Like millions of Americans, you've plunked down the cash for a digital camera and even read a page or two of the manual. You've snapped yourself silly and learned to display your images on the computer screen. And now comes the hard part: making prints.
How long will your inkjet prints last? Surprisingly, there are no clear answers. "Consequently, experts say, people may find that some photos expected to last for decades will start to fade in just a few years," writes Tom Spring of PC World.
How long can you expect your inkjet-printed photos to last? More and more photo inkjet papers are being touted as "fade resistant" and "archival safe," but experts say these marketing pitches don't always provide good information on how long it will take for skin tones to turn green and paper to yellow on precious family photos.
WIR has also tested Kodak and Staples papers, and Wilhelm's print longevity projections for those products fall far short of those achieved by HP and Epson papers. For example, WIR projects that images printed with Kodak photo paper using HP Photosmart 145 and 245 printers will last only 11 years--or 109 fewer years than Kodak is claiming.