Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Review

April 25, 2011 | Mark Goldstein | Printer Reviews | |

The first thing you'll notice if you're coming from an older model Epson like the R2400 or previous R2880 is the radical redesign of the case. The R3000 now has all controls grouped together on the front-right of the printer, along with a small 2.5 inch but essential colour LCD control panel. Usefull the R3000 has a completely flat top, perfect for stacking your printer paper on.

In addition to the standard top-loading feed, the Stylus Photo R3000 comes with a new front-in, front-out media path designed for fine art media up to 1.3 mm thick. It also has roll holders for printing from roll paper up to 13” wide and up to 44-inches long, making it a great choice for anyone interested in long panorama prints. Also included is a CD/DVD tray for printing directly to inkjet compatible discs.

The R3000's ink cartridges are large, containing about 26ml of ink each. If you do a lot of printing, it's still more economical to go with a larger printer and their higher capacity ink tanks (the Epson R3880 has 80ml cartridges), but for most users, the smaller cartridge sizes won't be an issue and are a big improvement on the R2880.

Ease of Use

If you've used a previous Epson model, you'll feel right at home with the R3000. Epson does an excellent job with their printer drivers, making them easy to navigate and find the right options for your print job.

Epson Stylus Photo R3000
Figure 22 - Current Settings

Epson Stylus Photo R3000
Figure 23 - Properties - Main

Epson Stylus Photo R3000
Figure 24 - Properties - Page Layout

Epson Stylus Photo R3000
Figure 25 - Properties - Utility

Epson Stylus Photo R3000
Figure 26 - Properties - Status Monitor

Print Quality

The out-of-the-box profiles supplied with the R3000 were uniformly very good in our testing, so much so that we didn't feel the need to create our own custom profiles. We printed various images on a variety of paper types, and print quality on all of them was excellent with very good color saturation and uniform gloss. The R3000 produced slightly more dramatic blues than its predecessor, along with a little more detail in the shadow and highlight areas and slightly better transitions thanks to the smaller 2 picoliter droplets, although you'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference without comparing the same image side-by-side.

Epson has always done a very good job with their Advanced Black & White mode. You can choose from one of four pre-set modes - neutral, warm, cool, or sepia - straight from the print driver. Custom slider bars and a color tone wheel allow you to make advanced tone adjustments, and you can also save your customized settings for later use.

Epson Stylus Photo R3000
Figure 27 - Properties - Colour Controls

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Your Comments

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#1 Dylan Roberts

OMG i so need a printer like this!, but i so don’t have the money.

11:10 am - Monday, April 25, 2011

#2 David Henry-Myers

Sorry Epson but I’m not buying ANY of your printers that are STILL not fitted with both Matte and Photo Black with cartridges that are ‘online’ all the time with no shared feed and no ‘flushing’.

Epson inks are one of the most expensive fluids on the planet and it is a disgrace that thousands of dollars are vanishing into the bowels of ‘maintenance’ tanks every year!

David Myers, Sydney, Australia

10:14 pm - Monday, April 25, 2011

#3 Dylan Roberts

Hey David thanks for that comment i guess i wront be saving for this printer after-al, im going to uni taking photography, got any small good Pinters that will do a great basic job? (inc ‘non-expecive’ ink)

2:08 am - Tuesday, April 26, 2011

#4 laith

i found it so expensive and i prefer 3 in one with scanner and copier.

5:34 pm - Tuesday, April 26, 2011

#5 rob

As much as I like the improvements on this machine over its predecessor, I will be saving my money for the new equivalent from Canon (should be coming out pretty soon).

12:17 am - Wednesday, April 27, 2011

#6 rob

Oh, I almost forgot, what’s up with all those missing images, Mark? Since a couple of months ago, all I see is one product image on top of the page in each article. All consecutive images after that one are replaced by blue squares with question marks, followed by a caption.

12:21 am - Wednesday, April 27, 2011

#7 Mark Goldstein

Rob, we are running anti-hotlinking on our images server to prevent theft of our images.

Your browser is not providing a referrer, so our images server has no way of knowing you are viewing our site (as opposed to someone else linking to our images directly from their own blog/site/form etc).

This is likely to be because your browser, computer or network security settings are configured to not send a referrer with the request for the image.

9:03 am - Thursday, May 5, 2011

#8 rob

Thanks, Mark. That explains the situation. Indeed, I have set my browser so that it does not send the referrer info (privacy thing). That also probably is the reason why my posts always get the error message, saying “Computer thinks that you may be a spammer”, or something to that effect…


10:28 pm - Thursday, May 5, 2011

#9 Mark Goldstein

Hi Rob,

Glad to be of help!

Just out of interest, which browser are you using, and what was the specific setting that you’d set?

6:07 am - Friday, May 6, 2011

#10 rob

Mark, I have misinformed you. Sorry for that. It is not my browser that’s been set to not send the referrer info. Rather, it is one of the settings in the INTEGO VirusBarrier X6 for Mac.

Click the ‘Surf’ category button, then ‘Information Hiding’ tab and finally check the ‘Hide information about the last web site visited’ checkbox. The program even warns me that that setting may prevent me from accessing certain websites. I forgot about that since the time I have installed and configured the program. :)

If you are not using this application, I recommend it highly. It is not just a protection from viruses but also a very comprehensive web security tool. As far as I know, there is also Windows version, but don’t quote me on that…

10:57 pm - Friday, May 6, 2011

#11 Epson print head

Hello, Thanks for the support of the post!I share all of these same thoughts! The fact that you means someone is reading and liking it!

4:45 am - Thursday, June 2, 2011

#12 Juma Mwesigwa

Am juma Mwesigwa living at Kahama district in Tanzania, I have been looking to your product op Epson R3000 I likely to have it for photo printing, how can I get it? Is it possible to get materials after fining it here in tanzania.

Thank you I would like to here from you soon.
Juma Mwesigwa

12:48 pm - Tuesday, June 21, 2011

#13 Irma Prunesquallor

@Mark Goldstein

> we are running anti-hotlinking on our images server to prevent theft of our images

Why do you think anyone would bother, and if they did, why would your care?  In any case, it is a trivial matter to get round your “protection”.

You just seem to be annoying people!

11:19 pm - Sunday, July 3, 2011

#14 Natalie

Uhoh… I just bought one of these (literally yesterday) and was so excited until I read others comments here… now have some concerns! I guess there are always good and bad comments on all products anyway, but didn’t read any good here (although the review itself sounds pretty good)... guess now only time will tell… here’s hoping!

2:52 am - Thursday, July 14, 2011

#15 rob

Hey, Natalie, don’t feel bad about your purchase. That is a solid (some may even say: “good”) printer from one of the top companies. It’s just that Epson is rather careless about wasting the precious ink (in their own self-interest). Besides, if you use anything other than Windows, you may find their software user-unfriendly.

10:20 pm - Thursday, July 14, 2011

#16 Dale

Does this printer normally ship with full set of inks or do they rip you of by including sample inks.


8:30 am - Saturday, August 27, 2011

#17 les wollam

my R1800 just broke. i’m looking for something a little less expensive than this. the k3 inks are wonderful, though. i really liked the output of the r1800, though it was really expensive to operate. this was especially true when i moved to mexico and they werent readily available

5:43 pm - Saturday, August 27, 2011


Now I have a new Epson Stylus Photo R300, but the impressions are very few color… There are any people have the same problem in this machine? What can I do ?

1:30 pm - Saturday, October 8, 2011

#19 paul iwala

would it be worth my while getting a photo printer such as the epson described above. i still work with film and have recently purchased a high-end flat bed scanner for purposes of archiving and web disposal (only). i think that for exhibition art work the quality from a printer, other than an expensive professional model, or, preferably traditional enlarger printing, simply would not reach the mark.

comments are welcome.

paul iwala

8:34 pm - Sunday, October 30, 2011

#20 rob


If you want the exhibition quality, this printer certainly is capable of producing it. However, the flatbed scanner you’ve mentioned (and the software that came with it) may be, or may be not, more of a problem. You need a REALLY high-end flatbed scanner to be able to output scans that can compare to ones obtained with a dedicated film scanner.

If you wonder how the printer’s output quality compares to a traditional enlarger-printing, I think you could be in for a nice surprise. Today’s technology is way above and beyond the one from the 20th century.

Just take into consideration that if you are not familiar with scanning, post-processing and computer-printing, you may be disappointed with your initial results. These procedures have an inherent steep learning curve and take time and practice to be mastered.

10:12 pm - Monday, October 31, 2011

#21 sushil kUmar Agarwal

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8:37 am - Tuesday, December 27, 2011

#22 Tom Didona

Ink cost aside if your aim is the best looking print buy this printer the image quality will amaze you

3:45 pm - Tuesday, February 28, 2012

#23 HSJ

I have the R 2880 printer and have found it to be the most expensive and frustrating tool—it eats ink cartridges IF it can recognize them, which often is not the case.  If the R 3000 does not provide major improvements in the ink cartridge design and cost it will be just another expensive gadget that prints beautifully once in a while—-more often than not only after replacing many very expensive ink cartridges.

9:46 pm - Monday, April 2, 2012

#24 Sushil Kumar Agarwal

Well We can make your Epson 2880 Most Economic Machine of the world for you.. If interested please call us on 9830064331 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .I am from Kolkata. S. K. Agarwal.

12:25 pm - Tuesday, April 3, 2012

#25 Pamela Holt

Is the Epson 3000 a good printer for black and white silver-gelatin-like prints?  I know the 7800 is the best, but it is quite pricey.  Thanks so much!

11:07 pm - Tuesday, April 10, 2012

#26 Tom Didona

Same ink smaller size paper I does as good a job as resin paper in a wet darkroom

12:51 am - Wednesday, April 11, 2012

#27 Pamela Holt

I just got a response to my question. I’m new to this site, so I don’t know how to say “thanks.”

1:27 am - Wednesday, April 11, 2012

#28 vinz

A new friendly user all in 1 printer has arrived. Epson Stylus NX420. It is compatible with office, school and business works. There are so many reasons to love about the Epson Stylus NX420. First off, it’s utterly inexpensive in terms of purchase price, considering it has WI-FI connectivity. Then it is designed with many attractive features any printer user would want in a printer, such as a 1.5 color LCD display, built-in memory card slots, Auto Photo Correction, and separate ink tanks - to name a few.

9:05 am - Thursday, May 24, 2012

#29 Spike Thompson

dont pay full price for ink. if you shop around you can always find original epson ink half price somewhere on web,  I have bought 2 full set of 9 inks just this week for less than £120 a set

At this price printing works out very economical and so much better than cheap ciss kits

10:12 pm - Monday, May 28, 2012

#30 JP

Our club has bought a Epson stylus r3000 and from brand new we’ve had problems, the colours were wrong and far too dark, pizza lines on some pictures bleeding on picture edge and more. Took it to their service centre in Frankston vic australia (as under warranty)who at first aggred that there was something wrong but then changed their mind and produce as proof that the machine was ok 2 of the same pictures, unfortunately for them one of the 2 pictures (they had not noticed before showing us) that the second picture was bad. They still refused to admit a problem citing that quite a bit of variance had to be expectedf fron this not very expensive printer???. If we can’t get satisfaction from higher up we will have to go to the umbudsman as this printer is definitely not fit for our purpose.

4:20 am - Thursday, October 18, 2012

#31 Sushil Kumar Agarwal

Dear Sir, for your epson 3000 printer. if u r in Kolkata city of India, bring it to my office and i wil solve your problem in 5 minutes. Sushil Kumar Agarwal. Itek Solutions. Kolkata . India. 033-22186404

5:27 am - Thursday, October 18, 2012

#32 Professional Photography

This is really a great device and the quality of pics printed out is also awesome.

12:39 pm - Friday, October 19, 2012

#33 Kips

I love this printer, easy to install in my Macbook Pro, print quality is awesome, but on occasion I get an error message that the installed ink cartridge does not match the settings. Not sure why, but a quick trouble shoot and all resolved. Love it, prints on all media and various sizes. Best of luck, Kips

6:30 pm - Thursday, December 20, 2012

#34 Freddie

Is there anyone out there using Photospeed Inkflow System with the Epson R3000 if so what do you think ?

1:25 pm - Friday, February 15, 2013

#35 Mel Brown

DO NOT BUY THIS PRINTER! I have used Epson printers for 18 years and have been happy. My most recent the Stylus Photo 1400 is terrific. I was very excited to buy the R3000 thinking it would make my prints even better. Wrong. They are washed out the blacks aren’t black there is no saturation unless you move the sliders to the far end of the scale. Everything is worse. I spent the morning testing every possible setting and have finally given up and am putting the GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT back in its box. Even if I don’t get a refund I don’t want to be reminded of my poor purchase.

8:17 pm - Saturday, February 23, 2013

#36 Jim Martinson

I purchased the r3000 after my r1800 injets plugged up. After a year and a half the r3000 did the same thing. I pumped over one hundred dollars worth of ink through it trying to unplug the ink jets. The nearest service center told me that a new set of heads for it costs more than a new printer. Get a three year warrantee or plan on buying a new one every couple of years (or less).

8:43 pm - Tuesday, April 16, 2013

#37 andrew.k kagiri

can i have some information on Epison xp 600 and artisan635 i see them around in kenya but cant see any information on the printers blog.

8:36 pm - Tuesday, August 13, 2013

#38 Anna Searle

Hi, I just bought this printer and i am busy setting it up. I noticed on the cartridges the yellow pull off tab, but I also noticed there are little clear tabs on the nozzle head. Do I take them off as well?

11:49 am - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

#39 Pamela Holt

I’m sorry, it’s been a long time since I used it. I think I remember having instructions for most of it.

4:19 pm - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

#40 Luis Diaz

I just got the R3000 hesitantly because I wished several things would start happening with these printers. First I had an R2400 I used for years and printed thousands and thousands of things. As a cartoonist I was able to sue them to make prints and trading cards and all sorts of things. I used the R2400 after two “life cycles” and going on the third. It started getting a little debris on my prints and obviously in need of servicing which was hard to find to service this older machine. So I decided to buy the R3000. One of the issues I have is with the way Epson printers use sponges on the bottom of the machine and on the heads to flush out ink. I wish they would do it outside the machine so it would be able to replace easily. Kind of the way they do with those alternate ink systems we see often, but don’t dare use. I have thought about it, but I can’t risk messing up my expensive printer. Anyways it’s been a week and so far so good. I hope the inks last longer and it’s nice to see the amount of ink on the printer LCD and also in the printer status monitor (top right button).

I’ll write more later on how it’s working. I hope I don’t get any issues like some people here. I hope to continue using it for as long or longer than my R2400 which I will miss.

12:37 am - Saturday, November 15, 2014

#41 Luis Diaz

No Anna you don’t peal those off. Only the yellow stickers of new printer inks. The clear ones get punctured when you put them in the printer.

12:41 am - Saturday, November 15, 2014

#42 Dennis Dimagiba

I have just purchased the R3000.  I’m trying to set it up, but could not get past the install the ink cartridges stage.  After installing the cartridges and closing the covers, the message “printer error! Turn off and turn on again.” comes out.  And the same thing happens each time I turn off and on.  Any suggestions?  Thank you.

2:31 am - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

#43 Frank Schorr

Yeah I had the same issue when I started my machine. Try opening the front tray. It’s kind of like a push in and then it pops out. Then put it back in. Make sure the printing program is set up and the utility. You will need both.

Since I forgot what actually got to work the first time I’m giving you these options.

Make sure all the inks are in the proper location. Also make sure your settings when you first print are set up to print with matte black or photo black.

Also try to disconnect the USB or how you have it set up.

Click the refresh or back arrow on the printer.

Unplug from the wall and replug after 10 minutes.

Try turning off the computer and make sure the printer is on then turn on the computer.

If nothing happens just call the tech line. I think I called them and they actually didn’t help, but I was able to make it work right afterward for some reason. I haven’t had any issues since other than what I wrote on the amazon review. All I can tell you is to print often and you won’t have a lot of issues. Epson printers like to use up a lot of ink. It costs $5 to switch from Photo to Matte ink. Also about the same to clean you heads if they get clogged (printer alignment pattern has missing gaps).

IN general it is a good printer and it will pay for itself if you sell prints often. You will always have to pay for costly inks and in my opinion this printer gets more clogged than my previous R2400.

3:48 am - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

#44 Sushil Kumar Agarwal

if anyone want to reduce epson Print cost by 80% with Quality better than original and printer head life 4 times more than Original Ink then conatct me on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or skype itekindia

5:15 am - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

#45 dave

Hi Epson I have one of you printer r30000 and I just love it very much, now I do a lot of printer of photo and now the photo comes out looking bad I try to a just but with no luck can you HELP ME WITH MY PROBLEM,Dave the photography,

6:55 pm - Saturday, January 30, 2016