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4"x6" Printers: Your Own Photo Lab

Conclusion

All of these 4"x6" printers do a good job when it comes to quality. But with only a couple of exceptions, you'll do better to stick to color printing, since black and white printing generally suffers from the absence of black ink or film.

Regarding the technologies used, sublimation is a little behind inkjet, but boasts faster printing speeds and will probably be more pleasing to those who prefer their prints on matte paper.

As for the printers themselves, the HP came out ahead by a length with its Photosmart 375, which produces excellent results, is very adaptable, and has a reasonable cost of use. Kodak is simply out of the race. Epson and Canon will have to quickly find ways to offer products that are more user-friendly than the PictureMate and Selphy DS700, whose lack of a preview display is a major drawback. And the pleasant surprise comes from Lexmark, who has managed to rather quietly come out with a fine product for novice digital photographers.

ModelSelphy CP500Selphy DS700PictureMate MPE
ManufacturerCanonCanonEpson
Evaluation
Quality3.04.05.0
Performance5.03.02.0
Cost per page5.04.03.5
Noise level3.05.04.0
Functionality & driver1.02.52.5
Total (out of 20)151514
Total (out of 10)777
Performance
Time to print 10x15, no borders56 s92 s139 s
Specifications
Max. resolution300 ppp4800 x 1200 dpi5760 x 1440 dpi
Memory card slotnoyesyes
PictBridgeyesyesyes
ConnectivityUSB 1.1USB 1.1USB 1.1
TechnologySublimationInkjetInkjet
Colors336
Cartridges111
LCD displaynonoyes (no photo preview)
Dimensions7 x 4.7 x 2.3"(178 x 120 x 59 mm)8.5 x 8.5 x 3.1"(215 x 217 x 79 mm)10.1 x 154 x 163"(256 x 154 x 163 mm)
Weight2.2 lbs (1 kg)4 lbs (1.8 kg)6 lbs (2.7 kg)
Bluetoothnonoyes
Infrarednoyesno
Batterynonono
Accessoriespower adapterremote controlBluetooth adapter
SoftwareZoomBrowser EXImageBrowserEasy Photo PrintMemory Card UtilityZoomBrowser EXCameraWindow 4.6PhotoQuickerPhotopStarterCardMonitorPhotoPrint
Prices
Avg. printer price$180$210$240
Reference inkKP-108IPBCI-16T557
Price of ink onlyPack$12.50Pack
Pack with ink + paper108 sheetsno100 sheets
Price$36n.a.$29
Costs per photo$0.33$0.32$0.29
*estimate
ModelPhotosmart 375EASYSHARE Printer Dock PlusP315
ManufacturerHPKodakLexmark
Evaluation
Quality4.03.54.5
Performance3.04.02.0
Cost per page4.00.04.0
Noise level4.02.04.0
Functionality & driver5.01.02.5
Total (out of 20)16914
Total (out of 10)847
Performance
Time to print 10x15, no borders98 s76 s146 s
Specifications
Max. resolution4800 x 1200 dpi300 ppp4800 x 1200 dpi
Memory card slotyesyes (SD only)yes
PictBridgeyesyesyes
ConnectivityUSB 1.1USB 1.1none
TechnologyInkjetSublimationInkjet
Colors333
Cartridges111
LCD displayyes (2.5")noyes (2.5")
Dimensions8.7 x 4.5 x 4.6"(220 x 115 x 118 mm)13.1 x 7.4 x 3.3"(334 x 188 x 83 mm)10.8 x 8.3 5.6"(274 x 211 x 142 mm)
Weight2.6 lbs (1.2 kg)2.4 lbs (1.1 kg)4.9 lbs (2.2 kg)
Bluetoothoptionaloptionalno
Infrarednoyesno
Batteryoptionalnono
AccessoriesUSB cablepower adapter, USB cablepower adapter
SoftwareHP Image ZonePhotoEasynone
Prices
Avg. printer price$200$200$130
Reference inkHP97PH-40Lexmark 33
Price of ink only$35PackPack
Pack with ink + paper125 sheets40 sheets70 sheets
Price$45$25$30
Costs per photo$0.36$0.56$0.42
*estimate
  • printerinkperson
    Stinkyink now offer ink cartridges for the Kodak Dock Plus 3 ink. Oh and it's free delivery too!
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  • printerinkperson
    Stinkyink now offer ink cartridges for the Kodak Dock Plus ink. Oh and it's free delivery too!
    Reply