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Epson Perfection V850 Pro Scanner

BH #EPV850 • MFR #B11B224201
Epson Perfection V850 Pro Scanner
Key Features
  • Scans Prints, Film, and Slides
  • Optical Resolution: 6400 dpi
  • Optical Density: 4.0 Dmax
  • Color Depth: 48-Bit
Convert film, slides, prints, and other documents into high resolution digital images with the Perfection V850 Pro Scanner from Epson. The high 6400 dpi optical resolution and 6400 x 9600 dpi scan resolution along with a 48-bit color depth ensure fine detail will be captured and colors will be accurately reproduced. Also, a rating of 4.0 Dmax allows users to capture a wide dynamic range.
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Epson V850 Overview

Convert film, slides, prints, and other documents into high resolution digital images with the Perfection V850 Pro Scanner from Epson. The high 6400 dpi optical resolution and 6400 x 9600 dpi scan resolution along with a 48-bit color depth ensure fine detail will be captured and colors will be accurately reproduced. Also, a rating of 4.0 Dmax allows users to capture a wide dynamic range.

Productivity sees a boost due to the ReadyScan LED light source which can warm up in less than 1 second to immediately start scanning. The V850 features a reflective scan area of 8.5 x 11.7" as well as an 8 x 10" built-in transparency unit for scanning film. Digital ICE technologies further benefit scanning by automatically removing dust, hair, scratches, and fingerprints from film and prints. Included with the scanner are two sets of four film holders - for 35mm slides, 35mm film, 35mm mounted slides, and 4 x 5" film - and a CD with SilverFast SE Plus 8 and X-Rite i1 software. Additionally, the V850 has USB 2.0 connectivity.

35mm strips, 35mm slides, medium format, and 4 x 5" film holders feature adjustable height control and rigid design for sharp focus and ideal image quality
The 35mm slide holder accommodates up to 12 slides, 35mm film strip holder accommodates up to 18 frames (three strips, up to six frames per strip), medium format holder accommodates one film strip up to 20cm-long, and the 4 x 5" holder accommodates one 4 x 5" sheet
Scan up to 8 x 10" film and non-standard formats by placing it directly on the scanner glass
Output resolution up to 12800 dpi
Dual lens system automatically selects a 4800 dpi optical resolution lens for reflective photo scanning or a 6400 dpi lens when using film holders
Epson Scan, Epson Copy Utility, Epson Event Manager, Silver Fast SE Plus 8, and i1 Scanner software included
Scans color A4 in as fast as 12 seconds
Scan 35mm negative at 4800 dpi in 59 seconds
TWAIN compliant
UPC: 010343913165

Epson V850 Specs

TypeFlatbed Scanner
Maximum Resolution6400 dpi (Optical)
4800 x 9600 dpi (Hardware)
6400 x 9600 dpi (Hardware)
12,800 x 12,800 dpi (Interpolated)
Scan ModesColor, Monochrome
Color Depth48-Bit (External)
Grayscale Depth16-Bit (External)
Light SourceLED
Image Sensor6 x Charge-Coupled Device (CCD)
Automatic Image CorrectionsNo
File FormatsBMP, JPEG, Multi-Page PDF, PDF, TIFF
Scanner Media Handling
Scan SizesFlatbed
Maximum: 8.5 x 11.7" / 21.59 x 29.72 cm
Film Formats35mm, Medium Format, 4x5", 8x10", Custom Sizes
Maximum Transparency Scan Area8 x 10" / 20.32 x 25.4 cm
InterfaceUSB 2.0
OS CompatibilityWindows
*As of February, 2021: Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Operating Temperature41 to 95°F / 5 to 35°C
Operating Humidity10 to 80%
Storage Humidity10 to 85%
Power SourceAC Adapter
AC Input Power100 to 120 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
DC Input Power 24 VDC at 1 A
Power Consumption23 W (Maximum)
12 W (Ready)
1.5 W (Sleep)
0.3 W (Off)
*as per Manufacturer
Dimensions (W x H x D)19.8 x 6 x 12.1" / 50.29 x 15.24 x 30.73 cm
Weight14.6 lb / 6.62 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight23 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)25 x 17.5 x 11"

Epson V850 Reviews

Amazing Quality

By Chad
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-26


A bad choice

By Juan
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-25

I got the Epson 850 because I wanted a better quality scan from the v600 I had been using for the last few years. Unfortunately the v850 scanner does not have a holder for 120 film that can fit the 5 frames for my 645 film or the three frames for my 6 x 7 film stripes. So if you try to scan your film it gets damage by the holder. You can cut your film into smaller sections but that's not how the film negative sleeves come. I called epson about this problem and their solution was"put the negatives on the glass without holder". Very upset about spending all that money on this scanner

works very well with Silverfast software

By Raymond
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-24

I am scanning 35 MM slides, Med format transparencies, several thousand 35 MM and hundreds of rolls of 6x6 & 6x 7 film. the scanner with the software is doing a better job than the Nikon L9000 I had which I had scanned about 1500 35 mm slides. I don't thing the scanner itself is better tan the Nikon but the software makes a huge difference. also the med format seems a little easier on the epson

The Perfect Scanner

By Mike
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-22

We have been laying out this project for a few months. How to get 40 years of family photo's into an electronic format. Did a lot of online research and the Epson Perfection V850 Pro Scanner is the perfect scanner for this project. It is working great.

Great Detail Terrible Software

By Scott
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-04

The scanner produces highly detailed scans, especially from 120 negatives, but the native software simply doesn't work with the M1 Mac Mini. The scanner came with Silverfast 8, but it also didn't work until I had to pay to upgrade to Silverfast 9. I dislike Silverfast because the settings and ease of use are terrible, but right now I have no option unless I want to pay for additional software. Hardware should obviously come with functional software.

Update after 18 months, I made the correct choice

By Thomas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-30

I have to admit I have at times questioned my decision, but B&H staff guided me towards this rather then the 12000 series Epson. I have also considered an additional dedicated slide scanner, but personally have decided probably don't need that. Let me explain the scope of my project, 35 mm B&W, Kodacolor and Ektachrome from the 60's to 2012 when I became about 95% digital. Also family shots from the 1930's thru the 80's. Currently shooting 4x5 b&w but that may start to include color. Basically I have have 9 cu ft of images to scan. Light box editing showed me many rolls of airshows actually only included 3-5 relevant images (used to shoot 20+ 36 exp at 1 day airshow), so that really cut down on the need (in my opinion) for a dedicated slide scanner. PROS of the V850: I have used this for 35mmm, b&w and color negatives, and Ektachromes as well as Polaroid slide film and C-41 B&W negatives. Also have used it extensively for scans of "snapshots" and have also started on my 4x5 Kodacolor and b&w. Scanning negatives at 6400 dpi, snapshot at 300 dpi. 2 sets of mask for each media allow me to maximize workflow, scan one and prep the other. This has taken everything I have thrown at it without disappointment. Big pro is the cost, about 1/3 of the 12000 series and less then a high end dedicated slide scanner but handles multiple formats. I did not use the include Silverfast as it came on a CD and at the time I did not have CD capability on my 2020 iMac. Using Vue Scan with great success over multiple media, cataloging in LightRoom Classic (which to me has the advantage of not going to cloud) and storing on external 6TB hard drive which I plan to replace with multiples to ensure backup. CONS: only issues I have had are related to dust in work environment and keeping carriers clean, using gloves, anti-static brushes and air compressor with airbrush. Speed was initially a concern but I have gotten used to the up to 90 mins for 12 Ektachrome scans using multiple scans and digital cleaning at 6400 dpi.

Worth the money

By Ryan
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-30

Took me a good long while to convince myself this was worth the money, my business is small-time by all accounts, but it's already paid for itself and then some. The software needed some customization on my part, but the results are great. Worth it.

Excellent scanner with a few caveats

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-07

I am returning to film photography after many years in the digital world but I will take a hybrid approach by shooting film (medium format B&W) and then scanning the negatives. I also have two 4x5 cameras and will begin to use those again too. Thus my desire to have a good quality scanner to digitize my negatives. The Epson had been recommended to me and after many years I bought this model. I quickly discovered that the hardware is one aspect of this approach to image making. The other is the scanning software. This is probably as important, if not more important, than the scanner. Here is the caveat. The software, Epson Scan 2, that comes with the machine is barely adequate and crashes on my Mac Mini with the M1 processor frequently. I tried Vue Scan which I already owned with better results. However, I have now acquired SilverFast 9 AI which is giving me the results I want in a much shorter time and with less tweaking. I have been scanning old 35mm color negatives some of which were in less than excellent condition. The Epson with SilverFast is giving me the results I want. Its tools for dust and scratch removal are very good. Please note that these tools do not work on B&W negatives because they need an infrared scan which can only work on color film. Not Epson's or SilverFast's fault. Just the nature of the film. If you search You Tube you will find different approaches to scanning color negatives. There is a school of thought that scans the negative without any correction or inversion and uses Photoshop to produce an image. Then there is the approach of letting the scanning software process the negative and do some minor tweaking in Photoshop or Lightroom. The advantage of this is that the software has profiles for the type of film to be scanned and, in my opinion, produces superior results in less time. To conclude, like any new piece of hardware or software there is a learning curve here. It took me a few days and three software packages to get where I am today. The results are truly satisfying and I now have digitized some old a cherished images. Worth the price of admission.

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what does the dual lens do on the 850. What is it ...

what does the dual lens do on the 850. What is it used for?
Asked by: Elliott
It is supposed to give slightly better sharpness. However, the difference is negligible compared to the v700 series without it.
Answered by: Marco
Date published: 2020-10-23

I have read that for the highest quality 35mm ...

I have read that for the highest quality 35mm negative scanning, a dedicated negative/slide scanner like the PlusTek OpticFilm 8200i Ai is better than a flatbed scanner like the Epson Perfection V850 Pro Scanner. Does anyone have experience comparing them?
Asked by: Paul L.
In general it is best for 35mm slides to use a dedicated film scanner over a flat bed scanner. Like some of these, .
Answered by: Robert
Date published: 2022-10-19

How many 35mm slides can you load at one time?

How many 35mm slides can you load at one time?
Asked by: Helen
(12) 35mm mounted slides can be loaded at once with the slide holder, but you can only scan one frame at a time.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2022-03-05

Does the V850 get more information out of a scan ...

Does the V850 get more information out of a scan than a DSLR 24MP or better camera film scan?
Asked by: Robert
The lighting using the Epson Perfection V850 Pro Scanner will be more consistent, and offers excellent software to fine tune the scan for negatives or transparencies.
Answered by: Lenny
Date published: 2020-03-31

I have had the V600 for years. How much better ...

I have had the V600 for years. How much better features and speed will I see with the V850?
Asked by: Todd
In my opinion, the V850 has a slightly better image quality over the V600. However, I would not recommend the V850 unless scanning 4x5 or 8x10 film is needed.
Answered by: Dan
Date published: 2022-08-04

Does this scanner have the ability to enhance ...

Does this scanner have the ability to enhance color on old photos? Can it be used on a 2019 Apple with the 10.15 Catalina update?
Asked by: Pamela
Yes, with the Silverfast software included will enhance color. Yes this will work with 10.15.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2020-09-23

is the epsonv850 a stand alone scanner?

is the epsonv850 a stand alone scanner?
Asked by: David
Yes, I'm not real sure what you mean by "stand alone," it needs to be connected to a computer/laptop so you can see what you're doing. It comes with 2 different kinds of software, I just use the Epson. I found the other one more confusing than helpful. I hope this helps. I Can say It'd a GREAT Scanner, the BEST for the $$$.
Answered by: David
Date published: 2021-07-20

Is there a way to batch scan 35mm negatives or ...

Is there a way to batch scan 35mm negatives or one has to preview/select/scan each negative?
Asked by: Terry
As long as the lines between the frames are easily visible to the scanner, the V850 will be able to batch scan up to 18 negatives in a batch scan. Negatives with a dark background will be harder for the scanner to define the start and end of each frame so sometimes manual scanning will be required.
Answered by: Dan
Date published: 2021-07-28
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