Picture sharing on the fly

Epson has launched its first mobile photo viewer into the region. Its P-2000 device allows users to load up to 40GB of digital pictures, movie content and music tracks

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By  Matthew Wade Published  April 19, 2005

Epson has launched its first mobile photo viewer into the region. Its P-2000 device allows users to load up to 40GB of digital pictures, movie content and music tracks. The P-2000 - which was preceded in other regions around the world by Epson’s 10GB P-1000 device - incorporates a 3.8-inch, 212 pixels per inch (ppi) LCD display for viewing content. According to Epson, it also offers a battery life of up to three hours. In addition to merely storing digital pictures, the P-2000 lets users store and view photo albums, create slide shows and connect to a photo printer, PC or TV. The P-2000 also supports MPEG format digital camera and camcorder movies, plus AAC and MP3 music files. This means consumers can add music files to their image slide shows to create lively presentations. These movie player functions in fact almost line the P-2000 up to compete with PMC (Personal Media Centre) products such as Creative’s Zen PMC and MSI’s MegaView 566, however the key differences are that the P-2000 cannot play DivX format movie content, nor can it record movie content direct from a PC or TV (a function offered by MSI's product. The P-2000’s 40GB hard disk can also be used as a big flash disk, letting users store important digital files and folders and take these from place to place. “The Epson P-2000 offers a compact solution for downloading and storing photos, whether at home, in the studio or on the move,” said Khalil El-Dalu, general manager of Epson Middle East. “The bright vivid displays found in Epson’s Photo Fine products make them suitable for use under most lighting conditions. Users can expect excellent quality whether they are viewing the photos indoors or outdoors.” The P-2000 is available across the region immediately, priced $500. In addition to Epson, some other vendors also offer similar devices. Kodak for instance produces its EasyShare Picture Viewer. This is significantly cheaper than Epson's offering, but can only store up to 150 images.

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