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
Erson Scanner V500
I am really happy with my V500 scanner. Admittedly I am an old guy and have a good deal of problem with electronics especially with trying to scan something from the 4 way printers. I had heard that Epson was the best so I called Epson direct and had a fantastic very knowledgeable salesman who just helped me immensely. Just walked me thru it step by step and I have to say that there are not to many steps so that helps me. Price was very good and I had it the next day. Admittedly my kids set it up for me but I have been a happy camper ever since.
July 8, 2014
I have hundreds of old family photos and slides which this scanner has helped restore into digital format. I have very pleased with the results thus far.
July 8, 2014
Its truly amazing what this scanner can. I would recc omend this product in a heart beat
June 29, 2014
Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner
I find the Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner easy to use with so much choices of scanning to use. I have scanned some slides with the scanner and though it is time consuming it was successful. I like working with this scanner.
June 24, 2014
Copy,scan and 35mm slide scans were all done perfectly.
May 26, 2014
Preserving cherished photos finally
I couldn't believe how easy it was to install and start scanning my kids baby photos from the early 90's. So excited to get this made into to photo books and and on individual drives for them to all have a set. Instead of having heavy, clunky albums that are falling apart, they all fit on a small portable drive. Awesome scanner!! Worth every penny!
May 14, 2014
This is a great low-volume scanner. Feeding sheets one-by-one is not practical for an office for example. Interface allows for lots of options. Scan quality is excellent. OCR software comes with scanner.
May 10, 2014
Perfection V500 PHOTO Scanner
I have owned this scanner for SEVERAL years it has been extremely reliable and very instrumental in my office day to day operations. Special note to keep this unit at it's peak performance keeping the drivers and software updates are extremely important. The cost for this unit has gone down compared to when I intially purchased it, but overall it still is a very usedful scanner. My gratitude to Epson for it's conception making it very well made and still to this day I find more uses for it. I've seen the spec's on Epson's V700 series, of which my son (whom also is into photography) has informed me that he purchased a V700 found it incredible.
But my V500 will remain a vital part of my overall office system. Besides when something works extremely to my satisfaction I stick with it.
Eventually things get worn normal ware and tear thing but if my V500 needs replacing I'll get another V500.
April 24, 2014