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Sony DPP-MP1
Photo Printer

Posted 10/31/01

Sony DPP-MP1 Photo Printer

If "size matters" -- then how's this for a color photo printer ?

Sony DPP-MP1 Photo Printer

Sony's new DPP-MP1 digital photo printer is the world's smallest dye sublimation printer. Weighing just under one pound (excluding battery and paper tray), the miniature printer can be used with either the supplied AC adapter or an optional battery pack.

The DPP-MP1 produces beautiful, borderless, full-color photos anywhere in less than two minutes. The printer and optional battery pack will be available in November for about $280 and $70, respectively.

The new DPP-MP1 printer can be driven by a personal computer via USB or directly from Memory Stick media. It uses durable business card-size paper (4.12 x 1.97 in.), made popular by a variety of current devices. Paper is available in packs of 24 and is sold with a print cartridge for about $20.

Sony DPP-MP1 Photo Printer

The printer is supplied with paper tray, AC adapter, USB cable and test printing pack.

Sony DPP-MP1 Photo Printer

The optional battery pack attaches to the end of the printer and allows it to be used anywhere. Included are four 1700 mAH NiMH rechargeable AA batteries and a rapid charger.

Sony DPP-MP1 Photo Printer

Just like other dye sub printers, the DPP-MP1 uses a ribbon cartridge containing the three primary colors (cyan, yellow and magenta). The ink from the ribbon is transfered to the paper by a thermal process in four passes, one for each color plus a protective overcoat.

Sony DPP-MP1 Photo Printer

The simplest way to use the DPP-MP1 is with a Memory Stick module from your digital camera. Before removing the MS from the camera you select the pictures to be printed using the DPOF (Digital Print Order Form) feature in playback mode.

The DPP-MP1 can also be connected directly to a computer via the USB port and controlled by a graphics program using the supplied printer drivers.

Sony DPP-MP1 Photo Printer

If using a Memory Stick, all you need do is press the DPOF button to print the pictures that you have pre-selected in the camera. Or you can select pictures and the number of prints desired manually.

Sony DPP-MP1 Photo Printer

Not much larger than Sony's ultra-small DSC-P1 digital camera, the miniature DPP-MP1 printer is sure to turn heads wherever you use it.

Sony DPP-MP1 Photo Printer

Steve's Conclusion

It's as small and portable as the diminuitive DSC-P1 or DSC-P5 digital camera and works "hand in glove" with any of Sony's cameras that use a Memory Stick, right up to the 5-megapixel DSC-F707 .   If you thought your digital camera was impressive because you could show someone their picture on the color LCD moments after taking it -- imagine how impressed they'll be when you hand them a color print!

Operation couldn't be simpler, you put your camera into playback mode, review your pictures on the LCD display and select the ones you want to print using the DPOF feature. Place the Memory Stick in the DPP-MP1 and press the DPOF button - that's it!

If you want to use the printer with your computer then all you need to do is to plug it into the USB port and load the included software drivers. You can now output your pictures to it from any photo editing or graphics program just like any other photo printer.

The DPP-MP1 produces true-to-life color prints that are waterproof and have about the same longevity as conventionally processed photo prints. The printer itself is very quiet as it pulls the paper in and out four times, once for each color pass and a fourth pass to apply a protective overcoat. In about two minutes out comes the finished print, dry to the touch and ready to be shared with friends and family.

The DPP-MP1 printer is not only functional, it's ultra-cool. The "Wow" factor alone gets this little gem a solid two thumbs up from me !

Sony DPP-MP1 Specifications

Print system Dye Sublimation type thermal print system
Resolution 307 x 307 dpi
Gradation 3 color (YMC), 8-bit, 256 gradation processing
Print pixel number Largest 1,010×628 dot
Paper size 4.12 x 1.97 in.
(104.6mm x 50.0mm)
Print size 3.21 x 1.97 in.
(81.6 x 50.0 mm)
Print time Approximately 90 seconds
(data processing time not being included)
Interface Memory stick slot
Digital I/O USB (Ver1.1) terminal
Corresponding picture format DCF *
Paper feed method Automatic operation paper feed
Print paper capacity Maximum of 12 sheets
Accessories incl. Paper tray and AC adapter, power source cable, instruction manual and carrying pouch
Power source Input: 100-240VAC 50/60Hz output: DC12V 3A
optional battery pack with four NiMH AA cells
Power consumption Approximately 25w (when printing)
Dimensions 2.6 x 1.5 x 4.38 in.
66.2 x 38.9 x 111.2 mm
(paper tray & battery excluded)
Weight Approx. 9.1 oz (259g) printer itself
17 oz (479g) incl. batteries, paper tray and print cartridge

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