Epson - FastFoto FF-640 High-speed Photo Scanning System - Black

Make digital copies of treasured photographs or important documents with this Epson FastFoto photo scanner. Red-eye removal and color enhancement tools let you quickly touch up scanned images for optimal results. This Epson FastFoto photo scanner has a maximum optical resolution of 600 dpi to ensure accurate electronic reproduction.
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Overview

What's Included


  • ABBYY FineReader OCR
  • EPSON Document Capture
  • EPSON FastFoto with Smart Photo Fix
  • EPSON Scan
  • Epson FastFoto FF-640
  • USB cable

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (352 out of 364)

Energy Ratings


Features


Up to 600 x 600 dpi optical resolution (1200 x 1200 dpi interpolated resolution)

To capture every word and image detail with clarity.

48-bit internal color depth, 24-bit external color depth

Along with a 16-bit internal grayscale depth. 8-bit external grayscale depth for realistic detail.

8.5" x 120" maximum scan size

Enables you to capture entire pages.

Scans a page in about 1 second

For fast performance.

Control Panel Buttons

Allow you to start, stop.

USB 2.0 interface

Offers easy connectivity.

System requirements

Microsoft Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 and Apple MacOS X 10.9.x - 10.11.x.

ENERGY STAR certified

Designed to use less energy and meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy.


Customer rating

4.7
97%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Not only a photo scanner

    Posted
    Fredou

    Few years ago I told my mom that I should scan one day her box of family pictures for preserving them in the event of fire or other natural disaster. We have backup now everywhere for everything, but these old precious photos are the only copy that exists. If something happens, then they are gone forever. For this reason, I always wanted to have a digital backup of them, but I never found the energy and the time to scan them all with a flatbed scanner. Here comes Epson to the rescue with a new super fast and small scanner - the FastFoto FF-640. Not only is it very fast, but also very simple to use. First let me tell you about the setup process. Getting your scanner ready takes only few minutes. You take out of the box, remove all the protective packaging and go to the website written on the quick guide for downloading the scanner software. Since I’m using a Mac computer with this scanner, I downloaded the Mac version. On that page, there are few short videos that I highly suggest you watch. They only take few minutes and you will not only know quickly how to use your new scanner, but also what to do with special photos and documents. During the setup of the software you will be prompted to plug the USB cable and the power cable. Fortunately, the power cable is not a wall wart plug, so you won’t have any difficulties to find a free socket for it. Thanks Epson for that! :) Setup up process is already finished. The software I downloaded installed few applications that I had to update. For scanning photos, the main application is FastFoto. From that application you will be able to personalize few settings, which include uploading all your photos to cloud storage. I did not have great success with Google Drive, but with Dropbox it worked perfectly. I will need to check more deeply why I could not get it working with my Google Drive. That’s the only two cloud storage that it does support for now. By default, the scanner will scan your picture at 300dpi. That’s the dpi they use when mentioning 30 pictures in 30 seconds. I was wishing I could scan at a higher dpi without losing too much speed. Fortunately, you can change that setting for higher 600 dpi and it will still be very fast. At that higher dpi, it will take about 90 seconds for 30 pictures. I’m very impressed! Finally, I took my first pile of pictures, sorted them and gave a quick dust off with one of the two included microfiber cloths. Later, I will be using the second one for cleaning the inside of the scanner. You will notice after many scanned pictures a notification from FastFoto app that it’s time to clean the inside of the scanner. It scanned my first pile of picture as fast as mentioned. Then, I continued with another pile and so on. Out of 1500 scanned pictures, I only had 1 paper jam and it was in fact my fault. Some pictures I had were very thick. For this kind of picture, you have to use the switch on the left of the scanner. When the switch is at the up position, it can scan thicker pictures and the carrier sheet. The provided carrier sheet is useful for those very small pictures, like the passport ones. Epson said to use the carrier sheet for pictures smaller than 3x5, but I scanned many smaller ones perfectly without using it. Only for the very small ones (1 inch x 1 inch) I needed the carrier sheet. Finally, don’t forget to switch back the switch to the down position when you continue to scan a pile of normal pictures. Otherwise, it might grab two pictures at the same time. After you are done with that photo scanning task, you might think you will not be using that scanner so often as we don’t have much new paper pictures these days. Well, let me tell you that this scanner is also an excellent document scanner for everyday use. I personally use it for scanning my documents and my invoices. You know, you always keep them for warranty purpose but when comes the time you need it, it got erased. The ink they use on those invoices doesn’t last long. Well, now as soon as I have a new invoice, I scan it in PDF format with my Epson FastFoto scanner. Also, it is easier for me to find it back when needed. For that purpose, as well as for scanning any document, Epson installed two software – Epson scan and Document capture. Personally, I prefer Epson scan app because I can scan without being in front of the computer using only the scanner physical button. I could not get that with the Document capture app as I had to press the scan button inside the application. Also, it can scan both sides of the sheet in one shot. And if it’s blank, it can ignore it. Definitely, Epson thought about everything here. Super! I have one quick useful tip for you. By default, the scanner is always set to stay on until you manually turn it off. But inside the Configuration Epson Scan app, you can change the value of this function. I changed mine to 60 minutes of inactivity. I don’t have anymore to bother turning it off when not using it. Overall, I’m impressed by this scanner. In one evening I scanned more than 1500 pictures of different sizes and thickness. For scanning photos, you won’t find a better scanner than this one. It does exactly what it promised and it does it overall quite well. Plus, you can continue to use this scanner as a normal one for your day to day scanning. I highly recommend it. This is my review for the Epson FastFoto 640 that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great scanner and highly recommended!

    Posted
    Howie

    Epson's new Fastfoto FF-640 is one amazing machine! For years, our family has stockpiled boxes of printed photographs, newspaper clippings, handbills, and various documents that were very memorable to us. Unfortunately, the boxes are where the majority of these items stayed - tucked away in the dark corner of a closet and unable to be enjoyed due to the trouble involved to unpack, sort, remove from envelopes, flip through, and eventually return the items to their permanent resting place. Over the years we tossed around the idea of using our flatbed scanner to digitize some of the pictures, however this has always been a very cumbersome and slow process that always ended with giving up on the idea and never revisiting it. While looking around on various technology websites, I recently came across an article about a new device that would change the way I viewed printed photographs forever - the Epson Fastfoto FF-640 high-speed photo scanning system. Upon initially reading the specs and description of the device, I admit I was very skeptical. Could this unit live up to its claims? Many times I had felt the pain of using a scanner to digitize a photo, and it never was an enjoyable process. A scanner is a scanner, right? And yet the Epson FastFoto FF-640 claims to scan 60 pages per minute? Surely this can't be. When the opportunity finally presented itself to try the unit out, I couldn't wait to put these claims to the test. Upon receiving the unit, I was amazed at the size of the box. I was initially expecting something similar to a full size flatbed scanner that I would have to find space for amongst all my other computer peripherals. Boy, was I wrong - the Epson Fastfoto FF-640 is SMALL! The entire unit is 11.8"x 8.7" x 8.1". Gone are the days of flashing lights, numerous buttons, cables, and complicated interfaces - the Fastfoto FF-640 is very basic. The simple black unit has three buttons (power, start, and stop) and a separation lever. Setup of the unit consists of snapping on the document feeder, plugging in the power cable, and connecting the USB cable to your computer - that's it! There are no complicated manuals or stacks of DVD's - just an illustrated quick start that shows how to connect the cables, and the URL to download the software file. I plugged in the cables as instructed, downloaded and launched the small software file, and turned on the scanner when prompted. My computer instantly recognized the unit, and I was prompted to set a few variables regarding my scanning preference such as the folder I would like to store the scans, choice of resolution (300/600dpi), if I would like to enable photo correction, and if I wanted to scan the back of the pictures. Back of the pictures?? I had no IDEA this unit would scan the back as well! I selected the storage folder, left the unit at the standard 300dpi, enabled photo correction, and set the one-pass front and rear scanning option. After the default options were set, I was ready to put the unit to the test. According to the documentation, all I had to do was stack the pictures in the feeder and press the blue button. Could it honestly be this simple? For my first test, I grabbed a box of various size family photographs, ranging from 2x2" to 8x10". I sorted the photographs by size, stacked 30 pictures into the feeder, and pressed the blue button. The Fastfoto FF-640 gently grabbed each individual photo and passed them straight through the unit at lightning speed - the entire stack of photos were complete in 30 seconds! I immediately had to check the folder on the computer to see if anything had actually happened since the process was so quick. In the selected folder, there were two copies of each picture due to the fact I had selected the photo correction option. One picture was the original untouched scan, and the second picture had the correction options applied. I really enjoy how Epson provides this function as it makes it really easy to compare and choose which version you would like to keep. Every photo in which I scanned came out unbelievable! Each scan looked identical to the printed photograph and the size of the stored photo files were very small in size. After seeing the first batch of photos process, I immediately became addicted to the speed and quality of the Fastfoto FF-640. I decided to push the limits of the Fastfoto FF-640 and give it a real challenge. When my great great grandmother passed away, I inherited an old box of family photographs and newspaper articles. The box had been tucked away for almost 15 years, and I was unsure of the condition of the contents. Most of the pictures in the box were from the 1800's and early 1900's. The pictures ranged in quality, with many of them yellowed and fading. Many of the pictures had handwritten notes in fading ink and pencil on the back from my relatives, and these notes were hardly legible. I decided to put dual sided one pass scanning option to the test. I loaded the document feeder was the delicate pictures and pressed the blue button. Each picture was gently pulled through the machine, and both the front and back sides of the photo were instantly saved in the folder on my computer. The quality of the handwriting was amazing! Not only did the Fastfoto FF-640 pick up the faint markings, but it also enhanced them so well that I could easily read notes that I couldn't even see on the original photograph. For example, one picture taken in the late 1800's appeared to have no notes on the rear side, but when I scanned it I discovered in the digital copy that my relative had actually written a small paragraph about the event! The photo enhancement options worked very well for the older photos, removing yellowing and rendering the images to be very crisp. I also tried several brittle newspaper articles that were tearing apart and yellowing with age. The Fastfoto FF-640 handled the articles very gently and each scan was completely legible. The photo corrected scanned image of the newspaper articles actually had the yellowing removed and the entire article appeared a brilliant white with no signs of aging. Although the unit comes with a carrier sheet for brittle or damaged photographs and articles, we never had to use the carrier due to the gentle nature of the Fastfoto FF-640. Although the unit is very fast, the roller feed assembly handles the articles in which you are scanning very gently and does not affect the quality of the original in any way. I was immediately hooked on using the Fastfoto FF-640 and started grabbing box after box of photos just to see what it could do. The entire process was so simple, and can literally be done by a child. We actually set the unit on the coffee table while watching football one Saturday afternoon and the children just kept filling the feeder tray with stacks of photographs so that we could digitize them and share with our family and friends. On many occasions we took the unit with us when visiting other family members and we couldn't wait to show them this new piece of technology! We encouraged them to go grab their boxes of photos just so we could show them just how good this unit was. To date, we've digitized thousands of photographs from various family members, and never once had a jam or issue with the unit. Although the unit states that they do not recommend scanning the thicker Polaroid photographs, we had no issue as we simply set the separator lever to the top position before initiating the scanning process. All of our Polaroid’s scanned without issue, as well as baseball cards, postcards, and even business cards. The downloaded software for the Epson Fastfoto FF-640 has a variety of added options that can be very beneficial. Some of these options include the ability to save and organize the pictures by category or folder, rename the files, embed metadata such as dates into the photo file, OCR recognition, and automatic saving of the scanned images to Google Drive or Dropbox. I have completely abandoned my flatbed scanner as I am using the Epson Fastfoto FF-640 for everything - you just cannot beat the simplicity, quality, speed, and functionality of the unit. I would consider the Epson Fastfoto FF-640 a bargain at $649.99 MSRP and highly recommend it to anyone. This is a review for the Epson FastFoto 640 that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great way to digitize those old photo albums!

    Posted
    Syncroz

    I have been wanting to scan my family photo albums into digital form for years, but on a flatbed scanner it would take ages to do one by one and having to tweak each one with an editing program. Its just too much time, and thats why it hasn't got done. The Epson Fastfoto 640 lives up to its name. It scans photos incredibly fast. Just a second to scan each photo. The FF-640 unit itself is compact and fits on your desk easily - its much more compact than a flatbed scanner. You can fit over two dozen photos in the feeder at a time and it will automatically scan them - and even scan the back of them if you'd like! This is a very handy feature when names or locations were written on the back years ago. Epson has been making scanners for decades, so its no surprise their hardware is top notch. However thats only half of the equation. I'd like to speak about their Software now, which is the critical part that makes this scanner a worthy purchase. Scanning software is all too often a secondary thought for hardware manufacturers with few options besides scanning an image and saving it as a jpg. Epson here shows the depth of their experience by including very smart features in their software, which will streamline scanning of old photos into streamlined digital albums. The software is not like photoshop with a million options you don't need or understand. It simply asks you where it should save the images on your computer, what enhancements it should do to your photos such as restoring faded colors (critical for bringing old pictures to life), removing red eye, and auto-enhance, which helps fix photos which have exposure problems, which lots of old photos do. It has two options for scanning resolution, 300 and 600 DPI (dots per inch). What this means is that you can scan 4x6 photos at the higher resolution and then print new, fixed copies at 8x10 or larger. This is a great way to make fresh new enlargements from cherished childhood memories. I've already taken a faded 4x6 from my parents wedding and turned it into a beautiful wedding anniversary present for them. For the savvy folks, the software also has the ability to upload all the scans directly to your Dropbox or Google Photos account. This is the way to share your scans with family all over the world easily. It also scans documents just as fast. You can scan sheets of writing in just a blink of the eye, and it outputs them as searchable PDF files. You can use the included OCR software to turn written word into computer text even. I think the Epson FastFoto FF-640 is the perfect scanner for anyone who is looking to digitize a lot of photos in a little time. This is a review for the Epson FastFoto 640 that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It is that fast - but go for the 600 dpi anyway

    Posted
    martyp
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is a review for the Epson FastFoto 640 that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review Pros: • Crazy fast scans at 300 DPI. • Even the 600 DPI scans are really fast. • Great size for your desk that already has a computer and a printer on it. It’s really small. It’s about the size of a sheet of paper, and weighs about 9 pounds. • Build quality seems solid. It’s not going to withstand the next hundred years, but I imagine it’ll work for many years. • Ability to upload directly to Google Drive or Dropbox. • Ability to automatically import to Photos on OS X. I assume there’s equivalent feature in Windows. • I’m running the newest version of OS X (now called macOS) and there’s no support glitches. • Supports Windows 7-10. • Really long power cord and fairly long USB cable. Cons: • Image enhancement might help older photos, but in many cases made mine look worse. • The 300 DPI doesn’t really do photos justice in my opinion and you really need the 600 DPI. • No negative or slide scanning ability. It’s not claimed to do this, but it would have been neat to have that ability somehow since it can do double sided scanning, especially at $650. • Only outputs as JPEG. • No native Linux support. • For $650, it would have been nice to see some kind of wireless implementation instead of USB or at least USB 3.0. • Seemingly no ABBYY OCR software support for Mac. • Only seems to support direct to Dropbox or Google Drive, though you could point the save destination at any service that acts like a folder (OneDrive, iCloud Drive, etc.) The FastFoto is incredibly fast at scanning photos, if you’re willing to accept what it puts out at 300 dpi. I found the 300 dpi scans to not be quite good enough for what I wanted. At 300 dpi, the 4x6s scanned at around 1742 × 1188 pixels, or about 2 megapixels. The 600 dpi 4x6 came in at 3496 × 2376 (8.3 megapixels), on the other hand. I found that these scans were very close to the original picture as I looked at it in my hand. As a librarian, I like that it allows me to specify some parameters for file naming before importing, and that it works in batches. When it finishes scanning photos, it asks if you want to scan more as part of the batch or it you’re done. Additionally, it waits to do any processing on the photos you’ve asked it to do until after the batch is scanned, which helps to increase the scan time as you can walk away from the process while it does red-eye reduction and the like. As for the color correction tools available, I found that in with color photos it shifted the images towards the reds, and with black and white it shifted them towards the blues. Faces became a little too red in color photos, and things became just a little too cool in black and white prints. Th first batch of prints I tested this with were generally new photos from an iPhone 6S and a Sony DSLR that I had tweaked before having them printed. I don’t have any old photos that need work to make them look good, so I suppose this might work for those. I would recommend paying attention to the shift in color I noticed. Color shifts red, black and white shifts blue. If you think that kind of shift would help your photo, turn it on! One last word on the enhancing functions: you can set the software to make a copy and apply the enhancements to that one so you end up with the basic, unaltered scan and the enhanced scan. That way you can choose which one you think is best. I tested the document scanning on a few documents, and found that it did a nice job of rendering the images. I’m not sure if it’s a Mac thing or lack of ABBYY or I just did something wrong but the OCR it produced seemed unreliable. I appreciate OCR, but I usually find that uploading PDFs to Google Drive or Evernote produces reliable enough OCR for me as that’s where the scans are going to live anyway. I would not recommend this solely for document+OCR scanning. The document scanning is kind of a bonus on this model, I think. Bottom line: disregarding the price, this is a great photo scanner. It’s blazing fast at 300 dpi (it really is about 1 second per photo), it can help resurrect old photos that might need some work, can organize your photos as you scan and upload to the cloud, and it really doesn’t take up much space at all on your desk. The document scanning is a bonus, but really not it’s forte. If you need a lot of document scanning, you might need something else. Since I don’t have a lot of old photos personally, I would not buy this particular model but I would recommend it due to its speed to someone who does have a ton of photos and wants to make sure they live on. I would also recommend scanning at 600 dpi to really preserve your photos. Even at the 600 DPI speed it’s still blazing fast compared to the last time I scanned photos on a flatbed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good device but a hefty price tag, IMHO

    Posted
    sdarisi

    The Epson FastFoto FF-640 is approx 11 inches wide and about 8-9 inches tall and 8 -9 inches deep. The small footprint belies its speed and power. Out of the box experience is very simple. While an installation instruction sheet is provided, there is no need for it. Just remove the packing tape, click in the output tray, plug in the power cord and connect it to a computer USB port where you will store the scanned output. I downloaded the scanner driver from the Epson website and the software installation was a breeze. If the scanner is connected before software installation is started, user is prompted to remove and reconnect the USB cable during the installation process at the appropriate time. Simple installation, simple setup. There are a few options that you can choose/configure during the setup process including the ability to select the directory for where the scanned images are stored, ability to perform color correction, choose from one side or two sided scanning, scan directly to cloud services such as DropBox, Google Drive, etc. I kept it simple - just plain one-sided scanning saved locally on my computer hard drive with no upload or auto color correction or two sided scanning. Based on past experience, I have yet to see good output from auto color correction. I am happy to work on it manually. Once you have it configured, scanning is a breeze. In about two hours, I was able to scan almost 1500 4x6 photos including sorting by size/direction/events. A 600 dpi scannned image took a little over 1.2 megabyte of storage space. Scan time was less than two seconds. You can start by loading approx 30 photographs and then add to it as the quantity depletes. I was able to scan in batches of 150 photographs without a pause through this process! Really easy and fast. Not a single jam. After about 800 - 900 scans, I was reminded to use the provided cloth to clean the rollers for paper dust. I did not run into any problems and scanned another 600 - 700 without needing to wipe/clean of the rollers. No paper jams. Imagine this to be a high speed copier you use at the office. Load the feeder bin and watch the output show up on your computer in seconds. The unit is connected to a 5 - 6 year desktop with 8 meg of RAM. No load/sweat for the desktop. Images showed up immediately. No processing lags. I have a few thousand more pictures and I am sure I will able to knock them off in a couple of hours next weekend. Thanks to the FastFoto FF-640, the scanning part is quick and easy. A few years ago, I borrowed a large number of black and white pictures from my dad and manually scanned them using a Visioneer flat bed scanner. I wish I had this Epson scanner for that work. What took me literally a few weekends then, I could have completed it in less than two hours with the Epson scanner. Scanned output looks good on my 25" monitor. Now for the suggestions/improvement areas: 1. Would have been nice if it can be networked and shared with others (may be it is possible but have not tried it) 2. For the price, I am surprised that the max optical scan resolution is only 600 dpi. My Canon MFC printer costs a third less and supports 600 dpi. I hope Epson improves this 3. Price - Quite a hefty price for something that you will not use for long. What i mean here is that once you have scanned your pictures, you will not need to use it on a regular basis. I have switched away from film DSLR camera to digital DSLR camera about 6 years or so ago. Mobile phones have accelerated this move away from printed copies. Long term, this will likely gather dust unless you have a small business on the side to offer scanning services I have only scratched the surface and used it to scan 4x6 photographs. I have a lot more to discover and scan old legal documents, etc. While the product was provided to me by Epson at no cost as part of a beta test, my review, comments and feedback are an unbiased review of the product. Drop me a note if you have any questions and I will be happy to help. I would have given it an additional half star if it was not for the price

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Incredibly Fast Scanner

    Posted
    mattcorkum

    The Epson FastFoto FF-640 is an incredibly fast scanner with simple but effective software. If you have lots of photos to scan, this is the scanner to buy. No more lifting the cover of a flatbed scanner, lining things up, doing a scan preview and then scanning. Simply place a stack of up to 30 photos in the scanner and hit scan. Setup of the device itself is incredibly simple. Plug in the power and USB cables and you’re done. The software can be downloaded as one package that includes a few apps and the drivers. It is all very straightforward. Thinking about folks who aren’t as computer savvy, I think they could easily navigate the install, setup and scan process without issue. The scanner is incredibly fast. We’re talking 1 second per photo! I can’t get over it. I chose 600ppi (vs. the default of 300ppi) and it still flew through them in no time. The first batch I did was 57 photos and it took 2 minutes, including time waiting for me to load the second stack. You can stack up to 30 photos at once and you can mix 4x6 and 5x7 photos. It also expands to accept 8x10 and even letter-sized documents. By default, the scanner is set to 300ppi and JPEG. The only real change you can make is to 600ppi - you can’t scan to any other format, like TIF or DNG. Changing from 300ppi to 600ppi increases the scan time of each image, but it is already so fast, this minimal increase makes no difference to me and I’d rather have the best quality I can get. It CAN do 1200ppi and it can save as TIF, but not with the FastFoto software. You can use the included Epson Scan software to access those options, but you lose some of the great options of the FastFoto software. Also, the Epson Scan software is not Retina-enabled so on my 5k iMac it looks fuzzy. It still works though! Speaking of the FastFoto software, it is incredibly simple to use. You can define a year, date and subject for the bath of photos. It will automatically create filenames using that information. It will also create a subfolder for each batch if desired. Lastly, it can apply some “fixes” to the images - mostly colour cast / white balance. It can save these as separate files, leaving your originals intact, and appending “_a” to the end of the file names. The downside to this is that if you want to delete the original or the _a version, you have to do this manually in Finder on the Mac - there is no built-in photo viewer with the Mac version of the software. With the Windows version, there is a photo viewer and it makes it easier to select and delete files. As it stands, I tried the auto correction and didn’t like it, so I will just be leaving it off. This is an expensive unit, make no mistake. However, I would NEVER consider doing more than a few photos using a flatbed scanner. You need something like this unit unless you have days and weeks to spend scanning each photo individually. Also, many places charge upwards of $1 per photo to scan a batch and often there is a minimum of a few hundreds. You can easily come out ahead using a unit like this, especially if you went splits with family members or friends. This is a review for the Epson FastFoto 640 that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review. Overall, this is a fantastic product. It is incredibly fast and easy to use. I will be using it to digitize hundreds of photos and I look forward to it. To receive a perfect score, I would like to see the price come down a little bit, and I would like to see 1200ppi and TIF/DNG options with the FastFoto software.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Quick and easy to use scanner

    Posted
    DanielY
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have a few shoeboxes of 3x5 and 4x6 photos that are sitting around. To look at them I would have to open each envelope and go through them. Recently I’ve noticed a few of my photos were starting to discolor and even fade. If I find a gem that I want to share or want to preserve, I would scan them in on my multifunction flatbed scanner\inkjet printer. A couple years back, my brother borrowed my scanner and spent a couple days scanning 580 of our parent’s photos. It was a long and painful process. It was great at the end as we got to see and preserve photos that were 20-50 years old. This is a review for the Epson FastFoto 640 that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review. I choose to do the review since I had some many the old photos and knowing the tedious process of scanning them on a regular scanner, I was interested in giving this a try. The FastFoto scanner looks like a business class document scanner that has an automatic document feeder at the top. Its footprint is about 12 inches wide by 5 inches deep but when you extend the output tray and place larger letter size sheets in the input tray you may need up to 19 inches of space for the depth. The device doesn’t ship with any media to install software on your computer, instead, it directs you to their website to download the software. I like this option because the software that comes with devices often have updates. The only negative of this would be for the people who don’t have an Internet connection. I primarily use a Mac as my main computer. The software that comes with the FastFoto scanner allows me to scan to a folder and Apple Photos software. It also allows you to automatically upload the scanned photos into Dropbox and Google Drive for sharing and/or backup. I also installed the FastFoto software on my Windows 10 desktop. One of the differences is that you can only scan to a folder. Epson includes a photo browser program but it has a minimal set of features and it’s not a photo organization application. One problem I ran across was that I was unable to download the OCR software that is included for the Mac. The FastFoto software directs you to run the Epson Software Updater App to upgrade and download new software but it never gave me the option to download the Abbyy FineReader Sprint software. I tried to look for it on the FastFoto website but I was still unsuccessful. I opened a support ticket with Epson and they responded to me quickly, notifying me that the Abbyy FineReader Sprint is not supported on the latest version of Mac OS Sierra. Abbyy hopes to get this resolved and they will release an updated version. Epson support handled this great. This will be an inconvenience but only temporary. While going through the online user guide, I’ve discovered that the all the rollers are user replaceable. Epson includes a section in the guide on how to replace each set of rollers. This is great as rollers are probably the first thing that wears out on a product like this. The FastFoto software is easy to use and offers some simple enhancements. When you scan in batches of photos, the software can ask you for a date of the photos. The Epson software uses the date to name the photos and it stores the date as the creation date in the metadata of the photos. If you use a photo organization utility, it will can sort the photos in chronological order using the metadata. The quality of the scans is good. As a photographer, I would like to have the option to save the photos as TIFFs instead of JPEGs. Overall I am happy with the product. But due to the price, it’s only worth it if you have a few thousand or more photos to scan in or if you don’t trust sending your precious photos off to a scanning service.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A gem of a scanner for serious photo scanning

    Posted
    JoCo

    This is a review for the Epson FastFoto 640 that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review. tl;dr This is a little gem of a scanner. Although on the market at a high price point, it is well built, easy to set up, and very very fast. Here's the longer review... I found the scanner easy to set up and operate. It feels very well built and does not have the very thin plastic sheet feeder/catcher that you see on many printers/scanners these days. The software provided is easy to use and does a very good job at automatically enhancing photos. There are 2 resolution settings (300 and 600 dpi) but only 1 format that the images can be saved in (.jpg). This is ok for my everyday use, but I could see it may be a problem for more serious photographers who may want to save in a lossless format. I haven't yet tried to use the scanner with other software. It is, as advertised, extremely fast. Though how long it will take you to scan your photo collection depends on how organized you are - I'd recommend at least sorting your photos into decades (into years if you can) as it greatly helps with the scanning process. The scanner is large enough to also scan documents and comes with a protective sheet feeder for more delicate documents. I saved all my scans directly to Dropbox, and the software has options to save to your hard drive and also load a copy to Google Drive or Dropbox as well. A really nice feature is that it will scan both sides of your photo/document at the same time and save them as separate files. This is selling at a high price point, although I can see why after experiencing how fast it is and seeing the quality of build. That said, at this price point I would have expected to see other features such as the ability to scan negatives as well. Pros: Well built Easy to use Very fast Double sided scanning Cons: Limitations in the in-built software (save formats) Does not scan negatives Price

    I would recommend this to a friend





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