Photo Printers Have Picture Perfect Goals
The novelty of printing your own photographs appeals to consumers not only for the entertainment value but because it can also save a trip to the photomat.
The two most readily available use either thermal dye sublimation (dye-sub), which uses a thermal print head to transfer ink from a ribbon, or an inkjet, which sprays ink through tiny nozzles.
Most recently, Kodak and Lexmark teamed up to produce one such printer, the Kodak Personal Picture Maker (PM100, $149 SRP after a $50 mail-in rebate), a stand-alone inkjet unit that does not need a PC to operate. Working with any Type I CompactFlash and SmartMedia camera cards, users can print 1,200 x 1,200 dpi photos and edit their images by cropping and enlarging portions of the images, adding text and frames, and printing a digital index "contact sheet."