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Olympus P-330
Photo Printer



Posted 4/25/2000




Olympus P-330 Photo Printer


The Olympus P-330 Photo Printer features true photographic output with continuous-tone, 306 dpi dye-sublimation printing in 24-bit color. It accepts input from SmartMedia flash cards, a Windows 95/98 PC through the parallel port, a Macintosh PC through the serial port or a video device. The output is printed on 4 x 6" (A6) glossy paper or sticker sheets.



Olympus P-330 Photo Printer

The P-330 accepts either 3.3v or 5 SmartMedia cards up to 32MB in capacity.

As an added bonus the printer becomes a parallel port card reader when attached to a Windows/PC. Software is included that installs the printer as a removeable drive resource under Windows.



Olympus P-330 Photo Printer

Inkjet printers squirt water-based inks onto the surface of the paper. A dye sublimation printer uses heat to transfer dyes from a ribbon into the emulsion of the paper. This gives them the same permanence as conventional photos unlike inkjet prints that fade when exposed to the light.

The film ribbon contains the three primary colors; yellow, magenta and cyan.



Olympus P-330 Photo Printer

The video input/output ports are on the side. There are S-Video and regular RCA video input connectors for connection to camcorders, DVDs, VCRs and other video devices. The Video Out connector goes to your TV set.



Olympus P-330 Photo Printer

On the back are the printer output ports. Centronics parallel for Windows PCs and a serial port for Macintosh computers.



Olympus P-330 Photo Printer

This is the top control panel, using these buttons you select the desired printing options or display modes and select the images you want to print when connected to a TV set.



Olympus P-330 Photo Printer

This is the Index screen displayed on the TV after you insert a SmartMedia card with your pictures on it. You now use the 4-way jog switch to select the pictures you want to print.



Olympus P-330 Photo Printer

Using the options buttons on the control panel you can enable date printing on your finished photos.



Olympus P-330 Photo Printer

You can also select multiple image mode and print 4, 9 or 16 per page.



Olympus P-330 Photo Printer

There is also a crop option to zoom-in on a smaller portion of the picture.




Steve's Conclusion

The Olympus P-330 is an excellent photo printer. When used with a PC it can produce prints from any Windows application in 2 minutes or less depending on the speed of the PC. When used standalone, the processing time depends on the size of the input images. The higher the resolution, the longer the processing time.

The P-330 may not have as many standalone print options as the Panasonic PV-PD2100 but it does offer the ability to be a parallel port card reader on Windows PC machines. Parallel port data transfers are much faster than using the serial port and it saves your camera batteries too.

Olympus has a newer version (P-330N) of this printer out now that can read in the larger 64MB SmartMedia cards and is also compatible with Windows NT.

The average cost per print is about $.50 to $.65 depending on where you get the ribbon and paper kits ($25-30). The kits consist of 50 sheets of paper in two seperate packs and a ribbon cassette. The smaller pack sizes keep the paper fresher for those that don't make that many prints at a time.

If you want to do your own photo printing at home -- this is the way to go.







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