The EPSON Surecolor P800 is surely one sexy color printer with it’s all black chassis with subtle lines of blue. The design is sleek and modern that fits well in my white themed office. As you can see the EPSON Surecolor P800 sits well atop my fold-able white flux coffee table.
Image source: Epson website
The LCD screen on the EPSON Surecolor P800 is also a welcomed addition to my studio printers as my existing EPSON R1900 and R2000 do not have the ability to make setting adjustments without a computer.
The ability to adjust settings via your mobile device is also a great feature that allows for efficiency in your workflow.
I was fortunate enough to jump on a Skype call with the Epson product manager handling the Epson Surecolor P800 to provide some insight about this beautiful new printer. Sorry about the audio, there appeared to be issues with the Skype portion of the recording. I did my best to balance the audio.
AFTER FIRST USE
Wow that was easy. I was able to get up and running with the EPSON P800 within minutes. I think it took longer removing the blue transport tape then it was to setup the photo printer. This of course is a great issue to have when it comes to printers.
I simply setup my WIFI credentials using the built in LCD and voila, I was able to print via my iPhone using the EPSON iPrint app. It was just too easy. With anything performed wirelessly, You need to stay within range of the WIFI signal, so I simply left my phone next to my router.
When I needed to get down and dirty in the world of printing, I was confident that the printer would be able to handle a relatively wide color gamut and achieve high dynamic range in the prints. This fact is important considering that I own a Nikon D810 with superb dynamic range.
What is also great is even though the printer is relatively new, the color profiles for popular paper brands like Ilford are ready. Which means, I don’t need to create my own profiles. http://ilford.com/printer-details-profiles/epson/surecolor-sc-p800?page=1
I was curious on how the printer would hold up to a photo taken with a film camera so I decided to print a photo taken using my Nikon FM3A of my once pregnant beautiful wife. As the choice of paper greatly adds to the impact of the photo, I decided to use the velvet fine art paper.
Since , I used specialty paper the ability on the Epson Surecolor-P800 to load special papers in the front opposed to the back (Epson R2000) was a welcomed edition. The design allows for easier reach and digestion of the specialty paper.
I did however experience a hiccup with the printer not fully loading the specialty paper causing a slight jam which I will attribute to human error.
TIP: When loading specialty paper in the front loader try your best to have the paper end flush with the portion of the feeder closest to you. Do your best to guide the paper to be digested straight into the printer.
A FEW OF THE FEATURES I FOUND MOST USEFUL FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS: (view a full listing at the manufacturer website
- Larger color gamut
- Good dynamic range coverage
- Wireless connectivity (Apple Airprint & Google cloud print support
- Versatile media handling
If you are a professional photographer that offers signature processing to clients and require control of prints, then the Epson Surecolor P800 is a great companion to your DSLR. The Epson Surecolor P800 is also great for amateur’s that enjoy large 19 inch prints of their weekend excursions.
If you also plan on printing on a regular basis, the purchase of the roll adapter for an additional $199 or more depending on your retailer of choice. You should save in the long run with prints.
Don’t take my word for it do a test print for yourself at your local Samy’s camera. Make sure to call first to ensure that there is a demo Epson Surecolor P800 available to test.
Disclosure: We’ve received this product at no cost for this review. The views and opinion expressed in this review are mine and cannot be bought.