The Conventional Printed Photo
With the advent of digital photography, the photographers have been able to take and store hundreds of pictures on various media devices. Displaying their pictures is relative easy using high tech equipment available at numerous retailers. However, sometimes a special photo is taken that needs to be shown as a conventional printed picture. This need has resulted in the demand for a digital photography printer.
This type of printer has become so popular that a number of companies have built them with each company claiming to have the most sought after features on their printers. The printers work wonders for your photography whether it is in color or black and white prints.
The most popular desktop printers are those using inkjet technology. This technology is available in two primary formats with one being thermal inkjet and the second being piezoelectric. The thermal inkjet printer uses heat to press ink droplets through the print head and onto the paper. The piezoelectric uses an electric charge to push drops of ink onto the paper. Both of these technologies produce gorgeous prints.
Cost Of The Digital Photography Printers
The cost of digital photography printers depends on the features required for printing. A good printer line is manufactured by Canon and it has three models with inkjet. The lowest priced digital photo printer is called the Canon PIXMA Pro-100 and costs approximately $399. The mid range is the Canon PIXMA Pro-10 with an average cost of $699 and the top of the line is the PIXMA Pro-1 with an average cost of $999. Each model provides great quality but as the prices go up so do the number of features. For example, the Pro-100 has four distinct features which include 8 dye based inks for amazing gradients and color, an optimum image generating system that reproduces colors by selecting optimum ink combinations and placement, print studio Pro plus-in for a seamless and stress free printing workflow and 4800 x 2400 dpi for incredible detail. This compares to the PIXMA Pro-1 that has these enhanced features: LUCIA 12 pigment ink system for a professional performance on sizes up to 13 inches by 19 inches, 4800 x 2400 dpi fine print head technology, quality grayscale printing with black and gray inks for smooth gradations and reduced graininess, and a chroma optimizer that creates uniform glossiness, an expanded color gamut and better black density.
Another digital photography printer is made by Epson and its technology uses the piezoelectric charge. Prices on the Epson Stylus Photo R2000 Wireless Inkjet run at approximately $579 while the Epson Stylus Photo R3000 is near $810. Both of these printers have a large number of features.
When purchasing a digital photo printer, there is a lot of analysis needed to determine what features are necessary and what cost is appropriate.