Kodak Photo Printers – High Quality Home-made Prints
Kodak photo printers are the specialty of the Kodak printer line. In
fact, Kodak’s efforts in designing printers have been more or less
entirely focused on creating photo printers that allow consumers to
print shop-quality photos at home. Although many of their printers are
marketed as "all-in-one" printers, their primary function – the one
they serve best – is printing high quality photos.
Kodak’s range of printers go under the brand name Easyshare, which is
shortened to ESP in the names of each machine (Easy Share Printer).
One of the features almost all of Kodak’s photo printers include is a
small LCD screen on which you can view the image you’re about to print.
This is extremely useful for making sure you have the printer set up to
print a photo of the right size and dimensions. It also allows you to
check color quality and sharpness before you print. On some models the
LCD screen also offers editing capabilities, but with others you can
only edit via a computer.
As the Easyshare name suggests, Kodak have made user-friendliness and
ease of use a priority, and that’s a goal they’ve achieved across the
board with their photo printer range. Many of their printers allow for
a simple set-up and one-touch printing directly from a camera or memory
device, without the need to go through a computer.
Benefits Over Competing Models
Kodak’s range of photo printers overall produces superior quality
prints compared to competitors producing inkjet photo printers. The ink
and dye-sublimation printers produced by Kodak allow you to print
photos of similar quality to those you’d get from a camera shop or
somewhere like Wal-Mart. Inkjet prints tend to fade rather quickly and
are a lot more vulnerable to smudging. Kodak’s photo printers give
photos a protective coating which helps prevent damage from water and
stains or smudge from food and fingerprints.
Consumer Responses To Kodak Photo Printers
On the downside, some of Kodak’s photo printers, such as the ESP 5,
have been criticized for a lack of editing features within the machine
itself. They’re more than enough for an average home user wanting to
print a few family photos, but they can’t meet the needs of more
serious photographers. Slow printing speed is another common criticism
of this model, although Kodak addressed this with the newer ESP 5250.
Another common problem users have experienced with various Kodak models
is a malfunctioning of the paper feeding mechanism. Some users end up
having to feed paper into the machine manually, which is obviously very
Overall, though, Kodak printers do a good job of creating high quality
prints at a relatively low cost. You can print longer lasting photos
with a cheaper per-print cost on a Kodak machine than you can on most
competing photo printers. Many consumers are also impressed with the
multifunction aspect of many of Kodak’s photo printers, allowing new
creative options for communicating and keeping in touch with friends