Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner
really nice slide scanner
Wow, the price is unbelievable for something that scans slides so well. Can only do 4 at a time but that's ok. I have the best luck scanning at 1200 dpi. Anything less and the results are pixel-y
May 28, 2012
Purchased the V500 scanner from Staples. No issues with any included items, all nicely packaged and very easy to install/use. The start-up guide is helpful and straight-forward, but is no substitute for a comprehensive User Guide. The available User Guide (part of the software start-up) is quite detailed and daunting to follow on the computer screen while also trying to scan things. My wife and I found it best to briefly review things and then just start experimenting slow and simple, and not try to address all the bells and whistles right away.
Our objectives are the archiving of many years of snapshots (both pictures and slides), and this little unit seems to have many capabilities (it won't save a really bad shot, but it will make many shots look a little bit better). At this early stage, there are only two issues that result in four stars in lieu of five.
First, there is an apparent inability to download a User Guide (we like to keep such items for each of our electronic components). Maybe it is just the complex way in which the online guide is organized?
Second, we thus far have been unable to understand or overcome the apparent default to 96 dpi for scanning slides in the Home mode. This creates a fast scan, but the quality/clarity is lacking. This can be addressed by using either the Full Auto mode (no apparent preview in this mode though), or the Professional mode. Each of these two modes allows for user selection of the dpi for slides, with a better result. Am fairly sure we have followed the instructions. We'll probably be using the Professional mode most of the time (to allow previews), but not worry with many of the more specialized features.
All in all, the looks to be a great unit to meet our needs. It is solid and appears it will be reliable (more than we can say for a couple of cheaper alternatives, each with questionable software and reliability, like completely failing in the first day or two). The V500 is a nice scanner at its price point, and we are happy with our purchase!
December 20, 2011
I have used this excellent scanner for scanning and digitizing extensive collection of my photo prints as well as old 35 mm photo slides and color negatives, and everytime I got very good results. The machine is very reliable, I have used it for a number of years and it never gave any trouble - I have yet to change the light module in this machine. I would specially recommend it to photo enthusiasts.
March 5, 2014
I'm very new at this but found it fairly easy to use. results we great.
February 20, 2014
Just a short review - everything was in box but with very minimal packing. It was more what I would expect from on in store pickup not the type of packing I expected from fedex on my doorstep in the rainy state of Oregon. Second point the "Free Photo Shop Elements" is about 3 versions behind. They sent version 9 when the present version I think is up to version 12 !
Not a major point but not what most of us would expect when opening the box. LOL
February 20, 2014
A Work Horse
This is my second Epson Perfection Photo Scanner. I've scanned many, many thousand photos without a single problem from the scanner. My only complaint with my first Epson scanner was that the software wouldn't work when I upgraded to a new version of Windows. Had to buy the newest Epson Perfection scanner with a software version that would work with my new Windows.
February 19, 2014
V500 Photo scanner
Easy to use and does an outstanding job. I have been scanning slides I have had in storage for a long time. The results have been very satisfying. I am now able to post my photos on the Internet. The quality shows in the final product. I would recomend this scanner to a friend.
February 17, 2014
I love the product. It is tremendously easy to set up. The quality of the scan is great. A very good value.
February 6, 2014
Really a good scanner for the price. Does excellent job with photos and negatives. Interface for the event manager makes you have to remember which entry goes with which button on the scanner. Especially when you use the scan to email button.
other than that, a very good scanner.
February 5, 2014
Great Picture Scanner
Bought this to scan in a bunch of old photos from my parents. Worked like a champ. I especially liked that you could put multiple smaller pictures on at once and it picked up each one separately. This feature makes the task go a lot faster. The program was easy to use even for someone as unskilled as me.
January 26, 2014