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8 Feb 2008 – Sony announced the upcoming release of two new PictureStation photo printers on January 30, 2008, the PictureStation DPP-FP95 and the PictureStation DPP-FP75. Advertising them as the carry-along, share and print printers, Sony claims both PictureStations print lab-quality photographs in under a minute per photograph and include enough editing tools to eliminate the need of a computer. The PictureStation DPP-FP95, at $200, and the PictureStation DPP-FP75, at $150, will be available for purchase in April 2008. Their corresponding SVM-F40P and F120P printer paper packs are $20 and $35, respectively.
Sony claims to have created both photo printers to not only be lightweight and portable, but also allow the user to edit photographs without the need of a computer. The printers have basic built-in editing tools, from light and color editing features to cropping, enlarging, and rotating tools.
The DPP-FP95 includes extra features, like a scrapbooking feature with corresponding background and layout tools for the slightly more experienced user and a 3.6 adjustable LCD screen and a 3.5 LCD screen on the DPP-FP75. Auto touch-up features, such as correcting exposure, sharpening, removing red-eye and smoothing skin tone are also available in the model. The paint filter, Sony claims, mimics that of computer edits with canvas-like prints and fish-eye filter that let the user add new perspectives to their images.
The DPP-FP95 also has a HDMI output that will connect to high-definition televisions which allows the user to view and share photographs on a television screen before printing.
Sony claims both DPP-FP95 and DPP-FP75 have the capability to access data in the picture files, taken by digital still cameras, preferably Sony, to create the most optimal photograph based on the settings used when it was taken. The DPP-FP95 uses Sony’s BIONZ digital imaging processor, which Sony claims to optimize performance for Sony’s Cyber-Shot and DSLR cameras. A drawback, however, of having BIONZ technology is that some people have complained that it applies noise reduction to raw images in Sony cameras with BIONZ technology, which may carry over into the printer.
Both Sony PictureStation DPP-FP95 and DPP-FP75 will be available in April 2008 for $200 and $150, respectively.
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