has dropped the price of the Stylus Photo 785EPX from US$249 to $199 and the PhotoPC 3100Z from $799 to $599.
The products were Epson’s first to offer PRINT Image Matching technology, which helps ensure that digital cameras and printers work better together. The Epson Stylus Photo 785EPX was developed for digital camera owners and can handle photo printing with or without a computer, as well as compatibility with digital camera memory cards and Epson’s BorderFree photo printing.
The printer features up to 2880 x 720 dpi (dots per inch) and Epson’s Advanced Micro Piezo inkjet technology, a six-color photo ink system. The Photo 785EPX also offers four-picoliter droplets for virtually continuous tone quality for prints that appear indistinguishable from traditional photos, according to Lisa Graham, Epson’s product manager of photo imaging. For viewing photos, the Stylus Photo 785EPX’s optional $99 1.6-inch color preview monitor attaches to the printer enabling customers to review and select images for printing.
The PhotoPC 3100Z is a three-megapixel digital camera. It includes Epson’s HyPict image enhancement technology, which provides customers with 2544 x 1904 pixel resolution or 4.8 megapixels. A feature that’s new to the digital camera market is the print button on the back of the PhotoPC 3100Z. By taking advantage of the Digital Print Order Format (DPOF), the photographer can actually “mark” the images on the memory card by scrolling through the images on the camera’s LCD panel, Graham said.
As photos are viewed, they can be selected for printing by pressing the button once for a single print or multiple times for more than one print of the same image. Once images are marked for printing, the card can be placed in a printer that has a built-in memory card reader and reads DPOF files, such as the Stylus Photo 785EPX. The printer will automatically detect the marked photos, and the selected images will be printed.
The camera also features a 3x optical zoom, a 35-second Web-ready video clip feature, and built-in microphone. Included with the PhotoPC 3100Z is a 16MB CompactFlash card that stores up to 199 standard resolution images.