August 6, 2008: Epson Australia has announced the release of two “next generation” multimedia storage viewers for professional and semi-professional photographers.
The new P-6000 and P-7000 Multimedia Storage Viewers feature an enhanced Photo Fine Premia 4 inch LCD screen that can display approximately 16.7 million colours and supports up to 94% of the Adobe RGB colour space. This screen, which boasts VGA resolution, features Epson’s innovative four colour filter – red, blue, yellow-green, and emerald green – to deliver greater colour accuracy plus colour and brightness that are far better than a conventional LCD screen. Images are displayed at a higher pixel density for smoother gradations and better colour transitions and new advanced LCD technologies enable clear viewing under different lighting conditions and from different angles.
The P-7000 multimedia storage viewer comes with a 160GB hard disk drive.
As with the previous multimedia storage viewer models, the P-6000 and P-7000 support both JPEG and raw image formats from manufacturers such as Nikon, Canon, Epson, Konica Minolta, Pentax, Olympus, Fujifilm, Sony, and Adobe. Users can view their image in full screen, zoom and rotate, or view the Exif file along with the image histogram and rating information. (Exif information may include the camera name, date of shot, pixel size, focal length, aperture, shutter speed, exposure adjustment, flash setting, metering mode, white balance, ISO speed and colour space. (Epson is continuously updating support for other RAW formats and users can get further information from the Epson Australia website: http://www.epson.com.au/news/technologynews/rawsupport.html)
Both models can also detect ICC colour spaces from both Exif and supported file formats to provide a more accurate display of the image’s colours. The P-6000 and P-7000 also provide basic editing facilities for both JPEG and raw files. Users can choose from the following pre-sets:
Standard – for automatic brightness and contrast adjustments;
People – enhances skin tones:
Landscape – enhances the colours of the sky and greenery;
Night scene – adjusts the contrast;
Faithful – brightness and tone from the actual scene are preserved with as much fidelity as possible; and
Monochrome – converts the image to black and white.
Adjustments for exposure, brightness, contrast, saturation, colour balance, monochrome filter, noise reduction and sharpness are also on offer. White balance adjustment is also provided for raw files.
The P-6000 and P-7000 can also be used to watch movies on the Photo Fine Premia LCD screen or listen to music. Supported file formats include MPEG4, MOV and AVI for movies, and for music MP3, MPEG4-AAC. Both devices can be run as a sub monitor via a USB connection to a laptop or PC/Mac for editing or viewing images.
The P-6000 (RRP $899) comes with an 80GB hard drive, while the P-7000 (RRP $999) has 160GB. Both models have card slots that accept CF (type I/II 3.3 only), SD, SDHC, Micro drive, Multimedia and Multimedia Plus cards (and with a CF card adapter/USB memory card reader the P-6000 and P-7000 support Memory Stick, Smart Media and xD cards). Transfer from memory cards is quick and easy, with users able to choose between copying entire memory cards in one action or, with the new differential backup option, choose to transfer only new or changed files. Transfer speed has been improved substantially, reducing battery use and increasing usable viewing time.
The improved Print Wizard allows users to customise their JPEG or supported raw image on the viewer’s screen before sending directly to a printer. Customising features include retouching, cropping, changing the layout by adding a frame, changing background colour or the image position, and adding a watermark that allows photographers to mark their images with a background logo identifying it as their work. Both viewers come standard with a rechargeable lithium battery that enables the user to watch up to 3.3 hours of movies, listen to 5.9 hours of music, or complete approximately 75 full backups from a 1GB CF card.
For more information, visit www.epson.com.au.