New $849 Epson Wide-Format Stylus Photo R3000 Printer For Photographers, Fine Arts

Epson Stylus Photo R3000Epson is introducing what it’s calling its “most advanced 13” (wide) printer to date,” the Stylus Photo R3000, a color ink-jet printer  that lists at $849 and will be distributed via authorized resellers.  The printer uses nine pigment ink colors for an expanded color gamut, and Epson’s MicroPiezo ink-jet technology.

Other details are as follows:

  • Ethernet and wireless 802.11n network connectivity, and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port for local printing.
  • Uses Epson’s UltraChrome K3 pigment inks; Epson says Vivid Magenta and Vivid Light Magenta provide more vivid blues and violets for an expanded color gamut.
  • Top-loading paper tray, as well as a new front-in, front-out media path designed for fine art media up to 1.3 mm thick, including Epson’s line of Signature Worthy papers; provides borderless cut-sheet printing and roll paper printing up to 44”, and printing on glossy, matte and fine art papers up to 13”, as well as printing on CDs and DVDs.

  • Incorporates Epson’s AccuPhoto HD2 Image Technology, which the firm created in collaboration with the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Munsell Color Science Laboratory; Epson says this mathematical architecture and advanced screening technology ensures more precise placement of each individual ink droplet for smoother, grain-free images. It also optimizes ink usage to maximize the color gamut (number of colors that can be printed), and provides smooth transitions and gradations in shading; it also reduces the metameric index so that printed colors appear consistent even under different lighting conditions.

  • The MicroPiezo AMC Print Head is an eight-channel, high-precision print head that produces a maximum resolution of 5,670 x 1,440 dpi (optimized) and variable-sized droplets as small as 2 picoliters. For decreased maintenance and increased reliability, the print head also incorporates an ink-repellent coating.
  • Intelligent High-Capacity Ink System uses nine individual 25.9 ml ink cartridges with pressurized ink technology for more reliable ink delivery.

  • With Auto-switching Black Inks, the printer automatically switches between Photo and Matte black inks to produce the deeper blacks and richer color on glossy, matte or fine-art media.

  • With an Advanced Black-and-White Photo Mode, users can choose from one of four pre-set modes—neutral , warm, cool, or sepia for neutral or toned black-and-white prints.  Adjustments are made via slider bars and a color tone wheel, and customized settings can be saved and recalled.

For more on the Stylus R3000, see here.

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