Epson has announced the first two products to use its recently announced Print Image Matching technology. This technology embeds a proprietary colour profiling system in cameras and printers that is designed to match output to input to a much higher degree than was previously possible.
The PhotoPC 3100Z is a 3.3 megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical zoom. It has a 3x digital zoom and can interpolate images up to 4.84 megapixel resolution. It also features a shutter priority mode for taking clear pictures of rapidly moving objects. Other new features include improved startup and shuuter response times on previous models and a longer battery life.
The camera has a CompactFlash card drive, which appears as a drive on Windows or Mac desktops. It also comes with horizontal panoramic image software for stitching images together. It will ship in May for an as-yet undisclosed price.
Working with the PhotoPC 3100Z will be the Stylus Photo 890. It’s a six-colour printer with a maximum resolution of 2880-x-720dpi that offers edge-to-edge printing and a PCMCIA slot.
The PCMCIA slot allows CompactFlash cards with images taken by the 3100Z to be inserted via an adapter and the images on them printed without needing to connect either to a computer. Images can be previewed using an optional colour LCD screen.
The printer offers 7.8ppm B&W printing and 7.5ppm colour. It connects to Macs and Windows PCs via USB and ships with Epson’s PhotoQuicker 3 image-manipulation software.
The Stylus Photo 890 will ship in May for £199 plus VAT.