Epson fills a gap in photo printing

August 9, 2021

The first thing you need to know about the “new” Epson P series, the first manifestation of which is the 44-inch Epson Surecolor P8560Dis that it is quite different from the old Epson P series, including the 44-inch P8070 (which remains in the range all the same).

The Epson P8570D introduces a new space-saving design and two-roll paper configuration for large format photo printers.

In fact, you could say that the P8560D is the large format version of the Surecolor D series of “dry minilab” inkjet printers. (Hey, maybe that’s what the ‘D’ at the end of the string of numbers is trying to tell us!)

The P8560D, which has other designations in other markets (in the US it’s the SureColor SC-P8570D), is actually a whole new printing beast: while jet printing Large format photographic ink in the past was all about superb print quality and maximum color. range, the P8560D puts more emphasis on print speed, ease of use and a small footprint, combined with good photographic (or in marketing, “sharp, detailed and colorful”) prints.

As Epson Australia explained following our sassy questions: “The P8560D is aimed at the high-volume photo retail and 4-payment printing markets. These are markets that Epson focuses on, addresses and cares for in the Epson way. The printer combines high print speed with a small footprint, low running cost and better media handling.’

Market segmentation is the name of the game, and with the P8560D Epson is trying to create a new segment: “If a customer is focused on color (quality), Epson recommends either the P8070, P9070 or P9560. If, however, the customer is focused on productivity, then the P8560D is worth a look.

But according to Keith Cooper of Northlight Images, a leading independent expert reviewing and writing about photographic inkjet technology, “Most modern printers are as good as they come for quite a while. There are differences, but they are getting smaller and smaller. He said the choice of paper has a much greater influence on image quality than the choice of printer.

Given this, professionals and prolabs alike may conclude that a slightly higher image quality is worth trading for the efficiency, speed and reduced running costs promised by this next generation. large formats. It should be noted that many photo retailers and even high-volume photography labs already use Epson Surecolor D-series printers running a set of six (different) color Ultrachrome pigment inks daily. Several million retail photo prints have been sold to consumers across Australia using this technology over the past five years or so.

Epson claims in its press kit that the six-color UltraChrome PRO6 pigment ink set produces “vivid, beautiful prints that rival comparable 8-color printers.” We followed up with Epson, who clarified that they claimed they were referring to competitor printers, not Epson machines. (Jesus, graciously no): “When Epson talks about the P8560D offering a better color gamut than printers with 8 or more colors, they’re referring to their competitors, not the P8070.”

“Epson’s internal testing indicates that the results they’ve managed to achieve with their UltraChrome ink and 2.64” PrecisionCore head are significantly better than those of competitors with significantly more inks on board.

“Epson sees no benefit in naming models or brands, but they openly welcome customers who want proof of their claims and they expect to be able to provide sample prints for this in the not too distant future. too distant. ‘

Although Epson hasn’t released any detailed information about the printer, a PDF on Epson’s US website provides some interesting additional specs:

Epson Surecolor P8560D with optional print tray.

– US MSRP US$6,445 ($8,760);
– 24 inch model to come later (P6560)
– 6-color ink set (CMY, matte black and photo black, and Gray). 110, 350 or 700 mL cartridges and, in some markets at least, 1.5 L ink packs;
– 2.2 times faster than the Epson P8000 in high quality;
– Optional production sheet stacker;
– Direct printing on rigid matte cardboard (up to 1.5 mm thick, including coated aluminium);
– The PrecisionCore 2.6-ich MicroTFP printhead is twice the size of the previous generation printhead.

As you know, the P8560D is aimed at the high-volume retail photo printing and 4-payment printing markets. These are markets that Epson focuses on, addresses and cares for in the Epson way. The printer combines high print speed with a small footprint, low running cost and improved media handling. With a focus on high PV, Epson has also made sure to support Epson Cloud Solution PORT and the advanced reporting capabilities it provides.

Elaine F. Brim