February 15, 2007

Kodak EASYSHARE 5100 All-in-One Printer: The Holy Grail of Inkjet Printing?

By Jason Sattler

Printer News: The Legendary Photo Company Enters the Inkjet Market Twenty Years Late


The story behind the new line of Kodak EasyShare printers could easily be a relatively exciting TV mini-series.

Picture this: The scene opens in a dim conference room in mid 1999. HP executive Antonio Perez wipes his brow as he learns that HP's board chose Carly Fiorina instead of him to serve as the CEO of HP, the manufacturer of the best-selling inkjet printers in the world. Perez resigns soon after.

Cut to 2003: Kodak — an aging version of the former photo giant with a 0% share of the inkjet printer market — announces that Perez will join the company as President.

Now it gets exciting. Just a few weeks into his new job, Perez looks into a microscope at Kodak's Rochester, New York research campus and declares that he has seen the "Holy Grail" of inkjet printing.

Cue the orchestra and enjoy a montage of scenes depicting Kodak's researchers, hands covered in ink, feverishly working long hours to bring their inkjet printer breakthrough to market. We see scene after scene of Perez reviewing the results, refusing to accept anything but perfection. For the Kodak employees, the project becomes personal. "It's not too often you get to create a product your mom will use everyday," Kodak's Head of R&D Susan Tousi writes in Kodak's blog, probably late one night when nearly all hope had faded.

More than four years later, after missing his Q4 2006 launch date, Perez introduces Kodak's first line of inkjet all-in-one printers. Headlines from business sections of newspapers and Web sites exclaim:

Kodak Promises Prints that Will Last 100 Years!

Kodak's Inkjet Cartridges to Cost 50% Less than Traditional Cartridges!

Can Kodak Beat HP at its Own Game?

Now let's pause for a peek at the DVD extras. What did Perez see in that microscope? A whole new approach to inkjet technology. Instead of using dyes that typically last fifteen years, the researchers used pigments, the same material used to paint cars. With an ink that would outlive the competition's by generations, they just had to develop a print head that could fire the pigments at the speed and precision needed. Kodak's blog 1,000 Nerds has a very detailed look at the nuts and bolts of the cartridge design.

Unfortunately, we can't tell you the end of the story yet. Kodak's first EasyShare printers will become available on March 8, 2007. The $15 billion dollar question is: Will inkjet consumers will embrace the Kodak brand?

For Antonio Perez, the answer to that question may be as predictable as asking someone if they'd like to take a sip from the Grail.


Digital Multifunction (Print, Scan, Copy) best for Photos, Personal Use
MSRP: $149.99


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Specs that matter

Release date: March 8, 2007
Notable Features: Long-lasting prints; cheap cartridges;
Pages per minute: Black up to 32 ppm; Color up to 22 ppm; Photos as fast as 28 sec/print
Paper Trays: Main Tray-3 5 in. to 8 14 in. (8.9 13 cm to 21.6 36 cm); Photo Tray-4 6 in. (10 15 cm)
Paper Capacity: Main- 100 sheets 20 lb plain paper; 20 sheets; 10 mil Photo Paper Output- 50 sheets 20 lb paper
Paper Size: 3 5 in. (8.9 13 cm); 4 6 in. (10 15 cm); 4 8 in. (10 20 cm); 4 12 in. (10 30 cm); 5 7 in. (13 18 cm); 6 9 in. (15 23 cm); 8 10 in. (20 25 cm); A; A4
Interface: USB 2.0, Bluetooth 1.2, PictBridge, DPOF, MIPC, PTP/IP
Compatibility: Mac OS X; Windows XP and Windows Vista
Dimensions: [W D H]: 18.8x14.7x8.8 in. (47.8x37.3x22.4 cm)
Weight: 21 lbs (9.5 kg)

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  • January 20, 2008 Alice

    I received a Kodak Easyshare All-In-One 5100 printer for christmas and have been using it and had used up one color cartridge. The printer advised to install a new color cartridge which I did and now the printer will not work. Can anyone help me?

  • January 25, 2008 jerry

    Same problem as Alice, got low color ink message on 1st cartrige replaced it, still got message but was able to print until I got low black ink.
    replaced that, now I I get is the blinking check color ink red light and on/off light off. There are only 2 electrical contacts to the ink cartridge, so I assume that it communicates with a serial port to the computer, this would lead me to believe that the ink level is detected in the cartridge. This would indicate a cartridge problem not a 5100 All-in-one problem. Has anyone had a similar problem?
    Is it normal for the All-in-one to not power up with an ink problem? If so how can you use the scanner?

  • February 12, 2008 Rob

    We bought the Easyshare 5100 in April of 2007 for use in our business. We have used it quite regularly and it has worked well until this week. Now it has problems printing color correctly. The blue will stop printing correctly. I have replaced color cartridges and cleaned the printed head with no change. If I simply remove and the color cartridge and put it back it will work for awhile and then have the same problem. Has anyone else had this problem or know of a solution?

  • February 16, 2008 LYNDA

    I purchased the easyshare 5100 thinking to replace my Hp.....yes it prints fast.....once the printer receives the go ahead.....but seems slow to respond to the order....what am I doing wrong.....with the delay...it is much slower than my HP.......

  • February 22, 2008 Sandra

    Just bought a kodak easyshare 5100 all-in-one printer. Have tried for 5 days to get my Apple imac G5 to recognise it. Can not get printer to work. Never had problem with other printers before. Any ideas as i am going out of my mind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • March 03, 2008 John Pietch

    Our Kodak Easy Share 5100 has stopped printing as well.
    It worked fine for a month. But flashed that both
    cartridges needed to be replaced.
    Both cartridges had over 50% left last known.

    Now it just blinks cartridges need replacement.
    New cartridges do not help.

  • March 05, 2008 Harry

    I like this printer.....Recently I bought similar printer at most discounted prices from Epson store and received free shipping.....!

  • March 08, 2008 Bob Holyoke

    I bought one and my computer wouldn't recognize it either. It's going back to the store today. I should have known better than to but Kodak digital anything . . . .

  • March 13, 2008 Lisa Yarbrough

    I have the same problem- I have the EasyShare Printer Dock 6000 series, and I can not get my Mac to recognize it. Very frustrating, and Kodak support is unfortunately not helpful in the least.

  • March 20, 2008 Rosie

    I bought a 5100 Kodak series & mine will not print any documents from the computer to the printer. It will copy. If I scan the computer will not recognize the window vista I have. Tried switching out the USB cable too. still since christmas 2007 not fixed.......

  • April 28, 2008 Sherrye

    Same problem as so many others I've found online. I replaced my color ink cartridge as the light was blinking sayins to check it, and indicators were that it was low. I replaced it, but the light still blinks no matter what I do. I also replaced the black one, even though it was not time yet, just in case. I've rebooted, I've unplugged and replugged, etd.

    I am beginning to get very upset about this, as it seems this is a common problem with this printer. The light is still blinking saying to check my cartridge. The onscreen image sometimes shows teh newly full cartridges, and sometimes shows completey empty ones!

    I'm running out of solutions. I never, ever had this problem with my old Epson, or our HP.

  • May 19, 2008 Ron Baird


    Was wandering around the web and came upon this site. Sure sounds like you could use some help with your printers. Not sure what might have happened in each case but suffice to say, you should be able to get a resoulution by going to the support page of the web or by calling the 800 421 6699. Our support teams can handle the questions you have posted. If you have not yet tried contacting them, please do.

    In a couple of the postings it sounds like you have an issue with the print head. The same teams can arrange for an exchange of print heads so be sure to let them know your symptoms.

    If you have contacted our support team yet have not gotten what you need, let me know. I am glad to help further.

    See you around the web.

    Ron Baird - the friendly Kodak guy

  • May 25, 2008 Bobby Peters

    Why is there not a book on the how to use the Kodak EasyShare printer? I am having problems with scanning pictures to a "file" on my computer. I am sure there are many things I can do with the machine if I had a book to tell me about each feature and how to use them. Does anyone know where I can get a book. I went online to the "help" section of this site and the Kodak site and everthing was about the Kodak camera. No instructions on the Kodak Easyshare Printer and Scanner.

    Thank you for your assistance.


    Bobby Peters

  • June 01, 2008 Mark

    Got off the phone with Kodak and have arranged to receive my 2nd print head. Have had this problem before. The rep said if this doesn't totally resolve the problem for the long term, will send a new printer. This has been a big hassle but have dealt with only friendly and helpful folks at Kodak

  • June 05, 2008 Barb

    Same problem with print cartridges, put in brand new ones and still says to replace & refuses to even try & print. UGH Will call the friendly Kodak guy and see what happens...what a pain!

  • June 17, 2008 brenda

    These inkjets are DESIGNED TO FAIL !!!

  • June 19, 2008 Paula

    I just want to be able to change my black ink cartridge. I know it is empty as can't print anything black but nothing said to check any cartridges. Now I can't get my printhead to come to the middle so I can change my ink cartridge. Obviously I'm an idiot but can't seem to change the cartridge. Help

  • June 19, 2008 Databazaar Blog

    It looks like Kodak should consider providing a forum for its customers. In the meantime, all we can suggest is visiting Kodak's support site.

  • June 30, 2008 sylvia kulwicki

    Hi! I got my printer last summer late. It wouldn't work at all. I sent if
    back and got a replacement. I am on my second
    ink cartiridge . It has fared pretty well except last night. I tried
    to print but my image comes out like an etching. It almost
    feels like the scanner is scanning and not copying. The black
    line images come out like etching also. I am not out of ink.
    It is slow and does delay when you shut it down. I am not a computer trekkie so not sure. Sent email to company. It does scan great. I haven't tried doing photos as not sure how to connect camera to it, If you caN fix that would be great(Printing problems). I have a hp printer that came with my computer Haven't used as yet. I need easy /

  • August 21, 2008 Mark

    I havnt had my 5100 easyshare very long and noticed that when I print images on any size paper the resolution seems to be set at 640 x 640......is this the best resolution the printer offers or can any settings be changed to enhance the output of the pictures I am printing? The quality is very good however I am using a 6 megapixel digital SLR camera and kadak high quality glossy paper and the pictures seem to still look a little grainy.
    Can anyone help?

  • August 22, 2008 Sharol

    The black ink on my printer has not been working, no matter what we try. We have Calibrated the printer, run test sheets, and even bought a new ink cartridge. I don't know how to fix it.

  • August 23, 2008 A J Edwards

    I bought my 5100 3 months ago and I have to say that for my usage, letters, articles etc (not photos axcept now and again) it has worked beautifully.
    Until today. Suddenly for no discernible reason it will not correctly feed paper. If I give it a document to print it will print the first page then eject a blank sheet and tell me that there is a paper jam. I check and there is no jam. I press the start button and the next page prints OK, then a blank sheet is ejected and it informs me there is a paper jam, I press the start button and the next page prints OK, then it ejects a blank sheet ............

    I can get less than zero help off the Kodak site -that site is utterly useless.
    I did have difficultyieswhen I bought the unit but I managed to resolve them
    by accident I think.

    I shall go back to HP.

  • September 03, 2008 Jan Kowatch

    I have had my 5100 for 19 months and it worked great until a mo nth ago when it started printing all smugged and now it won't print the black ink and it's a brand new black cartridge. I cleaned my printer head thinking that it may have been dirty and it didn't do any good at all, does anyone know where I can buy a new printer head because Kodak told me that I need to change it.

  • September 03, 2008 Renee

    I have a Kodak Easy Share 5100 printer. I have only had it for about 5 months. We used the ink cartridges competely up. We bought new cartridges and installed them now the printer will not pull the paper in. It clicks and tries to pick up paper but will not pull in on through.


  • September 04, 2008 Ron Baird

    Greetings Mark,

    Your printer is capable of extremely good results and it can print at a number of resolutions. What you are describing is an issue related to the file being printed or the settings you have chosen.

    Review the software you are using and make sure the file you have selected is of a proper size for printing. Also, check the settings in the Home Center to be sure the printer is printing as directed.

    You can over come this concern if you use Kodak paper. The printer will read the back printing of the paper and set the printer for optimum results with that paper. Of course the printer is only as good as the file being printed.

    More than likely you have either found this out or have corrected your options already.

    Best Regards,

    Ron Baird - the friendly Kodak guy

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