Epson PhotoPC 3000Z Review
In auto or aperture priority exposure modes the 3000Z allows a slowest exposure limit of 1/2 second (which is considerably lower than most.. Kudos). Switching to Manual Exposure mode we can take up to 8 second exposures. Four samples below taken at gradually longer shutter speeds, measured light was 3.4 EV (about 1/4s @ F2.0 @ ISO 100), camera settings: ISO 100, Macro, Self-timer. Ambient temperature was around 23 degrees Celsius, read about the effects of temperature on CCD noise) .
|Exposure: 1 second, F3.4|
|Exposure: 2 seconds, F4.8|
|Exposure: 4 seconds, F6.7|
|Exposure: 8 seconds, F9.8|
Noise, as we expected reared its head around 4 seconds (although some is visible in the 2 second exposure). This performance is pretty much in line with the characteristics of the Sony CCD used in this and many other 3 megapixel digital cameras. (Note: we could have improved performance by cooling the camera... which is dangerous in itself).
The flash built into the 3000Z is a fairly standard affair for a digital camera, with a quoted ranges of:
|Sensitivity||Range (Wide)||Range (Tele)|
|ISO 100||0.5 - 4.2 m
(1.6 - 13.8 ft)
|0.5 - 3.4 m
(1.6 - 11.2 ft)
|ISO 200||0.5 - 5.9 m
(1.6 - 19.4 ft)
|0.5 - 4.8 m
(1.6 - 15.7 ft)
|ISO 400||0.5 - 8.4 m
(1.6 - 27.6 ft)
|0.5 - 6.7 m
(1.6 - 22.0 ft)
I'll admit it's unusual for a manufacturer to quote range at different sensitivities but it does help if only to remind you that you can get that extra bit of range out of the flash by pushing the ISO up a little.
On average the built-in flash worked well, white balance using the flash was fine (no magenta or yellow problems) and flash output was controlled well with very few over exposures.
One feature of the 3000Z is a basic flash hot-shoe, to test this I used an old Olympus T20 flash light, once you switch the camera to external flash it locks you into either Aperture Priority or Full Manual exposures, requiring you match the aperture setting of the flash to the camera.
Although the 3000Z has a "macro" mode it's a far cry from the macro abilities of other digital cameras in the same price range, although that won't affect many people's buying decision.. At full wide you can get as close as 6 cm from the subject however the large amount of barrel distortion makes images look horrible and frame coverage is no better than the optimum macro distance of 20 cm at full zoom. The shot below shows about the best Macro I was able to get out of the camera, around 3.25 inches across the frame.
The 3000Z has one video capture mode: 320 x 240 QuickTime (with or without audio) for a maximum of 25 seconds at a time. With audio: 324.6 KB/s (max 7.9 MB), without audio: 313.2 KB/s (max 7.6 MB). If you need to use digital zoom or macro focus you have to set them before recording. The camera can NOT zoom during shooting although it will focus and track metering (alter exposure level). It places movie files in a directory named MOVIE on the CF card.
HyPict interpolated 4.8 megapixel mode
Making plenty big noise about their HyPict system Epson have splashed plenty of "4.8 megapixel output" labels all over the retail box (tut, tut). So just how good is it? Well, I was surprised to see that HyPict seems to apply a contrast and sharpen filter to the image before / while interpolating it, all HyPict images came out with much more contrast (stretched histogram) and slightly sharper (looks to me like an unsharpen mask) than the standard 3.14 megapixel image.
The last of the samples below was created using the first 2048 x 1536 image and sampling it up in Photoshop (using BiCubic interpolation), correcting the histogram and applying a mild unsharpen mask.. It's fairly close to Epson's HyPict although doing it out-of-camera has the side effect of magnifying JPEG artifacts at the same time... Maybe there is a place for HyPict (if you don't mind waiting for it to process)...
|Standard 3.14 megapixel image (2048 x 1536)|
|HyPict 4.8 megapixel image (2544 x 1904)|
|Photoshop'd 4.7 megapixel image (2544 x 1904)|
|Smile by Olymguy|
from Ultra Asian Indian Female Faces
|Space Shuttle Cockpit- by vbuhay|
from Aircraft Control Stick
Tamron has announced the longest all-in-one zoom lens currently available, the 18-400mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD. Designed for Canon and Nikon crop-sensor cameras, the lens will be available in July.
When you're ready to step-up to full-frame from an entry-level or midrange camera, the choices can be overwhelming. Find out which models came out on top in our $1200-2000 enthusiast ILC roundup.
Just a guy wearing a VR headset, smashing invisible Goombas in Central Park.
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured this gorgeous aerial photo of the Martian landscape. And if you look really close, you can actually see the Mars Curiosity rover in the very middle.
The city of Laguna Beach, California has provided some clarification around the kinds of photography permits it offers.
Later this year, a VR180 camera will be Joining Yi's Halo and 360 VR cameras, which will offer stereo 3D capture, yet be as easy to use and compact as a 2D camera.
Caltech researchers have developed an 'optical phased array' chip that uses time delays instead of a lens to focus the incoming light.
Pricing and shipping have finally been revealed for two highly anticipated lenses from Sigma, announced in February.
These macro photos of clouds of paint billowing through clear water might look like high-quality CGI, but they're real photographs. And photographer Alberto Seveso told us how they were made.
Facebook is testing a feature that prevents people from saving, sharing, or even taking a screenshot of your profile picture.
We've reshot the Sony a9 in our studio. The short story: it's sharper! The long story... well you can read it all here.
The collection will be officially launched during the Europeana Transcribathon Campus Berlin 2017 crowdsourcing event which will be held on 22 and 23 June at the Berlin State Library.
Light gives us some insight into the preparations for the launch of the pre-order shipments of its much anticipated L16 multi-lens camera.
OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has confirmed in a tweet that the second lens on the back of the OnePlus 5 uses a 1.6x optical zoom and that digital zoom is used to reach the claimed 2x zoom factor.
Fujifilm recently unveiled the second in its series of affordable cine lenses, the MK50-135mm T2.9. We got our hands on it for a couple days and took it for a spin.
Leica's first attempt at an M-series digital rangefinder was rough around the edges, but set a pattern for all of the cameras that came after it. In this week's Throwback Thursday article, Barney remembers the M8.
No stranger to extreme situations, legendary climber and filmmaker Jimmy Chin talks to Outside Magazine about his career, and the challenge of filming Alex Honnold's rope-free solo climb of El Capitain.
A company backed by Android co-founder Andy Rubin is attempting to make video conferencing less terrible.
Rangefinder magazine asked five professional portrait and wedding photographers about posting on Instagram; no surprise, they got five different answers.
This captivating stop motion film was created by stripping away one layer of wood at a time. It's hard to look away.
It will enable users to simulate the presence of the sun, moon and Milky Way and see how they interact with an area's topography.
Since its introduction in November last year Instagram's live streaming feature has been used by millions, but videos could not be archived for watching at a later stage. A new update has now added the capability.
CopyTrack's study also found that the second most-stolen image is a woman wearing painted jeans. That's apparently a thing.
Forget expensive lenses with fancy coatings and special lens elements – photographer Robin de Puy took these portraits using just a water drop for a lens.
Adobe reports a record quarterly revenue of $1.77 billion for the second quarter fiscal year 2017 ended June 2, 2017.
Zeiss says its new lens is particularly suited for portrait photography but also a good all-rounder and can be used in video applications.
We present to you the top photos from the Kennel Club's 2017 Dog Photographer of the Year photo contest – take a look at 10 of the award-winning puppers.
In case you were looking for any more inspiration to go fly one.
Following a couple of successful Kickstarter campaigns, Videre 35mm's creator has re-tooled the camera with sturdier components and a simpler user assembly process.
The two hour long video covers everything an aspiring drone pilot needs to know.