Printers for Event Photographers

There is a reasonable selection of dye-sub (correctly known as Digital Dye Thermal Transfer - D2T2 or Thermal Dye Sublimation) printers available for event photography which can be split in to 2 size groups - the majority print up to 6"x 9" and a further small selection that print up to 8" x 12". Amongst these are sheet fed and roll fed machines. Roll fed machines require less paper changes and suffer much less from dust issues.

Unfortunately there is no one supplier that sells all currently available models so it is often difficult to obtain an oversight of the different models and their capabilities. To this end I have compiled a list of all the models that are currently available and would be used by event photographers. (Please inform me if you know of any printers that you feel should be included, models that have been discontinued or any mistakes made)

How to choose your printer

    • Do you require full frame prints i.e. 9" x 6" and 12" x 8" from a DSLR?
    • Who is going to carry your printer?
    • Can the printer produce prints fast enough?
    • Media price (how much per print)
    • Do you require a MAC driver?
    • What support, backup and warranty is available?
    • Is it part of a system i.e. Click System

Details of models with print sizes, speed, weight, dimensions and some other features follow. What is missing is price because these constantly change and there can be many hundreds of pounds difference between machines that appear to have the same specification. The best thing to do is make a short list and then phone around the suppliers for prices where again there can be big price differences for the same model.

Download the Printer List here

Printer Model

Max Print Size

Other print sizes

Speed

Citizen CW-01

6"x9"

6"x8" 5"x7" 4"x6" 5"x3.5"

6"x4" Approx 8 Sec

Copal DPB4000

8"x10"

8"x10" approx 40 Sec

Copal DPB6000

6"x9"

6"x8" 5"x7" 6"x4" 5"x3.5"

6"x4" = 8 Sec

Fuji ASK 2000

6"x9"

6"x8" 5"x7" 6"x4" 5"x3.5"

6"x4" = 8 Sec

Fuji ASK 4000

8"x12"

8"x10"

8"x10" approx 40 Sec

Hiti 710PL

6"x9"

6"x8" 5"x7" 4"x6"

6"x4" = 6.8 Sec

Hiti 730PL

6"x8"

5"x7" 4"x6"

6"x4" approx 45 Sec

Kodak 605

6"x8"

5"x7" 4"x6"

6"x4" = 11 Sec

Kodak 6850

6"x8"

5"x7" 4"x6"

6"x4" = 8 Sec

Kodak 805

8"x12"

8"x10"

8"x10" < 90 Sec

Kodak 9810

8"x12"

8"x10"

8"x10" approx 45 Sec

Mitsubishi CP3020DAE

8"x12"

8"x10"

8"x10" approx 45 Sec

Mitsubishi CP3800DW

8"x12"

8"x10" 2 of 8"x6"

8"x10" approx 30 Sec

Mitsubishi CP9550DW

6"x9"

6"x8" 5"x7" 4"x6" 5"x3.5"

6"x4" = 16 Sec

Mitsubishi CP9600DW

6"x9"

6"x8" 4.5"x6" 6"x4"

6"x4" = 24 Sec (High Res 57s)

Mitsubishi CP9600DW-S

6"x9"

6"x8" 4.5"x6" 6"x4"

6"x4" = 24 Sec (High Res 57s)

Mitsubishi CP9800DW

6"x9"

6"x8" 5"x7" 4"x6" 5"x3.5"

6"x4" = 8.7 Sec

Mitsubishi CP9800DW-S

6"x9"

6"x8" 5"x7" 4"x6" 5"x3.5"

6"x4" = 8.7 Sec

Olmec OP1000

6"x9"

6"x8" 5"x7" 4"x6" 5"x3.5"

6"x4" = 6.8 Sec

Olmec OP800

8"x12"

8"x10" (+ Multichop)

8"x10" approx 40 Sec

Olmec OP900

6"x9"

6"x8" 5"x7" 4"x6" 5"x3.5"

6"x4" = 8.6 Sec

Sony UP-CX1

4"x8"

5"x7" 4"x6" 3.5"x5"

3.5"x5" = 13 Sec

Sony UP-GR700

8"x12"

8"x10"

8"x10" < 60 Sec

Sony UPDR100

6"x4"

5"x3.5"

5"x3.5" approx 23 Sec

Sony UPDR150

6"x8"

5"x7" 6"x4" 5"x3.5"

6"x4" = 7 Sec

Sony UPDR200

6"x8"

5"x7" 6"x4" 5"x3.5"

6"x4" = 8 Sec

Printer Model

Weight

Dimensions w x h x d

Guarantee

Notes

Citizen CW-01

Approx 24Kg

322 x 335 x 366 mm

1 Year

Copal DPB4000

Approx 26Kg

370 x 400 x 350 mm

1 Year

Copal DPB6000

Approx 25Kg

300 x 353 x 411 mm

1 Year

Fuji ASK 2000

Approx 25Kg

300 x 355 x 410 mm

1 Year

Fuji ASK 4000

Approx 28Kg

370 x 400 x 350 mm

1 Year

Hiti 710PL

Approx 20Kg

296 x 342 x 416 mm

1Year

MAC driver

Hiti 730PL

Approx 5.7Kg

340 x 280 x 220 mm

1 Year

Representative Model

Kodak 605

Approx 18Kg

290 x 326 x 498 mm

1 Year

Kodak 6850

Approx 25Kg

290 x 346 x 498 mm

1 Year

Kodak 805

Approx 18Kg

290 x 326 x 498 mm

1 Year

Kodak 9810

Approx 18Kg

442 x 330 x 483 mm

1 Year

Mitsubishi CP3020DAE

Approx 14Kg

402 x 231x 378 mm

1 Year

Mitsubishi CP3800DW

Approx 14Kg

332 x 170 x 366 mm

1 Year

Mitsubishi CP9550DW

Approx 17Kg

300 x 325 x 365 mm

1 Year

MAC driver

Mitsubishi CP9600DW

Approx 17Kg

300 x 325 x 365 mm

1 Year

Mitsubishi CP9600DW-S

Approx 17Kg

300 x 325 x 365 mm

1 Year

Click System Only

Mitsubishi CP9800DW

Approx 21Kg

329 x 385 x 404 mm

1 Year

MAC driver

Mitsubishi CP9800DW-S

Approx 21Kg

329 x 385 x 404 mm

1 Year

Click System Only

Olmec OP1000

Approx 20Kg

296 x 342 x 416 mm

2 Year

Olmec OP800

Approx 30Kg

370 x 400 x 350 mm

1 Year

Olmec OP900

Approx 24Kg

322 x 255 x 366 mm

1 Year

Sony UP-CX1

Approx 10.5Kg

275 x 262 x 380 mm

1 Year

MAC driver

Sony UP-GR700

Approx 30Kg

370 x 400 x 350 mm

1 Year

Sony UPDR100

Approx 18Kg

280 x 362 x 458 mm

1 Year

MAC driver

Sony UPDR150

Approx 20Kg

280 x 356 x 462 mm

1 Year

Sony UPDR200

Approx 17Kg

280 x 356 x 459 mm

1 Year