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Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner (6400dpi, 3.4 Opt Density, USB 2.0)

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  • Epson Perfection V500 Photo 6400dpi flatbed scanner
  • 4 scan buttons including scan to PDF and email
  • Integrated TPU with film and slide scanning up to medium format
  • USB 2.0 Interface
  • 3.4 optical density
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Technical Details
Item Weight4 Kg
Product Dimensions47.5 x 27.2 x 11.3 cm
Item model numberB11B189031
Wattage17 watts
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Best Sellers Rank 38,579 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight5 Kg
Date First Available13 Sept. 2007

Product Description

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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
Before and after with Digital ICE technology
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
Epson ReadyScan LED technology
Epson Easy Photo Fix before and after examples
Restore your images with Epson Easy Photo Fix
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

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.

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V750 Pro
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

Box Contains

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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Traded up from Epson 4180 after 4 years of trouble free use to the new V500 from the award winning V Series. Huge improvement on scan speed and resolution. Colour rendition true to Epson scanners, brilliant. When coupled with Adobe's PSE version 7, makes light work of editing faded photo's. Compared to the 4180, the V500 is quiet...........really quiet. Warm up time is almost instant. Well made, not flimsy in any way. Have looked at HP's range of 6 colour scanners which although are great for documents, need a lot of tweaking to reach the instant standard of the V500. Well worth the money.
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This is a fabulous product at a fabulous price. I wanted to scan old family photos, some dating back to the early 1900s that were not in good shape. The scanner is not only easy to use but the results are excellent. There are slide cases, too, for scanning slides, which I haven't tried yet. I scan from Photoshop. Just go into Photoshop and select File - Import - Epson V500 and it's done, or you can simply press the scan button on the front of the machine. Scanners I have used in the past have been confusing and complicated - not this one. The machine wants to scan at 100%, but you can easily adjust the pixel amount in the Customize menu. This is great for my old photos, some of which are quite small. I have a great photo of a Victorian family gathered under an oak tree, complete with big mustaches and wasp waists. The picture is sadly fading, but the scanned image is a great improvement and has brought back a surprising amount of lost detail simply with Auto Contrast. You can also scan documents - if you are into family trees, this means wedding certificates etc - and you can even scan useable text. The quality of this scanner is great. Unless you are a professional photographer, why spend more?
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I've grown up with digital photography but in the past few years have been increasingly interested in film. After amassing a hefty pile of prints and negatives and not being too happy with the resolution most photo labs provide, I purchased this Epson V500 scanner.

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.
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Having used this to scan in a mixture of about 1000 colour slides and photographs (no negatives yet) I think I've given it a suitable outing.

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.

Scanning reflective:
Photos etc. seem to be turning out (on a Spyder3 calibrated screen) more or less the same as originals.
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