The DPP-EX50 can be connected to Windows (98, 98SE, Me, 2000, XP Home, XP Pro) computer and used like any other photo printer with most any photo or graphic application. It can also be used in one of three ways without a computer:
The DPP-EX50 printer comes packed with built-in editing options, such as a red-eye reduction tool. When partnered with a TV, it helps the consumer identify any red-eye problems to be removed, and then the printer makes the correction automatically. In addition, there are other editing tools for adjusting image sharpness, contrast, brightness and size. The printer also has built-in creative options for adding personalized messages, changing images to black and white or sepia and adding creative borders to any print.
Prints are made in about 80 seconds and are sealed with SuperCoat 2 laminate, resulting in the durability required to withstand UV fading, spills, moisture and fingerprints.
Available now for about $180, the DPP-EX50 model has a compact, up-right
design (3.25 x 7.75 x 11) that puts the photo lab neatly next to a computer or television.
The printer comes in matte white, which blends nicely with any home dιcor.
Sony DPP-EX50 Features:
The only "setup" required is to load the dry ink ribbon into the printer,
fill the paper tray and plug the printer into the wall outlet. The ribbon
cartridges are marked so you can swap them in and out when using different
size media. There are no messy ink cartridges to deal with -- ever !
Compatible with both Windows 98, 98SE, Me, 2000, XP Home or XP Pro platforms, the EX-50 features
a USB 1.1 port for connection to the
host computer. The Video Out port allows for easy connection to TV sets.
Located on the front is the second USB port for connection to any
When printing via PC you only need to turn the printer on and use the
Input Select button to select "PC" mode. For PictBridge printing, turn printer
on, connect camera to front USB port, select "PictBridge" mode. These controls are mainly used
when the EX50 is connected to a TV set. The Menu button enables onscreen menus and the
Picture button puts you in the "select image and print" mode. The 4-way controller lets
you navigate menus and select options as well as selecting images to print.
Printing from Memory Cards
The Memory Stick and CompactFlash card slots are located conveniently on the top/front of the printer. You can directly read Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO (Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick Duo PRO with MS adapter), CompactFlash Type I or II or Microdrives. Other types of cards can be used if there's a CF card adapter available for them -- I know of CF adapters for xD-Picture Card and SmartMedia cards.
DPOF PrintingIf your memory card has images already tagged with standard DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) information -- just press the Auto Print button, the rest is automatic. Most digital cameras have a DPOF option that lets you select and tag images on the camera's LCD screen before removing the memory card.
When the EX50 is connected to a TV you will initally see a thumbnail preview mode like
this. Use the 4-way controller to move around the images or go to the next page of
thumbnails. You can quickly select and tag the photos you want to print and set the
quantity of each to be printed.
You can also select and view a larger image of your pictures before printing.
During the printing process an onscreen progress display is shown to let you know
what's going on and how long it will take. If you're printing lots of photos just go off
and do something else, the printer will do its assigned tasks without any need of assistance
unless it runs out of ribbon or paper.
Here's the Sony Cyber-shot W1 plugged into the EX50's PictBridge
USB port. Many of the new digital cameras are PictBridge compatible which means
you can print your photos with no computer needed. The EX50 is small and lightweight, you
can easily take it with you to your next party or family gathering and print photos
"on the spot."
When the camera and printer are connected you use the camera's color LCD to select the
image(s) you want and what options to print them with. Usually it's
as simple as select the photo and press the OK button -- 80 seconds later
your print is done!
DPP-EX Print Packs are available as follows:
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