2009 DIMA Digital Printer Shoot-Out Winners Named

The winners of the 2009 DIMA Digital Printer Shoot-Out were announced today at the PMA International Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nev. Winners displayed during PMA 09 were chosen from 109 prints entered by 22 companies.

DIMA® Digital Printer Shoot-Out entries were produced from files created by color experts at Digital Attributes, Ellijay, Ga. Participants were asked to provide specific information pertaining to the equipment used (printer, RIP), the consumables used (output media, ink/toner/dye), and the production timing. A panel of expert judges voted on the entries based on the overall quality of the digital print and the quality of the color. The panel of judges included well-respected names in the industry: Richard Lerner, RSL Digital Consultants; Rick Lucas, Digital Attributes/Lucas Imaging; and Phil Nelson, Phil Nelson Imaging LLC.

Judging for the event took place at GTI Graphic Technology Inc., Newburgh, N.Y., which donated the space and a 5,000 Kelvin lighting environment.

An X-Rite Color Checker with known values was embedded into the DIMA Target File, which was measured by X-Rite Color Services to determine the delta E of the actual value.

Qualitative criteria also judged included neutral gray balance reproduction, saturation, shadow depth and quality, overall tonality and detail, highlights and specular highlights, flesh tones, hue shift, and text.

The winners of the 2009 DIMA Digital Printer Shoot-Out are as follows:

RA-4 Digital Printer, 13 inches to 29 inches wide

Dry Production Printers,

Polielettronica – LaserLab 50-20″

Electrophotographic (20-40 ppm)

POLI-PRO-USA Inc., Hillsboro, Ore.

Xerox DocuColor 242 Digital Color Printer

Xerox Corp., Webster, N.Y.

RA-4 Digital Printer, 30 inches to 49 inches wide

Polielettronica – LaserLab 76-30″

Dry Production Printers,

POLI-PRO-USA Inc., Hillsboro, Ore.

Electrophotographic (41-70 ppm)

Xerox 700 Digital Color Press

RA-4 Digital Printer, 50 inches wide or larger

Xerox Corp., Webster, N.Y.

Polielettronica – LaserLab 127-50″

POLI-PRO-USA Inc., Hillsboro, Ore.

Dry Production Printers,

Electrophotographic (71+ ppm)

RA-4 Digital Printer, Digital Minilab, 12 inches maximum

Xerox iGen4 Press

QSS-3702HD

Xerox Corp., Webster, N.Y.

Noritsu Koki Co. Ltd., Wakayama, Japan

Dry Production Printers, Dry Minilab

RA-4 Digital Printer, Digital Minilab, 8 inches maximum

HP Photosmart ML1000 Minilab Printer

DL1210

Hewlett-Packard Co., Palo Alto, Calif.

Shanghai Doli Photographic Equipment Co., Ltd., Shanghai, China

Inkjet, 50 inches wide or larger

RA-4 Digital Printer, Industrial High-Speed

Canon imagePROGRAF iPF9100

4-by-6-inches

Canon U.S.A. Inc., Lake Success, N.Y.

Europa 15

Express Imaging Systems, LLC, Seattle, Wash.

Inkjet, 36 inches to 49 inches wide

Epson Stylus Pro 9900

Inkjet, 18 inches to 35 inches wide

ColorBurst Systems (CSE Inc.), Ashburn, Va.

Epson Stylus Pro 7900

ColorBurst Systems (CSE Inc.), Ashburn, Va.

Dye Sublimation, 4-by-6-inch cut sheet

HiTi P110S

Inkjet, 9 inches to 17 inches wide

HiTi Digital Inc., Taipei City, Taiwan

Epson Stylus Pro 4880

ColorBurst Systems (CSE Inc.), Ashburn, Va.

Dye Sublimation, 5-to-6-inch roll

DNP DS-40

Inkjet, 8.5 inches wide or less – $200 or more

DNP Photo Imaging America Corp., San Marcos, Texas

HP Photosmart C8180 All-in-One

Hewlett-Packard Co., Palo Alto, Calif.

Dye Sublimation, 8-inch roll

DNP DS-80

Inkjet, 8.5 inches wide or less – $100-$199

DNP Photo Imaging America Corp., San Marcos, Texas

HP Photosmart D7560 Printer

Hewlett-Packard Co., Palo Alto, Calif.

Black and White, Best B&W with grayscale inks

Canon PIXMA MP980 Wireless Photo All-in-One Printer with Photo Paper Pro Platinum and ChromaLife 100+ Ink

Inkjet, 8.5 inches wide or less – $99 or less

Canon U.S.A. Inc., Lake Success, N.Y.

HP Photosmart D5460 Printer

Hewlett-Packard Co., Palo Alto, Calif.

Black and White, Best B&W with a color printer

Pictorico GEKKO Green using the Epson Stylus Photo R2400

Inkjet, 5-by-7- inches or less

Mitsubishi Imaging, (MPM) Inc., Rye, N.Y.

HP Photosmart A636 Compact Photo Printer

Hewlett-Packard Co., Palo Alto, Calif.

Black and White, Best Creative B&W

HP Designjet Z6100 Photo Printer, 42”, HP Baryte Satin Art Paper and HP 91 Vivera Pigment Inks

Media, 4-by-6-inches

Hewlett-Packard Co., Palo Alto, Calif.

Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl 285 GSM

Hahnemühle, Woodstock, Ill.

Creative Application, Textile

HP Durable Banner with DuPont™ Tyvek® on HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer

Media, 8.5-by-11-inches

Hewlett-Packard Co., Palo Alto, Calif.

Museo Silver Rag

Museo, South Hadley, Mass.

Creative Application, Paper

Fuji Flex paper using the Chromira 5x ProLab

Media, 13-by-19-inch sheet or 13-inch roll

ZBE Inc., Carpinteria, Calif.

Epson Premium Semigloss (250)

ColorBurst Systems (CSE Inc.), Ashburn, Va.

Creative Application, Alternative Substrate

Xerox PhotoPix Image Solutions Paper

Media, 24 inches wide or larger

Xerox Corp., Webster, N.Y.

Tetenal spectra jet Photo Silk Paper 250 G

TETENAL AG & Co. KG, Norderstedt, Germany

Media, Matte Only

Magiclée Verona 250 HD

Magiclée, South Hadley, Mass.

Ink, less than 20-inch printer

Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta

ColorBurst Systems (CSE Inc.), Ashburn, Va.

Ink, 20-inch or larger printer

Epson UltraChrome HDR

ColorBurst Systems (CSE Inc.), Ashburn, Va.

RIP, less than 20-inch printer

ColorBurst RIP

ColorBurst Systems (CSE Inc.), Ashburn, Va.

RIP, 20-inch or larger printer

ColorBurst RIP

ColorBurst Systems (CSE Inc.), Ashburn, Va.

About DIMA

Exploring the technologies that transform the capture, manipulation, sharing, and preservation of images, the Digital Imaging Marketing Association® (DIMA®) empowers photo retailers, professional and commercial imagers, and photographers to push the boundaries of possibility and drive their entrepreneurial success. DIMA builds on an 85-year legacy of PMA®, the worldwide photo imaging association, by promoting emerging technologies and business innovations throughout the global photo imaging industry. DIMA directs this purpose through the development of education, marketing research, and networking forums, and enables its members to envision and experience successful methods of technology integration yielding improved business practices.

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