The Number-One Selling Mobile Photo Printer On Amazon, The Kodak Photo Printer Dock PD-450

The Number-One Selling Mobile Photo Printer On Amazon, The Kodak Photo Printer Dock PD-450

In today’s age, it’s safe to assume that more people are taking pictures with phones than with actual cameras. I’m not here to say that the practice is wrong or that it’s right. I am just here to identify Amazon’s number-one selling mobile printer so you can bring some of those images stored on your phone to life.

The Kodak Photo Printer Dock PD-450 produces vivid 4" x 6” prints in a matter of seconds with the one-touch simplicity that we’re all becoming accustomed to. Sounds good, right? Here are some product highlights according to Kodak:

  • ONE TOUCH PRINTING – Convenient Printer Dock Lets You Print Photos Direct From Your Smartphone; Includes Android Dock Pin & Free iOS Lightning Adapter
  • HIGH QUALITY PHOTOS – Fast, Easy System Prints Standard 4” x 6” Photos in Brilliant Color & Stunning Detail; D2T2 Thermal Transfer Technology Won’t Bleed or Fade
  • MAXIMUM DEVICE COMPATIBILITY – Dock Features 5-Pin Micro USB for Android & USB Host for Printing from iPhone, iPad, Digital Camera, or USB Memory Stick
  • SIMULTANEOUS CHARGING – Power Up to Two Smart Devices While You Wait; Unique Dock Supplies a Fast Charge for Home, Office, School, or Business
  • FREE COMPANION APP – Download the Kodak Photo Printer App for Filters, Stickers, Card Templates, Collage Maker, Video & SNS Print & Other Features


The Kodak Dock & Wi-Fi 4" x 6” Photo Printer with Advanced Patent Dye Sublimation Printing Technology & Photo Preservation Overcoat Layer – Compatible with Android & iOS (wow, that was a mouthful) is available now on Amazon for $139.99 with free shipping. According to its reviews on Amazon, that may be one hundred forty bucks well spent. 

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I have valued the proof prints I get from the Epson PictureMate. I use it in the studio connected to my capture station and output 4x6 prints from Capture One to use as storyboard for my editorial and catalog shoots. It's a good reference when you want to keep track of a project that utilized multiple props or stretches over two days. You can find many new-ish PictureMate printers on Ebay. I used my first one for 4+ years before it ultimately had clogged ink jets. I purchased my current one on Ebay for $50.

The problem with the printer you are recommending is that it is inkjet. The Kodak in the article is a dye sublimination printer which means continuous tone and you will also get more subtle and natural looking skin tones. Plus, the prints can be handled without being damaged easily, unlike with inkjet. Dye sublimination is the direction where the printing industry should have gone in, not inkjet.

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If it doesn't work for you fine. I was relaying my experience working with the Epson. As far as I am concerned dye-sub does not give me anything that I am not already getting with my system. I use it exclusively proofs and storyboards, not archival prints. If I were seeking a printer for resale or archival printing, I wouldn't be looking at a 4x6" printer. One advantage that I see for the Epson Picturemate is that I can pick up ink/print packs at common places like Staples and Best Buy if I am working on location and run out of supplies. And to reiterate, I am most interested in printing quickly from my shoots straight from Capture One creating storyboards for my clients like everyone used to with Polaroids. With that we can embed the file name for future reference, hold crop, use overlays for layouts, etc.

I understand, but many people do not even know about dye sub printers and the advantages they bring. As for archival printing, I don't think size is relevant. I would want a nice 4x6 to last just as long as a print that is bigger. Besides, for most people such a print size is as far as they go.

We've got a pair of Canon Selphy printers in the house. My wife and daughter can print from their phones or tablets any time. Cost per print is negligible.

Awesome. It's nice to see Kodak getting back into making those little dye sublimination printers, like they used to. I was disappointed years ago to find out they had stopped making them. I hate inkjet printers for their lack of continuous tone and poor skin tones. I only wish Kodak would make a larger model for larger prints.

To the writer of this article please take note that there is another model for the iPhone to be docked. It is the PD-480. The PD-450 in the article is for docking Android phones. Oddly enough, the iPhone model is not for sale on Amazon.

For iPhone:

http://www.kodak.com/us/en/consumer/products/printing-supplies/photo-pri...

For Android:

http://www.kodak.com/US/en/Consumer/Products/printing-supplies/Photo-Pri...

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