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Epson - Perfection V600 Photo Scanner - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 179 reviews

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Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars with 7 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Scanner Works Great, Software is Antiquated

    Posted
    mrlaw
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    I purchased this scanner for multiple reasons. I enjoy photographing on both 35mm and medium format film, and wanted to be able to save money when processing by scanning my own negatives. This scanner does a great job at scanning both, and offers a good amount of dynamic range from the negatives (DMax of 3.4). Other more expense scanners offer a DMax of 4.0 (And maybe higher), but at a significant price increase. The next and main reason I bought this scanner was to scan my immediate family's library of 35mm film, as well as my extended family's one-of-a-kind photo prints dating back to the early 1900s and, even some earlier, I believe. The scanner does a great job and produces great scans. Probably as good as the average person will need, and even does will under professional scanning (how I am using it). While it's not the very best you can get, it's certainly well geared towards enthusiast/semi-pro level scanning and archiving. If you need the absolute best for archival, you need to look into a commercial scanner, or the V850. This will definitely get the job done for the vast majority of people, including those looking to shoot on film still today. The Epson software is horribly out of date, though, so don't expect that aspect to blow your mind. It works though, and that is what is important. I believe the software is from the early 2000's, and looks like it. It does run and work fine on my 2014 5K iMac, running macOS 10.13.4 (latest at the time of this review), so you should be good to go on any modern platform of macOS or Windows.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent scanner and easy to use.

    Posted
    EdwndKnnor1
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    My main purpose for this scanner was to archive family photos that have been stored in various boxes since the 30's. It's a wonder that they have survived this long and need to be digitally archived before they are gone forever. What's great about this scanner is that I can load up as many photos as I can fit on the scanner glass and it automatically differentiates between each one, numbers them, allows you to auto rotate before scanning and auto-numbers the filename outputs. Then it systematically scans through each photo as if they were put on the glass at different times. This is a HUGE time saver. The speed of the scanner is faster than other/older scanners I have owned - but as with all scanners - the speed of the scan is proportional to the resolution of the scan. The higher the resolution - the slower the scan. The scanner has several extra scan modes other than just automatic and numerous settings in each mode which I am still experimenting with. It also has four customizable buttons on the front to instantly scan, copy, scan-to-email and create PDFs. And, with the included Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software, I have been able to easily convert scanned documents into editable text. I have not used the negative and slide holders yet - but have read from other reviews at other web sites that these are easy to use as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice results ... when it works

    Posted
    RobW
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    The Epson Perfection V600 is a nice scanner for old images, it has trays and settings for multiple size negatives and works well on converting old text docs to Word with OCR, all of which is great,,,, but the device loses connectivity midstream frequently. And this is a hardwired cable connection, not blutooth (which isn't available on this product). We even brought the first 1 we bought back to Best Buy and purchased another of the same model because we love the features, and thought maybe we had a lemon .... but the 2nd one does the same thing! The only way to resolve it (after going through the manufacturers' troubleshooting tips, which were not helpful) is to shut the scanner off, wait, and restart the scan. It's annoying. And sometimes takes multiple restarts. But the trade off of good quality photo and negative scans and pretty accurate hard copy doc to digital conversions convinced me to keep it. The next level up cost quite a bit more,,, and this wasn't a cheap unit, so I'm sticking with it. I still get a squinty face when the connectivity repeatedly gets lost, but I remind myself why I kept it: the nice output when it does work. I don't know if I'd recommend this product without a disclaimer about this issue.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent speed, OK color and poor slide recognition

    Posted
    sweetad
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    Scanned images are not the quality of displaying the color slide on a screen with a slide projector. The color is more washed out even using the color correction feature. One of the main problems is the auto recognition has problems recognizing some 35mm slides. The slide image get cropped off and the recognition software picks up the black of the slide holder and includes that with the image. Would be a nice feature to have the option of selecting just a 35mm slide, so the the recognition software would be able to only scan the size of the slide. Noticed the problem is mostly with slides that do not have a lot of contrast across the image. Tried to customize with Home or Professional options, but unable to find something that worked. Overall for the price, the scanner does an OK job. Have only scanned slide negatives and the recognition software had problems with square image slides too (maybe 120 size?) No comment on scanning pictures or other media, since none were scanned. Purchased the scanner as it was one a friend owns and he said it did a decent job. I ordered a scanner online, but UPS trashed it during shipping, so returned it to the store and ordered another one and had it shipped to the store for pick up. That arrived with only some minor damage on the box.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Scanning photo prints

    Posted
    Adam
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    Using this to scan photo prints, and it works well for capturing TIFF files to be edited in Photoshop or other software later. I did test the image adjustment features in Epson Scan software like Dust Removal and DIGITAL ICE, and they introduced unacceptable artifacts to the image - like eyes and mouths of people's faces got cartoon-ified at the edges and shadows. Not immediately noticeable at first glance, but obvious if you zoom at actual size. Anyway, maybe they are helpful for scanning film and slides, but I have not tested that. For photo prints, I would say, keep those features off. And if that's the case, perhaps Epson V550 would suffice. I'm not sure if the V550 is any slower or worse in quality, the website is not explicit, but they appear to have the same hardware specs - except no DIGITAL ICE for photo prints, which as explained above, is fine by me. So ultimately, I am satisfied with the V600, but the V550 is probably the better value if you won't be using DIGITAL ICE on prints anyway.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good for negatives, poor macOS software & manual.

    Posted
    Babylon
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    I purchased this to scan about 100 negatives for medium format film. The cost of the scanner was less than the cost of paying to have the scanning done. The holder for medium format negatives worked well, and the scans came out very well. HOWEVER, the holder for 35mm slides is not good--the slides lay on the surface of the scanner and one cannot remove them without getting finger smudges on the scanning area. The really bad part is the software on macOS 10.14. It is not yet updated to 64-bit, and unless that is done this will be useless come Fall 2019 when macOS 10.15 is released. The settings for scanning are not saved from one negative to another. I have to manually re-set them for every single negative. The manual is very uninformative about how to preserve settings. I guess this has paid for itself, since I finished scanning the 100 negatives. But unless the software is improved I cannot recommend the scanner to a general user.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Epson

      Hi Babylon, we apologize that you are having issues with your scanner. Your Epson V600 includes free technical support for the life of your product. Our Epson Support Team would be happy to help and can be reached at (562) 276-4382; Hours: Monday – Friday, 6am – 8pm PT; Saturday, 7am – 4pm PT. Sincerely, Leo – The Epson Team. Epson

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing

    Posted
    Disappointed600

    About a year ago, I bought an Epson Perfection V600 Photo Color Scanner to replace my old scanner. My old scanner was an Epson and had given me years of great service, so I had no reservations about purchasing another Epson. But, the new one hasn't worked since I set it up. The image has a "blurry rainbow" that runs down the left side. I contacted Epson Customer Support multiple times and keep getting a run-around. If they can't read it off the Tech Support script, then they don't seem to know how to respond. I've scoured the Internet for a solution with no luck. And...yes...since this isn't the only focus in my life, it's been forgotten and run out of warranty and return time. SO, the moral of this story is...Epson isn't the reliable company it used to be. And if it doesn't work, then take it back IMMEDIATELY and don't deal with Epson Customer Support.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for slides and negatives

    Posted
    BooBoo
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    I had a bunch of old medium format negatives that i wanted to get scanned and found this scanner while I was researching. The scanner has been fantastic. Scanned all the med format film and moved onto 35mm film and am now working on slides. There are two different holders and will handle up to 3 med formal negs (individual pictures), 2 strips of 35 mm or 4 slides. Or you can scan regular pictures/paper/whatever. One of my favorite features is the "scanning zones" you outline the pictures and each scans into its own file. The scanner is kind of large, it's lightweight but would be awkward to carry around. Max scanning size is 8 1/2 x 11 so if your looking to scan larger images this likely won't work. Scanner also has the option of color and backlight correction while your scanning so if those old negatives have turned pink you can get them adjusted without using an add'l program.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointed

    Posted
    KMiller
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    I bought this Epson scanner hoping to replace my 12+ year old HP photo printer / scanner with something more updated. To my surprise (and shock), the software that came with this Epson scanner appeared to be MORE dated than the software that came with my HP. In addition, the scanning time was much longer with the similar quality settings selected. Overall the appearance of the same photo scanned with the Epson vs. my 12+yr old HP was nearly identical, and the HP software was much better at improving the discolored and aged photos. I would have considered keeping the Epson scanner for the purpose of scanning film, since my HP scanner is not capable of doing this, but the Epson software kept freezing up and crashing during the short time I used it. In the end I returned the Epson scanner and decided that my old HP photo printer / scanner isn't ready for retirement.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love, Love, Love this scanner

    Posted
    Scanningidiot
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I purchased this specifically for scanning all my pictures so I wouldn't need all the containers for photos and they could more easily be viewed and enjoyed. Didn't want to spend an arm and a leg. This scanner has so many user friendly functions that make it easy to use; to crop, to rotate, to color correct, erase scratches, and a long list of other functions. In most cases, the auto enhance function is all you need to color correct. It took old colored pictures that had yellowed, and returned them to their original vibrant color with one click. You can scan as many pictures as you can fit on it at one time. Leaving space between the pictures, it recognizes the edges and save each picture individually. A GREAT buy at this price. Perfect for us non-professionals to get a professional looking picture. And it isn't just for pictures. Scan whatever you want.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good specialized photo scanner

    Posted
    jefas64
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    I was looking for a dedicated photo/slide/negative scanner to digitize decades of photos. A little research told me that this one was the most-feature rich and easiest to use for the money. My experience with it so far is exactly that. The scanner glass is large, so it can accommodate enlargements. The scanner includes special trays for scanning slides and various sizes of negatives. The software is integrated into the scanner and seamlessly detects the type of image that is being scanned and adapts to it -- negatives are rendered as positives, images are sized to the original, etc. The unit also includes an installation CD for Photoshop Elements (a valuable add-on!) and features for retouching blemishes on the original. All around, a very feature-rich and easy-to-operate machine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent scanner

    Posted
    Steve
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    I needed a scanner to scan slides into jpg format. I had scanned some slides many years ago on an Epson scanner, but I didn't have one of my own. I use a MAC using OS Sierra. After reading the reviews of this scanner, and being familiar with Epson scanners for many years, I purchased this one. I scanned my first tray of slides (80 of them) in no time at 300 dpi. This particular tray of slides dates back to 1979, so they have been in their storage boxes for many years. The quality of the scans is excellent. Some reviews complained about the amount of time that it took to scan the slides, but I have no complaint about this. This scanner places me in control of the slides and how they are scanned. I am my own "quality control." I definitely recommend this scanner.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    So far, so good except for one thing...

    Posted
    jg24917250
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    I bought this scanner because of the really good reviews: it can do a great job on docs, three dimensional objects, with provisions for negs and slides. The inclusion of Photoshop Elements 9 is a tremendous asset and makes this scanner a fantastic deal, in my opinion. BUT, not thinking of anything negative about updating my new iMac to Mavericks OS X, I did so and I immediately lost the scanner function. Now I can't use the features that make this a great scanner but rather must use the Mac Image Capture feature which is okay but not what I wanted. Epson says they are "working on the driver update" but that means a wait of unspecified time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    For What You Pay Well Worth It!

    Posted
    Andydreads
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    Let me start by saying I am a photo snob and am mainly using it to scan 35mm and 120(Medium Format) film. The film holders the scanner comes with come be a bit more durable and could clasp better to the film but they work(4/5). For a better film holder use the Lomography Digitalizer 35mm or 120. The quality of the scans are worth it though, when set to 2400 dpi you can't expect much better for the price(saying that in a positive way). I would buy one again if this one ever breaks on me for any reason.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Scanner

    Posted
    czam131
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    Was looking for an affordable scanner to scan hundreds of pictures my mom kept over the years. She recently passed and my brother and sister want copies of many treasured pictures and I knew it would be expensive to get them all scanned and cleaned up. Saw the scanner the shop I took a picture we had of my mother blown up fro her services was an Epson 800. I read reviews and the 600 was affordable and so I took a chance. So happy with it! I started working on the project of scanning and cleaning up our family pictures and it I am very happy. Scans pictures nicely and the ICE technology does an amazing job. Glad I will be able to scan, print and electronically store our family memories.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast Scan, Great Quality

    Posted
    AtkinsonHistorical
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    With many of my previous scanners the scan speed is so slow that you really don't want to scan many items because of the time investment. With the Epson Perfection V600 Photo the scan speed is outstanding. The 'auto' discovery of the actual scan item is also very good, even when multiple items are on the scan bed. I am using this product to digitize part of a document / photo collection for a local historical society and am having very good results so far. Would like to see software included that could take the multiple JPG and properly compress into PDF rather that needing to scan each page twice to yield the 2 different needed file types.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Problems working with my Mac Book

    Posted
    palmerskier
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    Just purchased an Epson V600 scanner, and I had problems with it right out of the box, even after following all the set up instructions. Pressed the scan button and nothing. I called Epson customer support, and although they're friendly and want to solve the problem, they couldn't make it happen. Finally, I called Apple Support, and between the support guy and me, we got the scanner to operate. However, the scanner takes forever to even start the scan, and at times does not respond at all. I'll probably return it. By the way, I also called the Best Buy Geek Squad. No help at all.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Scanner for photos, film, and slides

    Posted
    Tedd
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    I read several reviews before purchasing this scanner. It has surpassed my expectations. With proper spacing, it will scan several photos at one time, separating each into an individual file. The same it true for film and slides . . . saving a ton of time over having to scan each individually. I was skeptical of the "ICE" feature, which promises to remove scratches and dust from scans, but it works amazingly well on the film I've been scanning. I've scanned photos, color, black and white 35mm film, and color slides, all with great results. Several hundred down, a few thousand to go!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very satisfied; amazing quality at this price.

    Posted
    Lilliealice
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    I bought this scanner to digitize boxes of old photographs that my parents had. Many of the the scanned images are more clear than the photos. Very happy with the quality, ease of use and the various options for improving the scanned image. Although I used mostly the autoscan and it did a fantastic job. This scanner can scan multiple photos simultaneously and store them as separate images. The Adobe photoshop software has many nice features and is also easy to use. Overall impressed and pleased with my choice of this scanner.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not User Friendly - Long Time to Scan

    Posted
    Morgan
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    Having been a consummate photo-taker before the digital age, I was very excited about the prospect of scanning my older photos to a digital format, so I ordered this scanner after reading the reviews. Well maybe because I'm a Mac user, but I found that this product was not easy to set up out of the box and had to do loads of online research just to set it up, let alone start scanning. When I finally was able to get it working, it took an inordinate amount of time to scan. My old HP all in one, actually does a better and faster job of photo scanning. So I have opted to get my photos professionally scanned and gave this product to someone who only has a few photos to scan.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend