Despite some claims that photography is dead and people never print anymore, companies are still releasing printers. And not just desktop printers, either, but ones specifically designed for use with mobile phones. The latest is the newly announced Canon Zoemini. I’m not entirely sure it’s actually all that new. It looks to be identical to the Ivy announced in April.
Well, this is a bit of a crazy deal. The Canon PIXMA PRO-100 wireless injket photo printer has been reduced from $360 to a mere $60, thanks to a $50 instant discount and $250 mail-in rebate from Canon. And it comes with $100 worth of free Canon Pro Luster photo paper (50 13×19 sheets), too.
The popularity of small instant prints is back on the rise. And it’s rising at a pretty surprising rate. New instant cameras have come out to satisfy this trend, such as the Fuji Instax, and even Polaroid is launching new ones. But with more people than ever shooting snaps with their phones, small instant mobile photo printers seems to be where it’s at.
With that in mind, Canon has now launched the Ivy. It’s a mini photo printer, not much bigger than a smartphone, which makes 3×2 prints from your mobile device. It’s available in several colours, works with both iOS and Android, and doesn’t use any ink.
Although Fujifilm seem to be intent on killing off their film products, they’re going full on with the whole Instax thing lately. And specifically a larger square format. The most recent being their launch of the Instax Square SQ10 Hybrid instant camera a few months ago, which produces 2.4×2.4″ (10x10cm) square prints.
Now, Fujifilm have announced the new Instax Share SP-3 square format smartphone printer. Available in both black and white, the Instax Share SP-3, like the SQ10, prints 2.4×2.4″ (10x10cm) square prints. But it’ll do it right from your phone. It features built in Wi-Fi, and will churn out a print in around 13 seconds.
For all those who want to bring together the instant printing of Polaroid and modern-age mobile photography, Prynt has launched an interesting gadget. It’s called Prynt Pocket, and it allows you to print the photos directly from your iPhone. It’s a small and simple phone case, but it stores 10 sheets of inkless sticker film. Together with the iOS app, it allows you to play and even bring together printed photos and the videos.
There are plenty of misconceptions about the number of pixels, resolution, image size and so on, which can make us quite confused sometimes. To make things worse, the terms DPI (dots per inch) and PPI (pixels per inch) are often used interchangeably, which makes the understanding even more difficult.
Essentially, DPI is important for printers. It’s a number of color dots printer uses to reproduce colors of the image. It’s also used for screen resolution, although PPI can also refer to screens as well. PPI applies to everything in relation to resolution and the size of a digital image.
In this video, you will see a brief explanation about DPI and how important is this value for printing big formats. How big is big enough? Does size matter at all?
The Touchable Memories project, which is being spearheaded by 3D printer manufacturer, Pirate 3D, is bringing photography into the lives of individuals who have either lost their eyesight or were born blind. Using the Buccaneer 3D printer, Pirate 3D are able to print dimensional photographs from the participants past, giving them a tangible way to revisit their memories.
You can watch a heartwarming video on the project (below) to witness the first time the participants were able to experience a 3D printed photograph, including the story of one man who was once again able to work as a director of photography on a film for the first time since losing his eyesight over eight years ago.[Read More…]