Digital Photo Printers FAQs

  1. What type of printer technology does the Panasonic digital photo printer use?

  2. What devices will the photo printer work with?

  3. How long does it take for the printer to print a picture?

  4. What is the largest size print the photo printer can create?

  5. Are there any optional accessories for the Panasonic PV-PD2100 digital photo printer?

  6. What are the system requirements for the PV-PD2100?

  7. What are the dimensions and weight of the Panasonic PV-PD2100 digital photo printer?

  8. What are the warranty terms for the Panasonic PV-PD2100 digital photo printer?


1. What type of printer technology does the Panasonic digital photo printer use?
The PV-PD2100 photo printer uses dye-sublimation technology. Unlike some printer technologies, dye-sublimation printers require their own special media consisting of a printer ribbon and laminated paper. An image is printed on the paper when the printer's thermal print head passes across the ribbon. Heat from the print head causes the color on the ribbon to transfer onto the laminated paper. The ribbon consists of cyan, magenta, and yellow dyes. Variations in temperature of the print head cause the various colors to appear on the final image. Images printed with dye-sublimation printers produce near picture-quality photographs (output will vary depending upon input source).

The PV-PD2100 offers you the added benefit of a fourth pass consisting of an overcoating*. This helps protect against color fading and damage.

* Overcoating requires the use of the PV-MPCS25 overcoat paper.

2. What devices will the photo printer work with?
The photo printer is a multi-input printer and is capable of printing directly from a PC Card (works with an ATA Type II compatible CF Card, SmartMedia, or PC Card), camcorder, digital camera, DVD player, or computer (Windows® or Macintosh®). Some PC cards may require use of an optional adaptor.

3. How long does it take for the printer to print a picture?
It takes approximately 83 seconds when using the standard paper and 110 seconds when using the special overcoat paper.

4. What is the largest size print the photo printer can create?
The PV-PD2100 prints photos that are approximately 4 x 6 inches. The printer can create smaller prints on one sheet by using the Album Print or Multi-Frame options. Using these options, you can print 4, 9, or 16 prints on one 4 x 6 inch sheet.

5. Are there any optional accessories for the Panasonic PV-PD2100 digital photo printer?
Yes.

  • PV-MPS50 - Standard paper and ink cartridge set (50 sheets of paper)
  • PV-MPAS25 - Adhesive back paper and ink cartridge set (25 sheets of paper)
  • PV-MPAS16 - Pre-cut sticker and ink cartridge set (25 sheets of pre-cut stickers/16 stickers to a sheet)
  • PV-MPCS25 - Overcoat paper and ink cartridge set (25 sheets of paper)

6. What are the system requirements for the PV-PD2100?
They can be used with either an IBM® compatible or Macintosh® computer. System requirements are as follows:

    Windows®
    • 486 processor or higher
    • Windows 3.1/Windows 95
    • Parallel printer port
    • 8MB or more of RAM
    • 10MB of available hard-disk space
    • 1MB for driver installation
    Macintosh®
    • Macintosh or Macintosh-compatible computer, including Power Macintosh®
    • 68030 or greater microprocessor
    • Apple System Software 7.0 or later
    • 8MB of RAM (16MB for Power Mac)
    • 10MB of available hard-disk space
    • 1MB for driver installation

7. What are the dimensions and weight of the Panasonic PV-PD2100 digital photo printer?
Dimensions: (WxHxD) 8.87" (225mm) x 2.5" (62mm) x 10.87" (277mm)
Weight: 3.97 lbs. (1.8kg)

8. What are the warranty terms for the Panasonic PV-PD2100 digital photo printer?
The limited warranty is one-year for parts, 90 days for labor. See dealer for details.

 

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