Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner (6400dpi, 3.4 Opt Density, USB 2.0)
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Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner
Discover Film and Photo Scanning Perfection
The Epson Perfection V500 Photo allows you to scan photos and film quickly and easily with innovative Epson ReadyScan LED Technology for low power consumption and instant scanning. Epson scanners produce fast, high resolution results time after time. Whether you're scanning everyday documents, archiving analogue photos, or working with a range of formats -- such as small or multiple production scanning of 35mm, medium or large 8" x 10" format film -- or transparencies that need a fast turnaround.
Epson MatrixCCD Scanning
CCD chips catch and convert the information contained in light into a digital file. Epson MatrixCCD technology uses multiple rows of light-sensitive elements to give your scans higher quality, reduced image noise and better dynamic range. This means you can scan faster and at higher resolutions up to 6,400dpi while maintaining a small product size.
Digital ICE Technologies
Digital ICE Technologies are combined hardware and software solutions that can repair old film, slides and photos as you scan, so your dusty or scratched images will look as good as new after scanning. The system can tell the difference between the original image and unwanted dust, hairs, fingerprints or scratches, so it captures the details you want and automatically removes the rest.
Epson ReadyScan LED Technology
With warm-up time of less than a second and efficient LED white light, ReadyScan LED Technology means you can start scanning straight away. LEDs are more energy efficient and do not contain mercury, which reduces power consumption and environmental impact. Also, LEDs generate less heat, which is good for sensitive or delicate originals.
Fix Your Photos
Scan all your film up to medium format with the built-in transparency unit. The scanner also includes Epson Easy Photo Fix technology for the refreshing of your faded photo memories. The easy-to-use but effective software automatically enhances your photos by bringing faded colours back to life, removing dust and correcting backlighting -- restoring them to their original glory.
Epson Scan offers a wide range of photo and film scan settings for home, office and professional scanning levels. High-level settings include colour calibration, descreening and text-enhancement function. Epson Scan can act as a TWAIN interface for your imaging application or save files directly to a range of formats, including TIFF, JPEG and PDF.
Making Great Scanning Simple
Scanning is easy with Epson Perfection V500 Photo, which offers high-speed USB 2.0 connectivity and optical density of 3.4 Dmax. There is an optional automatic document feed for the scanning of multiple-page text documents quickly. Operation is simple too with the four push buttons -- start, copy, scan to email and scan to PDF.
Epson Perfection Scanner Comparison Chart
|Scanning Documents and Photo||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Max effective area||216 x 297mm||216 x 297mm||216 x 297mm||216 x 297mm|
|Optical Resolution||6400 x 9600 dpi||6400 x 9600 dpi||6400 x 9600 dpi||6400 x 9600 dpi|
|Optical Density (DMAX)||3.4||3.4||4.0||4.0|
|ReadyScan LED technology||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Connectivity||Hi-Speed USB 2.0||Hi-Speed USB 2.0||Hi-Speed USB 2.0 & IEEE 1394||Hi-Speed USB 2.0 & IEEE 1394|
|Light Source||White LED||White LED||CCFL||CCFL|
|Size and Weight||272 x 475 x 113mm, 4.0kg||280 x 485 x 118mm, 4.0kg||503 x 308 x 152.2mm, 6.6kg||503 x 308 x 152.2mm, 6.6kg|
|Power Source||AC Adaptor||AC Adaptor||AC Adaptor||AC Adaptor|
Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner
35mm and Medium Format Film Holders
Scanner Installation CD-ROM
Adobe Photoshop Elements DVD-ROM
Scanner Setup Poster
Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Cable
AC Power Adapter and Cord
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In my search I compared this Epson V500 to the similarly priced CanoScan 8800F Film Scanner but went with the Epson due to the inclusion of hardware-based ICE technology. I also looked at some HP photo scanner models but shied away due to some reviews noting the slow scanning speeds. Both this Epson and the Canon use an LED light source, as opposed to the old fluorescent lamps used in traditional scanners, which reduces warm-up time.
Unboxing and installing was very easy on my 13" Macbook. Sadly, the first scans weren't impressive; the software was a little fiddly to get used to and dust was showing up on my negative scans. However, after turning on the ICE (which increases scan time through scanning the transparencies with an infra-red beam) the scans came through very well, with minimal sharpening needed and almost all dust and scratches removed from the negatives.
This Epson V500 also comes with text-recognition software, to convert printed text back to digital. I found this software was very useful and with the minor exception of not being able to recognise words next to handwritten annotations, very easy to use.
A very nice flatbed scanner for scanning negatives and other transparencies. Also functions as a good traditional scanner for converting prints, paper and other documents. Highly recommended.
As far as scanning slides goes:
After a few hours of testing I came to the conclusion that scanning above 6400dpi is a waste of time and disk space, there's no difference when all images in higher res are scaled to same size on screen. This is not a problem as it still gives images approx 8800x6000 pixels.
I find the only software option that can't be done in post processing (Photoshop, Lightroom etc.) is the Digital ICE. This is pretty damn good! From my experience it struggles with slides older than c1985, introducing artefacts in areas of high contrast. On new slides it is pretty faultless, maybe a touch less sharp, but then that can be tweaked with a little USM in Photoshop. It deals with everything but the chunkiest of dirt and scratches so as you'd never know anything had been erased.
I prefer to leave all other options turned off so I have a copy of the slide 'as is', I can then use non-destructive editing (Adobe Lightroom) to tidy up colour and further imperfections.
Results do surpass my expectations.
To scan 4 slides at 6400dpi it takes about 12 minutes. Not fast but nowhere near as slow as others. It is worth the wait because the results are more than adequate for family snaps. Professional photographers would probably be disappointed with the optical density, but what do you expect for this price range? 99% of the time though, after a few level adjustments etc, you end up with something you'll be happy to print at just about any sensible size.
Photos etc. seem to be turning out (on a Spyder3 calibrated screen) more or less the same as originals.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have successfully used the V500 with Linux PC running VueScan to scan old 35mm slides.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent machine and bought it on the strength of all previous reviews.Haven't regretted it.Published 8 months ago by Edward J. Marriott
Soooo-perrb!! Wonderful, have scanned hundreds of 35mm negatives since purchased. Takes 20 minutes to scan about 16 negatives but this is heavily dependent on the power of your CPU... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Duncan P.