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Epson - Perfection V550 Photo Scanner - Black

Restore old photos, film, slides and more with this Epson Perfection V550 V550 - B11B210201 photo scanner that features Easy Photo Fix and DIGITAL ICE technologies to enhance faded colors and remove the appearance of scratches.
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    What's Included


    • Epson Perfection V550 Photo Scanner
    • USB 2.0 cable
    • AC adapter, power cable
    • Film holders
    • Epson Scan with Easy Photo Fix technology, Epson Easy Photo Scan and ABBYY FineReader Sprint OCR software
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (471 out of 491)

    Energy Ratings


    Features


    Up to 6400 dpi optical resolution with Epson MatrixCCD

    With a maximum 6400 x 9600 dpi with Micro Step Drive technology (hardware) and 12,800 dpi (interpolated) to capture every detail with clarity and enable enlargements up to 17" x 22".

    48-bit color and 16-bit grayscale depth

    For vibrant, realistic images.

    8.5" x 11.7" maximum scan size

    Easily scans multiple photos at a time.

    Built-in transparency unit

    Allows you to scan 35mm slides, negatives and medium-format film up to 6cm x 22cm.

    Easy Photo Fix

    Restores faded color photos, slides and negatives to their original brilliance. DIGITAL ICE removes the appearance of dust and scratches from film.

    Auto edge detection

    Crops each image and saves it as an individual file.

    ABBYY FineReader Sprint Plus OCR

    Enables you to convert scanned files into editable text.

    Automatic sharing

    Uploads images to Facebook, Picasa or another photo-sharing Web site, so you can easily show off your photos (Easy Photo Scan software required, included; Mac version may require software download).

    ReadyScan LED technology

    For fast, energy-efficient operation.

    High-speed USB 2.0 interface

    Offers easy installation. Mac and PC compatible.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 491 reviews

    96%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      This scanner really does what it claims!

      Posted
      radio127
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I have a LOT of old slides and negatives, and some photos for which the negatives have been lost, and I wanted to digitize all of this. I looked at what was available and read a ton of product reviews and there seemed to be a choice of either cheapie low quality "toys" with poor resolution, or else professional -oriented products at upwards of $1000. And then I saw the Epson V550 and V600. Priced in the lower-middle of this range, they advertise as good a scanning resolution as all but one very expensive product. I checked these out and found that the V550 is the same machine as the V600 --they differ only in that more photo processing software is included with the 600. SInce I already have a photo post-processing app, this didn't matter and I went with the 550. I got lucky ---it was on sale, AND I had a Best Buy percentage-off coupon for which --amazingly-- this product actually *wasn't* on the (always hideously long) list of exclusions!! But I still had to check out the important thing -- did it really work as claimed? I tested it with some 35MM slides first; it took me a minute to figure out how to insert the slide attachment tray, the instructions for the scanner really could have been written better --but I figured it out, and then tried a few scans. Went thru different resolution settings, etc, and found that at 600DPI or above, it does a pretty good job!! 1200dpi seems best for slides, but the scanning process was VERY slow...so I did most of them at 600, and really couldn't see a difference except when the photo was "blown up" to full screen. Color reproduction was good; there is a "color restorer" function in the V550 software, but since I have another photo app I prefer to use, I did not use it. The included slide scanning attachment holds 4 slides at a time; given the size of the scanner, I felt they could have designed it to do more than 4, but it was really no big deal since each individual slide takes a fixed amount of time to scan which depends only on the dpi resolution setting you use. Next I tried 35MM negatives. The attachment tray for these holds 2 strips (of up to 5 or 6 exposures each). It has a snap-in "frame" that is supposed to hold the negatives flat for scanning, even if they have become curled; in fact it did a pretty fair job with this, if not absolutely perfect. It is just a bit "fiddly" to place the strips of negatives into the tray, but again, it wasn't a big deal. Once again, I ended up using 600dpi resolution for many of them, going up to 1200 for only a few particular pictures that had a lot of detail or ones I especially intend to make big prints of.. Overall, it is a good product and if you find a sale, it is a real bargain for what you get! --and it will also do all the "usual" scanning stuff such as documents, too, since it is a full size unit. On the "con" side, it is rather large and bulky, and the instructions really could have been written better ---but I found there are reviews by serious photo enthusiasts which included useful setup information! It is very slow if used at high resolution --but it will do a good job for those photos you really want to preserve as well as possible. Also, especially with transparencies, you must be careful to keep both the scanner and your slides/negatives clean. I kept a can of that pressurized air spray stuff handy; otherwise every tiny speck of dust will appear as hairs and spots on the scanned photo. As far as I know, this is a problem regardless of which product you buy, so the Epson is probably no worse than any other here. (There is a dust removing feature in the software, but of course any app like this will have *some* effect on your photo content; it is better to just keep really careful with cleaning!) To sum up --this scanner is a good value for the money!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      C'mon Epson

      Posted
      TheOriginalShelly
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      At this price point, the Epson V550 is hard to beat. It's easy to scan any size negative using the software to adjust size, and the quality of both film and scanned images is great. However, like another review discussed, the lack of quality control in this product is unacceptable. I've purchased a total of four of these scanners from Best Buy. I owned the first for about four months, scanned hundreds of slides and negatives, and about a thousand prints. Worked flawlessly with APS and produced a great finished product. My mom needed a scanner so I gave her mine with the intention of just buying another of the same model. And so the drama begins. Each one of the other three scanners had dust under the scanner bed. Yep, all three. Once you open the scanner lid and hit "preview" while in EPSON Scan, the light moves down and back up the scanner bed and one is clearly able to see all the specs of dust under the glass. On all three scanners, most of the debris was up at the top. I'm scanning too many negatives and photos to simply edit out the specs. Oh, and let us not forget, these were all right out of the box. Seriously, Epson, three scanners. Frankly, I'm willing to bet there are many who own this scanner who may have not noticed the issue. There are too many reviews on other websites for Epson not to acknowledge this quality control problem. If you are one of the lucky ones who were able to get your hands on a scanner that didn't suffer these issues, you have a great piece of equipment.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Epson V550 Scanner

      Posted
      photoart10
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I needed a scanner that is reliable,consistent, and easy to operate, which was also a concern. I chose the Epson V550 after doing research on several brands, and, yes, the reviews were very helpful. I bought this scanner, because of high reviews, Good price, and Epson makes good products for photographers. (ie. I own an Epson Artisan 1430 printer) and they make them to last. I opened the box, read the start-up guide and was scanning negatives in 15 minutes. This scanner also does 35mm,120 film, both negatives and slides. It will also produce image to image, and you can make the files small, or large files depending on your final output. I would recommend this scanner to any photographer who shot film and slides for years, then went ditigal, and would like to include his film works into his current portfolio. I am very happy with this Epson V550 scanner.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Product

      Posted
      Schwell
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This product was recommended to me by a fellow photographer. I mainly bought this to scan old family slides that date back to the 50s and 60s. It was easy to set up and install the software. So far, I’ve scanned about 100 slides. It has a plastic form that sits on the glass that holds four slides. The software allows you to pick the size, add light, color and contrast for each one. It’s a very basic program compared to Photoshop, but make sure you play around with it in the beginning because there’s different views of the slides that will help you see what’s happening. If you understand the basics of post-processing photos, it will be easy. If you don’t, you might find it a challenge. Be sure to use the help functions if you have questions. If you scan in high res, it takes time - about 10 minutes for all four to be completed. I post-processed my photos while it was scanning. Overall I’m pleased with the product and for the general public I think it’s fine. I will be bringing the photos into Photoshop to clean things up a little more but that’s just the photographer in me. I’ll be moving on to old black and white photos next.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great for scanning negatives

      Posted
      Delighted
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

      The set up went well up to turning it on. (no manual on the scanner at all) After you set up you are pretty much on your own. So off to You-Tube on how to set up for scanning the different negatives. Read many helpful comments. Then it is just trial and error. It is a shame that there is no manual. Going to the help area did help some that is on line but you-tube was the best. As for the scanning - it is amazing. Had old negatives from 1921 - couldn't ask for them to be any better. Scanning takes time - set up - then had to crop the finished picture. That is no problem for me. I also am pleased with scanning documents for editing - no trouble there as well. The scanning time is still quicker than my old HP scanner and printer. I am very, very please.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great little scanner - a bargain for the price

      Posted
      DrDave
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I just finished nearly 7,000 scans of prints from 35 photo albums: color; B&W; and even daguerreotypes. In anticipation of this project, I shopped inexpensive photo scanners and quickly settled on the Epson V550. The Issaquah BestBuy had it in stock, so I was in business scanning the very next day. I chose to go with the bundled Epson software even though I have licenses for SilverFast and VueScan. The Epson Scan has a familiar and functional interface; installed easily; includes enough processing choices; and it's free! I chose to go with 300 dpi for most prints (higher if print quality justified higher) and saved as jpg files, with only 15% compression. I previously owned an Epson V700, so I expected decent results from the V550 but I was surprised by how well it performed. In A-B testing where older scans were available for comparison, the V550 scans were as good as the V700's in all but a few instances. The V550 is small enough to pack away in a reasonably-sized bin, so I'm keeping the scanner even though the project is done (took 4 weeks). Hopefully, the V550 will not fall victim to downsizing like what happened to my V700 when I retired.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Does a Very Good Job of Digitizing Old Slides

      Posted
      MrBeemer
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I bought this to digitize several hundred old slides that are 30-40 years old. This is the first time I'm doing this, so I have nothing to compare it to. But it suits my purposes just fine. There's a "color restoration" option that works really well. It just seems to take several minutes to digitize 4 slides. But I use that time to clean and prep the next 4 slides. It also does crop a small area along the sides of the slides. So far that hasn't been an issue for me. I did use the DIGITAL ICE technology, but that seemed slower yet, but yielded good results. Although some of my slides are in pretty bad shape, and even ICE couldn't get rid of all dirt. So I'm cleaning those with film cleaner before digitizing. I can't speak to other features of the scanner, as I'm just using it for slides. But I'm very happy with the results and would probably give it 4 1/2 stars. For the price, I'm very satisfied and would recommend it to anyone who wants to preserve old slides.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Scanner

      Posted
      Soupman66
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

      I have a large amount of slides to convert to digital and after reading reviews of several types of scanners, I chose the Epson V550. I'm very happy that I did. It was easy to set up and easy to use. The quality of the pictures I'm getting from the slides is outstanding. I couldn't be more pleased. the scanner is able to handle four slides at a time and after using a preview feature, adjustments can be made regarding brightness, contrast, etc. the speed of scanner seems reasonable. the scanner actually has several other options and features for the more professionally inclined and/or creative individual. I simply cranked out over a thousand slides and never had a single problem. I did try scanning a hard copy color photograph just to see the result and the results were as though I had a professional reproduce my photo. This is a great scanner.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

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    The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about price, usability, design and size. Editors are less positive about reliability. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 89/100 = Very good quality.
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