Kodak CX7430 Review
EasyShare Printer Dock
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
|print sizes||One - 4"x6" (102x152 mm); Two - 3"x4" (76x102 mm); Four - 2"x3" (51x76 mm); Nine - 1.3"x2" (34x51 mm)|
|media size||4"x7" (102x184 mm), including two 0.6" (16 mm) perforated sections (one on each end)|
|print technology||Continuous tone thermal dye transfer|
|print speed||90 seconds (120 seconds first print direct from camera)|
|battery charging||in-camera charging in less than 3.5 hours|
|power options||24V AC adapter|
|battery recharging compatibility||Ni-MH battery pack (included) and Li-Ion battery (included with select KODAK EASYSHARE Digital Cameras)|
|image transfer||One-button picture transfer|
|file formats||JPEG/EXIF v2.2|
|weight||1110 g (39 oz.) (with tray)|
|dimensions||WxHxD (with tray): 13.1x7.4x3.3 in. (33.4x18.8x8.3 cm)|
|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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