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4.0 out of 5 stars Good scanner for home use, 16 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Epson Perfection V550 Photo Scanner with ReadyScan LED Technology (Accessory)
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I was pleased to have the opportunity to review this scanner as I have an ongoing project to digitise the photos I have taken on my film camera. I have been using the scanner on my Canon MP610 all-in-one colour printer to scan family photos and create photo books. It is the most straightforward way for my siblings and me to all have copies of photos from when we were kids, together with the precious photos of our parents' wedding etc. I have also been able to compare this model with an earlier Epson scanner belonging to a friend - the Epson Perfection 1670. I have found a significant improvement in results using this V550 scanner.

The V550 scanner is very sleek looking and is longer than I was expecting (485mm), so check if size is an issue for storage or if you have a shelf above the scanner. This length allows it to scan two 35mm filmstrips (12 frames) or four 35mm mounted slides at a time. The holders for the negatives are an improvement on the Epson 1670 as they are more secure and can take four mounted slides or medium film rather than the two on the Epson 1670. However, the key line for the 35mm film is covered by this holder and that can be a disadvantage for editing.

Thanks to Steve's review we were able to use the Professional Mode to select individual frames and tweak options before scanning.

Pros

+ Set up on a laptop running Windows 8 was straightforward
+ User manual is available as part on the installation and sits in the Epson folder
+ Scanning speed is quick
+ High-quality scans - 6,400dpi
+ Can scan straight to cloud for sharing
+ ICE mode is helpful in quickly improving the look of old and scratched negatives

Cons

- set up diagram was very basic
- set up on a Mac was troublesome at first but fine after a reboot
- ICE light only so option is there for negatives but not for photos
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