After several months of research, I bought the Perfection V600 in February to digitize my family photo albums, which were literally crumbling from age. This scanner allowed me to scan, restore color, and make other corrections in a single step. The results are excellent, and I will be giving commercially printed copies to each of my children for Christmas this year. Couldn't have done it with the scanner I had before this one.
I bought the scanner for scanning hundreds o'f photos from Grandmother and Mother's photo albums and unorganized photos. It has proven easy to use and provided enjoyment to many family members.
So far I have used this scanner for slides and photos. Some of the slides were 50+ years old and were faded. Some also had dust that would not come off using a gentle microcloth and air brush. The scanner did an excellent job removing dust and restoring color. There were a few that I still had to bring into Photoshop, but overall the scanner did an excellent job. I do have an issue with Epson, though. I had an excellent Epson photo scanner that was almost as good as this scanner and had lots of used left in it. Epson quit updating its software after Windows XP so it became a huge paperweight. Yes, there is alternate software out there that will operate the scanner, and according to reviews does a good job. However, the cost of the software was over half the price of the V600 scanner. I opted for the new scanner which has some improved technology. In effect, Epson forces the user to buy a new scanner or buy after-market software that you hope will continue to do a good job with your equipment.
I purchased this scanner about 6 weeks ago. I have, so far scanned about 5000 photos, some dating to 1911. Some are the size of a postage stamp, difficult to view from the film. These come our larger with detail not seen on the photo. Discolored old photos with red or yellow tint scan without the discoloration. I have not done half of the photos I have, but will continue. It is time consuming to do it right, using computer software to enhance the older photos, but the space savings is tremendous! When my time on earth finally comes to an end, my family will NOT have to make a decision about throwing out all the family history stored on film, they can have everything on a portable hard drive the size of a stack of 20 photos!
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