Epson Photo PC 3000Z Review

The Epson PhotoPC 3000Z provides you with all the tools you need to create memorable, lasting images. Picture quality is superb–with Epson’s proprietary HyPict interpolation/compression scheme, the camera’s already impressive 2,048 x 1,536 (3.3-megapixel) resolution is bumped up to 2,544 x 1,904 (4.8 megapixels).

The 3000Z can store images in uncompressed TIFF format, and features three levels of JPEG compression. The 3x optical zoom takes you right into the action, helping you to capture great close-ups. The camera has shooting modes for a wide variety of situations. Macro mode allows extreme close-up photography, from 2.4 to 20 inches. The continuous shooting mode enables you to take pictures at 1.4, 1.5, and 1.6 frames per second for 41, 7, and 3 consecutive shots (depending upon image quality). In interval shooting mode, the camera wakes to take shots at a user-specified interval between 10 seconds and 24 hours and then goes back to sleep.

The 3000Z also offers a movie mode, which records up to 25 seconds of 15 fps 320 x 240 video as a QuickTime movie. Most of the camera’s settings are manually adjustable, from shutter speed and aperture to exposure compensation and white balance. Focus is one of the few functions that can’t be set manually. You can view your images on a television using the video port and included cable.