- Consumer Electronics & Personal Gadgets
Portable Picture Printer
You already have your high quality digital camera, so now it's time for a photo printer. There are many different options to choose from, but you'll find that your better brands, really do have the better printers. HP, Sony, Epson, and Canon, have all rated pretty high on quality and performance.
You'll find that the picture printers will save you money from having to take your digital camera, cell phone, or media card to a drug store or whereever in order to get your pictures printed. Although, it may be more convenient to just upload to Wal*Mart and have them mail your pictures to you, it can be more expensive and more pricey than if you were to have your own picture printer at home so that you can print your own pictures and have them near immediately.
Once you make the initial purchase of the photo printer, the only thing you'll need to do is purchase replacement ink cartridges and paper, which is a small price to pay considering you'll get more use out of the ink and paper, meaning each print will cost less than if you went to the store.
HP Compact Photo Printer
With the HP Compact picture printer you can print pictures of all sizes ranging from wallet sized to 5x7 inches, plus a panorama size. This may be a small portable printer, but it has a lot of features that allow you to crop, zoom, and add creative frames and text to enhance your pictures without using a computer. You can view the image before you print on the 2.4 inch display so that you know what you're going to print and it's what you want.
The compact printer is able to detect and automatically remove red eye, which is definitely a plus.
You'll encounter simple menus, which makes using this printer more enjoyable with less complication.
The main problem you may find is that the ink cartridges can be expensive to replace. HP doesn't use the refillable cartridges.
Sony Picture Station Photo Printer
The Sony Picture Station allows you to print lab-quality pictures in about 45 seconds using a media card or about 56 seconds using a direct PictBridge connection to a Sony Cyber-shot camera. You can even print 4x6 inch borderless pictures with a protective laminate coating so that it even looks like you ordered the pictures from the store, especially when you notice that the images remain bright year after year.
The photo printer has Auto Touch-Up so to reduce red-eye, correct exposure, and improve focus. The built-in 2.5 inch LCD screen even lets you view the images before you print, and the portable design with carrying handle lets you have the ability to carry your printer with you with ease and print pictures from anywhere.
The printer has 256 shades for each of the three dye colors- cyan, magenta, and yellow, which adds up to 16.7 million colors for each pixel, creating vivid, lifelike images.
The Sony Bionz Image Processor is able to bring out he best in faces with the face detection feature. The D-range optimizer helps reveal more details in both bright highlights and dark shadows.
There are other picture editing features such as the ability to enlarge or reduce image size, rotate images, shift images, improve composition, add special filter effects (such as cross-filter highlights, partial color, sepia, monochrome, paint, and fish-eye lens effect), and superimpose messages or greetings on photo prints.
The Sony Picture Printer supports multiple media card formats such as Memory Stick media, Memory Stick Duo media, Memory Stick Duo PRO media, SD, SDHC, and miniSD media (without adaptor) as well as Compact Flash media, Micro Drive media and other standard media (with optional adaptors).
You can even print an index page.
Epson PictureMate Express Printer
With this high performance photo printer, you can print lab quality pictures at home. The protective surface helps to protect your images from moisture, fingerprints, smudges, and fading for years.
The Epson PictureMate Express printer has 6 color pigment technology with 5760x1440 optimized DPI resolution. so that the pictures are rich and vibrant. You can even print black and white or sepia tones with the classic border or borderless pictures. You can print 4x6 pictures, as well as wallet size pictures, all under 80 seconds. You can even save your photos on a CD-R, zip drive, or USB flash drive.
The printer supports multiple media card types; you can even connect to your computer via a USB cable or directly from compatible digital cameras.
The manufacturer claims that one ink cartridge will last for 20- 4x6 pictures, but many claim to have been able to print more than 30 pictures with the same cartridge before noticing any effects from low ink.
Canon Pixma Compact Photo Inkjet Printer
The Canon Pixma Compact Printer was designed to be provide lab quality pictures on the go. There is a convenient carrying handle so that you can just carry the lightweight printer with you to events and vacations in order to have your pictures right then and there.
The Canon picture printer prints 5x7 pictures at a color resolution up to 9600x2400 DPI in less than one minute.
The Canon compact printer features a convenient scroll wheel for simple operation and a 2.5 inch, high definition TFT display so that you can preview you pictures before you print them from your media card, digital camera, or camera phone.
There is no warm-up needed to get this picture printer started. Just press power and get started. You can print via a compatible Bluetooth device by using the optional USB Bluetooth adapter, as well as various media cards.
When you purchase the Canon Compact photo printer you receive a one year limited warranty , as well as an AC adapter, color fine cartridge, cross sell sheet, direct printing guide, setup software and user's guide CD-ROM, power cord, print head, and sample sheets