Olympus P-200

The Good Excellent 3-by-4-inch print quality; can also interface with computers.

The Bad Confusing manual; five minutes between prints; short battery life.

The Bottom Line The Olympus P-200 can produce beautiful continuous-tone images, but weighing in at almost three pounds, it won't be your constant companion.

Editors' Rating
6.0 Overall

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Review

Olympus P-200

Printing out snappy 3-by-4-inch digital color prints with the Olympus P-200 portable dye-sublimation printer is far easier than plowing through the lengthy instruction manual, which is more than 50 pages long and is filled with nearly a hundred warnings, notes, and cautions. It's as exciting as reading a list of prohibitive boarding house rules tacked to a notice board. Nevertheless, only a few of the rules must be heeded to operate the printer, so don't be put off by the portable printing equivalent of "Check out by noon."Printing out snappy 3-by-4-inch digital color prints with the Olympus P-200 portable dye-sublimation printer is far easier than plowing through the lengthy instruction manual, which is more than 50 pages long and is filled with nearly a hundred warnings, notes, and cautions. It's as exciting as reading a list of prohibitive boarding house rules tacked to a notice board. Nevertheless, only a few of the rules must be heeded to operate the printer, so don't be put off by the portable printing equivalent of "Check out by noon."

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The P-200 printer produces images by using a high heat process to sublimate (convert) sheets of yellow, magenta, and cyan dye into gases, which are then deposited onto special paper that rolls in and out of the printer in three separate passes. After a fourth pass, which supplies a UV overcoat, the print is ejected. It takes three minutes from hitting Print to holding a print in your hand, plus another two minutes for the the printer to search for the next image to output. So it's not quite instant gratification.

But before pressing the Print button on the P-200, you can choose between three image-quality settings and indicate how many copies of an image you want printed on a single sheet--1, 2, 4, 9, or 16. You can also opt to imprint a date stamp, print an index page of 30 consecutive pictures, and make as many as 25 copies of the same print. Sadly missing, though, is a darken/lighten button to tweak those photos to perfection.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Olympus
  • Color Category black, white
  • Type printer
  • Type compact photo printer
  • Printing Technology dye sublimation
  • Compatibility Mac, PC
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