“Scanning quality: This is top-notch, especially given the price. I’ve seen results from much more expensive scanners including an high-end scanner from HP.” Happy Customer (11.25.2008)
The Epson Perfection V300 Photo Scanner scans photos, slides and negatives with amazing detail thanks to the 4800 dpi optical resolution and a bunch of other great features. With the built-in Transparency Unit this negative scanner can scan up to 6 negative frames or 4 slides at one time. With the scanner’s high optical resolution, you can easily create fantastic enlargements from your old family photos. For fast scanning you can choose the one-touch scanning feature, or for more professional efforts choose Professional Mode and take control of your scanning with histogram and tone adjustments. Whether you choose to scan your old photo albums or 35mm slides you can be up and running straight away. The ReadyScan LED technology also enables fast scans with zero warm up time.
Epson V300 Features & Specifications
- Achieve exceptional clarity and detail with 4800 x 9600 dpi optical resolution
- Scan 35mm slides and negatives with ease using the built-in Transparency Unit (for beautiful enlargements up to 13×19)
- Do more with one-touch document scanning — send e-mails or create PDFs
- Quickly copy documents and photos for archiving purposes
- Enjoy remarkable versatility, plus fully automatic scanning
- Scan books, photo albums and 3D objects with high-rise, 180-degree lid
- Enjoy more efficient operation with exclusive ReadyScan™ LED technology — no warmup time and fast scanning speeds
- Rest easy with earth-friendly LED technology — no mercury included and lower power consumption
- Enhance your images with photo editing and creative software included
- Scan text with amazing clarity — Office Mode delivers sharp scans, even if text is on colored paper or a double-sided document
- Model: B11B193081
- Hardware Platform: PC, Mac
- Scanner Type: Flatbed scanner
- Scanner Interface: USB
- Color Support: Color
- Media Size Maximum: 8.5 in x 11.7 in
- Color Depth: 48-bit color
- Maximum horizontal resolution: 4800
- Maximum Vertical Resolution: 9600
- Media Type: Transparencies, Plain paper, Film
- Media Load Type: Manual load
Other Epson Perfection V300 Reviews
Most people find that the Epson V300 flatbed scanner works like a charm out of the box producing amazing results whether you have a PC or Mac. The average user also notes in their reviews that the optical resolution far exceeds their needs, as some is more than happy with scanning in 300 dpi. But we photo restorers aren’t average users are we? In photo restoration you want the photos to have the highest resolution possible, to aid in our restoration work. At 2400 dpi one user estimated the total scanning time for slides at 24 slides an hour, when scanning 4 slides at a time where 5 minutes are spent loading/previewing/adjusting the slides and 5 minutes for the actual scanning. Another user estimated the time at 40 slides per hour however, so that might be a matter of experience. A common complaint is while the warm up time is zero the actual scanning can take time, but if you have something to do while you wait that might not be that big of a deal. There’s users that have scanned thousands of slides, negatives and prints with the Epson V300, and most are happy with the results. The reviews of the Epson V300 is not all positive though, and the ones that are negative either has something to do with the slide and negative scanning feature or the software not working properly. There are some users who find the scan quality of especially slides and negatives to be bad. To put it into perspective, your slide and negative scans will definitely NOT be of the same excellent quality as the ones you would get from a professional scanning service or an expensive negative scanner. For the average user who mostly scans printed photos you’ll get excellent value for your money, but if you have lots of scans that you want to preserve digitally I’d suggest you invest in a more expensive(=better) model like the Epson Perfection V600.
Of the 382 customer reviews I’ve gone through 330 customers has given a +4 rating and only 17 users gave the Epson V300 a 1 star rating, mostly due to scanners being defective/dead on arrival or problems with getting the software to work on their computer. Still, at ~$80 USD this scanner provides great value for it’s price and if you have mostly print photos this would be a great choice as a scanner for photo restoration.
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