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Epson B11B193081 Perfection V300 Photo Scanner
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- 4800 x 9600 dpi optical resolution
- Scan 35mm film ó built-in Transparency Unit
- Beautiful enlargements up to 13 x 19 from film
- Advanced Digital Dust Correction
- One-touch photo restoration
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|Connection Type||USB||USB||USB||USB Cable||USB||USB|
|Item Dimensions||16.9 x 11 x 2.2 in||19 x 11 x 4.6 in||14.4 x 9.9 x 1.5 in||4.2 x 19.5 x 15.9 in||10.2 x 24.8 x 17.8 in||11.1 x 24.8 x 17.4 in|
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Scanner, Epson ,Perfection V300.System & Software Requirements: Windows System, BM compatible PC with Pentium II 450MHz or higher processor, Windows Vista, XP (x64, Home, Pro), 2000 Professional, 512MB RAM, 215MB of available hard drive space minimum, CD-ROM drive (4x or faster), Available USB connection (Hi-Speed USB 2.0 recommend), Macintosh System, PowerPC G3 400MHz or Intel-based CPU, Macintosh OS X (10.3.9 or later), 128MB RAM (256MB recommended), 200MB hard disk space minimum, CD-ROM drive (4x or faster) and Available USB connection.
From the Manufacturer
Scan film, photos and 3D objects with amazing clarity and detail - the value-priced Epson Perfection V300 Photo makes it easier than ever with 4800 dpi optical resolution and a host of family-friendly features. Use the built-in Transparency Unit to scan up to 6 negative frames or 4 slides at one time. With the scanner’s remarkable resolution, you can easily create extraordinary enlargements. And, if you want to bring those faded family photos back to life, you can use the V300 Photo to easily restore the color. This versatile performer even includes a high-rise lid for scanning books and other 3D objects. And, it offers easy setup and one-touch scanning. So, whether you choose to archive important documents or copy the soccer team photo, you can be up and running in no time. Best of all, with an innovative, LED light source, the V300 Photo provides fast scans with no warmup time.
The Epson Perfection V300 Photo uses the innovative ReadyScan™ LED technology
Restore the color in old, faded photos using Epson Easy Photo Fix®
ReadyScan™ LED technology
This energy-efficient light source uses less power, while ensuring greater productivity. And, there's no warmup time required. Best of all, with no mercury included, this LED technology is better for the environment.
Photo restoration with Easy Photo Fix®
Dig out that shoebox full of old, faded photos and restore the color with one touch. Just lay your faded photo on the scanner bed and, with a simple mouse click, you can bring those faded photos back to life. You'll be amazed at how quick and easy it is. Along with color restoration, Easy Photo Fix also includes Digital Dust Correction and Backlight Correction.
What the press is saying:
|"Epson also outfitted its newest addition with ReadyScan LED technology, which is more energy efficient and requires no warm-up time when compared to traditional mercury-filled cathode fluorescent lamps used in scanners" Staff, Electronista (8.22.2009), take with permission from electronista.com|
|"...the Perfection V300 Photo, with its 4800 dpi optical scanning resolution and transparency scan support, is a good choice for those looking to take their snapshots, negatives, and slides into the digital age." James Galbraith, Macworld (10.21.2008)|
Scan 35mm slides and negatives with ease using the built-in Transparency Unit for beautiful enlargements up to 13x19
Create beautiful enlargements from 35mm slides and negatives
Use the built-in Transparency Unit to scan four mounted 35mm slides or six frames of 35mm film. With the Perfection V300 Photo’s 4800 dpi optical resolution, you can create enlargements from your 35mm film from 4x6 to 13x19.
One-touch and Full Automatic scanning
The Epson Perfection V300 Photo features four one-touch scanning buttons - Scan, E-Mail, Copy and PDF - while the Epson Scan driver features four scan modes to accommodate users from beginners to experts. Full Automatic Mode provides automatic scanning of photos, documents and film. Home Mode provides more control over scans with easy-to-follow settings menus. Professional Mode offers image correction tools for advanced users including histogram, tonal curves and a densitometer. New to the Perfection V300 Photo is Office Mode, which gives users functionality found in Epson’s document scanners including threshold control, text enhancement and color dropout.
High-rise 180-degree lid
Perfect for scanning scrapbooks, photo albums or 3D objects, this unique feature allows you to lift the scanner lid 180 degrees to accommodate oversized originals.
- Achieve exceptional clarity and detail with 4800 x 9600 dpi optical resolution
- Scan 35mm slides and negatives with ease using the built-in Transparency Unit (for beautiful enlargements up to 13x19)
- Restore the color to old, faded photos with one touch
- Do more with one-touch document scanning — send e-mails or create PDFs
- Quickly copy documents and photos for archiving purposes
- Enjoy remarkable versatility, plus fully automatic scanning
- Scan books, photo albums and 3D objects with high-rise, 180-degree lid
- Enjoy more efficient operation with exclusive ReadyScan™ LED technology — no warmup time and fast scanning speeds
- Rest easy with LED technology — no mercury included and lower power consumption
- Enhance your images with photo editing and creative software included
- Scan text with amazing clarity — Office Mode delivers sharp scans, even if text is on colored paper or a double-sided document
What’s in the Box
Epson Perfection V300 Photo scanner; Transparency Unit (built into lid); Film holder for 35mm film strips and mounted slides; CD-ROM software; Start Here poster; Hi-Speed USB 2.0 cable; AC adapter
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I can only give five stars when I have a comparison with my use of another scanner--but I strongly suspect such a comparison would not change my opinion of this one. I am delighted, and it exceeds all my expectations. Therefore, four stars and probably five.
I had two purposes for a scanner: My primary function is to preserve long out of print and often rare history and theological texts, making them available to other scholars and researchers-- thus, it had to be a flatbed. The second was to preserve and share old photos.
Twenty four hours ago I purchased this unit, led to this choice by reviews, and finally deciding based upon the LED scanning technology, the portability, the price and the bundled software. It cost me twenty dollars more (one hundred total) for the V300 which I believe is the same as the V30 except the V300 has the inclusion of the 35mm film and slide holding frame which I think could be of use to me.
I don't know why they use the terms they do for the modes of use. They ought to be: Photo mode, Text mode, Auto mode and Professional mode. Instead, Photo is called "Home", Text is called, "Office", Auto and Professional are what you would think. The menus are otherwise intuitive, but you can (as I did) read the manual if you want.
I started with photos. 300 dpi resolution is sufficient for all of my needs, but I tried 1200 to see what it would do. Using 1200 is 400% of original, and using that setting, and zooming in using common photo software, the detail was far beyond my expectations--almost like a crime movie zooming in on the subject's glasses to see the reflection of the photographer. Almost. This is well beyond my needs, as I am preserving photos as they are-- not photoshopping for improvements. Yet...
I could not resist trying the automatic restoration. I began with the default setting of 300 dpi, which I will use across the board from now on--simply because it is more than adequate for my uses. I have a black and white family photo from the 1890's, and I had to view the original under bright light to make out any detail, so faded was it. Seconds later, the preview image in "Home" mode" (see above) and leaving the default for "color photo," showed a perfectly balanced contrast, popping out detail my eye could not detect in the original. Excellent.
I then took a 1941 color portrait, and left the settings in "Home Mode" 300 dpi, and "color restoration" checked. The original's color was skewed, almost no red remaining. A push of the button and the image burst out in what I believe must have been the original colors. Excellent.
The last photo test was of a snapshot of me in which the flash had made my skin appear pasty white, while I was actually quite tan. I used the Professional Mode and played with the controls removing a bit of red, removing green on the intuitive graph display for that purpose, and playing with the other controls for few seconds resulting in a very good final product.
Scanning whole books into pdf files is my main use. But I tested more than that.
OLD NEWSPAPWER CLIPPING
My first test was actually a ninety year old newspaper clipping. Using "Office" mode, I did nothing but preview and then scan. The software did its thing and perhaps a minute later I had opened the pdf document using acrobat (the free version) and the image was an exact replica. I used the text select tool in Acrobat to select the entire article and then pasted it into MS Word. The supplied OCR software (ABBYY FineReader Sprint Plus) had done a fair job for a free bundled product and a terrible ink speckled original (like all newspaper print in hose days). The pdf file was perfectly readable as it was. The ability to search ad find specific words and phrases would be easily seen in the version of what I copied from the pdf file and then pasted into Word. The result was good enough to make sense to my eye and brain to read it, but the ink speckle from the original showed up as various characters, and quite a few "are enn" showed as "emm" as well many other common OCR scanning errors. It was along way from being usable for citing directly--perhaps ten minutes of clean-up for that one full column of news print.
My second test was also old newspaper but well preserved in a scrap book. There were four items on the page I tested, and in "Office" mode, I simply selected the four parts of the page that included the actual clippings in the preview pane (the selection is easy, fast and called a "marquee." I would call it a "cropping selection tool." Then I clicked all, and all four boxes surrounding the four clippings were selected. Next, I selected pdf as the output file type from the file-folder icon on the main window, and then selected scan. Again, the software did its thing. I received a four page pdf file, a page for each selected item. The results of the image and the OCR test were the same as before.
Finally, I scanned a single page from a very old textbook with a rather awkward to read font. Using the same settings as before, the pdf file was perfect, and the OCR work was far better. A proofread and a few mistakes on that one page. Still, that is more editing than I will want to do, but that is a software upgrade--not related to the hardware. The software allows you to scan each and all page into a single pdf document if you prefer, and which I will make use of.
I am pleased with the product, and very glad the low-end OCR software worked better than I feared--as I will have no problem upgrading that software to a professional level for a hundred dollars or so--within my budget. For now, from the text, even requiring more editing than I will want to do, it was, none-the-less, very readable. Our eyes and minds will see thnouglre the eniors and quickly correct as we read! The actual density of errors was reasonable for a starter version which is what is included. Og course the OCR software has nothing to do with the perfect image of the pdf file--it only impacts searching that pdf file for specific words and phrases. I will add that the ability to search a text using Acrobat that I already have is the same as the scanned images on many of the research sites I use. I want the search ability for indexing and hyperlinking within the final pdf file. I am told that Adobe's product will supply that ability and the high OCR accuracy that I need.
There are more features, other software included, but for my purposes... my expectations were far exceeded by what was delivered--a delight to have such easy and quick success. My two unknowns are 1) results of my upgrade to more powerful OCR software, and 2) the longevity of the scanner unit.
I do wish the software would allow me to name the current scan more easily. The default is to use serial ordinals, so that my scanning project folder is merely img001.jpg, img002.jpg, and so on. This leads me to...
Speed is an afterthought to me. I have only used this product on my laptop (I needed a portable scanner, and this and my laptop will easily fit together in my backpacking trips to the library). It is a four year old lap top as of this writing (summer 2009) which is just a bit slow by this year's standards. I found myself, feeding the scanner with a new original, pressing scan, and then going to the Window Explorer window to change the default name of the last scan to something descriptive, and finishing just as it was time to feed the scanner again. In other words, if the process of scanning and saving was any faster then the machine would be waiting on me; I rarely waited on it (except when using OCR--that takes a few more seconds per page.
Out of the box, excellent and rewarding results far exceeding expectations.
The inclusion of a starter OCR product was very helpful, although ultimately insufficient for my needs--just as both vendors (Epson and ABBYY) knew they would be--the low-end software just to give the buyer a taste.
Intuitive hardware and software controls
Resolution capability beyond anything I could ever find use for
Speed easily meeting my needs.
Size and weight make trips to archives with it and the laptop in my backpack possible and easy.
Primary (Epson) software functions well and quickly--providing almost everything I would expect
The menu "mode" names are odd and inappropriate.
Some of the terms on the menus are also unusual compared to what I am used to in photo-editing software.
Not "plug and play," you must install the software from the supplied CD.
No hard copy user manual (but I was the only one who ever read them anyway)
No ability to custom name each scan file on the fly (no "save file as" pop-up window).
Buy it, you'll love it. If it lasts a long time, I may even name it.
I have two big boxes of photos and 1 reel of slides to scan so I was excited when I received this item. Mainly out of curiosity I scanned the slides first. These slides are over 40 years old and in terrible shape. I didn't expect much. Boy was I surprised at the quality of the images this scanner produced. Yes the major scratches and blemishes were on the image but I expected that. I was expecting the images to be washed out looking. I just didnt think you would be able to digitize these things at home with a 80 dollar scanner. Well you can and they were actually very sharp. I used image editing software to clean them up the best I could. This process was, however, incredibly slow. If you have many slides to go through its going to take you a while.
Next I tried scanning photographs. I was very disappointed at first. The scanned images actually looked WORSE than the originals! They were full of scratches and blemishes although the photo itself looked fine or had very minor scratches (I had to hold it up to the light and look close to see them). I cleaned scanner with a soft cloth and turned on the dust and scratch removal and the image enhancing function. This seemed to have fixed the problem for the most part.
After I got going I began to compare these images to pictures taken with digital camera. If I edited the color of the photos a little I could get them kinda close to the quality of my digital camera. I then compared them to photos scanned with my old scanner. The difference was amazing. The v300 images were warmer, sharper and just more vivid. This was on the 400 dpi setting. Next I compared it to some images that came on a CD with some photos I had developed. The scanned v300 images were far and away better.
One of the biggest reasons I bought a photo scanner instead of using my existing all in one scanner is for speed. I was a little disappointed here. I was hoping it would be faster. My expectations were likely a little unrealistic for an 80 dollar scanner. Using 4x6 photos, I could fit no more than 3 images on the scanner at once. With the touch of a button on the scanner, it will scan, crop, name and drop in a folder automatically all the photos on the scanner. That is sorta cool since my old scanner could only scan one at a time. I was worried that it might not recognize and crop individual photos when scanning multiple photos at once. At first it didnt, but once I figured out where to put each photo on the tray it went fine. The scanning process was still slow because the more photos you put on the tray, the longer it takes to scan. Also it takes a few moments to get the photos on there straight.
The default setting for scanning is 300 dpi. Increasing this is helpful if you need to enlarge photos, otherwise you wont see a noticeable difference (at least I didnt). Also the higher the dpi, the longer your scan will take. Overall, I guess I'm glad I bought this. It isn't top of the line but it will do for your family photos. For 80 bucks its about as good as you're going to get.
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No way it was the slowest!!! I only got about 25 negatives/slides done in about 2 hrs. OMG.Read more