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While the name “DNP” may not ring familiar to you when thinking photo printers, the name “Sony” most certainly does. When Sony decided to spin off its popular dye-sublimation printer business, DNP Photo Imaging America took the ball, changed its name, and ran with it.
Unlike inkjet printers, which blow tiny dots of ink onto the surface of your print media, dye-sub printers (as they’re more commonly known) use a thermal print process that involves heating a color ribbon until it vaporizes, at which point it is transferred onto the surface of the print media. Dye-sub prints display bright colors, high levels of resolving power, and are both durable and fast to produce, making them the darlings of commercial printers and corner store print kiosks.
B&H now stocks two of DNP’s offerings: the DS 40 and DS 80. The DNP DS 40, which is about half as tall as its predecessor, can output photo-quality prints in sizes up to 6 x 9” in as fast as 7.4 seconds at resolutions of up to 600 dpi, or 300 dpi in high-speed mode. To facilitate higher-volume needs, up to four DS 40s can be connected in tandem—and stacked, if work space is an issue.
If your print needs go beyond 6 x 9”, the DNP DS 80 can output an equal measure of print quality in sizes up to 8 x 12” in as little as 35 seconds per print. And like the DNP DS 40, up to four units can be daisy-chained for high-volume requirements.
In addition to the two new printers, we are also stocking a full line of output media, including ribbon, in 3.5 x 5”, 4 x6”, 4 x 6.9”, 5 x 7”, 6 x 8”, 8 x 10”, 8 x 12”, and A4 paper sizes. In case you’re curious, these same media/ribbon refills are one-and-the-same as the media/ribbon refills used in Sony’s versions of these and similar model dye-sub printers.