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PMA 2008: Part 1 - Printers

PMA often features a mix of professional printers that you would expect to find in a photo studio, along more practical printers that you would expect to find in a home or office. This year, however, the trend was almost exclusively oriented toward high end professional printers. I’ll take a look a some examples:

  • Noritsu America Corporation debuted the Noritsu D701, a high quality inkjet printer capable of producing a wide variety of print sizes including standard 4" x 6" prints, calendars, photo cards, locker prints, and posters up to 10" x 36".

"The D701 combines quality and versatility," commented Akihiko Kuwabara, President of Noritsu America Corporation. "Its ability to print up to 10" x 36" panoramic prints creates exciting new revenue potential for retailers. The D701 represents our fifth generation of inkjet technology and is engineered by Noritsu to deliver the same high quality and steadfast reliability that all of our printers are known for worldwide. We’re pleased to offer our expertise in the photo finishing industry, together with knowledge of retailing to new customers such as consumer electronics retailers and office supply stores. We feel Noritsu’s 30 years of business in the US and over 50 years worldwide, provides retailers with the opportunity to partner with a world class leader."

noritsu d701

I know I can’t afford one, but it would have been interesting to see an MSRP. Unfortunately, Noritsu isn’t providing one just yet.

  • DNP Photo Imaging America announced a new retail kiosk. The kiosk will be self serve, and seat at least three customers at a time. A high speed print tower will connect the customer to a set of four printers. Three of the printers will print standard 6” x 4” photos, and the fourth will be able to print 4” x 8”, 5” x 7”, 6” x 8”, 8” x 10”, and 8” x 12” photos.

“Traditional kiosk systems require dedicated printers for each individual kiosk, which can result in expensive equipment purchases for retailers, especially when multiple-size outputs are offered, and longer wait times for consumers,” said David Oles, DNP Photo Imaging America’s senior vice president of research and development. “Dedicated printers keep a kiosk occupied until the last image has been printed. Assuming a 30-print order with a 10-second-per-image print time, a kiosk can be occupied for up to five minutes after an order has been released for printing. With the new Photo Station, multiple consumers can edit their prints or place print orders, all at the same time.”

It sounds interesting, perhaps really interesting if your photos get mixed up with someone else’s. The kiosk is due out in July, and again, there’s a hesitancy to discuss MSRP.

dnp kiosk