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Just Posted: Our Epson Stylus Photo R3000 review

By dpreview staff on Oct 14, 2011 at 18:03 GMT

We've just published our review of the Epson Stylus Photo R3000. The R3000 is the top of Epson's non-Pro photo inkjet lineup. It's a 13" / A3+ format printer with nine pigment-based inks that can handle a variety of media, including roll-fed paper and CD/DVDs as well as board up to 1.3mm thick. As with our multi-function printer group test, this review was produced in collaboration with Vincent Oliver of

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Total comments: 18
Reto Hadorn
By Reto Hadorn (Oct 20, 2011)

I appreciate that EPSON maintains the capacity of printing rolls in some of their 13" printers. I would also apprecitate that they extend the offerings of paper rolls to other media than two RC papers. I belong to those users for whom photographic paper is paper, not plastic.

Dan DeLion
By Dan DeLion (Oct 18, 2011)

Incredibly good professional output.

Epson's paper profiles very close to what a profiled screen shows. Little fiddling required!

WiFi connection works perfectly for professional applications.

Superb B&W output.

Costs about $5 in wasted ink to switch between MK to PK and back to MK.

By bronxbombers (Oct 18, 2011)

so far i think it works best with Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Pearl for color printing, at least

By bronxbombers (Oct 18, 2011)

with the $200 rebate and the 10% off at Epson, it could be had from Epson USA for $549 shipped (and I think they extended the offer)

Peter K Burian
By Peter K Burian (Oct 17, 2011)

In North America this printer is NOT that expensive. $779 at for example.

By Boxbrownie (Oct 17, 2011)

Odd review with some worrying remarks.
Roll paper too curly? Do what thousands have done before and reverse roll the paper before use, it comes out flat, not rocket science.
New VM ink? Really? Not the same VM ink that has been used in the R2880 for a few years now?
CD alignment? Same procedure on the 2880, you have to align the arrows but you do NOT have to align them within millimetres, I have used them as a rough guide for years and never had a misaligned CD/DVD and I use the facility many times a day. I stand corrected if Epson have changed from auto alignment in the machine to external manual alignment.
Traditional Photo Paper surface? Not glossy? Since when? The traditional surface WAS a high gloss, I remember well scraping prints from the chromed drum of a rotary glazer back in the early 70's.

It'll be interesting to see a review in better depth and rational.

By angel-xy (Oct 17, 2011)

Here is an excellent review from another site: (sorry DPReview)

By thanos (Oct 15, 2011)

The million dollar question for me is "Does it clog?"

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By febphoto (Oct 15, 2011)

I wonder if the reviewer calibrated the printer before printing any of the samples. I read about calibrating his monitor, but that is not the same as calibrating the printer.
As he complained about colours that didn't match the colour of his monitor, I suppose he did not. Using the profiles provided by the manufacturer is not a guarantee for prints. Moreover changing the output in your print programme is not the right way to get prints that match the intended colours. You need to calibrate your printer with every kind of paper you use with a proper calibrating tool and programme, like X-Rite or Spyder3Print. It is a world of difference before and after. Especially for a test on a decent web site like Dpreview you need to do proper and sound testing. The test should be performed in a way that we, the readers, can repeat the tests and get the same results. Also state paper types and sample photographs.

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By ellerix (Oct 15, 2011)

Huge disappointment!!

Sorry to be hursh but I don't like this review at all, the conclusion on the quality page is: "Overall the R3000 is more than capable of producing excellent prints, and with some fine tuning by the end user perfect color prints should be easily obtained. "

but wait, SHOULD?? It's not a review of a 50$, the review MUST give complete and precise information, is a 1000$ printer! We can't buy it on a SHOULD comment!

I'm think that this review is quite a big step back from Oliver's excellent reviews on, this is my biggest element of regret.
anyway is the first review here on dpr and I hope that next issues will be much better.


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By convert (Oct 14, 2011)

criticisms of the review;
1/ we don't all read inches, how big is the maximum size expressed in A terms?

2/ How thick a paper can it take? 300 gsm is fine but will it take various textures and how well will it print on them?

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By angel-xy (Oct 14, 2011)

If details are lost in the black and adjustments need to be made for bleaching in the whites, then how is this a gold printer? Is this an upgrade or superior to the R2800? Can anyone write a comparison between the new R3000 and the R2800 in abilities, please?

By Green_Thark (Oct 14, 2011)

The B/W image is neutral but detail on the door in the far arch has become blocked up
The black reel is far too heavy, individual strand detail has been lost

How does this translate to gold?

M Lammerse
By M Lammerse (Oct 14, 2011)

Thanks for the review

I own a R3000 myself. I agree with most part of this review and I will make an own review after I used it for about a year. When mentioning the cost of this printer. It's not a low priced printer at all, but that is not so much the point in this part of the market. The point is the ink price. When they would lower the price of their ink by half it would drag a lot of people over the line to go from high quality digital lab printing to that of own home brewing.

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By Nate21 (Oct 15, 2011)

As an epson user i own the r340,workforce 550, nx 115 and nx 415 i find using generic to work very well just a thou

By jdhill66 (Oct 14, 2011)

Rather than making adjustments in your editor to correct the dark cast, did you try creating custom profiles for the printer?

John Roy
By John Roy (Oct 14, 2011)

I have a 3800, which has 80ml cartridges. These last a good long time. When one is empty, the printer simply stops partway through printing and carries on when the cartridge is replaced. No effect on the quality of the photo. This is great and in contrast to my earlier Canon which just carried on with a colour missing.
I am very happy with my Epson.

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By glasswindow (Oct 14, 2011)

Your printer reviews are great. I wish you'd add some information about how the printers handle running out of ink. Can you keep printing with an empty cartridge? How easy is it to swap cartridges? Are there external ink solutions available? I find that dealing with ink to the the most frustrating part of a printer and often determines whether I can live with it or not.

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