variation. This is particularly evident where there are large areas of similar colours in the same frame e.g. as on landscapes and skin tones.
10cms x 15cms borderless prints are produced within 120 seconds. A high density plastic laminate seals the dyes into strong, tear-proof photographic paper and protects the prints from fading, water damage and fingerprints. The bottom line is that the photos will stay in the same excellent condition for years to come.
Its stable mate, the Sagem Photo Easy 155 is also a well-specified portable machine. It has all the features and capabilities of the 255 model with the exception of editing commands and automatic enhancement, and it has a mono, not colour, LCD display. Again, at an rrp of £129.99, it represents excellent value.
Both the Sagem Photo Easy 255 and the Sagem Photo Easy 155 are supplied with refill cartridges, including a ribbon cartridge and high strength photo paper, ready for immediate use.