Epson has launched two new Multimedia Storage Viewers that allows photographers to view and store their shots, as well as edit RAW and JPEG files without having to connect the device to a PC.
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The Epson P-6000 and P-7000 Multimedia Storage Viewer have an enhanced Photo Fine Premia 4-inch LCD screen and support both JPEG and the popular RAW image format from manufacturers such as Nikon, Canon, Epson, Konica Minolta, Pentax, Olympus, Fujifilm, Sony, and Adobe.
Users can view their image in full screen, zoom and rotate, or view the Exif file along with the image histogram and rating information.
In addition, Epson says that a user can now also edit RAW and JPEG files without having to connect the viewer to a PC. Basic editing includes choosing preset adjustments such as: Standard – for automatic brightness and contrast adjustments; People – enhances skin tones: Landscape – enhances the colours of the sky and greenery; Night scene – adjusts the contrast; Faithful – brightness and tone from the actual scene are preserved with as much fidelity as possible; and Monochrome – converts the image to black and white.
Other editing tools include white balance adjustment (for RAW files only), exposure, brightness, contrast, saturation, colour balance, monochrome filter, noise reduction and sharpness.
The P-6000 and P-7000 can also be used to watch movies on the Photo Fine Premia LCD screen or listen to music. Supported file formats include MPEG4, MOV and .avi for movies, and for music MP3, MPEG4-AAC.
The P-6000 and P-7000 can also be run as a sub monitor via a USB connection to a laptop or PC/Mac, allowing users to edit the image on the computer and view the result on the Epson viewer’s superior quality Photo Fine Premia LCD to check the accuracy of colours.
Transfer from memory cards to the P-6000 (80GB hard drive) or P-7000 (160GB hard drive) is quick and easy, with users able to choose between copying entire memory cards in one action or, with the new differential backup option, choose to transfer only new or changed files.
The card slots accept CF (type I/II 3.3 only), SD, SDHC, Micro drive, Multimedia and Multimedia Plus cards. And with a CF card adapter/USB memory card reader the P-6000 and P-7000 support Memory Stick, Smart Media and xD cards.
The improved Print Wizard allows users to customise their JPEG or supported RAW image on the viewer’s screen before sending directly to a printer – without the need to connect to a PC/ Mac. Customising features include retouching, cropping, changing the layout by adding a frame, changing background colour or the image position, and adding a watermark that allows photographers to mark their images with a background logo identifying it as their work.
Both viewers come standard with a rechargeable lithium battery that enables the user to watch up to 3.3 hours of movies, listen to 5.9 hours of music, or complete approximately 75 full backups from a 1GB CF card.
The Epson P-6000 Multimedia Storage Viewer is available through consumer electronics and photographic retail stores at an RRP of $899, while the Epson P-7000 Multimedia Storage Viewer is available through Authorised Epson Pro Graphics dealers at an RRP of $999.