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Epson - Perfection V550 Photo Scanner - Black

Model: V550 - B11B210201SKU: 1695454

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 565 reviews

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Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    This scanner really does what it claims!

    Posted
    radio127
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    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: 2 out of 5 stars

    Frustrating.

    Posted
    HeatherM
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    I needed to scan over 1000 photos for a family project and I thought this would be a decent product for that... I mean it's over $200, how bad could it be, right?? Well... first off, it plugs into the computer so you'd think it would just CONNECT once you ran the setup. But about every third time I'd hit the button on the scanner, it would say it couldn't connect! It's not like I was trying to use wifi or bluetooth- it was plugged in! This happened on my laptop and my brand new desktop computer, so I'm pretty sure it's a scanner issue. So then I'd have to minimize whatever screen I was looking at and start scanning from the desktop icon. I tried unplugging and re-plugging, rebooting both the scanner and computer, and whatever else I could think of but nothing would remedy the annoying connection message. Next issue: you have this nice, big flatbed scanner that supposedly can distinguish individual pictures and scan them as individual files. I could never EVER get more than 4 small pictures to do that at once and even that was a lucky shot. (Usually I would only be able to do 3 at a time.) I'm talking like old 3×5s and smaller, wedged into the 4 corners of the scanner, and it would still recognize 2 photos as only 1 image. And it was completely inconsistent too. So you'd be happily scanning along and all of a sudden it decides to start combining images...then you have to pull them off and start over. And nothing at all changed- same size photos as the 5 or 6 previous batches, but BAM! It decides to forget how to work. SUPER ANNOYING. The third issue I realized is that the file numbering only goes to 999. This means you have to start another set with a different name. I ended up overwriting a bunch of pictures because I didn't realize this was happening at first. It does have a few good qualities, like being able to customize settings (which has a small learning curve). It also has a color correct option that's actually pretty good. Old photos looked really nice! The problem is that it didn't autocorrect all of them, which I found annoying, but I just didn't have the time to do each one individually or to upload them to Lightroom and tackle them that way. Overall though, when this thing worked, it did work well. It just was so inconsistent that it made me want to poke my eyes out. I didn't experiment with the slide scanner, so I have no feedback to give on that component. Honestly, I probably should have just returned this thing, but I need a photo scanner and the next one up is hundreds of dollars more. There's no real middle of the road when it comes to a dedicated PHOTO scanner. Hopefully I won't have too many more massive projects or this thing might just get tossed out a window...

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    C'mon Epson

    Posted
    TheOriginalShelly
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    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
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    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
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    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 little scanner - a bargain for the price

    Posted
    DrDave
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    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for scanning negatives

    Posted
    Delighted
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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does a Very Good Job of Digitizing Old Slides

    Posted
    MrBeemer
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    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
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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best scanner that I've ever used

    Posted
    Videolad
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    My previous scanners have all been HP. I currently use a Mac computer. My last HP scanner was working well but I upgraded to "Mavericks" and it was no longer compatible. I went to HP for their patch and to my surprise there was none. Epson was recommended to me and when I went to Epson's website, I found that Epson had a patch for their product. My Epson V550 is great! It scans anything including 35mm film negatives, 35mm color slides and 2.25" film negatives. The scanner doesn't require a warm-up period. The results are terrific. Best scanner that I've ever used. Setup was easy but I do recommend that you telephone tech support to help, if needed. My daughter is now the owner of my past HP and had it not been for my upgrade to Mavericks I never would have tried this V550. It's a win-win for us.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A replacement for my EPSON V500

    Posted
    bbreviewer
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    My previous EPSON Perfection V500 just up and died suddenly after only a few years of light use, so I wanted a replacement photo scanner with similar features and pricing. The EPSON V550 seemed to be the go-to scanner in the marketplace for home/small office use based on reviews. Plus, Best Buy offered a sale discount of $20 and a price match discount of $14. The V550 differs from the V500 in the way you load film and photos onto the scanning glass, using a plastic frame that snaps into the lid rather than a frame that rests on the glass directly. Also, the feature to scan documents into word-searchable images seems to be part of the separate but included ABBYY software (v9.0), rather than an checkbox option within the EPSON SCAN software that used ABBYY (v6.0) during scanning. Otherwise, the software and user interface operate just like the V500. After removing the previous EPSON V500 software I installed the V550 without issue on a Windows 7 PC. I checked the EPSON support website and noticed a number of software version updates available for download, possibly to support Windows 10.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great scanner for slides and prints

    Posted
    jlynne
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    I bought this scanner to digitize about 1000 photographic slides that my father and grandfather took from the 1930's through the 1960's. It scans 4 at a time in a special frame (included with the scanner). The software that comes with the scanner has various capabilities to correct for faded colors, backlighting, under- and over-exposure, and scratches/dust on the slides. You can also set the parameters for the pixels of the digital scan to get very high quality, or lower quality if that's all you need. It's exactly what I was looking for. I'm about halfway through the 1000 slides and everything is going well with good results. I've also scanned a few dozen photos and am very happy with the results of those too. I wish the frame for the slides held more than 4 slides and that the scanner worked more quickly, but I have no issues with the resulting digital scans.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Overall good scanner

    Posted
    Doug
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    Overall, this is a good scanner. It works best in Full Auto Mode. When I tried other modes, it ran very slow or failed to work at all. So far I've scanned over a thousand photos of various size, age and quality. The scanner is fairly quick, makes nice digital copies and usually performs with no major issues. I have also tried it with slides and this works well (scans 4 at a time). When scanning photos, it works best when you scan a max of 2 photos at once. More than that and it seems to slow down the process considerably. Overall I'm satisfed, but sometimes it does have glitches: failure to separate photos, fails to scan all the photos, scans the photo as if it is bigger than the actual size (includes white at bottom of photo, but you can get around this by putting a plain white piece of paper behind the photo so it will figure out the end of the photo). I would still buy this again as it is the best scanner for the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The reason you buy a separate scanner!

    Posted
    Zerotoleranceforbadtech
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    This is a kick-butt scanner, well worth the price, able to handle a big load of pictures and negatives in a reasonable period of time. Pictures -- easy. Negatives -- the only 'negative' is the tray -- which is totally excellent for orientation and position of negatives within AND position in the scanner AND orientation reminder -- but it is just a little clunky getting them secured with the plastic retention piece. If you are scanning massive numbers, buy another tray so you can flip them in and out without wasting time exchanging negatives serially. Software -- excellent to have fully functional software for mac without compromises! Color correction on old pictures : AMAZING!!! Preserve and restore your family history! I love my V550. CHEERS to EPSON for a fine product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    GREAT IMPROVEMENT

    Posted
    Talachan
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    I bought an Epson Photo Scanner a few years ago, and was pleased with it. but as computers improved, I decided to upgrade the scanner to this one, hoping for faster scanning speeds. I was not disappointed. And it even has a few nice improvements to the software. One big improvement involves issues where the scanner is unable to differentiate between negatives (I have several from Antarctica and McMurdo; lots of white). So when viewing thumbs, they are fragmented. Two negatives (medium format) becomes 3 or 4. But if I select 'full', I see the strip as it was scanned. I can then use the mouse to select the borders of each slide, then hit scan. I now end up with the full negative/image. Also, in this mode, you can still use the image enhancers. So, needless to say, I am very happy with the speed of the scanner, as well as the software.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Good Quality

    Posted
    teena
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    I'm compiling our family photos and so far I've scanned both prints and negatives using this scanner. The scans are nearly the same quality as the original photos. The scanner is a little slow (especially with negatives), but to speed up the process I scan multiple pictures at once according to theme/event. I plane to use the snipping tool if I ever need to print or use them individually. I've scanned both35mm negatives and from some old 110 cameras. The 110 negatives take some maneuvering. The one problem I'm having, is figuring out the correct way to seat the negatives for the proper orientation. The "shiny side" isn't always apparent to me, but I guess that's more of a user issue. I haven't used any of the advanced features yet, but there are some older photos that need correction, so I imagine that I will soon.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent scanner!

    Posted
    robroy0071
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    I bought the Epson V600 but returned it due to red lines appearing in my scans. Best Buy did not carry the V600 any longer so I purchased the V550 which is an updated version. I have to say the quality is the same but the ICE function is applied only to scans of negatives on the V550. The V600 does ICE on photos and negatives. I read the reviews on the V550 and this is a solid scanner. May features allow different level of scans. It made scans of my wife’s pictures when she was a toddler and now we have digital copies of hers and mines. For less than $150 bucks you can’t go wrong. Sending your photos out to get them scanned by someone can be risky. They can get lost in the mail or the person scanning can damage them or lose them. Better to do it yourself. Read the reviews from other web sites and you’ll see what I mean. Get one while they are still available you won’t be disappointed. BEST...!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good scanner

    Posted
    Gadget56
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    After reading reviews on different sites some good some bad, I decide to go ahead and buy it. So far so good am a beginner when it comes to photo editing so I was and am not planing on doing complicating stuff with it. I just wanted a scanner that could digitalize my old childhood photos and this one has done it very well. The digital ice technology to fix photos has worked very well too. Don't expect big professional results for that you'll have to use other programs once you had imported your old photos to PC/Mac like Lightroom or at least photoshop/elements. I did some experiments with Photoshop and it was great ( then again am a beginner) if you are looking for a fast, no hassle digital scanner this is it. Oh forgot, the negative scanning is very good too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good machine poor Quality control

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    shopper
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    I really liked this scanner. It was very easy to install, and to operate. It was amazingly fast, and could scan multiple photos at once and label them individually without typing a letter. When you are scanning a lot of pictures this feature is great. The problem was that under the glass was little particles that were stuck to it and that showed up in the scanned image. So you would have a very high quality picture scanned with dots all over it. This had to be from assembly in a non dust free environment, so the scanner went back to the store, and I am upset about that because it was the easiest scanner I had ever used.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great scanner for converting slides

    Posted
    bluemerit
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    Bought this to replace an older Epson model. So far I have been quite impressed with its ability to scan old slides. No "warm-up" time is great! I haven't had problems with slow scanning as some have, but I might be scanning at a lower resolution. Does an okay job at color correction tho some of our older stuff needs to be worked on in our photo-editing program (which doesn't come with the scanner package). Only "not so great" is the loading of the scanner. If the tray for the slides is just a tad "off", it's a problem. But I chalk that up to user error rather than scanner error. All-in-all a great scanner for the price. Got it on sale, so it definitely was a great buy!

    I would recommend this to a friend