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Sony DPP-EX5

Digital photo printer with Memory Stick® slot

Item # 158DPPEX5

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Our take on the Sony DPP-EX5

How about some instant gratification?

How about some instant gratification?

Snap a picture. Send it to your DPP-EX5 photo printer (either via a USB connection between the printer and your PC, or directly from a Memory Stick® inserted in the printer). Then hit "Print"! Ninety seconds later, you've got a gorgeous, high-color 4" x 6" photo in your hand.

It really is that simple. 3.8-megapixel dye-sublimation printing and the application of Super Coat 2 over each print results in beautiful, glossy photos. And to make matters even simpler, Sony has made this handy photo printer much more affordable than other printers with the same quality of dye-sublimation printing.

Plus, its capabilities are very flexible! The vertical design is space-saving — a real bonus in a crowded workspace. It can print 4" x 6" or 3-1/2" x 5" photos. Photo styles include borderless color, monochrome, sepia or "paint." Connect to a TV by way of the composite video output, and you can even edit photos before you print them! The DPP-EX5 printer also supports Exif 2.2 — a global standard for accurately reproducing photos, when used with a compatible digital camera.


  • 3.8-megapixel high-resolution photo-quality printing
  • dye-sublimation technology (403 x 403 dpi)
  • 16.7 million colors
  • print photos directly from Memory Stick and Memory Stick PRO®
  • print photos from computer via USB connection
  • composite video output, for TV display
  • borderless 4" x 6" or 3-1/2" x 5" print sizes
  • high-speed printing (approximately 90 seconds for 4" x 6" print)
  • print from Windows® or Mac via USB (driver supplied)
  • Windows- and Mac-compatible software (CD-ROM)
  • USB port
  • 3-1/8"W x 7-7/8"H x 13"D
  • warranty: 1 year

Computer Requirements:

  • pre-installed USB port
  • CD-ROM drive (to install software)

  • PC:
  • pre-installed Windows® 98/98SE/Me/2000/XP
  • MMX 233 MHz Pentium® processor or better
  • minimum 64MB RAM
  • minimum 200MB hard disk space

  • Macintosh:
  • pre-installed Mac OS 8.6/9.0/9.1/9.2/X vers. 10.1
  • minimum 128MB RAM
  • minimum 100MB hard disk space

What's in the Box:

  • Photo printer
  • 6.5' Detachable power cord
  • 8.25' Composite video cable
  • Protective sheet
  • Paper tray
  • "Notes on Printing" sheet
  • Cleaning cartridge
  • Protective sheet
  • Instruction sheet on protective sheet (English/French/Spanish/Dutch)
  • Registration card
  • Important safeguards sheet
  • Warranty information sheet
  • DPP-EX5 Printer driver CD-ROM version 1.0
  • Software license agreement pamphlet (English/French/Spanish/Dutch)
  • "Note on installing" sheet
  • Operating Instructions manual (English/French)

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Inputs and Outputs

Sony Digital Photo Printer Utility Software


General Overview: This unit is a photo printer which uses sublimation dye transfer printing. It can print images directly from a Memory Stick, and it can save the images directly to Memory Stick as well. It can also be connected to a computer using a USB cable (not supplied).  The unit is made to be connected to a television (when not using a computer) so you can display and select images (the TV must have a composite video input). Using a computer (either PC or Mac) allows you print images from your hard drive. The computer must meet the following system requirements:

For Windows use:

  • Pre-installed Windows 98/ 98SE/Windows Me/Windows 2000 Professional/Windows XP Home edition/Windows XP Professional (Sony cannot guarantee compatibility with systems upgraded from Windows 3.1 or Windows 95 to Windows 98 or systems upgraded from a former version)
  • CPU: MMX Pentium 233 MHz or above
  • RAM: 64 MB or more 
  • Hard Disk Space: 200 MB or more
  • Port: pre-installed USB port (compatibility with add-on USB port cannot be guaranteed)
  • CD-ROM drive (to install software)

For Macintosh use:

  • Pre-installed Mac OS  8.6/ 9.0/9.1/9.2/X v 10.1
  • Port: pre-installed USB port (compatibility with add-on USB port cannot be guaranteed)
  • RAM: 128 MB or more 
  • Hard Disk Space: 100 MB or more
  • CD-ROM drive (to install software)


Photo-realistic printing: With its dye sublimation printing system, the printer can make photo-realistic prints.

Memory Stick slot: This unit will work with Memory Stick and print direct without a PC/Mac.

Built-in Clock: A built-in clock allows you to record the time when images are saved onto Memory Stick, and, if desired, you can set the printer to print the time on your photos. The clock also allows you to start a calendar with the current month when making a calendar print. 

Super Coat 2 Feature: A coating over your prints that makes them more durable and more resistant to moisture and fingerprints.

Auto Fine Print 2 Feature: The auto fine 2 print feature analyses the picture information of an image and corrects it as a vivid, clear, and natural picture. This function can be turned on or off. 

Exif 2.2 (Exif Print) Support: This printer supports Exif 2.2. Exif stands for "exchangeable image file" - which is a global standard format for digital still cameras. The printer automatically adjusts an image saved by a digital still camera with Exif Print standard and prints it with optimal picture quality.

Card Printing: You may make an original card by adding a greeting and message to an image. If you prefer to put more than one image on a card, multiple images can be put on a card using one of the preset multiple-image templates.

Calendar Printing: You can print a 1-month calendar with an image from Memory Stick or PC.

Split Prints (multiple images on one sheet): You can make a print with 4-split, 9-split, 13-split (12-split images around a larger centered imager), or 16-split images. You can use the same image or multiple images when making a split print.

Sticker Printing: When used with sticker photo print paper, you can make photo stickers. Use the SVM-304SW09 9-split (9 small stickers on a 3-1/2x4" sheet).

Image Editing: By using the "EFFECT" menu, you can edit and adjust images. The following editing functions are available:

  • Enlarging/Reducing: An image may be reduced up to 60%, or it may be enlarged by up to 200%.
  • Changing Position: A picture can be moved up, down, to the left or to the right, and images can be rotated 90 degrees at a time.
  • Picture Quality Adjustments: The brightness, tint, color deepness and sharpness of pictures can be adjusted.
  • Text: Enters and overlaps characters on an image.
  • Filter: You may apply a sepia, monochrome or paint filter to an image. The sepia filter makes an image look like an old photograph with faded color, the monochrome filter makes an image into a monochrome picture and the paint filter makes an image look like it is a painting.

Index List: You can print an index list (48 or 80 thumbnail images on one printer sheet) to show the images stored on a Memory Stick. 

Slide Show Viewing: The printer can be set to display the images from a Memory Stick or one after another on your TV like a slide show. You may set the printer to show the images in quick or slow succession.

DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) Mode: This unit can automatically print images marked with DPOF. DPOF is a format found in some digital cameras and camcorders which allows you to mark which images you want to automatically print when the Memory Stick is inserted in the printer.

Image Delete: You can delete images on a Memory Stick one at a time. 


Printing System: Sublimation dye transfer printing (Yellow/Magenta/Cyan 3 pass)

Resolution: 403 (H) x 403 (V) dots per inch

Gradations: 256 levels (8 bits for each yellow/magenta/cyan), approximately 16,770,000 colors

Printing Time: About 90 seconds per sheet for post card size paper down to about 60 seconds per sheet for small size paper

Printing Size (maximum): 4" x 6"

Compatible Image File Formats:

  • DCF: Exif ver 2.2, JPEG compatible, TIFF-RGB (non-compressed)
  • JPEG: 4:4:4, 4:2:2, 4:2:0 (baseline JPEG)
  • BMP: 24 bit full color, Windows format          

Maximum Number of pixels:

  • JPEG: 6.4K(H) x 4.8K(V)
  • BMP: 5.4K(H) x 4.05K(V)
  • TIFF: 4.8K(H) x 3.6(V)
Maximum Number of Files: 9999 files

Print Packs: This unit uses optional print packs which contain print paper and a print cartridge for printing. The various types are:

  • SVM-25LS: 25 sheets of post card size (4x6") photo paper with a print cartridge for 25 prints 
  • SVM-25LW: 25 sheets of post card size (4x6") sticker photo paper with a print cartridge for 25 prints 
  • SVM-30SS: 30 sheets of small size (3-1/2x4") photo paper with a print cartridge for 30 prints 
  • SVM-30SW: 30 sheets of small size (3-1/2x4") sticker photo paper with a print cartridge for 30 prints 
  • SVM-30SW09: 30 sheets of small size (3-1/2x4") 9-split sticker photo paper with a print cartridge for 30 prints 

Inputs and Outputs

Front of unit:

  • Memory Stick Slot
  • Paper tray slot

Top of unit:

  • Cartridge compartment lid: used to insert printer cartridge

Rear of unit:

  • Video output: composite video out, used to connect this unit to a television
  • USB port
  • AC jack: for supplied AC line cord

Sony Digital Photo Printer Utility Software

Digital Photo Printer Software: The provided CD-ROM includes Version 1.0 of Sony's DPP-EX5 Printer Driver Software for Windows 98/98SE/ME/2000 Professional/XP Home edition and Mac OS 8.6/9.0/9.1/9.2/X-v10.1.

With a compatible Windows equipped computer, the included Digital Photo Printer software allows you to print an image from your computer's hard drive

With a compatible Macintosh computer, the included Digital Photo Printer software allows you to print an image from your computer's hard drive

PC and Macintosh Requirements for Software: For PC and Macintosh requirements, please see the "Overview" section above.

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