Review: Sony DPP-SV77 Photo Printer
Jeff Keller, DCRP Founder/Editor
Originally Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2001
Wednesday, June 20, 2001
digital cameras have grown in popularity, so has the need for photo
printing. Consumers have many choices when it comes to printing
their digital photos: online or at home; inkjet, or dye-sub. More
and more manufacturers are jumping on the home printing bandwagon,
and Sony is no exception.
DPP-SV77 ($499) is an upgrade to their DPP-SV55 model, adding an
LCD display, so connecting to the television is no longer needed.
Read on to find out more about this printer...
SV77 is an attractive silver box, about the size of a small pizza
box. The official dimensions are 9.625 x 3.5 x 10.625 inches (L
x W x D) without the paper tray installed, and it weighs 2.4kg /
5 lb 5 oz. Let's take a quick tour of the printer.
is the front of the printer, with LCD down and paper tray removed
(the first image on this page shows the opposite). The door at the
lower right is where the paper tray will go. The tray can hold up
to 30 sheets of paper.
the left of the printer you can see two card slots. The top one
is for Sony's Memory Stick format, while the bottom one is a PC
Card slot. If you have SmartMedia or CompactFlash cards and want
to use this printer, you'll need to buy a PC Card adapter first
a look at the side of the printer, with the "ink cartridge"
removed. When you buy paper for the SV77, you get the ink with it.
SV77 is a dye-sublimation printer, so it applies cyan - yellow -
magenta, followed by what Sony calls
"Super Coat 2", which protects the prints. Unlike many
inkjets, you can get these prints wet (I've seen it myself), and
they will not run.
the back of the printer, you'll find a USB port, video-out port,
and the power input. You can use the SV77 as a regular printer that
you can connect to your Mac or PC (using the USB cable, of course).
Printer drivers are included with the printer.
video out enables you to connect to your television if you don't
wish to use the LCD, or to present slideshows.
a look at the top of the printer. We'll take a closer look at the
area around the LCD in a moment.
it, there are buttons for:
- prints all images on memory card
- prints all DPOF marked images on memory card
- print chosen images
also some status lights to the right of the print button.
the deal with the 3.2" LCD is that you use the included stylus
to operate it. Kind of like your Palm Pilot, I guess.
an unobstructed view of the LCD panel. The 3.2" LCD is bright
and large, and it's obviously touch sensitive.
buttons to the left of the LCD are:
Select - Memory Stick or PC Card
- Jumps between thumbnails and full-size photo
Print (more on all this below)
the right of the LCD, there are buttons for print quantity, as well
as menu navigation buttons.
now let's take a tour through the various menu options so you can
see how this thing works. When you insert a memory card, you get
the thumbnail screen you can see in the photo above. You can choose
any photo by tapping it with the stylus, and use the Print Quantity
buttons to quickly print your images. If you want to tinker with
your images, you select one and hit the "Effect button".
That presents you with the following options:
a closer look at each of these.
mode lets you:
in and out of your image
mode lets you change:
mode lets you apply some Photoshop-like effects to your images.
(makes image look like a painted picture)
(makes image look like an old photograph with faded colors)
mode is the most elaborate of the effects on the SV77. Here you
can draw on your images (to sign them?), put text around it, or
add stamps (icons) to your images. If you choose to add type, the
LCD turns into a little keyboard.
should add that larger images take a long time to load on the SV77
-- up to 60 seconds in some cases. My prints came from the 4.1 Megapixel
Sony DSC-S85, so if you have a high megapixel camera, be prepared
are a few general options to mention as well.
the "Menu" button will reveal the screen on the left.
I think most of these are pretty self-explanatory. Hitting "Set
Up" will get you the screen on the right. The items on the
Set Up screen include:
Print (prints date on photo)
Fine Print 2 (auto image correction)
feature on the SV77 is the "Creative Print" function.
The options here include:
Add a selected greeting and your message to make an original card
Add a calendar of selected month(s) to an image or images to make
an original calendar
Images: Makes 4-split or 9-split image prints
Makes 9-split image sticker
printers aren't particularly cheap to operate, especially considering
the small size of the prints.
are five different paper/print cartridge packs available for the
25 sheets of postcard-size (4 x 6) photo paper plus print cartridge
per print: $0.80
25 sheets of postcard-size (4 x 6) sticker paper plus print cartridge
per print: $1.00
30 sheets of small size (3.5 x 4) photo paper plus print cartridge
per print: $0.50
30 sheets of small size (3.5 x 4) sticker paper plus print cartridge
per print: $0.67
30 sheets of small size (3.5 x 4) 9-split sticker paper plus print
per print: $0.67
pretty obvious from that list which size paper is the cheapest.
By comparison, it costs $0.49 per 4 x 6 print at Ofoto,
an online photo printing company.
gave me the 30 sheet small size pack to try out. The prints are
about the size of a Polaroid print.
after you've played around with the SV77, it's time to print! Dye-sub
printer are the more exciting ones to watch (or listen to), as they
really sound like they're doing something. The printer makes 4 passes
over the paper, as I mentioned earlier.
takes 60 seconds to print one small size photo, and 90 seconds for
a 4 x 6. The prints don't come out hot (which you'd expect if you
listen to the printer at work) and they are very durable. I witnessed
a print get dunked into a hot cup of coffee with no loss of quality.
three prints above are for show only - don't try to judge the quality
of them by looking at this photo. The photo on the left is a normal
print. The one in the middle has the date print on, and the one
on the right has the Paint filter. I can assure that the quality
of the prints is indeed photo quality -- I guess you'll have to
take my word for it.
certainly no bargain, the Sony DPP-SV77 produces photo quality prints,
and quickly too. There are a number of things you can do to enhance
your photos, and it's easy to do with the touch screen LCD. My only
real complain is that it's slow to load images when you're working
with it, but otherwise, it's a solid photo printer for 4 x 6 prints.
a second opinion
out Steve's Digicams review
of the Sony DPP-SV77.
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