Kodak CX7430 Review

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Kodak EasyShare CX7430



EasyShare Printer Dock



Kodak EasyShare Printer Dock

This is the Kodak EasyShare Printer Dock. It charges the camera's battery pack in 3.5 hours or less, downloads images and movie clips to the host computer via high-speed USB 2.0 port and prints high quality 4x6-inch (10x15cm) borderless photos.

The Printer Dock works with all Kodak EasyShare CX/DX 6000/7000 and LS 600/700 series cameras. It can be used with or without a computer. It's small, lightweight and very portable and PictBridge compatible so it also works with any digital camera that supports the new USB-direct printing standard.

And the Printer Dock can be used like any other photo printer when it is attached to your Windows (98, 98SE, 2000, Millennium Edition, XP) or Macintosh OS 10.2 or higher computer via its USB interface.

The Printer Dock can print 4 selectable sizes ranging from full photo -- 4"x6", 3"x4" credit card size with borders to multiple 2"x3" wallets and 1.3"x2" mini photos. You can also print directly from most popular memory cards using the optional KODAK 8-in-1 USB Card Reader.


Kodak EasyShare Printer Dock

This is a dye transfer printer, not an inkjet. Never change another messy, leaking ink cartridge, this is a 100% dry process. The printing is accomplished by a four-pass process, one for each color (cyan, yellow and magenta) and the forth pass applies the XtraLife protective overcoat.

A thermal printhead uses heat to transfer ink dyes from a mylar sheet and fuses them in the paper. This is a subtractive color process, the color dyes are transparent and can be placed on top of each other to create up to 16 million colors and produces a picture the equal of conventional photo prints.



Kodak EasyShare Printer Dock

Operation couldn't be easier -- you just place the camera on the dock, it turns the camera on, you select a picture on the camera's color LCD and press the PRINT button. Ninety seconds later you have a photo lab-quality 4x6-inch print that's dry to the touch and has a protective overcoat to resist fingerprints, water and U/V fading.



Kodak EasyShare Printer Dock

You select the picture by pressing Right or Left on the center controller and print the picture displayed on the LCD by pressing the large center button. The button on the left lets you select the printing mode (full photo -- 4"x6", 3"x4" credit card size with borders to multiple 2"x3" wallets and 1.3"x2" mini photos).

The indicators across the top warn if the paper is out, show the level of charge in the camera battery and tell you when it is time to replace the ribbon cartridge. The button on the right is the Power on/off button.



Kodak EasyShare Printer Dock

The PH-40 print packs contain the ribbon cartridge and two packs of printing paper with 20 sheets in each pack. The ribbon is good for all 40 prints, separating the paper into two packages helps keep it fresher.


Kodak EasyShare Printer Dock

The street price is $24.99 so the "per print" cost is approximately $0.62 each.

To make "perfect" 4x6-inch borderless prints you need to use your camera's Best (3:2) quality mode. This 3:2 aspect ratio yields an image that fits perfectly on the 4x6-inch size paper with no cropping -- the entire image is printed.

When making 4x6" prints from non-3:2 quality images you will lose a little bit of the top and bottom of your image.



Kodak EasyShare Printer Dock

As mentioned above, the Printer Dock is PictBridge compatible and works with many of the latest digital cameras from many different manufacturers - shown here connected to the Canon Powershot A310. You connect the camera to the Printer Dock using the camera's regular USB download cable. The user selects photo(s) on the camera's LCD and then presses a button to print them!



Kodak EasyShare Printer Dock

For those EasyShare cameras that use two AA batteries -- a rechargeable NiMH battery pack is included with the Printer Dock. This battery pack is charged whenever the camera is placed on the Printer Dock.







Specifications

Printing
print sizesOne - 4"x6" (102x152 mm); Two - 3"x4" (76x102 mm); Four - 2"x3" (51x76 mm); Nine - 1.3"x2" (34x51 mm)
media size4"x7" (102x184 mm), including two 0.6" (16 mm) perforated sections (one on each end)
print technologyContinuous tone thermal dye transfer
print speed90 seconds (120 seconds first print direct from camera)
Power
battery chargingin-camera charging in less than 3.5 hours
power options24V AC adapter
battery recharging compatibilityNi-MH battery pack (included) and Li-Ion battery (included with select KODAK EASYSHARE Digital Cameras)
Other Specifications
image transferOne-button picture transfer
file formatsJPEG/EXIF v2.2
weight1110 g (39 oz.) (with tray)
dimensionsWxHxD (with tray): 13.1x7.4x3.3 in. (33.4x18.8x8.3 cm)
warranty1 year
compatibility Windows 98, 98SE, 2000, Millennium Edition, XP

Macintosh OS 10.2 or higher. USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 compatible.





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