Epson has just announced their new Epson Stylus Photo R3000, a 13″ wide-format printer designed for photographers and artists. The R3000 features high-capacity individual ink cartridges, advanced media handling for support for a wide range of paper types, and ethernet plus wireless-N connectivity. All of these features are not your standard fair for what you ordinarily would expect in a typical wide format printer. The printer utilizes Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta ink technology and an advanced MicroPiezo AMC print head which helps pump out stunning exhibition-quality prints. But this isn’t just a press release talking, I’ve seen these prints in person and they’re brilliant. The printer also features AccuPhoto HD2 image technology which brings out smoother color transitions and better highlight and shadow detail.
The Epson Stylus Photo R3000 goes on sale in March for $849. That might seem like a lot more than your average inkjet, but the prints you’ll get from the R3000 look like they were produced out of a professional print house, effectively making this printer a tool well suited for creative pro-sumers.
– Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta Ink: Professional eight-color ink set with
Vivid Magenta and Vivid Light Magenta provides more dramatic blues and violets for an
expanded color gamut. Built on Epson’s heritage of professional ink technology, this
pigment ink set offers instant color stability and exceptional print permanence ratings for
color and black-and-white prints.
– Advanced Media Handling: In addition to a main top-loading, high-capacity tray, this
printer features 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. It also offers broad media
support with BorderFree® cut-sheet media handling, roll paper printing up to 44-inches
long and CD/DVD printing.
– AccuPhoto HD2 Image Technology: Created in collaboration with the Rochester
Institute of Technology’s Munsell Color Science Laboratory, this complex mathematical
architecture and advanced screening technology ensures precision placement of each
individual ink droplet for smooth, grain-free images. This technology optimizes ink usage
to maximize color gamut and provide smooth transitions and gradations, and reduces
the metameric index to achieve consistent color under different lighting conditions.
– MicroPiezo AMC Print Head: The eight-channel, high-precision print head produces a
maximum resolution of 5670 x 1440 optimized dpi and variable-sized droplets as small
as 2 picoliters and places them with precision and accuracy. For decreased
maintenance and increased reliability, the print head also incorporates an ink repellent
– Intelligent High-Capacity Ink System: Nine individual 25.9 ml ink cartridges with
pressurized ink technology ensures reliable ink delivery at all print speeds.
– Auto-switching Black Inks: The Epson Stylus Photo R3000 automatically switches
between Photo and Matte black inks to produce the deepest blacks and richest color on
glossy, matte or fine art media.
– Unparalleled Connectivity: Built-in Ethernet®, wireless 802.11n and Hi-Speed USB 2.0
provide flexible options for fast connectivity to multiple computers in a home or studio.
– Advanced Black-and-White Photo Mode: Professionals can choose from one of four
pre-set modes – neutral, warm, cool, or sepia for stunning neutral or toned black-andwhite
prints. This feature provides intuitive and consistent control through custom slider
bars and a color tone wheel for advanced tone adjustment. In addition, customized
settings can be saved and recalled to achieve consistent prints.