The DPP-FP50 can be connected to a Windows (98SE, Me, 2000, XP) 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:
Prints are made in about 60 seconds and are sealed with SuperCoat 2 laminate, resulting in the durability required to withstand UV fading, spills, moisture and fingerprints.
The FP50 features a wireless remote control that makes it possible to print, edit, and enjoy lab-quality pictures from the comfort of your favorite chair. The new model also supports the PictBridge standard, so images can be viewed and printed directly from a compatible digital camera without having to turn on a computer or fuss with image editing software.
The FP50 photo printer uses dye-sublimation technology to create durable, lab quality prints. Each print is sealed with SuperCoat 2 laminate, which makes photos resistant to spills, moisture and fingerprints.
The printer also comes loaded with built-in editing options, such as red-eye correction
that identifies any red-eye problems and then enables the printer to make the
correction automatically. It features 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 artistic borders to any print.
Sony DPP-FP50 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 Windows 98, 98SE, Me, 2000, XP Home or XP Pro platforms, the FP50 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
FP50 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 buttons lets you
navigate menus and select options as well as selecting images to print.
The included infrared remote allows you to control the printer from across the room
when the FP50 is connected to your TV set. Run a slideshow of your images and stop
and print those pictures whenever desired.
Printing from Memory Cards
The CompactFlash (Type I or II), Memory Stick/MS Pro and Secure Digital card slots are located along the top/front edge 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 and Secure Digital. 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 FP50 is connected to a TV you will initally see a 20-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 N1 plugged into the FP50'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 FP50 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 -- approx. 80 seconds later
your print is done!
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