Olympus Camedia P-10

  • Review
  • Specs
  • Images
  • User Reviews
  • Buy Now
Olympus Camedia P-10
  • Expert Rating

    2.50 / 5

Pros

  • Small size, low price

Cons

  • Poor print quality, high running costs, noisy

Bottom Line

While the initial outlay on the CAMEDIA P-10 is inexpensive, its running costs are higher than many Kodak and Canon printers and its print quality is not as good. However, it is a very neat unit, so if you're looking for something that won't take up to much space on your desk or bookshelf, then it could be right for you.

Would you buy this?

This dye-sublimation printer is designed vertically and looks kind of like a bonsai laser printer. I say that because this printer has a paper cassette that is located at the bottom of the unit, while its output tray resides at the top of the unit. This design means that the printer will not commandeer a whole lot of space on the desk and you won't have to factor in extra space for paper trays and flaps.

The paper travels through the internal print mechanism in a curved fashion to reach the output tray, but finished prints do not suffer from permanent bending. The print process takes four passes to complete, as the colours and protective layer are placed onto the paper. A groovy light on the front of the unit will change to indicate which colour is being laid down.

What set this printer apart though was its noise. It certainly made a lot of it as it went through the process of feeding the paper and then printing on it, so you would have to avoid using it while others in your household are seeking peace and quiet.

While this printer does not have a memory card reader, it does have PictBridge so that you can print photos directly off a digital camera. This printer actually managed to print photos from a camera five seconds faster than it did to print them from a PC.

The paper that Olympus supplies for this printer does not have perforated edges and if you elect to print in borderless mode, your photos will be automatically cropped at the edges to fill the entire page.

This unit printed faster from our digital camera than our test PC. PictBridge prints took only 55 seconds, while prints from our PC took 1 minute (both very fast times). Images were slightly cool, with greens, for example, looking slightly blue. Edges were not finely gradated, and jagged lines were noticeable under close scrutiny. Shaded areas of photos often lacked detail and proper shading.

This printer comes with a start-up consumable pack for 10 prints. From then on, you can purchase either a 40-sheet ribbon cartridge and paper pack, or a 100-sheet pack. The 40-sheet pack costs $40, which translates to $1 per print, which is not very economical, but the 100-sheet pack costs $80, which is a more reasonable 80 cents per print.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?