The Bottom Line
- Can handle negatives and slides
- Great color restoration and dust removal
- Software bundle includes Adobe Photoshop Elements
- Light on instruction material
- Large footprint
- 6400 dpi optical resolution
- Scan, copy, e-mail, or send to PDF with one button
- Includes 35mm film holder for four slides or two negative strips; also includes medium-format film holder for larger film
- Digital ICE technology for removing dust and scratches
- USB 2.0 cable included
- Optional automatic document feeder
Guide Review - Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner
Negatives and photos scanned nicely and the scanner software has some basic tweaks such as color restoration and Digital ICE technology that removes dust and scratches well enough for most prints. Epson has included Adobe Photoshop Elements as well, which promises to keep you busy if you have a lot of time and old photos to restore. Also bundled into the software package is ABBY Fine Reader, which does optical character recognition. The scanner can scan direct to PDF or e-mail with a single press of a button.
The scanner works quickly for most resolutions though it has to make multiple passes if you use Digital ICE. If you’re planning on really high resolutions, be prepared to wait a few minutes, but unless you’re a professional photographer there’s little need for scanning beyond 2400 dpi.
More paper instructions would be better than searching the online directions, which didn’t answer all my questions. The scanner is more than 18” long and almost 11” wide (t has almost the same footprint as my all-in-one) but can only scan images up to 8.5x11 and there’s no built-in stitching tool, so you’ll have to use Photoshop Elements if you need to stitch two scans together. The scanner has an optional automatic document feeder that would make it more useful as an office tool