I'm running a photobooth rental company, and need a new on-site dye-sub printer. I want one with fast prints and high capacity. I'd also like reasonable price (<$1000), and no tear-off strips on the prints. I've seen a few, but I'd love to hear people's experiences and recommendations.
I originally used a Canon ip4500
inkjet - decent prints (for a 4 color printer), prints took 45 seconds. Overall pretty good.
Then I switched to a Canon Selphy CP780
- prints looked better (glossier, better colors, less dithering), more durable, took 1min. Small paper tray (only 18 sheets!), annoying footprint (paper leaves the front & back of machine, have to leave extra space), and has small tear-off pieces on the finished prints.
Now I'm using a Hiti P110s. Holds 60 pages :), still has tear-off tabs :(, and takes 1:10 :(. Leaves ever-so-faint scratch marks on photos for the length of the print :( :(. The scratches are just barely visible, and the prints are passable, but annoying to me anyway. The extra capacity over the CP780 is worth it for me, but now I need something faster.
The goal: a good dye-sub 4x6 printer with Hiti P510s
: $800, 330 sheet capacity, 12 second prints, and roll-fed (so I'm assuming no tear-off tabs). If it weren't for those ever-so-faint scratches from the P110s, I'd go with this immediately. However, I'd like to consider my alternatives.
There's also the Sony UPCX1
. About $900, 200 sheet capacity, 16 second prints, roll fed.
I'm sure there's tons of others, but 1) it's much harder to find a good list of current dye sub printers than ink jet printers, and 2) it's hard to find good recommendations/reviews/comparisons. I've tried just browsing manufacturer's websites to find lists of dye-sub printers - they sure don't seem to make them easy to find :(
So how about you guys? Has anyone used these printers? Have any other recommendations for others in the same price/capacity/category?
Just to clarify:
-Not interested in larger than 4x6: that's useless for my (very specific) use.
-Anywhere from $800-$1000 is fine. Might possibly consider a little more if it's that much better, but $800 is very tempting.
-Small would be nice. But I know most printers in this class will be large (medium-sized laser printer size?).
-Any experiences and direct comparisons would be extremely helpful.