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Epson PhotoPC 3000Z

First Look posted 6/18/00
Review finished 6/29/00


Epson PhotoPC 3000z
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The Epson PhotoPC 3000Z has a 3-megapixel imager for capturing 2048 x 1536-pixel images and is loaded with "real camera" modes like aperture priority (F/2.0 to F/8.0), full manual, programmed AE (normal, landscape, portrait, sports), fully automatic as well as timed interval exposures.  It's got a 3x (34-102mm) optical zoom lens, a fast USB up/download port and adjustable ISO sensitivity of 100, 200 or 400.

Still image capture modes include:

  • HyPict 2544 x 1904 (interpolated)
  • TIFF Uncompressed 2048 x 1536 (~9MB)
  • Super Fine 2048 x 1536 (low compression)
  • Fine 2048 x 1536 (medium compression)
  • Standard 640 x 480

Want more?   How about up to 25 seconds of 320 x 240-pixel motion JPEG at 15fps.  There's a standard hot shoe flash mount that allows the use of more powerful clip-on strobes.   Auto or Manual focus with macro closeup capability down to 2.5 inches. You can attach 3-, 5- or 10-sec audio notes to your images.   The included lens adapter allows you to use 49mm filters and add-on lenses.   Matrix or spot metering options and CompactFlash memory storage.

If you're a professional that needs secure imaging the PhotoPC 3000Z can be used with Epson's Image Authentication System (IAS) to prevent fraudulent use or manipulation of your important images. The Epson IAS software works with Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT.

Download PhotoPC 3000Z User Manuals

Epson PhotoPC 3000z

The 3000Z 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. There's also an optical viewfinder so you can use it like an ordinary camera and save the batteries by switching off the color LCD.

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.

Epson PhotoPC 3000z

Looking down on the top of the camera you can see the hot shoe flash that allows you to use more powerful, external strobes. The camera has a setting that disables the internal flash when using clip-on strobes.

Epson PhotoPC 3000z

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Epson PhotoPC 3000z

The top LCD data display. The 3 "stars" indicates the high quality 2048 x 1536 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 mode dial has positions for (counter-clockwise) Continuous, LCD-assisted and regular Record modes, Playback, Direct print and Information/Setup modes.

Epson PhotoPC 3000z

The optical viewfinder has a diopter adjustment control on the side. Below the viewfinder is the microphone and speaker.

Epson PhotoPC 3000z

The zoom lens controls have been moved off of the shutter button and are now located on the back of the camera, below the mode dial.

Epson PhotoPC 3000z

The 3000Z 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 3000z

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 3000z

The 3000z has both serial data and USB ports for image download and comes with universal USB cable and both Mac and PC serial cables.

The AV Out port carries both the video and audio signals and there's a DC input jack for an optional AC adapter or external battery pack.

Epson PhotoPC 3000z

The camera is powered by four standard AA size batteries, Epson includes a set of rechargeable NiMH batteries and a charger (see below).

Epson PhotoPC 3000z

Epson bundles a very complete set of accessories with the PhotoPC 3000Z camera.  You get four rechargeable NiMH batteries and charger, 16MB CompactFlash card, 46-49mm lens adapter, soft carrying case, shoulder strap, lens keeper, lens cap, USB cable, Mac serial cable, PC serial cable, A/V cable and manuals.

The supplied software on CD-ROM is: Sierra Imaging Image Expert, EPSON Photo! 3, TWAIN driver and standalone utility driver, EPSON File converter, and EPSON Photo! Print 2.

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Epson PhotoPC 3000Z Specifications

CCD Sensor 1/1.8" color CCD with 3.34 million pixels
Image Quality Resolution modes:
  HyPict™: 2544 x 1904 pixels
  Tiff Uncompressed: 2048 x 1536 pixels
  Superfine: 2048 x 1536 pixels (low compression)
  Fine: 2048 x 1536 pixels (medium compression)
  Standard: 640 x 480 pixels

Picture modes: Macro, continuous shoot, interval shooting, 2x digital zoom and panorama

Color modes: 24-bit color and monochrome

File format: JPEG (EXIF); TIFF uncompressed, DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) and DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) compliant

Built-in Microphone and Speaker Capable of recording a voice message
(3 sec., 5 sec., 10 sec.)
Listen to the voice message on the camera, through a computer or television.
Audio file formats: WAV (PC), AIFF (Mac)
Audio and Video Clip 15 Frames (320 x 240) per second, up to 25 seconds; motion JPEG file
Wide View LCD Monitor 1.8" color LCD monitor
1/30 second refresh rate
View 98% of image being captured
Supports instant preview, playback, delete and power save mode
Picture Storage Capacity

Super Fine:
16MB CompactFlash™ card included
Average number of images stored on 16MB:
155 images
31 images
15 images
12 images
1 image
Accessory Removable Storage Cards Additional CompactFlash cards available through Lexar Media™ and SanDisk®
EPSON ClearOptics™ Glass Len™ Focal length: 7-21mm (equivalent to 34mm-102mm lens on a 35mm camera)
8 elements in 7 group construction (2 aspherical lenses)
f2.0 (Wide angle), f2.5 (Telephoto)
Lens adapter included for optional add-on lenses
Auto-Focus Range Macro mode: 2.36" to 20" (0.06 m - 0.5 m)
Normal mode: 20" to infinity (0.5 m - infinity)
User adjustable: 3', 10' and 50'
Aperture f2.0, f2.3, f2.8 f4.0, f5.6, f8.0
Automatic and manual
Optical Viewfinder Real image optical viewfinder with 3x power zoom and diopter
Shutter Speed Auto iris electronic control shutter and mechanical shutter
Flash on: 1/30 - 1/750 seconds
Slowsynch and flash off: 1/2 - 1/750 seconds
Manual exposure: 8 - 1/750 seconds
up to 1/500 seconds with aperture open
Automatic and manual
White Balance Modes Auto/Fixed 5200° K/Custom
Exposure Control Program auto exposure with manual +/-2.0 exposure value adjustment (.5/.2 EV increments); sports, portrait and landscape modes; spot and matrix metering
Built-In Flash Range:
  Normal Mode: 20" - 8' (.5m - 2.4m)
  Macro Mode: 8" - 20" (.2m - .5m)
  Auto Flash, Flash On, Flash Off, Red-eye Reduction and Slow Synchronized
Hot Shoe For adding optional external flash units
Picture Modes:
  Macro, continuous shoot, interval shooting, 2X digital zoom and panorama
Color Modes:
  24-bit color and monochrome
Sensitivity Equivalent to ISO 100/200/400
Easy Touch Controls and Display User selectable controls and LCD status display
Self Timer 10 seconds
Tripod Mount Built-in
Minimum Systems Requirements CD-ROM driver, 64MB RAM, 150MB of available hard disk space, VGA monitor minimum resolution of 640 x 480 with 256 colors, 16-bit sound card and speakers (for voice annotation only), mouse or pointing device

Windows: Pentium or higher processor
Windows 95, Windows NT 4.0 or later with serial communications port, Windows 98 and Windows 2000 with USB or serial communications port

Macintosh: System 7.5 (serial), system 8.5.1 (USB) or later, PowerPC with serial communications port, Power Macintosh G3/G4 or iMac with USB or serial communications port

Data Communication Interface USB, serial
Video Interface Provides NTSC or PAL video output signal
Enviromental Requirements (Operating Range) Temperature: 41° to 95° F (5° thourgh 35° C)
Humidity: 30% to 80% (non-condensing)
Power Includes 4 EPSON AA sized rechargeable NiMH batteries and charger
Accepts 4 AA sized batteries (alkaline, lithium, Ni-Cd and NiMH)
Optional AC adapter
Contents EPSON PhotoPC 3000Z digital camera, 16MB CompactFlash card, serial and USB communication cables, video cable, lens cap and strap, soft case, lens adapter, neck strap, User's Guide, 4 EPSON AA sized rechargeable NiMH batteries and charger

Software on CD-ROM: Sierra Imaging Image Expert™, EPSON Photo!™3, TWAIN driver and standalone utility driver, EPSON File converter, and EPSON Photo! Print 2

Camera Dimensions and Weight Dimensions (WxHxD): 4.25" x 3.50" x 2.56"
Weight without batteries: .73 lb
Warranty One year limited Camera
90 day limited NiMH batteries and charger

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