Panasonic PV-PD2100

The Panasonic PV-PD2100 is a very capable 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. I tested it with everything from small 640 x 480 VGA-size images all the way up to the huge 2048 x 1536 images from the new Nikon 990 -- the PD2100 printed them all without problem. All of the new digicams have a feature called DPOF that allows you to enter the printing information on the memory card with your pictures. You go through your pictures in PLAY mode and mark the ones you want to print and how many prints of each you want made. Pop the memory card into the PD2100 and press the Print button. It reads in the DPOF info and automatically begins printing only the images that you marked. It couldn't be easier! I have amazed a lot of people by making prints only moments after taking their picture. The back of the photos are setup just like a postcard and it can be mailed like one too. Everybody that sees these incredible prints say, "Did you print these? They look just like the ones I get from my photo finisher." The prints can be handled as soon as they come out of the printer and last as long as conventional photo prints. 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, sealed packs and two ribbon cassettes. The smaller pack sizes keep the paper and ribbons 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.