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Zink Dual Camera-Printer Coming Later this Year

Zink Imaging has announced it will release an integrated digital camera and printer product later this year. The company’s partners are currently developing portable inkless printing products to be shipped soon, according to the company website. Zink En

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August 13, 2007 – Zink Imaging has announced it will release an integrated digital camera and printer product later this year. Zink Enabled products promise to combine a digital camera with a built-in printer for mobile printing on-the-go without the use of ink ribbons or cartridges.

"These first products showcase some of the key advantages of ZINK™ Enabled products - printers small enough to go anywhere, even inside of a digital camera," states the company website.

The camera-printer has 7-megapixels, a 3x optical zoom lens, and a 2-inch display monitor. The camera has various Scene modes, a flash, an integrated rechargable battery, and accepts SD media. The camera-printer prints full-color 2x3-inch prints onto borderless sticky-back paper using color dye crystals activated by heat.

In January, Zink commissioned a study conducted by Godfrey Research to access the potential for mobile printing in U.S. and Japanese markets. In the study, Zink priced the test concept digital camera-printer at $199 for the camera-printer and $1.69 for a pack of 10 photo paper sheets.

According to Zink, the study showed there is a strong demand for portable printing. "Combined demand in the two countries could total 10 or more than 12 million units," stated the Zink study.

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