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Epson launches A3+ SC-P600 printer with ‘industry’s highest black density’

Epson has announced a new A3+ desktop inkjet printer aimed at the professional and semi-professional photographer that it claims is capable of producing a maximum black density of 2.8. According to Epson this beats all competitors’ A3+ machines that use 6 or more inks. The SureColor SC-P600 is part of Epson’s plan to introduce ten new professional printers to the market under the ‘Sure’ brand by 2016, and is the first SureColor model to be aimed at the photo market. Click through to read more.

Epson announces VS220 and VS320 budget projectors

Epson has announced the VS320 and VS220 budget projectors offering SVGA and XGA resolutions respectively. Both the lightweight models deliver 2700 lumens of color and white brightness and include features such as USB Plug ‘n Play, 3 inch LCDs and HDMI connectivity. The projectors are available at retail prices of $429 and $359 respectively.

Epson announces mass production of high-res electronic viewfinder LCD

Epson has said it is starting full production of its high-resolution SVGA LCD panel for use in electronic viewfinder cameras. The 1024 x 768 pixel screen sits alongside the company's existing 800 x 600 pixel display, as used in the Olympus OM-D and, we suspect, in Fujifilm's X100 and X-Pro1. The latest panel, unveiled at Photokina, offers the same 2.36m dot resolution as announced in the Fujifilm X100S. It'll be interesting to see how it compares to the Sony OLED display of the same resolution used in various Sony models and Fujifilm's X-E1.

Epson creates Ultimicron electronic viewfinder with 2.4m dot XGA resolution

Epson has developed a higher resolution, XGA version of its LCD panel used for electronic viewfinders. The latest version of the company's Ultimicron technology offers the same 2.4m dot resolution (1024 x 768 x 3) as the Sony OLED viewfinders used in recent Sony and Fujifilm cameras. SVGA (800 x 600 x 3) versions of Epson's technology are already used in the Olympus OM-D E-M5, along with add-on finders for Olympus, Ricoh and Leica cameras. This additional option for a high-resolution finder can only be positive for the next generation of mirrorless cameras.

Report: Around The Show, PPE 2011
The interviews are done, the pictures have been taken, the video footage is awaiting editing, and the dry sandwiches and warm coke have been consumed. We're heading home from PPE 2011 now, but here's a taste of some of the things that didn't quite make it into our other coverage.
Just Posted: Our Epson Stylus Photo R3000 review
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 Photo-i.co.uk.
Epson releases NX430 'Small-in-One' combined printer, scanner and copier
Epson has announced the Stylus NX430 Small-in-One, a compact, wireless printer, scanner and copier. Without the print tray extended, the unit has a footprint of 39 x 30 cm (15.4 x 11.8"). It is able to scan at 2400 dpi and print at 5760 x 1440 dpi. It can print at a rate of 6.2 ppm for mono prints and 3.2 ppm in color (ISO standard ppm).
Epson & Thinxtream's PrintJinni to be available as a free app
Epson and software company Thinxtream Technologies have announced their PrintJinni mobile printing app will be available as a free application from the end of December. Currently priced at $6.99, the app for Apple's iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad wirelessly connects Epson printers and allows preview and printing of images and documents.
Epson starts mass production of high-end EVF panels
Epson is claiming its new Ultimicron series of compact, high-temperature polysilicon (HTPS) panels will allow electronic viewfinders to offer the 'resolution and fidelity' required to fully replace optical viewfinders on digital SLRs. The new panel, which has just gone into mass production, offers a similar 1.44MP resolution (800x600xRGB) to the class-leading viewfinders in Panasonic's DMC-G1/GH1, but uses a color filter to prevent color breakup when panning or shooting fast-moving objects. The poor performance of most existing EVF technology when compared to reflex viewfinders is a major barrier to the adoption of mirrorless interchangeable lens system cameras, and Epson obviously has high hopes for a market segment that's expected to grow significantly during 2010.
Epson releases PictureMate Charm photo printer
Epson has introduced the PictureMate Charm compact photo printer. With a print speed of 37 seconds for postcard size images, it sports a 2.5 inch LCD and memory card slots for a selection of media. It includes a built-in carry handle and an optional battery pack to enable portability. The printer features Auto Photo Correction and multiple print layout options. It will start shipping this month at a retail price of US $149.99.
Epson releases R-D1x rangefinder
Pre-PMA 2009: Epson has announced a new version of the R-D1 rangefinder on its Japanese website. The new R-D1x model maintains most of the features of the previous camera including a 6Mp APS-C sensor, but adds a larger 2.5" LCD screen, support for the higher-capacity SD-HC card format and a removable handgrip. Epson will start shipping the new rangefinder from April 2009, at a price to be confirmed.
Epson announces Stylus Photo R1900
Epson's A3+ printer line has received an upgrade with the Stylus Photo R1900, incorporating new UltraChrome Hi-Gloss2 Ink technology for enhanced color gamut, better skin tones and improved glossy finish. The new system replaces blue ink with orange in addition to modified magenta and yellow pigments and is said to offer 18,446,774 trillion colors - impressive stuff. The printer also features a new LUT (look up table) developed in conjunction with the Munsell Color Science Laboratory. The Epson Stylus Photo R1900 will be available from November 2007 at a price of £399.99, more after the jump.
Epson P-3000 and P-5000
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Photokina 2006: Epson has announced the P-3000 and P-5000 Multimedia Storage Viewers. Compared to previous models these new units feature better color response (thanks to a four color filter), Adobe RGB support, faster performance thanks to a new CPU, a modified control layout and a larger 4.0" LCD screen. The 40 GB P-3000 model should cost around $500, the 80 GB P-5000 model at $700.
Epson R-D1s Digital Rangefinder Camera
Epson Japan has today announced a subtly improved version of its unique R-D1 Digital Rangefinder Camera. Just like the R-D1 the R-D1s features the a six megapixel APS-C size sensor and supports Leica M and L mount lenses. New features include a 'Quick View' record review function, RAW+ JPEG support, Adobe RGB color space, image parameter control, long exposure noise reduction and higher playback magnification.
Epson Photo Fine Player P-4500
Epson Japan has today announced the third iteration of its Photo Fine Player 'Multimedia Storage Viewer'. This new version sports an 80 GB hard disk (the same as the P-4000), the same beautiful 3.8" VGA LCD screen, SD/CF slot and USB 2.0 interface. Improvements include a new image processing system with support for images of up to 30 megapixels, wider RAW format support, wider video format support (including MPEG-1/2/4 and DivX) and new display modes (including grouping by EXIF tag). The P-4500 will cost 75,000 YEN (approx. $640) when it goes on sale in Japan.
Epson P-4000 Multimedia Storage Viewer
Epson Japan has today announced an upgrade to the image viewer P-2000 which doubles the capacity. The P-4000, features a larger 80GB hard disk, 3.5-inch LCD and new higher powered 2600mAh battery, compared to the 2300mAh battery in the P-2000. The device can display JPEG files as well as RAW images from the Epson RD-1 and also play MPEG-4 movies at 640 x 480 pixels. The P-4000 also has slots for CompactFlash Type 2 and SD cards. The expected retail price in Japan is around ¥70,000 (approx $629). More information as we receive it.
Epson posts P-2000 firmware v2.04
Epson has today posted firmware version 2.04 for the P-2000 image viewer. The firmware update adds RAW file support for the Canon Digital Rebel XT (350D) and fixes a bug associated with the Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D (Dynax 7D). It also increases the processing time taken to identify SD cards.
Epson posts P-2000 firmware v02.02
Epson has posted a firmware update for the multimedia storage viewer the P-2000. Version 02.02 of the firmware now allows the 40GB hard drive to support JPEG images captured with digital SLRs that have image sensors up to 17.8 million pixels, such as the 16.7 megapixel Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II. Other changes include the addition of a histogram and RAW file support for a number of digital SLRs and the Canon PowerShot Pro 1.
Just posted! Epson P-2000 review
Just posted - our review of the Epson P-2000 Multimedia Storage Viewer, the successor - and huge upgrade to - the P-1000. With 40GB of storage, extended battery life, raw file and movie compatibility and a stunning, crystal-clear 212ppi screen, the P-2000 looks like the ultimate digital camera accessory. but is it? Read our full review to find out for yourself.
Epson announces R-D1 availability
Epson has announced that the world's first digital rangefinder camera, the R-D1 is to begin shipping in the US on November 1 and is expected to cost around $2,999. The Epson R-D1, which is the first digital camera to use L- and M-mount lenses, conveys the classic feel of a rangefinder and offers 6.1 megapixelsm and an APS C-sized sensor.
Epson P-2000 Multimedia Storage Viewer
Post Photokina: Epson has launched the P-2000 Multimedia Storage Viewer which can store your images (it has a 40GB capacity), create slideshows and connect to a photo printer. The device has a large 3.8-inch Photo Fine LCD, which Epson says ‘ensures a sharp lifelike preview of recorded images unsurpassed by any other manufacturer’ and offers a resolution of 212 ppi. It can also playback movies, MP3 files and supports CompactFlash and SD memory cards.
Epson L500V
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Epson's has announced its latest entry level camera in the shape of the five million pixel L500V. Controls are basic but the model sports a large 2.5-inch LCD screen, doing away with an optical viewfinder altogether. It has a 32MB internal memory and can take SD/MMC cards.
Epson PhotoPC L-410
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Epson has today introduced the PhotoPC L-410 digital camera which features a four megapixel CCD sensor and three times optical zoom lens. This new camera extends Epson's range of digital cameras to three which include the PhotoPC L-300 and L-400 which were announced in April of last year. Naturally the L-410 supports direct printing via USB using the Print Image Matching II protocol (not stated however is whether it supports the more popular Direct Print).
First Epson R-D1 samples online

The Japanese IT news website Impress PC Watch has today posted a hands-on article with Epson's unique and unusual R-D1 rangefinder digital camera. This camera is a joint development between Epson and Cosina, it supports Leica M and L mount lenses and features a six megapixel APS size CCD sensor. The R-D1 was first revealed by Epson at PMA (behind glass), more detail and a full press release was published later. This new article (published in Japanese) is a hands-on with the R-D1 and contains a set of (fairly average) samples taken with the camera in combination with a range of different prime lenses.

Epson R-D1 Digital Rangefinder Camera

Shown only in prototype form and behind glass at PMA this year Epson has today fully revealed their R-D1 'Rangefinder Digital Camera'. This camera has come out of a collaboration between Epson and Cosina, it supports Leica M mount and L mount with an adapter and has a six megapixel APS size sensor with an output image size of 3008 x 2000 pixels (which sounds to me like the sensor used by Nikon in the D100 & D70). Epson's timing for this announcement is the 2004 Photo Expo to be held in Tokyo between 19th and 21st March. This announcement has received a lot of attention from the Japanese websites who have lots of images of the camera, see inside for links. UPDATE: Specifications added.

The 123di e-book bundled with Nikon and Epson

Pre-PMA 2004: Asimex/123di today announced a major bundling deal with both Nikon and Epson. The 123 of digital imaging Interactive e-book Version 2.0 will be bundled with selected cameras, printers and at events. This promotion covers most of South East Asia and Australia. Daren Tan, Manager of Asia Tech Office (Nikon Singapore): "This unique interactive e-book perfectly complements our digital cameras and scanners. It is very intuitive and gives instant access to in-depth background information, practical tips and useful techniques, illustrated by amazing graphics."

Epson Photo On Demand Televisions

CES 2004: This is definitely a first for DPReview, a TV!! Epson America has launched two new rear projection HDTV LCD televisions that allow users to print out digital photographs without the use of a PC. The Livingstation televisions enable users to view, print and store digital photos through the use of a universal remote control. Epson's LCD technology and Photo On Demand capability, along with slots for memory cards and a built-in dye sublimation printer, mean that users do not need a PC to make the most of their digital photos. Available from March 2004, the 47-inch model will retail for $3,499, and the 57-inch model for $3,999.

Epson P-1000 Photo Viewer

CES 2004: Epson has today announced the P-1000 Photo Viewer, a 10 GB storage unit with a large 3.8" VGA LCD display designed as an advanced portable digital photoframe. The P-1000 has a Compact Flash slot (other media supported via adapters) and TV out as well as connectivity to Epson Printers for direct print. But the features keep coming, the P-1000 can also be connected directly to a computer via USB for transfer or a USB CD writer for archival. This product has been available in Europe for some time.

Epson Rio PhotoPC Player
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Seiko Epson Japan has today announced the Rio PhotoPC Player P-1000. It is a very interesting product because with the features it has, it could be used in place of PC. It has a new 3.8" "Photo Fine" TFT LCD, 1.8" 10GB hard disk of which 9GB is available, Type II Compact Flash slot with support for other cards using a CF adapter, USB direct print to a number of Epson printers and USB connection to CD-R/RW drives for archiving. It is expected to ship in the summer for approx. 70,000 Yen ($590, 545 Euros).

Epson release PIM II plug-in for Photoshop

Epson has today announced the availability of a PRINT Image Matching II plug-in for Adobe Photoshop 6.0, 7.0 and Elements 1.0, 2.0 for Windows and Macintosh. The plug-in is designed to allow you to import PIM II or ExifPrint (EXIF 2.2) JPEG's and print them accurately on a PIM II (Epson) printer. "The availability of the P.I.M. II plug-in furthers Epson's pursuit to provide the ultimate photo printing solutions for consumers looking to print the best prints possible from their photo printer."

Epson PIM II - another standard

Epson, the creators of PIM (Print Image Matching) has today announced yet another standard. This time it's called PIM II (this could turn into a Rocky series) in addition to the original set of parameters PIM II now understands embeded noise reduction and custom scene flags. To me this is just another confusing standard for users who are STILL not getting reliable colour matching between their digital camera and their printer. None of the solutions put forward so far (PIM, PIM II or EXIF 2.2) are the real solution.

Epson Stylus Photo 2200
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Yesterday Epson announced the Stylus Photo 2200 A3+ printer (known as the 2100 in Europe and PM-4000PX in Japan). This printer is a replacement for the 2000P, it now uses seven-colour pigment based UltraChrome inks which should deliver higher gamut and longer life prints. The Stylus Photo 2200 can print up to 44 x 13", resolution up to 2880 x 1440 dpi, has USB 2.0, Parallel and Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports. Of course the 2200 also supports Epson's proprietary Print Image Matching technology.

Epson compounds Photopoint's demise

As noted by some of our forums members the Epson PhotoCenter is based on Photopoint's technology and servers. When Photopoint disappeared last week the Epson PhotoCenter (photo.epson.com) was still visible. However, this morning (UK time) the Epson PhotoCenter is closed with a message that reads "As you may know, Epson has been using a third-party vendor to power the site. (Phil: Photopoint) Now, in order to serve you even better and continue delivering the features you value, Epson will be bringing the site in-house"

Epson announce new PIM partners

Comdex 2001: Epson has today announced new partners for its PRINT Image Matching system. This time around it's largely software developers and one digital camera manufacturer - JVC. "Epson is excited to be working with these companies to support new P.I.M.-enabled products, further strengthening our commitment to the customer to provide a simple and flexible way to get the best prints possible,'' said Lisa Graham, product manager, photo imaging, Epson.

Epson post ICC profiles for ColorLife paper

We don't post much printer news, but this is significant, especially for digital photographers trying to match colour between what they see on their computer screen and what comes out of the printer. Epson recently released new ColorLife paper, the new "Custom 1440" ICC profiles for the Epson Stylus Photo 870 / 875DC / 1270 printers with the ColorLife Paper. Interstingly the release notes that "These ICC profiles were developed by EPSON America, Inc. using GretagMacbeth ProfileMaker 3.1 Professional software, along with a GretagMacbeth SpectroScan Spectrophotometer."

Epson cut price of Stylus Photo 785EPX and PhotoPC 3100Z

Yes, definitely discount day... Epson has today announced it is today cutting the price of its Stylus Photo 785EPX printer to $199 and its PhotoPC 3100Z digital camera to $599. "Epson has built a solid reputation with photographers of all levels by providing digital photography products that offer superior technology, convenience and ease of use,'' said Lisa Graham, product manager, photo imaging, Epson. "With these price reductions, we are able to offer an even greater value without compromising the level of quality our customers have come to expect.'' (19:00 GMT)

Epson PIM confusion
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We've been contacted by Epson who've let us know that the article we ran below is slightly inaccurate (and that their own site isn't particularly helpful). Downloading and installing the PIM drivers for your printer won't on its own give you colour matching with images created by PIM cameras. You still need to use THEIR OWN proprietary application (which you have to order) before you can get PIM matched colour. Makes you wonder what ever was wrong with ICC, why do we need a new standard like PIM which just makes things more confusing, narrow and proprietary? Now everyone is relying on Epson (who themselves admit confusion).

Epson Print Image Matching drivers

Epson US has today opened the doors to its new Print Image Matching website, unfortunately English drivers are not available for download but can be ordered (Huh?). What's annoying is that these drivers have been available for a couple of months in Japanese. PIM printer drivers enable you to get "matched colour" between your PIM compatible digital camera and the printer's final output. UPDATE: Download PIM drivers TODAY! Thanks to Magne Nilsen for noting that ENGLISH drivers have been available on the Epson UK (and US) site for some time.

Epson announce Stylus Photo 785EPX

Epson has today announced what it calls the "Ultimate Printer for Digital Cameras" (does that mean they won't be making any more after this?). The new 785EPX features 2880 x 720 dpi resolution, includes PRINT Image Matching (the new colour matching technology announced at PMA) and has a built-in PC Card slot which enables direct printing from storage cards via a PCMCIA adapter. Optionally there's even a 1.6" preview LCD which allows you to review and select images for printing. The 785EPX is priced at US"249 and should be available in June. UPDATE: Pictures.

Epson CP-920Z with Print Image Matching

During PMA 2001 Epson announced their new "Print Image Matching" innovation, a system which records "missing colour information" in the EXIF header of JPEG images, this information is understood by compatible printers to produce more accurate and vibrant colours which (in theory) should match the colours in the scene. At the time they announced collaboration with several digital camera manufacturers. Today Epson have announced their updated CP-900 (PhotoPC 3000Z), the CP-920Z with Print Image Matching.

Just posted! Epson PhotoPC 3000Z review

Keeping the flow of new reviews going, here's a full in-depth review of Epson's impressive PhotoPC 3000Z. Epson, not known for their photography background have produce the goods, a quality digital camera with some innovative features and good range of manual control. "Good image quality only let down by slightly pale colours puts Epson up there as a serious digital camera manufacturer... "

Jeff Keller posts Epson 3000Z review

Jeff over at DCResource posts a review of Epson's PhotoPC C3000Z. He concluded "The Epson PhotoPC 3000Z is in the area of digital photography with the toughest competition: 3 Megapixel cameras....If you're a regular user, this is a decent choice for a 3 Megapixel camera. If you're shooting for print, or require TIFF mode often, you might want to consider something else, as the slowness will really get to you."

Epson PhotoPC 3000Z (3.34 mp)
In case you missed it... We reported on Epson's 3.34mp CP900Z previously as a Japanese model, it'll enter the US / European market renamed the PhotoPC 3000Z and we've just added its specifications to our digital camera database... All the specifications inside.
Epson reduce MSRP of 750Z to $499
Epson today announced a reduction in price of their PhotoPC 750Z digital camera (1.25 megapixels, 1280 x 960), 3x optical zoom. The reduction brings the camera under the $500 barrier (well almost, at $499).
Epson announce 3.34 mp CP-900Z
Epson Japan today announced their prosumer entry to the 3.34 digital camera market with the CP-900Z. It features a fast 3x F2.0 - F2.5 lens (sounds like that Canon unit which has been on several other digicams), a 3.34 megapixel imager along with a 4.8 megapixel interpolated "mega mode".
Epson US Launch Photo 870, 1270 and 875DC
News of two new Photo Quality printers from Epson has been around for a few months but today Epson officially announced them in a press release (aimed at the US market). The 870 and 1270 promise "First Real Photo Lab Solutions For Digital Printing" with "...Delivers Look, Feel and Now Longevity of Traditional Photo Lab Prints", there's alot of excitement around these printers which should (if the Photo 750 is anything to go by) revolutionize home photo quality printing. Add to this the 875DC which has a built-in PCMCIA reader for printing of images directly from flash memory cards.
DCRP posts Epson 850Z review
Jeff had the good fortune to review Epson's flagship 2.1 megapixel 3x zoom digicam with that SLR-like design it's turned a few heads and generated quite a bit of interest, here's what Jeff says: "The 850Z is a camera that I'd recommend. It's photos aren't the sharpest or brightest out there, but the all-around feature set is strong, and you'll be pleased with its output. The only other camera in this price range with a hot shoe and manual controls is the Fuji MX-2900."
Just found this interesting article over on DigitalDarkroom which is a comparitive look at the quality of "photo inkjet" printers vs. dye-sub printers.. These comparisons were done by "Nai-Chi Li": "For a long time, I wanted to see for myself how well does the best (consumer-grade) inkjet printer stack up against a dye-sub printer. I finally got the opportunity to do so. I have printed a high-resolution test image (3360x2240x24 bits) from these three photo printers: Epson 700, Epson 750, and the Alps MD-5000 dye-sub. Please come take a look at my comparison scans, and see if you agree with my observations"
Epson Stylus Photo 870 - 10 year prints
Just got a message from my good friend Tham Kok Leong over at Digital Darkroom, it's not often that we mention printers on this site but being the proud owner of an Epson Stylus Photo 750 I feel that I should mention Epson's latest printer the 870 with the promise of longer lasting prints (claimed 10 years), edge-to-edge printing and "photo rolls" the ability to produce 35mm-like prints at home with a good quality digital camera and printer is already here.
Epson PhotoPC 850Z photo and specifications
Here from an anonymous source is a shot of a prototype Epson PhotoPC 850Z, this interesting 2.11 megapixel camera has a fast F2.0 - F2.8, three times zoom lens (35mm - 105mm), flash hot-shoe, USB and can take CompactFlash type I or type II (meaning it can take the new larger capacity CF cards such as IBM's 340MB Microdrive).
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