Eastman Kodak Company today unveiled the KODAK EASYSHARE Printer Dock Plus. The new model (US$199.99 MSRP; available beginning this month) quickly and effortlessly makes real KODAK 4x6-inch pictures from nearly any digital source. People can wirelessly transmit pictures from their mobile phone cameras to the Printer Dock Plus, which also prints directly from digital cameras and memory cards -- all without the need for a computer.
Using the Printer Dock Plus, waterproof KODAK pictures can be printed at home with just a touch of a button, in as little as 60 seconds each. Thanks to KODAK Color Science technology, the Printer Dock Plus delivers pictures with vibrant, accurate colors -- including hard-to-reproduce skin tones. In addition, a new auto enhance button instantly corrects for underexposed (dark) shots, a common occurrence in low-light situations with phone cams and when using digital cameras beyond their flash ranges.
"We're witnessing the phenomenal growth of camera phones, yet many handset owners aren't aware how easy it is to print their pictures," said Richard Stearns, general manager of home printing systems for Kodak's Digital & Film Imaging Systems operation.
The Printer Dock Plus includes the ability to print one, two, four or nine images on each 4x6-inch sheet, which is ideal for both high-resolution digital camera and lower-resolution camera phone images. In addition, it incorporates PICTBRIDGE technology for printing directly from other manufacturers' cameras; a built-in SD/MMC memory card slot; an optional external 8-in-1 memory card reader for using additional popular memory card formats; and a dedicated multi-function docking connector for KODAK EASYSHARE 600/6000 and 700/7000-series digital cameras. KODAK EASYSHARE digital camera owners also benefit from one-touch picture transfer to a connected computer and the convenience of camera battery recharging in less than 3.5 hours -- plus reconditioning for improved Ni-MH rechargeable battery performance.
The new Printer Dock Plus can also be connected to a computer to print pictures stored on a hard drive, and is packaged with a sample photo paper and cartridge kit that enables people to immediately make 10 KODAK pictures. 40-count refill packs (US$24.99 MSRP) include color cartridges and a matching quantity of thermal photo paper, so users don't have to worry about running out of supplies in the middle of a project.
Pictures can also be viewed on televisions connected to the Printer Dock Plus; an optional remote control (US$19.95 MSRP) allows for navigation and even printing from a distance. With its sleek, portable design, owners can even bring the Printer Dock Plus on vacation or to a friend's home, which is made more convenient with the KODAK Printer Dock Travel Bag (US$39.95 MSRP).
A version of the printer dock that makes pictures in as little as 90 seconds, without the wireless, auto-enhancement, and built-in card reader features, is also available for US$149 MSRP.