Epson Perfection V500

Rating: 4.5/5 ★★★★½ 

slide scanner
Price £200

The Epson Perfection V500 possesses an impressive features list for its tiny price tag, boasting 6400dpi optical resolution as well as digital ice dust and scratch removal hardware, often the preserve of more expensive dedicated scanners.

While some would advise to avoid flatbeds for scanning slides, especially the cheaper units, the V500 is more than capable of processing slides to a standard comparable to mid-range dedicated scanners. The Epson sits in a halfway position offering decent mid-range quality for an entry level price, it’s only when recording at the greatest resolution settings for large viewing that images can benefit from some post scan sharpening, any keen amateur photographer wanting to convert a home archive should be more than satisfied with the results.

The product is a great all-rounder, focusing on traditional photo scans as well as film, lending it nicely to the task of digitalizing a varied media archive. Included are all the film mounts you would expect up to medium format as well as a four slide holder for 35mm slides.

The bundled Epson software can be a tricky to navigate manual adjustment mode and takes a little getting used to; one touch buttons on the front on the machine make auto mode an easy option. The included Photoshop elements software is a nice bonus and also allows you to scan directly from the software which speeds things up when importing scans for touch up work.

Overall a very solid, well-built scanner capable of producing detailed and rich scans beyond its price tag.



Technical  Specs

Scanner type: Flatbed Scanner

Scanning Resolution: 6,400 dpi x 9,600 dpi (Horizontal x Vertical)

Optical Density: 3.4 Dmax

Scanning Range: 216 mm x 297 mm (Horizontal x Vertical)

Color Depth:  Input: 48 Bits Color, Output: 48 Bits Color

Light Source: ReadyScan LED technology

Output Resolution: 9600 dpi

Paper Formats: 216 x 297 mm (DIN A4, US Letter), 35 mm slide with 12 pictures

Image Improvement: Digital ICE technology, Grain reduction, Dust removal, Color correction, Print Image Matching II, Automatic optimized exposition control, Blur mask with noise reduction, De-screening with pattern optimization, Correction of tonal value with histogram, Color palette tool for Easy Color Fix

Interfaces:  USB 2.0 Type B

Supply Voltage:  AC 220 V – 240 V,50 Hz – 60 Hz

Product dimensions: 272‎ x 475 x 113 (Width x Depth x Height)

Product weight: 4 kg

Included Software: ABBYY FineReader® Sprint Plus 5.0 (MacOS), ABBYY FineReader® Sprint Plus 6.0 (Windows), Adobe® Photoshop Elements 4 (MacOS), Adobe® Photoshop Elements 5 (Windows), Epson Copy Utility, Epson Creativity Suite, Epson Event Manager, Epson File Manager, Epson Scan

Compatible Operating Systems: Mac OS 10.2+, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows Vista x64, Windows XP, Windows XP x64

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