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Bwana
08-27-2006, 03:39 PM
I need a little advice from the Planet computer guru's. I just bought my wife a Sony Cybershot (DSC-S500) digital camera. What I need to know is what are some good printers she can plug the thing into and do some one step printing? I'm not as worried about price as I can quality of print and ease fo use. Any ideas??

Thanks,

Greg

DaFace
08-28-2006, 10:36 AM
It's been a couple years since I've really looked into this stuff, so take this for what it's worth. I just figured I'd chime in since you haven't gotten any replies...

I've always had good luck with either HP or Canon printers. HP's usually have lots of neat bells and whistles to play with, while Canon's are often cheaper in the long run (read: print cartridges). Both brands usually have all-in-one models with card readers built into them. Standalone photo printers are still around, but the price differences are usually so small that most people just go with an all-in-one. They usually run in the $150-$300 range, depending on what features you're looking for.

Here are a couple examples I found at Staples. If you don't have a Staples, all the electronics/office supply stores usually have basically the same stuff.

Canon PIXMA MP500 (http://www.staples.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StaplesProductDisplay?ts=1156782761993&storeId=10001&langId=-1&catalogId=10051&productId=140038) - $200
HP Photosmart 3210 (http://www.staples.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StaplesProductDisplay?ts=1156782761995&storeId=10001&langId=-1&catalogId=10051&productId=138721) - $250
Canon PIXMA MP830 (http://www.staples.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StaplesProductDisplay?ts=1156782346392&storeId=10001&langId=-1&catalogId=10051&productId=145398) - $270
HP Photosmart 3310 (http://www.staples.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StaplesProductDisplay?ts=1156782761996&storeId=10001&langId=-1&catalogId=10051&productId=137498) - $350


Here's a link (http://www.staples.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/compchartresults?ts=1156782200555&storeId=10001&fromUrl=StaplesProductDisplay%253Fts%253D1156780506478%2526prodCatType%253D1%2526storeId%253D10001%2 526productId%253D140038%2526catalogId%253D10051%2526langId%253D-1%2526cmArea%253DFEATURED%253ASC3%253ACG44%253ADP1607%253ACL40303&langId=-1&catalogId=10051&categoryId=null&catentryId=140038&catentryId=138721&catentryId=145398&catentryId=137498) to Staples' neato comparison charts, though I'll warn you that they usually screw half of the info up.
There are undoubtedly others, but both of those look to be pretty good machines if you're not too concerned about the price.

PastorMikH
08-28-2006, 10:52 AM
Bwana, I don't even bother trying to print digital pics at home. The local K-Mart here will print them for 25 cents a piece with their machine and the quality is far superior to any printer job I've seen. They come out looking as good as any 35mm camera pic. Walmart's are similar in quality too.

What I normally do is pull the pics off the camera onto the PC. Go through them, and any pics I want copies of I just click and drag back to the camera's memory stick. Then take the memory stick in to them and they pull the pics right off the stick. I have burned large quantities of pics to be printed to a CD and sent that in as well.

I did, out of curiousity look into the handy little picture printers and I figured up that the cost of the paper/ink alone would run aroun 40 cents a piece and that isn't figuring in the cost of the printer.

DaFace
08-28-2006, 10:57 AM
I can agree with that, depending on what your purpose is. If you're looking to print off those 400 pictures from your vacation to Timbuktu, definitely go with the pastor's advice and take them to K-Mart/Wal-Mart/wherever. However, if you just want to print off a picture here and there, it's nice to have the convenience of a printer at home.

PastorMikH
08-28-2006, 11:09 AM
I can agree with that, depending on what your purpose is. If you're looking to print off those 400 pictures from your vacation to Timbuktu, definitely go with the pastor's advice and take them to K-Mart/Wal-Mart/wherever. However, if you just want to print off a picture here and there, it's nice to have the convenience of a printer at home.




I have a decent HP photo printer ($200+ when new) at the office and the quality is good except when light hits the pic in certain ways you can see the lines in the ink. I get none of that from pics printed at the store.

Saulbadguy
08-28-2006, 02:25 PM
Casey.

Baby Lee
08-28-2006, 02:29 PM
What I normally do is pull the pics off the camera onto the PC. Go through them, and any pics I want copies of I just click and drag back to the camera's memory stick. Then take the memory stick in to them and they pull the pics right off the stick. I have burned large quantities of pics to be printed to a CD and sent that in as well.
A couple of questions I've had about digital printing.
Does this transfer to the computer and back to the camera/memory stick result in any image degradation/compression? Even at the 6.1, 7.1 8.1 MP range?
What about transferring to the computer and running red-eye removal, digital clean-up/brightening, etc.
Is there a particular format where the image remains uncompressed/undegraded throughout transfer and manipulation.

I ask because my printer [HP, . . . 8450 I think] had a note in the booklet that 'for best results, transfer directly from camera' or something to that effect.

PastorMikH
08-28-2006, 02:44 PM
A couple of questions I've had about digital printing.
Does this transfer to the computer and back to the camera/memory stick result in any image degradation/compression? Even at the 6.1, 7.1 8.1 MP range?
What about transferring to the computer and running red-eye removal, digital clean-up/brightening, etc.
Is there a particular format where the image remains uncompressed/undegraded throughout transfer and manipulation.

I ask because my printer [HP, . . . 8450 I think] had a note in the booklet that 'for best results, transfer directly from camera' or something to that effect.



:shrug:

Don't know. It may. I do know that my 5.1 Sony will take pictures that look just as good as my Cannon Rebel 35mm with the regular lense after developing using the method I described.

If you are worried though, you could just open the pics on the memory stick from my computer and just leave the ones on you want developed and take the stick in. That way there is no transfering of the files.

Bwana
08-28-2006, 03:58 PM
Hmmm? I hear the Kmart angle, but I really want to get a decent printer that is going to work well with that camera and time is running out for last minute boy here. :)

Otter
08-28-2006, 04:15 PM
Here's what I use, no complaints:

http://reviews.cnet.com/Canon_Pixma_MP800/4505-3181_7-31481115.html?tag=pdtl-list

You've seen that NASA Satellite for a camera I use, works great.

Baby Lee
08-28-2006, 04:35 PM
HP Photosmart 8450 (http://reviews.cnet.com/HP_Photosmart_8450/4852-3156_7-31006678.html?tag=srtdate&ord=creationDate+desc)
Here's what I use. No complaints. Probably the best printer I've had.
And best of all, I finagled Staples into selling it to me on a short-lived deal for $99 shipped. Then I happened into a pile of ink cartridges at Cargo Largo/Recovery Sales Outlet, for $11 each [29.99 retail]. So the consumables for the time being are very affordable.

BucEyedPea
08-28-2006, 05:56 PM
I LOVE Hewlett Packard printers:

Currently thrilled with:

hp color inkjet printer 1700 $600

Only the cartridges are pricey...$39 -$ 49 for each one and it requires 4 (CMYK) but they don't all run out at the same time...black usually goes first and most often ...is the pricier cartridge too. But I still love it.

Prints super high quality ( better than commerical printing) of anything: art, graphics including photo prints all the way up to 9" X13"

Bwana
08-29-2006, 08:16 AM
I already own a decent regular printer, but had anyone had any experience with something like this? This looks kind of cool and the reviews seem decent, but I honestly have no idea.



http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_DisplayProductInformation-Start?ProductSKU=DPPFP35&Dept=cameras&CategoryName=dcc_PhotoPrinters

DaFace
08-29-2006, 10:30 AM
The sony printers use a process called "dye sublimation" rather than inkjet technology. It looks pretty good (maybe even better), and doesn't cost too much.

The problem I have with it is that it's pretty limited in terms of what you can do with it. You are limited to one size of prints (4x6), so you can't print large pictures. Also, that particular model doesn't have an LCD screen to work with your pictures. That means no cropping, rotating, etc. Pretty much, you press a button and it prints the pictures on your card, but that's about it.

Bwana
08-29-2006, 10:40 AM
I hear ya DaFace, but for ease of use that may be just what the good Dr ordered for my wife. Bottom line, I think she would use the darn thing and it wouldn't end up as a boat anchor for my trout slayer.

DaFace
08-29-2006, 10:48 AM
Well, if that's what you're into, it should work!

Just a tip, don't be surprised when you go to buy the consumables for it. You'll be buying a package that comes with both the paper and the dye - normal photo paper won't work with it. Not a big deal, but it's confusing if you're used to buying photo paper and ink all the time.

P.S. I worked at Staples for 4 years, so I've seen this quite a bit. :D