This scanner does much better than the scanner I used before. Unfortunately, scanners as a group are very low tech copy machines. Processing software can be good but the physical process is antiquated. Slides especially suffer. Slides are film mounted between cardboard which is thicker than the film itself. This means every slide is out of focus compared to prints. Why there couldn't be a slide focus feature seems puzzling. Just a knob to adjust focus would be nice. That might mean something more than just a surface glass for imaging the print, maybe a slot over the imaging mechanism on some sort of slide tray instead of the glass top. We are taking images of planets millions of miles away, but we can't scan a slide in focus yet. I think Epson could do it if they wanted to bad enough.
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.
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.
Purchased this because I have a lot of images to scan and the recommendations were pretty stellar for this product and based on the price of the scanner. Please note I am reasonably"tech smart" and can solve most issues on my own. My system that is connected to the scanner is a Dell laptop running Windows 10/64 bit. Unpacked the scanner and went through the setup process with the CD provided. Unfortunately, the scanner would not "see" the laptop (or vice-versa) no matter what I tried. Went online to do some research and decided to uninstall/reinstall the software to see if I made a mistake following the set-up prompts. After everything was uninstalled went to the www.epson.com/support site to do a bit of research first. Then, while looking at the install CD I noticed it was for UP TO Windows 8...OMG...MAJOR DUH!!! Now I am searching on the Epson site for the W10 drivers because I am now well aware of my mistake. I decide to call Epson to see if I should do the W10 driver only or the W10 driver + CD software and if there was a sequence. I got a guy named Mike who was AWESOME!!! We installed the W10 driver only but were still getting the same error message. Tried different USB cords, etc. and the only way to get the scanner to work was through the MS Paint application. Then Mike suggests going into the HW configuration and under imaging there was the scanner and the laptop video camera. Disabled the camera and VOILA...everything works fine now. I am still experimenting with the scanner before I start on the massive photo scanning project but I will caution you. If you scan at the highest resolution is will take several minutes (4,000 dpi) to scan the image. I am looking forward to using this scanner on the project...I believe it will do very well.
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