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New Sony Printers Due Next Month

San Diego — In addition to a line of new cameras, Sony added a pair of dye-sublimation home photo printers to its imaging lineup today.

Due next month, the DPP-FP70 and DPP-FP90 PictureStation printers have built-in handles and can produce a 4-inch by 6-inch photo in 45 seconds when printing from a Memory Stick memory card. They can produce prints in under a minute when connected to a PC or PictBridge-enabled digital camera.

The printers feature an “auto touch-up” button to remove red eye and correct exposure automatically and SuperCoat 2 lamination for protecting photo prints.

New for Sony’s printer lineup is a superimpose mode, which lets users select preset phrases and add them to photos prior to printing. The phrases can be added directly from the printer, without a PC.

The printers offer six filters for editing images prior to printing, such as a paint filter that gives photos the appearance of being printed on canvas.

The printers also feature the Bionze image processor previously found on the company’s Alpha digital SLR. They create 300 by 300 dpi images, offer slots for Memory Stick, SD/MMC and CompactFlash cards, and can work with an optional Bluetooth adapter.

The FP90 sports a 3.6-inch tilting LCD and will retail for an estimated $200.

The FP70 offers a 2.5-inch LCD screen and will retail for $140.

Sony will offer several print packs: the SVM-F40, F80P and F120 in quantities of 40, 80 and 120 sheets, respectively. The packs will retail for $20, $30 and $35, respectively.