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Epson Perfection 4870 Photo Scanner
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Epson Perfection 4870 Photo Scanner

by Epson
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • 4,800 x 9,600 dpi optical resolution, 12,800 x 12,800 dpi interpolated
  • 48-bit color depth, 16-bit grayscale; 3.8 Dmax
  • Transparency adapter built into lid with 4 film holders
  • Digital ICE and Epson Easy Photo Fix for color restoration and dust removal
  • USB 2.0 and Firewire connectivity; PC and Mac compatible
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There is a newer model of this item:
Epson Perfection V550 Color Photo, Image, Film, Negative & Document Scanner with 6400 dpi (B11B210201) Epson Perfection V550 Color Photo, Image, Film, Negative & Document Scanner with 6400 dpi (B11B210201) 4.2 out of 5 stars (352)
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Technical Details
Brand NameEpson
Part NumberB11B163011
Operating SystemPC and Mac
Hardware PlatformPC, Mac
Batteries IncludedNo
batteries requiredNo
Connector Typeusb2.0
Form FactorDesktop
Technical Specification
Additional Information

Item Weight19.5 pounds
Shipping Weight19.5 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Item model numberB11B163011
Date First AvailableDecember 13, 2004
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Product Description

Product Description

Perfection 4870 Photo Scanner
Perfection 4870 Photo Scanner, 4800x9600dpi resolution, 48-bit color depth and exceptional dynamic range (up to 3.8 Dmax), DIGITAL ICE technology for film and photo prints. Versatile, built-in transparency unit (6" x 9") with moving light. Innovative Epson Easy Photo Fix technology. Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and FireWire (IEEE 1394) connectivity.

From the Manufacturer

From the Manufacturer What if the quality and power of a high-end, dedicated film scanner were available without the high-end price? What if that product could not only scan multiple slides and negatives, but old photographs as well—giving new life to faded or damaged originals? A remarkable breakthrough in high quality digital imaging, the Epson Perfection 4870 Photo offers the perfect solution—at a truly remarkable price.

With clarity and reproduction comparable to that of expensive dedicated film scanners, this premium product provides the flexibility to automatically scan and restore photos, transparencies, and more. Its built-in 6-by-9-inch transparency unit accommodates film as large as 4 by 5 inches or up to twenty-four 35mm negative images simultaneously. And, its superior 4,800 x 9,600 dpi resolution and stunning 3.8 Dmax deliver intricate detail for phenomenal reprints and enlargements.

Easy Photo Fix Technology

With Digital Ice Technology, which removes dust, scratches, and even tears at the click of a button, and innovative Epson Easy Photo Fix, the Epson Perfection 4870 Photo produces brilliant restorations. A complete digital scanning system, this high-value performer offers incredible versatility. And, it includes convenient high-speed connectivity for easy setup and installation.

When teamed with an Epson Stylus printer, the Epson Perfection 4870 Photo offers the perfect input/output solution. Its phenomenal performance, paired with its extraordinary price point, makes it easy for anyone to create professional quality scans from virtually any original.

What's in the Box
Epson Perfection 4870 PHOTO Scanner; 6-by-9-inch transparency adapter (built into scanner lid); 4 film holders: 35mm slides, 35mm film strips, medium format, and 4-by-5-inch film; CD-ROM with Epson Scan Scanning Software; ABBYY FineReader Sprint OCR software, and Electronic Reference Guide; CD-ROM with Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0; CD-ROM with LaserSoft SilverFast SE 6; USB 2.0/1.1 cable; scanner setup poster; Scanner Quick Guide

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Customer Reviews

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103 of 105 people found the following review helpful
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I bought the Epson 4870 scanner to scan my old pictures and negatives. I read many reviews on different scanners. I chose Epson 4870 mainly for the high resolution. I also, liked the firewire option and the speed seemed to be reasonable.

I managed to scan hundreds of films and pictures in the last few months with no problem. The product works excellent, but that itself could be the problem. It is just too good for my needs. The very high resolution would produce files about 100 MB; way too big to adjust the lighting or the color on it. My Intel P4 machine with 256 MB RAM had hard time managing those files. The resolution was much higher than anything my $1000 digital camera could ever produce. Unless you are a professional photographer or you need to make large posters of your pictures, you will never need such a high resolution capability. I ended up using the lower resolution settings and still have very good quality scans. Save your money and buy the Epson 3170.

Here are some technical notes:

The setup on my XP machine was very easy and took only few minutes. I used both firewire and USB with no problem. I noticed absolutely no "stability & reliability problems" as other reviewer has reported. I wonder if that reviewer's machine did not have the muscle to handle the large files. You need at least 128MB of memory. Also, if you use Windows, make sure you have set enough space for your virtual memory (on XP: Control Panel -> Performance and Maintenance -> System ->Advanced -> performance ->Virtual Memory).

The black & white setting of the software does not work, but you can use the color setting for scanning the black and white pictures with no problem (you will get a good quality B&W scan).
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4870 & Digital Ice March 16, 2004
The "Digital Ice" technology ONLY works with color film--even on a dedicated film scanner, so this is normal. As an inexpensive flatbed scanner that can also handle film scans, Epson has done an incredible job. (Inexpensive compared to high-end scanners) All this in a sub-$500.00 package, with a D-Max of 3.8 is really outstanding and worth the investment if you are an artist or photographer on a shoe-string budget. Worth the price, if you're also willing to tinker with the software settings before making your scans, and you're using Adobe Photoshop to finish the job when the scan is complete...
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply amazing February 15, 2004
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This is my 4th color flatbed scanner, the others were UMAX, HP and Canon and I must say this is the best so far. Out of the box, setup was a snap, very easy to use, excellent color rendition and solidly built. Photography is my hobby and I scanned a 6X7 negative with scratches and applied the Digital ICE technology and I was amazed at the results, It saved me about 20 minutes of touch-up work. The quality comes very close to a dedicated film scanner.
If all you need is a document scanner then this unit is overkill but if you are doing photography or just want the best scanner you won't be disappointed. I am not sure about the editing software that comes with it since I already had Adobe Photoshop 7.0 but the Digital ICE technology is amazing. This unit has USB 2.0 and IEEE/1394 Firewire interface. This is the first unit I have owned with a Firewire interface and it is so much faster than my old units. Epson has made my hobby fun again!
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything That Epson Said it Would Be August 8, 2004
I researched this scanner very carefully as my options (I live in Taiwan) were limited and the only other option was to order a dedicated film scanner from the U.S..

Epson said "Will rival dedicated film scanners." In my opinion, it not only rivals them, but outperforms some of 'em.

I read some reviews that listed an 8 minute scan time for a 35mm slide with ICE enabled, that is about right if you save as .jpg. I save as .tif, so the scan times are closer to 12 minutes. However, I save double that just by not having to do dust and scratch removal manually. I have it connected to a USB 1.1 port (Pentium 2.4GHz, 512MB RAM) and am planning on putting a USB 2.0 card or Firewire card in and upping the RAM to 1GB. However, I don't really expect huge performance increases (I do a LOT of scanning, so if I can shave a minute off of each scan, that will add up to a lot more productivity over a month).

I have noticed that this scanner does a little better with negatives than with slides, go figure. Both work well with some post processing in Photoshop (all scans need that, the only possible exception is if you are using Silverfast Ai, which I am not and which is, in my opinion, well worth the investment of US$100 to upgrade from the included Silverfast SE).

Overall, I found Epson Scan to be barely adequate. The professional mode needs more tweakability. I do final color balancing in Photoshop, and usually resample the images down from 4800dpi to a maximum x or y of 5000 pixels for archival images. The grain removal feature seems not to work at 4800dpi on any machine, Epson's response seems to be "tough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... scanner used 10 years ago and it still working like a champ
I bought this scanner used 10 years ago and it still working like a champ. The detail is almost too good. the best electronic product I've ever owned. Read more
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