Epson America Inc. on Monday introduced the P-1000 Photo Viewer, which it bills as a “digital camera companion.” The device is expected to go on sale in January for US$599.
The P-1000 incorporates a 3.8-inch LCD screen and 10GB of hard disk-based storage capability, as well as the ability to print directly to Epson printers. It accepts CompactFlash storage media, and can accept other forms of flash media using an optional third-party adapter. It connects to a PC or Mac as well, using USB.
Features of the P-1000 include a higher-resolution screen than most digital cameras can muster — it has a pixel density of 212 pixels per inch, and three colors per pixel. It can enable users to zoom and rotate images to inspect them, play them back as a slideshow, and view them on NTSC or PAL displays such as television screens or monitors and projectors with video input. The P-1000 supports JPEG and RAW file formats for select SLR cameras.
When it’s attached to your Mac, the P0100 works like a portable hard disk drive, enabling you to transfer its images to your Mac or vice versa. It includes a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and AC adapter, as well as a carrying case.