Epson Perfection V550
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Epson Perfection V550 Review
Epson is reputable for making great photo and film scanners which are affordable. Epson Perfection V550 is not an exception, but is quite similar to the V500 which it replaces, though with two important differences. It incorporates a utility which conveniently uploads scans to Facebook, email and a number of other cloud-based services.
Photoshop Elements is absent however, which leaves the V550 without bundled photo-editing program. Even then, it still brings to table admirable scan quality, ability of scanning multiple 35mm slides or even film negatives, together with Digital Ice hardware-based film-scanning solution. The V550 from Epson measures 4.6 x 11.2 x 19.1 inches, weighing just 9.6 pounds. It has 8.5 x 11.7 maximum in scan-area along with having 6,400 dpi in maximum optical resolution. It is able to scan a total of four 35mm slides and two six-negative rows or medium-format film having removable transparency unit. It also can scan multiple photo prints at a go, since its auto edge detection technology detects automatically the size each image has, crops it to size then saves it as individual file.
Just as the V500, Epson V550 does include Digital ICE, which is hardware-based approach that digitally removes scratches and dust. This is important for film-scanning use. The V550 as well includes dust-removal that is software-based for prints, although Digital ICE is preferable. It is easy setting up your V550 as you only require installing the software, plugging in power cord as well as USB cable supplied and turning on the scanner. Software comprises of two scan utilities, namely Epson Easy Photo Fix Scan and Epson Easy Photo Print. This comes along with the Abbyy FineReader 9.0 Sprint OCR program. The device features both WIA and Twain drivers which offer support for scanning from virtually any Windows program having scan command. Epson Perfection V500 that is presented with Adobe Photoshop Elements, unlike Epson V500, lacks separate photo-editing program.
You may use any of four scan buttons available for scanning to searchable PDF file having adjustable settings, email (creating email message with scan attached as JPEG), copying (sending scan to printer) and launching Epson scan utility for scanning and saving file to disk in your ideal format. Epson Scan utility features four modes, namely Home, Office, Auto and Professional, with Professional mode being the one which permits film scanning apart from supporting Digital ICE.
Opening Easy Photo Scan utility and press Scan makes it call up regular Epson Scan utility. You can configure then launch scan in any mode from this utility. Once done, you can as well do basic editing from within the Easy Photo Scan application, then upload scan directly to Picasa, Facebook, Evernote, a certain WebDay folder, SugarSync and scan to email, or save in folder on hard drive.
The LED-based light of Epson V550 Perfection scanner eliminates time for warm-up, whether having just finished scanning or are starting cold. The other gain is that contrary to cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL) which majority of scanner utilize, LEDs do not contain any mercury.
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- The Epson Perfection V550 is manufactured by Epson and was added in December 2014 in the Scanner section
- This product has a rating of 4.0 out of 5
- The best price of the Epson Perfection V550 in Australia is $287.95 at CPL Online
- In Australia this product is available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
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