New Canon and HP inkjet printers: new technologies
by Vincent Alzieu
Published on September 4, 2006
Time to print a 4" x 6" photo
Only two printers are able to print photos in less than one minute (Olympus P11, Canon Selphy DS800) and they produce terrible pictures. For now, it is best not to ask for too much in terms of speed or else photo quality suffers. It doesn´t require too much patience as the good printers like the Sagem and the Samsung respectively print photos in 1 minute 2 seconds and 1 minute 13 seconds. The symbolic minute is broken but not by much.
Our two new printers are not more accurate than the two previous ones, but are a bit slower.
And now here is the live test of the two printers! Welcome to the race between the Pixma mini260 and the A516:
Cost of pictures printed
Canon and HP both have chosen the photo pack: ink cartridge and photo paper are sold together. For one photo it costs approximately 29 cts. This is the best current price and it is equivalent to the most economical photo pack of the Samsung thermal sublimation (120 papers + ink). Sagem is however more expensive.
The release of a photo pack is a good thing for Canon and was eagerly awaited since the release of the previous printer line.