I've been testing out the Epson P-7000 Multimedia Storage Viewer for the last month and l have to say that Epson just keeps improving on a great product. The P-7000 is the third generation of Epson's portable digital media storage devices. The P-7000, like its predecessors is a handheld portable storage device that incorporates a 4-inch LCD so you can download files while in the middle of a shoot--to free up media cards for continued shooting. The device acts as both storage device and viewer. With Epson's exclusive Photo Fine LCD technology and the company's new Photo Fine Premia which encompasses 94% of the Adobe RGB color gamut, you're viewing your images extremely close to what your camera has captured.
The P-7000 offers 160 Gigabytes of storage. The unit offers card slots, for CompactFlash Type I and II, and Secure Digital media. You can download other media card formats to the unit via an adapter. The P-7000 also features a USB port that allows connection to USB flash drives, as well as connection to computers via USB 2.0 and an A/V out connection to hook the viewer up to a TV. With the new P-7000, the download speeds are up to 35% faster.
Epson's Multimedia Storage Viewers work great as a backup device while shooting; and can also be used to show a portfolio of images. In addition to the images I've downloaded while in the middle of a shoot, I also keep some of my favorite portfolio images in a folder so I can access them whenever I might want to show them off.
I'd feel confident showing images to a client on an Epson P-7000 because I'm confident in the color reproduction that the viewer offers. I also know my images are safe when I'm shooting and backing up to an Epson Multimedia Storage Viewer. I've used the P-2000 and P-3000 for years and never had a problem downloading media cards, or accessing a downloaded file. My experience with the P-7000, although for a shorter duration, has been the same. I like the fact that I can take a compact viewer on trips and not need to bring a laptop. Or if I do bring a laptop, I don't need to actually have it with me while on day shoots--nor do I need to bring dozens of media cards on a job out of a fear of not wanting to reformat and reuse cards without backing up to a computer.
Added to this generation of viewer (P-6000 and P-7000) is a jog dial which you can use to advance through the images in a folder. I like this new feature a lot. It's helpful when you're letting someone view images that aren't familiar with the viewer; it's simpler than using the buttons for navigation.
Also new to this model is a travel pack for the unit as well as a dual battery charger that lets you charge batteries outside of the unit, so if you've got extra batteries, you can keep one in the viewer and still charge the other(s). You can also charge the battery while in the P-7000, via the power cord. The case is padded, and features pockets for extra batteries, a car charger, and a stand. I like the idea of a padded case, because if I'm going to trust my images to be backed up onto the P-7000 only (at least while shooting) then I want the case it's in to be strong enough to adequately protect it.
The P-7000 can handle JPEG and RAW files, allowing you to view, zoom- in, rotate, delete, and crop still images; as well as play movie and audio files. You can create albums of images, and also play custom slideshows with transitions. The interface is slightly different from previous models but very intuitive. The P-7000 is compatible with the new UDMA CompactFlash cards.
For more information on Epson's P-7000, go to www.epson.com.