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The Image Quality and Lightfastness of Photos from Digital Camera Appliance Printing Systems

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The creation of inkjet prints from digital cameras has generally required the intermediacy of a PC, often gives variable results dependent on the familiarity of the user with necessary software, and has been less than user friendly. Camera appliance printers like the KODAK Personal Picture Maker by Lexmark have introduced user friendly printing to digital camera owners by allowing printing directly, simply, and inexpensively from camera flash cards.

In this study, we discuss the attributes customers require of photographs from digital camera appliance systems, and how well commercially available and two Kodak prototype systems fulfill those requirements. We will specifically discuss the selection and invention of magenta dyes, which give state-of-the-art lightfastness and color. We will compare the consumer-judged image quality of prints from various appliance printer systems to those typically obtained from a silver halide system. The effects of illuminant intensity on the fade of printed images will be discussed, and the lightfastness of a variety of systems will be compared.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2000

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  • For more than 25 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems, including drop-on-demand ink jet, wide format ink jet, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based electrophotographic printers, production digital printing systems, and thermal printing systems, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.

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