Epson Perfection V370

slide scanner

Rating: 4.5/5 ★★★★½ 

Price £125

The Epson Perfection v370 is the entry level machine in Epsons popular Perfection range of flatbed scanners which have been fitted with the capability to tackle slides and negatives.

While its primary function is that of a flatbed scanner, focusing more on printed media, (which as you would expect it’s rather good at) the transparencies unit hidden away in the lid of the scanner can deal with 35mm slides and film strip surprisingly well.

The film adapter which clips into the side of the scanning bed is capable of holding four 35mm slides as well as a strip of 35mm film, an arrangement that will suit the vast majority, but be aware it doesn’t come with mounts for the smaller 110 format or the larger 120 medium format film. (For that try its big brother the v500)

Getting started is easy with an auto mode that will have you scanning instantly, the software automatically detects the correct media settings for negative film or transparencies, as well as detecting the individual frames within a  film strip and saving it accordingly. While auto mode is great for its speed and simplicity there are four setting levels for varying quality selection up to professional.

When professional mode is selected scanning time will obviously increase and it does take a while to work through a whole strip of film or four slides. With an optical resolution of 4800 dpi there is more that enough resolution for a home conversion project, while realistically working at lower resolution will give a better compromise between speed and quality when converting a large collection.

Quality of scans on the machine are surprising, sharp images and natural colour reproduction even on auto mode make it simple to convert a home collection to a very reasonable standard. With the bundled software don’t expect the full editing works but there are some very useful features to make changes to the tone, colour and even tweak the  histogram of scanned photos – useful for quick editing as you go.

If you’re considering digitizing a home collection of slides and negatives with the possibility of reproducing any printed media you have, the v370 is a great option. Its handling of 35mm film media is much better than expected for a flatbed and certainly comes in ahead of the cheaper dedicated slide scanners in terms of image quality and resolution. If you can make use of the photo scanning capabilities and can afford the larger footprint on your desk the v370 offers great value and some great scans.

 

Scanner Type: Flatbed color scanner with Transparency Unit built-in

Optical Resolution: 4800 dpi with EPSON MatrixCCD®

Hardware Resolution: 4800 x 9600 dpi with Micro Step Drive™ technology

Maximum Resolution: 12,800 dpi

Color Bit Depth: 48-bit internal / external

Grayscale Bit Depth: 16-bit internal / external

Maximum Scan Area: 8.5″ x 11.7″

Supported Film Size: 35mm negatives and slides

Software:

  • Document Capture Pro (Windows only) and Document Capture (Mac® only) for Scan-to-Cloud functionality
  • Epson Scan (TWAIN compatible) with Epson Easy Photo Fix technology
  • ABBYY® FineReader® Sprint OCR
  • ArcSoft® MediaImpression™
  • ArcSoft Scan-n-Stitch Deluxe (available for Windows only)
  • Scanner Interface: Hi-Speed USBMinimum System Requirements:
    • Windows® 7
    • Windows Vista®
    • Windows XP
    • Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
    • Mac OS® X 10.5.x, 10.6.x, 10.7.x, 10.8.x
    • Dimensions: 11.2″ x 16.9″ x 2.6″ (W x D x H)Weight: 6.2 lb

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