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Epson P-2000 Multimedia Storage Viewer Review

December 2004 | By Simon Joinson


Review based on a production Epson P-2000. Firmware ver. 01.01

Unveiled at Photokina, the Epson P-2000 is an upgrade to the P-1000 storage/viewer that adds an improved screen, wider file support, USB 2.0, a much bigger hard drive, better battery life and an SD card slot, plus numerous other enhancements. As well as offering 40GB of hard disk storage for your digital camera images and a stunning crystal-clear screen to view them on, the P-2000 can be used as a personal entertainment center', with support for AVI and QuickTime movies and MP3/AAC audio files. It can also display raw files from Epson, Canon and Nikon cameras. So is the P-2000 the ultimate digital camera accessory, and can it really replace a laptop when shooting in the field? Read on to find out; here's just a few of the headline features to whet your appetite;

  • 3.8-inch high-definition TFT colour screen
  • Outstanding picture quality from PhotoFine LCD technology - 212 pixels per inch
  • 40GB hard drive
  • Raw file support
  • Compact, lightweight and slim
  • Download from CompactFlash, SD and MMC memory cards
  • Connects directly to PC or TV for larger screen viewing
  • Prints directly to compatible USB printers

Epson P-2000 Key Specifications

Street price • US: $499
• UK: £330
Body Material Metal and plastic
Screen

Screen Technology: PhotoFine™
Low Temperature Poly-Silicon TFT
VGA 640 x 480 x 3(RGB) = 921,600 pixels
Screen Size: 3.8" (95mm)
212ppi

Hard Disk Drive • 40GB 2.5” (3.5GB reserved for system functions)
Supported File Formats (stills)

• JPEG *4
• RAW *5
• RAW Supports Nikon NEF, Canon EOS CRW and CR2, Epson R-D1. Future models may be supported via firmware upgrade.

Supported File Formats (movies)

• AVI (MPEG4 *1, M-JPEG *2)
• MOV (MPEG4 *1, M-JPEG *2)
• MP4 (MEPG4/AAC)
• ASF (MPEG4/ADPCM)
• up to 30fps @ VGA

Supported File Formats (audio)

• MP3 *3
• AAC (M4A, MPEG4) *3

Card Slots • CompactFlash I/II (supports MicroDrive)
• SD/MMC
• Other card types compatible via optional adaptors
Audio/Video out • Mono dynamic speaker
• Stereo 3.5mm headphone jack
• Audio/Video out jack
• PAL and NTSC supported
Interface • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed for PC and Mac connection
Direct Print • USB DIRECT-PRINT compatible
System Requirements

• Windows 98/Me/2000/XP
• Mac OS 9.1 or later
• Windows 98/Me/2000/XP

Power • Rechargeable Li-Ion battery, 3.7V, 2300mAh
• DC Input 5V 2.3A (charger/AC adaptor included)
In the box*

Epson P-2000
Stand
Carrying Case
USB data cable
Wrist strap
Lithium Ion battery
AC adaptor
Power Cable
Software CD-ROM,
User guide

Weight (excl batt) 415 g (0.9 lb)
Dimensions 147 x 84 x 31.4mm (5.8 x 3.3 x 1.2in)

* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area

*1 Supported audio codecs: AAC/MP3
*2 Supported audio codecs: A-Law/μLaw/PCM
*3 Max Bit Rate: 320kbps (48kHz, 16 bit stereo)
*4 Supports NEF, CRW, CR2, ERF files. JPEG data in the raw header is used for display (images cannot be zoomed)
*5 Minimum size 160x120 pixels, maximum size 8,9 megapixels


If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this article (it may help you understand some of the terms used).

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