printers are becoming increasingly popular today, since most photo printing professionals are investing on them. They are the more upscale alternative to inkjet and laser printers that have been in use for the last years.
Comparing an inkjet to a dye sub printer you will soon figure out that dye sublimation is based on the continuous tone technology; this means that the dots we see could be any color, while the droplets of the inkjet printers are strictly limited to the ones available on the cartridge of the printer. Therefore, most of the times the photos printed by an inkjet printer are different from the real colors, while in the case of the dye sublimation printers, the colors are the exact same as the tones that you can see in chemical photos.
Another great advantage of dye sublimation printers is that the photos can be handled right away, because there are no liquids involved; hence the result is absolutely clear and clean. This is an advantage that plays a very important role in the case of professionals and photo kiosks that base their work on speed and quality.
There are numerous manufacturers of dye sub printers today, with DNP being one of the leading ones. Although the name might not sound that known when it comes to photo printers in general, its “mother” company, Sony
, does. The famous company decided to spin off the business of dye sub printers and then DNP Photo Imaging America changed its name and went with the new one.
DNP creates high quality printers that are able to print and display bright and deep colors, durable photos that make them the number one choice among corner store photobooths and print kiosks, as well as among commercial printers.
Some of the most known models are the DS 40, the DS 80, the DS RX1 which can meet different needs and requirements. They are very fast and efficient, able to print within 6-7 seconds photos of 6 x 9 inches, at a resolution of 300 x 300 dpi or more. Some models, such as the RX1 are cost and energy efficient and are the ideal choice for those who wish to spend less money but still make no compromise in quality. For those whose print needs go beyond the simple 6 x 9 inches, the DS 80 can bring excellent quality to prints up to 8 x12 inches, which can be printed within 30 seconds.
Obviously most people would ask about the print media used in these printers. There is a large array of print media available in the market today, just for the dye sublimation printers; however, if you still want to invest on quality, Sony printer media are among the best choices you can have. For instance, the 2UPC-X46 Sony Print media or the 2UPC-R206 are types of Sony printer media that can be used with DNP printers. Each unit pack can print 700 prints and are compatible with all Sony and DNP dye sublimation printers.