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Photo quality printer questionPaulCL
Mar 12, 2003 8:16 AM
Sorry...nothing to do with the impending war.

I just got a digital camera a couple of weeks ago, now its time to buy the printer. I would really like to buy a multifunction printer/fax/scanner/copier. There are several from HP that offer photo quality printing (4800 dpi)

My questions: I would like the ability to print 4x6" prints and the occasional 8x10. I see printers advertised as "4x6" ready. Does that mean a printer not advertised as such can't print that size?? Is the size of the print dependent on the printer or the software?? The printer I want (HP 5110) does not advertise anything about 4x6" printing.

Sorry to sound clueless on this but I couldn't get a straight answer from the teenage help at Best Buy. Thanks. Paul
paper feedDougSloan
Mar 12, 2003 8:25 AM
I think all it means to be 4x6 ready is that the paper tray is set up to feed them easily. I have a "normal" HP, and it can print any size up to 8 1/2x11.

You don't need 4800 dpi to get photo quality, either. I think mine is 2400, and the photos look just like Kodak printed them. Most of the time, I don't even use maximum quality, and they still look great. Max quality can take a long time to print, and uses more ink.

If you buy one at a store like Best Buy that allows returns, you can always try and return if you don't like it.

Doug
how much $ is this whole digital photo thing anyway?ColnagoFE
Mar 12, 2003 11:22 AM
been thinking of getting one for a while, but can never seem to find a good enough reason to part with the cash. So you need a camera, an extra set of rechargeable batts, extra memory, a specialized photo printer (not including the expensive cartridges and paper for it). Missing anything else? How much $ are we talking about just to be able to take snapshots, make a print for the photo album now and then?
In my case..PaulCL
Mar 12, 2003 11:58 AM
The Fuji 2650 cost $179.99 at radioshack. Not my favorite place to shop, but it was the cheapest.

There are photo quality printers for as little as $79.99 available. quality??? who knows. The printer I will probably buy is around $180-200, but its' a multifunction fax/printer/scanner/copier.

I've taken about 150 shots and haven't run out of battery power yet on a standard set of batteries. I'll eventually buy rechargeables.

Extra memory. My 16mb chip that came with the camera holds 49 images, so I haven't purchased another chip. Yet.

Versus:

Regular camera at $200. roll of film: $5 Processing: $8 per roll. Sounds like the digital is cheaper in the long run. In just two weeks with the digital, I've taken more pictures than I would in a year with a standard camera and hence, gotten more good shots. Is it worth it?? I dunno. I resisted for years, now I don't know why...
In my case..jaybird
Mar 12, 2003 1:35 PM
I have the cannon s330 and just bought a HP5550 printer for $129 and absolutely love it. It is 4800 dpi and has a slot that you can put the 4x6 stock in. I usually just use my photo software to make multiple images fit on one sheet of paper. There is a huge difference if you print on good photo paper.

I would do some research on the multifuncion units. They typically dont get that good of reviews. Check them out on freshgear.com or cnet.com.

good luck
re: Photo quality printer questionzooog
Mar 14, 2003 2:53 AM
I too have the Hp5550 printer. Does a nice job. Had a HP7150 series but had problems. The only hassle with the 5550 is you have to swap out cartridges if you want to print B&w text. Not a big deal but neverless a hassle.
re: Photo quality printer questionjaybird
Mar 14, 2003 6:38 AM
Yeah, that kinda sucks. I was thinking about writing to HP and telling them to design a storage slot or place to put the cartridge that is not is use. Ours always gets shuffled around on the desk.
re: Photo quality printer questionzooog
Mar 14, 2003 9:36 AM
I actually stuck a small storeage box on the wall so I do not lose the damn thing. I think the only HP printer that can hold all 3 is the 7550. This is the one with the small LCD screen. But there have been several reported bugs with the 7000's series printers. Although, have a friend who owns the 7550 and swears by the printer. I had a 7150 and had several problems with it.