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EPSON Perfection 4990 B11B175012 4800 x 4800dpi 48bit Hi-Speed USB 2.0, IEEE 1394 (FireWire) Interface Flatbed Scanner

  • CCD Image Sensor
  • 4800 x 4800dpi 48bit
  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0, IEEE 1394 (FireWire) Interface
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An advanced flatbed scanner for demanding photo-and-film tasks, Epson's Perfection 4990 Photo features a built-in transparency unit with a moving light source that scans up to twenty-four 35mm negatives simultaneously, or transparencies as large as 8x10 inches. As part of its style-conscious design, the 4990 provides an illuminated scan progress indicator so you'll never have to guess when your scans are completed.

Epson used its Color MatrixCCD (Charge-Coupled Device) sensor to deliver scans with resolutions up to a 4,800dpi resolution and 48-bit color depth, giving you precise color and detail, whether scanning slides, negatives, or photos.With Epson's Digital ICE Technologies you can easily remove dust and scratches from film, and many types of surface defects from prints, minimizing costly retouching. And, with the convenient film holders included, you can even batch scan multiple slides and negatives to increase productivity.

The unit features both FireWire and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connections. A full software suite is included featuring LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast SE 6, Adobe Photoshope Elements, ABBYY FineReader Sprint Plus OCR, Epson Copy Utility, and Epson Scan with Epson Easy Photo Fix Technology.

  • newegg Digital ICE Technologies Digital ICE Technologies automatically remove dust and scratches from film and other surface defects from prints, minimizing costly retouching.
  • newegg Easy Photo Fix Technology Innovative Epson Easy Photo Fix technology enables automatic color restoration and dust removal at the touch of a button.
  • newegg Dual Interfaces The IEEE 1394 (FireWire) and USB 2.0 interfaces deliver both broad compatibility and high performance.

Learn more about the Epson America B11B175012


Perfection 4990


Scanner Type
Image Sensor
Light Source
White cold cathode flourescent lamp
Resolutions, Optical
4800 x 4800dpi
Resolutions, Hardware
4800 x 9600 dpi with Micro Step Drive technology
Resolutions, Interpolated
12,800 x 12,800 dpi with software interpolation
Color Depth
Max. Document Size
8.5" x 11.7"
Hi-Speed USB 2.0, IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Me, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Home Edition/XP Professional
Macintosh OS X 10.2.7 - 10.3.x. FireWire (IEEE 1394) - Macintosh OS X 10.2.x - 10.3.x.

Physical Spec

12.0" x 18.7" x 5.3"
14.8 lbs.


Package Contents
EPSON Perfection4990 Scanner
USB Cable
User Manual
Support Disk
Film Holders


Windows Vista
Certified for Windows Vista

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 30 days
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 30 days

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/8/2007 8:01:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsEpson's poor quality control!

Pros: Pencil point size piece of "trash" on the inside of glass.

Cons: None

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  • Gady A.
  • 8/8/2007 3:39:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks well with slides and negatives

Pros: Allows for batch scanning of multiple slides and
negatives. Produces good quality results which are comparable to
dedicated film scanners. Quiet operation. Includes a hardware-based ICE
feature which is very useful for slides. Has open source drivers for

Cons: elatively big. Long scanning time (comparable to that of dedicated
film scanners). Typical scanning times from the user's manual: 4x6 photo
@300dpi 9s without ICE (2 minutes with ICE); 35mm slide @2400dpi 51s
without ICE (8 minutes with ICE); 35mm negative @2400dpi 1 minute
without ICE (9 minutes with ICE).

Other Thoughts: Comes with Photoshop Elements and Silverfast. Photoshop
elements works well. The Silverfast software has a look and feel of a
software from the 80's - but is not really necessary (Photoshop Elements
can do just as well or better).

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  • Jim D.
  • 1/29/2007 7:07:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Scanner - Poor Shipping

Pros: Scans are faster than my 4490, color is accurate, and unit is well built. I needed a second scanner and this was a very good purchase. I have been able to use it to make corrections to the original photos. Both 4490 and 4990 do excellent scans of negatives.

Cons: None on the Scanner I would rate it a borderline 5 - Marked a 4 on the rating due to shipping.

Other Thoughts: For the first time in over 5 years of purchasing from Newegg I was disappointed in the shipping. The scanner was shipped in the original box without so much as tape on the flaps to keep the box tabs from coming open.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/22/2007 10:04:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsA couple problems, but soon remedied.

Pros: Great scan quality, ability to place multiple photos on scanner bed at one time and have them scanned as separate files.

Cons: About 30% of the time the scanner doesn't like the way I've arranged photos on the bed and I need to re-place them to get as separate images.

Other Thoughts: Scanner has some scratches on glass and I have returned it for a replacement. Also, NewEgg ships this scanner without packing in an additional box. My scanner arrived with the top open - Not even any tape on the box. This is the first problem I've had with an order received from NewEgg, but apparently others have had items shipped to them lke this as well.

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  • Brian K.
  • 11/5/2005 10:57:02 PM
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4 out of 5 eggs

Comments: Using the included Silverfast softwear, this scanner is capable of some great scans! scanning to photoshop @ 48bit via USB2.0 is many times faster than my old USB1.1 scanner! i am very happy with this product. Being familiar with Digital ICE from my Nikon film scanners, I looked for a flatbed scanner with it. Digital ICE is a FANTASTIC technology that makes this scanner more valuable than what I paid here at newegg!

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/19/2005 12:15:09 PM
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4 out of 5 eggsGreat Scanner - Poor shipping technique

Comments: Ordered this fairly expensive scanner with 2nd day UPS shipping. Newegg processed the order quickly and I received the scanner on time.

I was disappointed for the first time by Newegg's decision to ship the scanner with no protection other than the standard epson product packaging box. In fact, the box wasn't even taped shut. It had come open during shipping since it was just a slip tight type of box. The box had been noticeably banged up during transportation and had a 1 inch puncture hole in one spot.

Luckily the scanner was not damaged and works very well.

If you don't want your scanner shipped this way I would suggest requesting special packaging instructions when placing your order (I don't know if this is even possible).

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