Epson PhotoPC 3100Z Review

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Epson PhotoPC 3100Z

Features & Controls

Epson PhotoPC 3100Z

The 3100Z is equipped with a 3x (34-102mm 35mm equivalent) Epson ClearOptics, all-glass aspherical zoom lens. The maximum aperture is a fast F:2.0 and is settable for 2.0, 2.3, 2.8, 4.0, 5.6 and 8.0 either by automatic exposure control or manual.

In normal mode the focusing range is 20-inches to infinity or in Macro mode the range is from 2.5 to 20 inches. In manual focus mode the user can set the focus at 3ft, 8ft or infinity.

Epson PhotoPC 3100Z

Epson includes a 49mm lens adapter for easy attachment of add-on lenses or filters.

It screws into the base of the lens mount and may be left in place all the time as a form of protection. For even better protection add a 49mm skylight or U/V filter, it's much less expensive to replace a scratched filter than a lens.

Epson PhotoPC 3100Z

The zoom lens controls are located on the back of the camera, below the mode dial. These buttons also function as the zoom-in and zoom-out control during playback.

Epson PhotoPC 3100Z

The 3100Z has a wideview 1.8" LCD display to frame or review your pictures. When used as a viewfinder the LCD shows 98% of the final captured image. The blue button is the Print button so you can easily tag photos for printing. Next to the LCD is the microphone and speaker.

The control buttons around the LCD are "soft" buttons, their functions change according to the camera mode. Labels appear on the LCD to indicate what functions they will perform when pressed.

Epson PhotoPC 3100Z

Controls and display on the top:   The "stars" indicate the quality setting and the "H" indicated HyPict mode. The ISO speed, white balance, flash mode and EV settings are always displayed. The "Star" button is used to change the image size and quality. The "Lightning Bolt" button is used to change the flash mode and the lower button is used to enable the selftimer. The large number "11" is the remaining pictures that can be taken at the current image size and quality setting.

The mode dial has positions for (counter-clockwise) Continuous Record, LCD-assisted Record and regular Record mode, Playback, Direct print and the Information/Setup mode.

Epson PhotoPC 3100Z

The optical viewfinder has a diopter adjustment control on the side. Along the side are colored LEDs to indicate the autofocus and flash status. Below the viewfinder is the microphone and speaker (not shown).

Epson PhotoPC 3100Z

The builtin flash has a working range of 20" to 13.8 feet in normal focus mode and from 8 to 20 inches in macro. It has Auto, Fill, Red-Eye reduction, Slow sync and forced off modes of operation.

More powerful flash units can be attached via the standard hot shoe on top of the camera.

Epson PhotoPC 3100Z

Located on the side of the large handgrip is the access to the CompactFlash Type I card slot.   Epson includes a 16MB CF card.

Epson PhotoPC 3100Z

The 3100Z has a high-speed USB port for image download and comes with a standard USB cable for PC and Mac users. The 3100Z no longer includes a serial port.

The AV Out port carries both the video and audio signals, the video is user-settable for either NTSC or PAL format. The DC INput jack is for an optional AC adapter or external battery pack.

Epson PhotoPC 3100Z

The camera is powered by four standard AA size batteries, NiMH rechargeable type is prefered but you can use alkaline, lithium or NiCd type. Note that alkaline type batteries are always a poor choice for use in high-drain electronic devices.

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