Kodak printer resolution mystery
May 4, 2007
Kodak remains tight-lipped over the maximum print resolution of its soon-to-be launched consumer inkjet printers, which are due to go on sale next month.
The EasyShare 5300 and 5500, Kodak?s first consumer inkjet models, will be available in the UK from June priced £139 and £209 respectively.
However, despite repeated requests from Amateur Photographer magazine, Eastman Kodak?s US base has steadfastly refused to tell us the maximum print resolution of either model.
Asked once again, a Kodak UK spokeswoman told us yesterday that ?there has been no movement on this issue?.
When Kodak?s US office first unveiled the all-in-one models in February it told us, via a statement, that it did not want to ?mislead the consumer by focusing on a single spec that bears little relevance to actual image quality?.
The US statement added: ?Print resolution has been overemphasised by other manufacturers. There are a number of factors that make a great photo, such as colour gamut, tonal flow, edge acuity, resolution, differential gloss and others. Kodak has optimised all of these factors to create best-in-class images.’
Kodak UK has confirmed that the printers will only be available at PC World, Currys and Currys.digital outlets following an exclusive deal Kodak signed with DSG International.
The EasyShare 5300 ? which had originally been expected to go on sale in May ? features printing, scanning and copying capabilities, plus a 3in LCD screen.
The EasyShare 5500 boasts a fax function and a 2.4in monitor.
Kodak claims that the printers will save consumers up to 50% on ?everything they print compared to other consumer inkjet models?.
Speaking to AP in February Eastman Kodak?s European chief Jamie Cohen-Szulc explained that they produce prints at 7p per print (6x4in), taking account of the cost of paper and ink used.
? Kodak has today announced that it made a net loss of $151m in the first three months of 2007, an improvement on the same period in 2006 when it recorded a net loss of $298m. For more details keep an eye out for AP, in shops every Tuesday. A brief summary of the results can be seen here: Kodak’s loss narrows
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