The Bottom Line
- Can handle negatives and slides
- Excellent color restoration and dust removal
- Power, USB cords on front of machine = inconvenience
- Large footprint
- 6400 dpi optical resolution
- Scan, copy, e-mail, or send to PDF with a single 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 V330 Photo Scanner
The scanner was fairly unremarkable, and I don't mean that in a bad way. A special holder allows negatives or slides to be scanned with excellent results; and the Epson Scan interface allows basic adjustments (unsharp mask, grain reduction, color restoration, backlight correction, and dust removal) to be done during the scan, which can save a lot of time if you have a lot of negatives or slides to scan. The scanner is fast if a bit on the noisy side. Colors on negatives and slides in particular were excellent, thanks in large part to Epson's ReadyScan LED technology--it not only reduces warm-up time, but also provides truer colors.
Scans are relatively fast, but of course that depends on the resolution at which you scan (up to 12,800 dpi, which will take a long time and produce a gigantic file). Scans at 300 and 600 dpi looked just fine and the images were only 30-40 KB. You can batch-scan photos simply by placing them more than 2 mm apart, with each scanned to a different file; that can be handy for those looking to scan a lot of images. The scanner can scan direct to PDF or e-mail with a single press of a button.
A high-rise lid allows 3-D objects to be scanned easily. The software bundle includes Easy Photo Fix, ArcSoft Scan-n-Stitch Deluxe (so you can stitch two scans together), ArcSoft MediaImpression, and ABBYY Fine Reader.
The scanner does have a very large footprint, which on the plus side allows large photos or documents to be scanned easily; on the downside, it does take up half of my desk. One tremendous nuisance is that the power and USB cords plug into the front corner of the printer rather than the back. Since most peripherals have their cords plug into the back, you may find (as I did) that it's a huge inconvenience to have the plugs in front, since it means wires can't easily be hidden.