“ Provides an innovative way to download, store and display thousands of photos. Back up, store and view your images in vibrant color and detail, PC-free. An essential tool for on-the-go photographers, the Epson P-3000 features amazing image quality and a 40GB hard drive. The perfect partner to your digital SLR camera, this innovative device makes it easy to backup and view thousands of RAW and JPEG images on the spot. Use the large, 4-inch LCD to verify you have the shots you need while still on location. The P-3000 is the ideal alternative to lugging your laptop to the shoot. „
In fact, the P-3000 is more suited as a multimedia storage rather than a music player eventhough it is capable of doing so. As a matter of fact, there are no supplied headphones. When using a pair of additional headphones that were purchased separately, a reasonable good balanced sound was achieved with adequate bass and crisp treble. The player is more efficient at storing media files such as videos and photos. Being a hard disk player it would naturally have a large capacity. However, it is worth noting that in spite of the 40 GB that Epson have advertised it to be, upon actually checking the player, it only has 36 GB of free space. Its construction is reasonably sturdy but heavy, weight approximately 430g. This means it would not be ideal for use during sporting activities, especially jogging/running. It has a rather large display screen, which is perfect for watching films and looking at photos. It is also compatible with a range of video file formats, such as XVID, DIVX 5, MPEG 2. For audio files it supports MP3. In terms of its battery stamina, it is rather appalling, on average only provides 6 hours of continuous audio playback through loud speaker, and only 4 hours of continuous video playback. It takes about 3 hours to fully charge, which is quite long considering its playback time. Its file transfer speeds are exceptional on average taking about 0.7 seconds to transfer 10 MB of audio files. The menu layouts is easy to work through using its sensitive touch screen. It is compatible with both Windows and Mac. In contrasts to other players of the same spec, it lacks a microphone and audio capability.
The Epsom P-3000 photo viewer is a wonderful little machine that is a must for any serious photographer, this piece of kit lets you download images onto its 40gb internal hard drive when you are away from your computer. Simple and easy to use, once you own one you'll struggle to see how you coped before! As a very keen amateur photographer, I am often filling my memory cards, while not being near my computer (specifically when on holiday or track side at a motor sports event), before I was bought this photo viewer that often meant stopping or deleting photos. Well now that is not an issue, I simply plug my flash cards into the top and download my images onto the portable drive and I can clear down my memory cards and carry on shooting. On top of this great feature (as if that wasn't enough) the viewing screen (4 inches of crystal clear LCD) allows you to study the photos you have taken in more detail than you would manage on any cameras monitor, and even has a zoom feature so you can get even closer! Supporting jpegs and RAW files, as well as video files such as mpeg and DivX, as well as MP3 and ACC so you can put videos and music on there!! As a birdwatcher I have used the MP3 tool to place recordings of birds to use as a guide at future times. The lithium battery allows up to 3 hours of continuous playback so you are unlikely to run out of juice simply downloading you photos. Accepts compact flash and SD memory cards. There is even a direct printing system but I have yet to use this so would not like to comment on its success. The only drawback would be the price; at an RRP of £342 it's not cheap, although with a bit of searching you can get it at a lower price.