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Kodak Photo Printer 500

Review Date: Sep 1, 2006

Kodak EasyShare Photo Printer 500

The Kodak EasyShare Photo Printer 500 (PP500) works with Kodak EasyShare digital cameras as well as virtually any brand PictBridge-enabled digital camera, and can print pictures directly from the camera without going through a computer. It features 60 second print speed on waterproof, stain-resistant paper; wireless capability; and, it can print directly from digital media cards and USB devices.

Dimensions are 13.4D × 18.8W × 8.3H cm (5.28D × 7.40W × 3.27H in.) and it weighs approx. 950 g (33.5 oz), and so can be stored in a small area on your desk or easily carried in a small bag. However, when printing, the paper tray needs approx. 17.5 cm (7.42 in.) in front of the printer and the paper needs approx. 12.7 cm (5 in.) travel clearance behind the printer, so in all an area not less than 43.6D x 18.8W cm (17.7D x 7.40W in.) should be reserved on your desk for the printer.

Setup and software installation are easy and straightforward. Power up takes about 30 sec. Reading a SD card takes about 7 sec. Printing takes approx 75 sec. for the first 4x6 in. print, then 60 sec. each for any following prints. A picture is printed in 4 passes: yellow, magenta, cyan and a Kodak XtraLife™ coating that protects and preserves the image.

Everything you need to start printing immediately is included in the printer kit: the printer itself, color cartridge that slides in without any mess, 10 sheets of glossy photo paper, paper tray, power cord and USB cable.

The printer can read any of the card types: CompactFlash (CF), Secure Digital (SD), Multi Media Card (MMC), Memory Stick and xD-Picture Card. In addition, it will also read USB flash drives. If your cellphone is BLUETOOTH-enabled, the PP500 will read from it as well as from wireless devices, such as a Wi-Fi enabled laptop.

There is an extra large 3.5 in. color LCD monitor that flips up and allows you to run a slide show, rotate a picture, even crop it before printing. As the specs say, computer is optional.

Some of the features:

  • Print copies of the same picture : 2 (card size), 4 (wallet size) or 9 (mini photo) images on a 4x6 in. paper
  • Print a contact sheet of 2, 4 or 9 different images on a 4x6 in. paper
  • Change color mode to Enhanced, Sepia or B&W
  • Reduce red-eye in your images

Once you've selected the images you want to print, then all you have to do is press the PRINT button.

It is that simple and it beats waiting for the camera store to return your prints. It is also compact enough to bring with you to a party, family visit, or other social occasion. Purchase a kit containing a color cartridge and 40 photo paper, bring it all with you, and you can take pictures and immediately print and leave a copy with family and friends.

If you print 4x6 in. photos mostly, the PP500 gives good results. I printed a couple of ISO 400 images and could not see any noise.

Printing is really a one-touch affair with the Kodak EasyShare Photo Printer 500. If you think printing at home is messy and difficult, then the combination of a Kodak digital camera (or any PictBridge-enabled digital camera) and the Photo Printer 500 will quickly convince you of the contrary.

Kodak Photo Printer 500
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Kodak EasyShare Photo Printer 500  
  Printing    
  Print sizes One 4 × 6 in. (10 × 15 cm)
Two 3 × 4 in. (7.5 × 10 cm) with borders
Four 2 × 3 in. (5 × 7.5 cm)
Nine 1.3 × 2 in. (3.3 × 5 cm)
 
  Media size 4 × 7 in. (10 × 18 cm), including two 0.6 in. (1.5 cm) perforated sections (one on each end)  
  Print technology Thermal dye transfer  
  Print speed Approx. 75 seconds for first 4x6 in. print, then 60 seconds (Actual print speed may vary)  
  Print options Natural, Enhanced, Sepia, Black & White  
  Power    
  Power 24V AC adapter (100–240 VAC 50/60 Hz)  
  Standalone functionality    
  Reads

COMPACTFLASH Cards, SD/MMC Cards, XD-Picture Cards, MEMORY STICK (Duo, Pro, Magic Gate), USB flash drives, camera and cell phone cameras or devices

 
  PICTBRIDGE compatible yes  
  Editing picture size, zoom, crop, red-eye reduction  
  Other Specifications    
  Print resolution

300 × 300 ppi continuous tone

 
  File formats JPEG  
  LCD 3.5 in. (8.9 cm) diagonal adjustable color image display  
  Tray capacity tray 25, output 25  
  Wireless compatibility built-in BLUETOOTH® wireless technology (OPP and FTP);
Wi-Fi ready (optional KODAK Wi-Fi® Card required)
 
  Dimensions (D x W x H) Note: LCD opened takes an additional 7 cm (2.7 in.) in height  
 
without paper tray:
13.4D × 18.8W × 8.3H cm /
5.28D × 7.40W × 3.27H in.
 
 
with paper tray:
30.9D × 18.8W × 8.3H cm /
12.7D× 7.40W × 3.27H in.
 
  Weight    
 
without paper tray:
950 g / 33.5 oz  
 
with paper tray:
1090 g / 38.4 oz  
  Warranty one year  
  MSRP US$199.95  

Package Contents:

  • KODAK EASYSHARE Photo Printer 500 and Paper Tray
  • KODAK Color Cartridge and Photo Paper Sample Pack (10 sheets)
  • 24V AC adapter
  • USB cable
  • KODAK EASYSHARE Software with printer driver
  • Welcome Kit

System Requirements:

WINDOWS

  • WINDOWS 98, 98SE, ME, 2000 SP1, or XP OS
  • 233 MHz processor or greater (300 MHz recommended for XP)
  • 64 MB RAM (128 MB for XP)
  • INTERNET EXPLORER 5.01 or higher
  • 200 MB hard drive disk space available
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Available USB port
  • Color monitor, 800 × 600 display resolution, 16-bit minimum

MACINTOSH

  • POWERMAC or POWERBOOK G3, G4, G5; iMac; eMac; or iBook computer
  • MACINTOSH OS X 10.2.8, 10.3 or greater
  • 128 MB RAM
  • SAFARI 1.0 or higher
  • 200 MB hard drive disk space available
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Available USB port
  • Color monitor, 800 × 600 display resolution, 16-bit minimum

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

Before you buy, do your homework and verify a seller's reputation. One source you may want to check with is Resellerratings.com. And remember, if a price seems to good to be true, it probably is.

DISCLAIMER:

Though we make every effort to strive for accuracy in reproducing these specs, we do occasionally make mistakes, so verify with the manufacturer's site for the latest specs. Also, in the early stages of a product introduction, you can almost guarantee there will be some errors from the manufacturers themselves as they update their sites. If you see any mistakes, please contact us. We do appreciate your writing in with the corrections and thank you in advance!

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