Epson Photo PC 3100Z: test and review

PC Photo 3100Z incorporates all the features of its predecessor, the PC Photo 3000Z. The latter being a pretty good device in the series of mid-range devices, the new device Epson offers an excellent base.

Surprisingly all the same, a first glance at the technical data on the housing or on its menus suggest that this is exactly the same device. The CCD sensor is exactly the same with 3.34 million pixels interpolated to 4.84 million pixels through HyPict technology, TFT color LCD is 1.8 inch 110,000 pixels.

Less, less, less …

While his older has a 6x digital zoom, the new Epson model is less well endowed with only a 2x digital zoom. In contrast, the optical zoom is the same in 3x. The shutter, too, is less efficient, the video files are not limited to the space available on the memory card but at 35 seconds maximum, and the burst mode is limited to 6 consecutive shots against 10 for the previous device. Batteries, rechargeable unfortunately not further offer very limited autonomy. And what about latency! Ignition is long and recording views slow card especially in superfine mode.

Ergonomics, so the grip is easy on / off button is not well positioned. Located on the top of the camera to the right, the photographer in a hurry too often relies on, taking him for the trigger positioned at the same height but slightly forward. Certainly the quality of the sensor and different fashion offered always give quality pictures but the accumulation of defects weighs too heavy.

PIM technology

And this is not new technology PIM (Print Image Matching) which alone can restore balance. First, because this innovation will only interest those wishing to proceed themselves to quality prints. And in addition, they will acquire a printer of the brand Epson ….

Technically, PIM can transmit information to the printer. When the picture is taken, these indications are included in the Jpeg file and decoded at the time of printing. Thus, colors, contours, white balance and contrast are preset to best suit the shooting. An innovation that greatly simplifies printing settings before. These were often, when we had no notion of photographic colorimetry, a bit difficult to handle for the current user.