Cashing in on digital photos

Affordable kiosks make photo processing a viable proposition for all retailers
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A whole new revenue stream is being made available to retailers, thanks to Mitsubishi Electric?s Visual Information Systems division and its new range of photo-processing kiosks.

Photo printing has been revolutionised by the spread of the digital camera and not everyone wants to shell out on having a photo printer at home. This creates a great opportunity for retailers to do it for them.

To service this need, Mitsubishi has launched the latest versions of its DPS Click micro lab and DPS Kiosk LITE photo kiosk. Both provide the full software and interface required to print photos with its new dye sublimation printers.

The DPS Click V4 is specifically designed as a staff operated micro lab solution. A standard model comes with a high-speed dye sublimation printer that offers six sizes of prints and a 15-inch TFT touch screen processing unit.

It allows images to be uploaded from all major digital media cards and also from Bluetooth camera phones. The system enables the elimination of red eye, reframing, enlarging, cropping and image lightening.

DPS Click V4 is available in a variety of formats, which have been designed to meet the varying requirements of digital photo developers. They range from the basic model costing ?3,399 (ex VAT) to DPS Click Full V4 with a camera and larger size printer for ?4,459 (ex VAT).

The DPS Kiosk LITE range has been designed as a solution for retailers who would benefit from offering digital photo processing to their customers. The LITE model is a counter top processing unit and printer, while the LITE+ version comes with a pedestal to act as a stand-alone unit.

Paul Jones, UK sales manager, said: ?The introduction of a range of LITE kiosks has enabled us to satisfy the demand from the individual retailers who want to be able to supply a digital printing solution, but with minimal investment?. The expected retail price for the DPS Kiosk LITE is ?3,999 (ex VAT).

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