Sony is announcing a new professional dye-sublimation printer, model UP-DR80, providing event photographers, portrait studios and retailers a reliable solution for producing digital photo prints.
The new printerâ€™s features include the ability to output both glossy and ProMatteâ„¢ finishes with fast print speeds and an advanced dye-sublimation process that does not require many of the harmful chemicals used in film-based printers.
â€œThe UP-DR80 is the ideal printer for professionals who need a high-quality yet light-weight printing solution,â€ said Lynda Falby, marketing manager for Sony Electronicsâ€™ digital photofinishing group. â€œWhether youâ€™re an event photographer or a portrait studio, our latest professional printer is equipped with the versatile features that professionals need.â€
Using Sonyâ€™s dye sublimation technology, the unit can print borderless 8″x10″ and 8″x12″ images, and it also supports multi-cut operation, producing 4″x8″, 5″x8″ and 6″x8″ images. The printer can yield a borderless 8×10 print in approximately 63 seconds (excluding processing time).
The printer uses paper-based media to render digital prints with a fine raster texture that is comparable to the look and feel of traditional photo paper. The paperâ€™s print surface is spooled inward on the roll to minimize contamination from dust and fingerprints, and to help eliminate curling of the roll, which results in lower paper waste.
With a footprint of just 12.5″x16.75″x8.13″ (WxDxH) and weighing only 25 lbs, the new printer is among the smallest and lightest full-page, dye-sublimation printers available today.
The unit supports USB 2.0 connectivity to a PC or to any USB interfaced peripheral, and delivers optimal printing for high-resolution photography. It also comes equipped with an easy-to-use color adjustment feature that enables close matching of print color to images displayed on the screen. The printer ships with the software drivers necessary for WindowsÂ® 2000, XP and Vista operating systems.
The UP-DR80 professional digital photo printer is expected be available this summer. Stay tuned so you can place your order as soon as it comes out.