The DPP-SV55 printer may be just the solution you're looking for if you want a simple
way to print your digicam images with or without a computer. It's as simple as plug
the video cable into the "video in" connection on the front (or back) of most TV's,
insert your memory card, scroll through the pictures, pick one to print and press the
PRINT button. It only takes about 90 seconds to produce a 4 x 6" print.
As with all dye sublimation printers, the DPP-SV55 produces photo-quality prints with
16-million colors using a thermal transfer process. The ribbon cartridge consists of
three colors; cyan, magenta, yellow plus the protective over-coat. The color dyes are
transferred to the print paper by heat and are actually fused into the surface of the
paper, one pass under the print head for each color. To insure its longevity the
print is run through the printer a fourth time and the clear over-coat is laminated on
top of the picture. The overcoat makes the prints waterproof and resistant to fading
from exposure to the light. You can choose between glossy or texture finish for the
clear over-coat. Print packs (paper and ribbon) are available in 4" x 6" or the
smaller 3.5" x 4" size with postcard back and 4" x 6" Sticker print kits.
The DPP-SV55 is lightweight and small enough to be easily taken along to parties,
meetings, presentations or wherever it's needed. You will need access to a TV to make
prints without a computer so all you need to bring with you is the printer, your
camera and the video cable. As you can see from the screens above, there are a
multitude of built-in editing options and printing features, which are accessed by
menu selections. The printer can also be used as a presentation device by connecting
the video out port to a TV or other video device. Of course the printer can also be
connected to a Windows PC or Macintosh computer via the USB port which greatly
reduces the image processing times.
If you use one of Sony's digicams then you'll appreciate the dedicated Memory Stick
drive slot. The DPP-SV55 can be used with virtually any other digital camera that uses
flash memory cards. The PCMCIA card slot accepts Type II adapters for CompactFlash as
well as SmartMedia and Secure Digital / MultiMedia cards. When connected to a
computer the printer's card slots can be used as a card reader for transferring your
images to the hard drive.
photo printer reviews. The SV88 even
has a built-in CD-RW drive to read the Sony Mavica CD camera's mini CD discs as well
as letting you archive photos from the Memory Stick (or other flash card) to standard
size CD-R or CD-RW discs. The SV77 has a LCD touch screen to allow full previewed and
controlled printing with or without a TV or computer.