The creation of inkjet prints from digital cameras has generally required the intermediacy of a PC, often gives variable results dependent on the familiarity of the user with necessary software, and has been less than user friendly. Camera appliance printers like the KODAK Personal Picture Maker by Lexmark have introduced user friendly printing to digital camera owners by allowing printing directly, simply, and inexpensively from camera flash cards.In this study, we discuss the attributes customers require of photographs from digital camera appliance systems, and how well commercially available and two Kodak prototype systems fulfill those requirements. We will specifically discuss the selection and invention of magenta dyes, which give state-of-the-art lightfastness and color. We will compare the consumer-judged image quality of prints from various appliance printer systems to those typically obtained from a silver halide system. The effects of illuminant intensity on the fade of printed images will be discussed, and the lightfastness of a variety of systems will be compared.
Michael J. Carmody, Steven Evans, Scott Robinson, "The Image Quality and Lightfastness of Photos from Digital Camera Appliance Printing Systems" in Proc. IS&T Int'l Conf. on Digital Printing Technologies (NIP16), 2000, pp 124 - 127, https://doi.org/10.2352/ISSN.2169-4451.2000.16.1.art00033_1