Epson has launched its latest A3+ photo printer aimed at creatives pros: the Stylus Photo R3000. This printer has high-capacity inks that the company says are perfect for 'medium print runs', and it's designed to fit on even the smallest desk.

The company says that it developed the R3000’s new features with convenience in mind, in response to photographers and designers’ feedback. A front-loading fine art paper feed aims to make insertion easier, reducing the likelihood of damage and removing the need for space behind the printer. There's a 2.5-inch colour LCD display for viewing media instructions and checking ink levels, and the high-capacity, 25.9ml ink cartridges allow print runs to be completed while optimising cost per page.

Epson claims the UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta inkset offers unbeatable greyscale reproduction -- important for both colour and black and white prints -- thanks to its three types of black. Either a standard photo or matte black is employed and switched automatically by the printer to suit the media used, along with light black and light light black to create true black and white images. In addition to improving the grey balance and eliminating colour casts, this combination of blacks creates a smoother tonal range overall.


 

The Stylus Photo R3000 ships with ICC profiles to make accurate printing easier. Epson says that the printer can produce a high-quality A3+ photo in just 195 seconds. Supported media include roll, cut-sheet fine art paper and board up to 1.3mm thick.

The Epson Stylus Photo R3000 will be available from the end of March 2011 for £583 plus VAT.