Kodak DX6440 Review

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EasyShare 6000 Printer Dock



Kodak EasyShare DX6440 Zoom

This is the $199 (or less) Kodak EasyShare 6000 Printer Dock. It performs all the same functions as the EasyShare 6000 Dock (charges the camera's NiMH battery pack that comes with the printer dock, downloads images and movie clips to the computer via the USB port and connects to a TV for slideshows) plus it's a high quality 4x6-inch (10x15cm) borderless dye transfer printer.

The EasyShare 6000 Printer Dock works with all Kodak EasyShare CX/DX 6000 and LS 600 series cameras. It can be used with or without a computer. It's small, lightweight and very portable.





Kodak EasyShare DX6440 Zoom

This is a dye transfer printer, not an inkjet. 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 DX6440 Zoom

The 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. Two minutes later you have a photo lab-quality 4x6-inch print that is dry to the touch and has a protective XtraLife overcoat to resist fingeprints, water and is U/V fade resistant.



Kodak EasyShare DX6440 Zoom

Using the controls you can print the current picture (default), print the pictures that have been preselected using the Share button, print all, or print an index sheet. The "-" and "+" buttons lets you scroll through the pictures stored in the camera and print whatever is shown on the LCD.

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.



Kodak EasyShare DX6440 Zoom

The 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, breaking the paper down into two packages helps keep it fresher.


Kodak EasyShare DX6440 Zoom

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



Kodak EasyShare DX6440 Zoom

To make a "perfect" 4x6-inch borderless print you use the camera's Best (3:2) quality mode. The 3:2 aspect ratio yields an image that fits perfectly on the 4x6-inch paper with no cropping required, your entire image is printed. The white borders you see on this print are break-away tabs that you remove after the print is finished.

When printing images captured with the other quality settings some cropping will occur.












Specifications

printing modesprint current, preselected, all, or index
print sizesborderless 4" x 6" (102x152 mm), index
media size4" x 7" (102x181 mm), including two 0.6" (14.5 mm) perforated sections (one on each end)
print technologycontinuous tone thermal dye transfer
print speed90 sec. (120 sec. first print direct from camera)
battery chargingin-camera charging in less than 3 hours*
power options24V AC adapter
battery recharging compatibilityprinter dock 6000 charges Ni-MH battery pack (included) and Li-Ion battery (included with select Kodak EasyShare digital cameras)
image transferone-button picture transfer
compatibilityworks with Kodak EasyShare CX/DX 6000 and LS600 series cameras
TV viewingone-touch display on TV
file formatsJPEG/EXIF v2.2
weight1057 g (34 oz.)
dimensionsWxHxD (with tray): 198.3x157.8x411 mm (7.8x6.2x16 in.)
warrantyone year




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