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Epson P-7000 Multimedia Photo Viewer

FLAWLESS PERFORMER FOR THE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHER

Epson P-7000The Epson P-7000 Multimedia Photo Viewer builds on the last-generation P-5000 with improvements that make it more efficient for photographers to back up their work in the field. At one pound, it beats carrying a laptop, but at almost $800 it’s expensive. However, if you can afford it, it’s a solid performer.

The pièce de résistance of the P-7000 is the improved quality of the screen and with it the ability to make accurate assessments of your images. The 4″ LCD has a wider color gamut encompassing 94% (up from 88%) of Adobe RGB color space, and the screen’s wider viewing angle allows several people to look on. Files are easy to see in bright outdoor light, making culling in the field realistic. Images are sharp, even when zooming in to check detail. A multipurpose jog dial has been added making scrolling through images smooth and easy. As you view your files, you can display EXIF data, a histogram, and visually check highlights and shadows.

The P-7000’s 160-GB capacity is twice that of the P-5000. It has two memory card slots for CompactFlash and SD cards, with provisions for adapting other popular cards. After inserting a card you can copy all your files or browse through your files and copy a designated selection. In general, the menus and interface are easy to use and comprehensive, but could use a makeover. The P-7000 supports JPEGs and extensive RAW file formats.

I compared download times between the P-7000 and the P-5000 and, in general, the P-7000 is approximately 33% faster. The rechargeable lithium battery lasted between 2.5–3 hours. It comes with a protective storage case and fold-out viewing stand.—Steve Baczewski

PRICE: $799.99
FROM: Epson America, Inc.
WEB: www.epson.com
RATING: 4.5

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