With a footprint smaller in size than an 8 by 10 portrait, Sony's new Picture Station DPP-FP30 printer makes it easy to print and share lab-quality photos with or without the use of a personal computer. About the size of a standard paperback book, the compact FP30 printer will be available in October with an included 40 sheet print pack for about $150.
Featuring a lightweight silver colored casing and cleanly styled industrial design, the DPPFP30 printer is a dedicated photo printer that uses dye-sublimation technology to produce continuous tone, photo-quality prints. Each photo is sealed with SuperCoat 2 laminate which makes photos super-resistant to spills, moisture and fingerprints.
"With the introduction of the compact and Pict Bridge compatible DPP-FP30 printer, Sony now offers consumers a comprehensive line of high-quality and easy-to-use 4x6 printers," said Greg Young, general manager for Sony Electronics' Digital Camera and Photo Printer marketing.
While some users will enjoy the benefits of the FP30 printer's PC compatibility others will enjoy viewing and printing images directly from a Pict Bridge compatible digital camera without ever having to turn on a computer. With the convenience of the Pict Bridge interface compatible digital cameras and camcorders can print directly to the Sony PictureStation printer via a USB cable.
With this simple connection users can select images on camera's LCD display and start printing. For those wishing to take advantage of the supplied photo editing software PC-direct printing is also possible via a USB cable.
A benefit of dye-sublimation technology is that the printer ribbon and the printer paper come bundled together in one box to deliver the ideal amount of color to each print every time. Consumers don't need to worry about whether their paper or ink are too low since the two work simultaneously to deliver high quality prints and are easily replaced at the same time.