Image gallery: Does Kodak's ESP-7 live up to its image?
3.3 megapixel JPEG image shot on my antique Sony Cyber-shot digital camera.
Test image as printed from Kodak kiosk at Wal-Mart. Cost per print: 28 cents.
ESP-7 print using Kodak Ultra Premium gloss photo paper. Paper cost per print: 23 cents. Total cost per print: 30 cents.
Note: This difference in print quality between the Wal-Mart print and this print on the ESP 7 is less than it appears in these image scans. The blue was very close in the prints, although a tad lighter here. But the flesh tones, particularly on the right side of Jan's face, were less rich and noticeably lighter overall in the ESP 7 print.
ESP-7 print using Staples Photo Supreme high gloss photo paper. Paper cost per print: 21 cents. Total cost per print: 29 cents.
The Kodak Ultra offers a slight edge in image quality over the high end Staples paper, but the difference was barely noticeable.
ESP-7 print using gloss Kodak Photo Paper. Paper cost per print: 14 cents. Total cost per print: 21 cents. You have to look closely to see the difference between this image, printed on every day paper versus one printed on Kodak's premium Ultra paper.
Note: Paper price based on Staples price of $13.99 for a 100-sheet box of 4 x 6 paper. However, Kodak sells the same item (#1743327) online $9.49, or 9.5 cents per print. Ordering online reduces total cost per print to 16.5 cents.
ESP print using Staples Photo Plus gloss paper. Paper cost per print: 17 cents. Total cost per print: 24 cents.
Image quality was about the same as with the Kodak Photo Paper. However, the Staples paper cost more and lacks the encoding on the back that allows the ESP-7 to automatically identify it and adjust printing accordingly.
ESP-7 print on 20lb, 92 brightness 8.5 x 11 copy paper. Cost per page: $.007.
The colors here are much lighter and washed out. Skin tones are unattractive. Not recommended.
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