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Conclusion - Pros

  • Great image quality, very little chromatic aberrations
  • Good range of beginner through to "prosumer" features
  • Useful program modes
  • Finer exposure compensation adjustment (0.2 EV)
  • Strong build quality despite its plastic case
  • Huge range of shutter speed and apertures for manual mode
  • Useful manual features: Aperture Priority and Full Manual Mode
  • Good performance at higher sensitivities
  • Manual White Balance
  • Low AF Lag, fairly fast operation (once you've got it powered up)
  • "Parallel processing" - ability to write out data and continue camera operation
  • Time lapse mode
  • Same lens as the Sony DSC-S70 (?)
  • USB connectivity
  • Supplied batteries & charger
  • Good "package" in the box
  • Flash hot-shoe


Conclusion - Cons

  • Manual focus limited by five positions
  • Dull / "Pale" colours
  • No support for Compact Flash Type II (why?)
  • Softer images than the competition
  • User interface may seem confusing at first
  • Long power on times compared to the competition
  • Still some red channel noise in blue skies
  • No White Balance presets


Overall conclusion

Here's my rating of the Epson PhotoPC 3000Z: (3 megapixel class)

Detail Rating (out of 10)
Construction 8.5
Features 8
Image quality 8
Lens / CCD combination 8
Ease of use 7
Value for money 8

Epson, not known for their photographic background have produced an excellent digital camera, for those looking for an alternative to the normal 3 megapixel digital cameras won't have to look much further than the PhotoPC 3000Z. Good image quality only let down by slightly pale colours puts Epson up there as a serious digital camera manufacturer...

Average

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