Epson P-3000 40GB Multimedia Storage Drive, Viewer, and Audio-Video Player w/ 4-Inch LCD – Product Description:
Back up, store and view your images in vibrant color and detail, PC–free. An essential tool for on–the–go photographers, the Epson P–3000™ features amazing image quality and a 40GB hard drive. The perfect partner to your digital SLR camera, this innovative device makes it easy to backup and view thousands of RAW and JPEG images on the spot. Use the large, 4–inch LCD to verify you have the shots you need while still on location. The P–3000 is the ideal alternative to lugging your laptop to the shoot.
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Epson P-3000 40GB Multimedia Storage Drive, Viewer, and Audio-Video Player w/ 4-Inch LCD – Review:
First of all, Amazon came through with all stars on this order. Cheers to them for the screaming-fast processing that got me the product when I needed it.
As for the P-3000, I needed something like this bugger as I photograph models in outdoor settings using available light. Thus, it’s a hassle to lug around the laptop, and when I do, the laptop takes too long to dump my 2-gig CF card. The viewer is another necessity because I like to know if I missed any shots due to lack of focus, etc. I screw up sometimes and the screen on my D-200 doesn’t always show my errors.
The P-3000 dumps a full 2-gig CF card in 5 minutes, as per tests I just conducted this evening. With 126 .NEF images on the card, a mere 5 minutes was a miracle compared to my laptop. When I’m out in the field, this will be an invaluable tool.
Is it expensive? I don’t think so, but I did think the 80-gig unit was more than I want to spend. Furthermore, I’m only using this as a dump drive for location shoots, not as a storage device…I have other drives for that. I thought the price was reasonable, so far I have no problem with the interface and I can rest easy knowing if I have a 1-day shoot that requires 2,000 RAW .NEF images to be shot (that would wear me out) that the P-3000 has room for them.
If you want functionality, sleek design and a decent interface, buy this unit. If you feel it’s too expensive, buy a unit with no display, as that will knock down the price. In my business though, I like having the viewer…it’ll save me a lot of time and anguish.
So far, so good. Buy with confidence, this is a good brand and a fine product. Bravo, Epson!