Epson has launched a new home printer that offers A4 home photo printing, direct print functionality and a 2.4 inch colour LCD preview display.

The new R340, which is an update to the R320 allows users to crop images before printing via its 2.4 inch preview display. It also allows you to select from a wide choice of photo-finishing options even in standalone mode, for example, adjust contrast, brightness and saturation, select filters and choose print layouts.

Photos can also be printed directly from memory cards, or via PictBridge, USB Direct Print, compatible digital cameras or from mobile phones via Bluetooth.
The Epson Stylus Photo R340 is the highest quality photo printer in its class, creating prints superior to those from the photo-lab. Epson's Micro Piezo system delivers a resolution of 5760x1440 optimised dpi whilst the Variable-sized Droplet Technology creates droplets as small as 3pl for crisp and defined images.

A premium quality 10cmx15cm photo can be printed in a high-resolution default photo mode in less than a minute.

The Stylus Photo R340 features six individual ink cartridges so you only need to replace the colour that you have used.

The printer also includes a feature called PhotoEnhance technology is included which is an ideal tool if you do not have any previous experience with image enhancing software. This superior technology automatically detects the type of scene in the digital image and will adjust colour reproduction accordingly, to ensure a premium quality photo every time.

For example, when an image is detected as “portrait”, PhotoEnhance will make the skin tones brighter and the contrast softer. When the image is detected as “landscape”, the contrast is made harder, accentuating detail and texture and the colour is more saturated.

The printer is available immediately and will cost £149.