Fuji Frontier Digital Minilab Features

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Fuji Frontier Digital Minilab Features
Fujifilm's Frontier minilabs print images from digital media and 35mm film. (film-camera on camera-bag image by Andrii Oleksiienko from Fotolia.com)

Fujifilm Corporation, founded in 1934, serves as a global leader in imaging technology. Fujifilm makes a complete line of digital photofinishing equipment. The company's current line-up consists of seven digital minilabs that utilise liquid chemicals to process archival print paper. All of Fujifilm's minilabs use the same standard processing chemicals, but other features such as print capacity and processing times vary by model.


All seven of Fujifilm's digital minilabs have the capacity to print 35mm negative film, plus make prints from digital media sources. Available print sizes from any of the machines include 3½ inch x 5 inch (3R) and 4 inch x 6 inch (4R) standard prints. The number of prints each machine produces per hour varies with the machine. The smaller LP7000 produces approximately 790 3R prints per hour and 760 4R prints per hour, while the LP7900 machine produces approximately 1,800 prints per hour (3R or 4R) from 35mm film and approximately 2,000 3R prints per hour and 1,850 4R prints per hour when using digital media. (See References)

Exposure System

Fujifilm uses two different exposure systems in its minilabs -- iBeam and RGB laser. The iBeam technology exposes the image at a resolution of 300 x 300 dots per inch (DPI). The higher resolution RGB laser technology exposes the image at a resolution of 300 x 600 dpi. Only the LP7000 minilab uses iBeam exposure technology.


Minilabs require very short processing times to produce a printed image. The processing time is the time it takes from initial loading of the 35mm film or digital media into the machine to the time a finished dry print emerges from the machine. The processing time for Fujifilm's minilabs varies depending on the unit. The LP7000, LP7100 and LP7200 have a processing time of 1 minute 47 seconds. The LP7500's processing time stands at 2 minutes 7 seconds. The LP7600 has a processing time of 1 minute 50 seconds. The LP7700's processing time is 1 minute 42 seconds and the LP7900 has a processing time of 1 minute 29 seconds.


Fujifilm's minilabs can accommodate paper widths from 3½ inches to 12-inches. The maximum width on the LP7000 is 8-inches. The maximum width on the LP7100 and LP7200 stands at 8.2-inches and the LP7500 to LP7900 max out at 12-inches. All of the machines allow the operator to print two-rows of 40 characters on the backside of each print.


Each Fujifilm minilab has the ability to sort and separate different orders. The LP7000 and LP7100 have a three-order sort system as a standard feature. The LP7200 allows the operator to select 12 or 14 orders as the standard sort system while the LP7500 to LP7900 use a selectable 14 or 17 order sort system. Sort systems separate one customer's printed order or one roll of printed film from the next.

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