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This review is from: EPSON Perfection Series V550 (B11B210201 ) 6400 dpi with Epson MatrixCCD 48bit USB 2.0 Interface Flatbed Scanner
Pros: Fast start up and scanning. Works well with slides, negatives and film. Allows scanning of multiple photos at one time creating a separate file for each. Optical resolution up to 6400 dpi. Automatic color restoration and dust elimination work OK for most scans. Software works well once you figure out how to use it.
Cons: Took 6 days for my 3 day shipping. I don't think it was actually in stock yet. Price dropped after I purchased it. Front panel buttons don't work but that is probably because I installed just the basic scanning software and drivers from the Epson website and didn't load all the other software that came on the CD.
Other Thoughts: I haven't had this scanner long but I have scanned over 500 photos since I received it. The automatic picture detection is hit or miss and sometimes detects multiple photos correctly and other times it needs to be done manually, but is easy to do in the scanning software. I tested negatives, slides and one film negative that I had and it worked great with all the formats.
I didn't install what is on the CD, I downloaded the latest driver and scanning interface software from Epson and used only that to install it. It installed easily and I haven't had any issues with the software or hardware on my system. I am running Windows 7 64 bit.
I experimented with different scan settings and found that 600dpi works well for most old photos. I did scan some smaller ones at 1200 to bring out some detail. Many of the photos I scanned were very old and ranged from extremely damaged to mildly faded. It worked well fixing some of the faded photos, either grey scale or color. If you have a lot of old photos to scan I would recommend this scanner, for the price I don't think you can beat it. Being able to scan multiple photos at once helps speed up the process. I've done up to 9 at one time with no issues.
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