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EpsonPerfection V600 Photo Scanner
 
4.6

(based on 408 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good resolution (331)
  • Accurate color (299)
  • Easy to set up (275)
  • Good bit depth (198)
  • Excellent software (197)

Cons

  • Slow (53)
  • Poor software (24)
  • Difficult setup (11)
  • Inaccurate color (9)
  • Difficult to keep clean (7)

Best Uses

  • Photos and graphics (291)
  • Large format film (82)
  • Publishing (46)
  • Slides (12)
  • Negatives (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Frequent user (208), Casual user (136), Great graphics (57)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (330), Business (66)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (171), Mac (93)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Best Choice for Novice or Almost-Pro

This is one of the best options on the market if you want to capture high-quality images, and I say this after using it as well as doing the research beforehand.
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This is one of the best options on the market if you want to capture high-quality images, and I say this after using it as well as doing the research beforehand.

In terms of comparison, I chose this over the CanoScan 9000F because it has comparable resolution capabilities AND the V600 can lift the lid 90 degrees and detach from the bed (cable stays connected). This ability to scan the faces of large objects is an important feature for the amateur archivist like myself. I use it for scanning family bibles, frames, and other bulky books and items where you want a stable scan as opposed to a photograph. Photographing works too, but you need a very stable stand and consistent lighting, etc. This makes it easy. I have gone through several hundred scans (bought this a month ago) to arrive at the following thoughts.

1. I bought this scanner because I have piles of photo albums, slides, negatives, and documents relating to family history. They need to be digitized for preservation's sake, as well as the ability to share with family in a safe and convenient manner. If you only scan occasionally, or you're not concerned about quality and customization, this may be a bit above your needs. On the other hand, if you're not willing to shell out the cash for services that digitize collections, or pony up for the professional grade machines (many hundreds and even thousands for top-level scanning devices) then this is the level you need to be at.

2. Pro: Image quality/clarity. Many scanners (including this) tout high DPIs. To that I would say that you will almost never need to use the high end of this scale. Focus more on the structure of the device, the options, and the software than the actual top end DPI, provided you get at least above 3600. I have been scanning 2"x3" B&W photos from the 1930s and 1940s recently, and even at 800-1200 DPI I can blow them up to the size of my monitor without reducing image clarity or seeing any pixels. When I scan a really nice photo at upwards of 2400 DPI, I can read street signs and shop windows two blocks away from the subject that I couldn't even read on the original photo. *Disclaimer: I have not scanned many photos above the 3600 DPI setting simply because at that point I have not been able to actually see any improvement in the image, only a larger file. That's not a point against the scanner, it just means that the images you're scanning really only have so much size/quality to begin with, so at higher resolutions you're just creating more file space. Also, even if there is an increase in quality, it just means that instead of blowing up your 2x3 to the size of your desk, you could almost make a mural... And that's just not very practical, and it doesn't change how the image looks in an 8x10 frame. Again, be reasonable about what your intentions are and what you're willing to sacrifice in hard drive space.

3. Pro: Space. The 8.5x11 flatbed is big enough to scan almost all the photos you are likely to see as a family archivist. Unless you're a pro, don't try to buy a huge device to handle every possible scenario, buy something that can handle 98% of what you will encounter. You can afford to deal with oversized prints, paintings, or other oddball items that don't fit this machine. Your time and money are best spent on this device which is going to treat you well when imaging the vast majority of your collections. Your smaller scanners and feed-through scanners might be handy and more portable, but their capacity and quality are not as flexible, and they won't allow you take advantage of scanning multiples at once (see below).

4. Pro: Edge-Detection feature. You need this. And you don't even realize how much you need this until you start working. I was glad it had this feature but just didn't even know until I had loaded eight photos on the flatbed at a high resolution, pressed scan, and then starting prepping the next group of photos. Boom, all eight files pop into the folder with sequential file names. Scanning at a decent resolution takes time (see below) and in order to maximize your efficiency, this scanner does all the work by recognizing photos individually and saving them as separate files. You can verify this in Preview Mode before starting the actual scan each time. It works great.
*Small con: Be careful with glossy old-fashioned photos that have wide white margins; I did have to scan a few handfuls of these one at a time, and I think the scanner had trouble recognizing the actual borders of the photo (all the white space), and was therefore grouping them all into one image. You can't draw boundaries or "tell" the system where the images are, you have to open the lid and shift the prints around or remove some. This was only happening with one specific style of print, and didn't happen with several other styles that also had white margins, so it's not a big drawback.

5. Pro: Semi-Portability. Actually it's a bit bulky, which I'm sure other reviewers have noted, and it's not going to slip into a briefcase. But it's also a lightweight machine and so it's easy to move around the house. Sometimes I work at my desk in one room, and other times I bring it into the living room and scan while watching TV. It's probably not ideal if you spend a lot of your time interviewing and need to be in and out of spaces quickly with a lot of small equipment. But if you are doing this at home or an office, and occasionally working off site, this is all you need.

6. Pro: Software. I have not used other programs so I can't make comparisons here. However, the Epson Scan software was easy to install, easy to start up, and easy to figure out. I was scanning within a couple minutes of opening the program. I'm fairly tech-savvy, perhaps, but even for the techno-challenged, this will be a breeze. The program has separate "modes", and it defaults to "Home" (Basic). This has the least number of changeable settings on startup, so it's very intuitive. When you're ready to start playing with the light balance and all the other corrective effects, the Options menus and Mode changes are all easy to find. At that point, you will want to glance at the manual for a little guidance on using those features, but implementing them is easy.

7. Pro: Auto-save. Other programs doubtlessly have the same functionality, but the Epson Scan software has a file name template you can type in for your work. First you locate the folder in which you want to save your images. Once selected, this remains the default folder even after closing the program and reopening, which is nice. In addition, you can type in a free text box (type what you want) to name the files according to your convention, i.e: "Family-Album-01-" which is stored as a prefix. (Also saved as the default after closing/opening the program.) The second box has a three digit number which begins at 001, can be typed in, and has up/down arrows as well. (Also saves as the default without losing your place!) By default, the next scan you perform will save the image as "Prefix + NUM", and the scan after that will keep increasing the number accordingly. If you're not happy with a scan or image, just delete the file, then go to the number box and click the down arrow or type in the number again. Watch this carefully when you're scanning batches of photos at once, of course. It works perfectly, but if you delete and then re-number one of the images in the middle of the group, you need to remember to bump the number box back up to the next one at the end of the sequence, or just change all the file names manually. Oh, the joys of archiving...

8. Pro: Warm-up time. Practically non-existent. We're nit-picking at this point, but just the same: as advertised, the light source requires almost no warm-up and so after pressing the power button it goes through a few perfunctory motions and then it's ready to go. Be sure to hit up some professional sites regarding the LED light source versus others, but in my amateur/novice opinion, the scan quality is great. Realistically though, when was the last time you were in a great rush to get out the door and thought "I really need to get a quality scan of this photo before I leave!" So I wouldn't let warm-up time be a deterrent to other models, nor a huge selling point on this one.

9. Con: Scan Time. Take this with a grain of salt, and be sure to compare apples to apples. From about 300-800 DPI, the scanner works pretty quickly, and I guarantee that you will not be able to record notes, names, and handwriting as fast as the scanner is able to produce your image files. If you're not taking notes during this part of the process (and I cannot imagine why you wouldn't!) then you still won't be waiting long. When you bump the resolution to 1200, 1600, and 2400, you are going to wait a little while. If you fill the bed with a large photo or several small ones, you may wait a few minutes for it to finish scanning. However, you must bear in mind that not only is this a great opportunity for you to be taking album and file notes, as well as preparing the next images, but you are also probably taking advantage of scanning multiple photos at once. So depending on how much recording you're doing for each image, the wait time is pretty easily absorbed with related tasks, and either way you're taking care of several pictures with each setup. And, if you're like me and watching TV or some other activity, you're likely to space off anyway. If not, you'll probably find yourself zooming in and out of the images you previously scanned, viewing every freckle on a subject's face. The detail obtained from even very small photos is amazing, and it's hard not to get lost playing with the high-res images and stay on task. Again, this is not compared to another brand/model, so it's likely that other scanners (working at a similar resolution/quality) are not going to be much faster or slower. But there are some great sites out there that have charts about this very topic, so look it up. This is not the most important thing to worry about, however.

10. Con: Sound. Again, I can't compare to others, so do some research, there are comparisons out there. I found this scanner to be a little noisy when it's moving the device back and forth quickly. When scanning the image, especially at high-res, it's moving slowly and quietly. But when it makes the Preview pass, or when scanning at much lower (faster) resolutions, it does have a few loud "zwinnnnk, zwinnnk!" sounds. If you're working on your own, listening to music, or watching TV, this is not going to bother you. But if you're say, watching a movie with your significant other, or your wife's favorite show, you might get the evil eye when previewing. In fact, if your doing archive work while sitting with your S.O., you might get the evil eye anyway. (True story.) However: Be sure to see how it relates to others, and decide if this is really an issue (again, there are more important things, I'm just being thorough). Even if a library allowed you to use this there, it's probably too loud for a space like that, or a government office. But for home/office use, you're fine. In addition, you'll quickly establish a rhythm: when watching TV, I set up my flatbed and take notes during the show, and then make the scans during commercials.

Summary:
I've already said far too much, but I do hope that my detailed user experience may be of some help to others in a similar situation, or if yours is different then you can draw some conclusions about the features and pros/cons.

I have not commented on longevity, workmanship, or customer service, simply because I have only had the unit for less than a month and I have only been through a few hundred photos (in a job where you'll easily go through many thousands). Also, notably, I have not yet used the ICE technology for removing dust and scratches. Sorry for reviewing before I do that, but most of the work I do simply doesn't require that degree of restoration. Be sure to find reviews on that specific piece of technology, it seems to do well. And of course, you won't be using it on every photo, only the ones that are very important or that you intend to enlarge and frame.

In conclusion, this is a terrific piece of equipment, a great value for the performance, and probably the best without going professional. I am incredibly satisfied with it and would definitely recommend it for someone doing similar work to mine. Enjoy, and happy archiving.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Scanner, weak support for MAC Lion

This is a very respectable desktop scanner which I use to scan a variety of media from color transparencies to gray level figures and text. The scanner has a high hardware resolution and in...Read complete review

This is a very respectable desktop scanner which I use to scan a variety of media from color transparencies to gray level figures and text. The scanner has a high hardware resolution and in nearly every way that I have used it, it has performed well. This is why I tend to purchase Epson scanners. However, the primary reason for me to upgrade my old Epson Perfection scanner for this one is to get a model that supports MAC OSX Lion which the advertisements said it did. When I installed the scanner, I found that the only support that Epson has for Lion is through the native MAC Image Capture utility. There is no current Epson developed user interface for this scanner under Lion. The result is that the MAC Image Capture utility crashes in some instances and it does not allow the user to exploit the maximum resolution of the scanner. After talking to Epson user support, I came to the conclusion that their advertisement of support for Lion was premature and false. I still like the scanner and use it, but fairly disappointed at Epson for leading me down the wrong path.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent scanner; software not so much

By Stever4960

from Northern Wisconsin

Verified Buyer

Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

Everything I have scanned so far has been razor sharp. Set-up was easy.

I would give it 5 stars but the driver software is balky. It will work great on one scan and then will be s-l-o-w on the next. It doesn't matter what I'm scanning, nor does the size of the finished file have a bearing. I have the scanner connected to an iMac running MacOS Sierra, version 10.12.3, with all updates having been performed.

If you buy it, you'll get great scans. Of this I have no doubt. But every now and then you'll be scratching your head wondering what's up while you're waiting for the software to work.

(169 of 171 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Best Choice for Novice or Almost-Pro

By The Family Archivist

from Des Moines, IA

About Me Frequent User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate Color
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Excellent Software
  • Good Bit Depth
  • Good Resolution

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large Format Film
    • Photos and Graphics

    Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

    This is one of the best options on the market if you want to capture high-quality images, and I say this after using it as well as doing the research beforehand.

    In terms of comparison, I chose this over the CanoScan 9000F because it has comparable resolution capabilities AND the V600 can lift the lid 90 degrees and detach from the bed (cable stays connected). This ability to scan the faces of large objects is an important feature for the amateur archivist like myself. I use it for scanning family bibles, frames, and other bulky books and items where you want a stable scan as opposed to a photograph. Photographing works too, but you need a very stable stand and consistent lighting, etc. This makes it easy. I have gone through several hundred scans (bought this a month ago) to arrive at the following thoughts.

    1. I bought this scanner because I have piles of photo albums, slides, negatives, and documents relating to family history. They need to be digitized for preservation's sake, as well as the ability to share with family in a safe and convenient manner. If you only scan occasionally, or you're not concerned about quality and customization, this may be a bit above your needs. On the other hand, if you're not willing to shell out the cash for services that digitize collections, or pony up for the professional grade machines (many hundreds and even thousands for top-level scanning devices) then this is the level you need to be at.

    2. Pro: Image quality/clarity. Many scanners (including this) tout high DPIs. To that I would say that you will almost never need to use the high end of this scale. Focus more on the structure of the device, the options, and the software than the actual top end DPI, provided you get at least above 3600. I have been scanning 2"x3" B&W photos from the 1930s and 1940s recently, and even at 800-1200 DPI I can blow them up to the size of my monitor without reducing image clarity or seeing any pixels. When I scan a really nice photo at upwards of 2400 DPI, I can read street signs and shop windows two blocks away from the subject that I couldn't even read on the original photo. *Disclaimer: I have not scanned many photos above the 3600 DPI setting simply because at that point I have not been able to actually see any improvement in the image, only a larger file. That's not a point against the scanner, it just means that the images you're scanning really only have so much size/quality to begin with, so at higher resolutions you're just creating more file space. Also, even if there is an increase in quality, it just means that instead of blowing up your 2x3 to the size of your desk, you could almost make a mural... And that's just not very practical, and it doesn't change how the image looks in an 8x10 frame. Again, be reasonable about what your intentions are and what you're willing to sacrifice in hard drive space.

    3. Pro: Space. The 8.5x11 flatbed is big enough to scan almost all the photos you are likely to see as a family archivist. Unless you're a pro, don't try to buy a huge device to handle every possible scenario, buy something that can handle 98% of what you will encounter. You can afford to deal with oversized prints, paintings, or other oddball items that don't fit this machine. Your time and money are best spent on this device which is going to treat you well when imaging the vast majority of your collections. Your smaller scanners and feed-through scanners might be handy and more portable, but their capacity and quality are not as flexible, and they won't allow you take advantage of scanning multiples at once (see below).

    4. Pro: Edge-Detection feature. You need this. And you don't even realize how much you need this until you start working. I was glad it had this feature but just didn't even know until I had loaded eight photos on the flatbed at a high resolution, pressed scan, and then starting prepping the next group of photos. Boom, all eight files pop into the folder with sequential file names. Scanning at a decent resolution takes time (see below) and in order to maximize your efficiency, this scanner does all the work by recognizing photos individually and saving them as separate files. You can verify this in Preview Mode before starting the actual scan each time. It works great.
    *Small con: Be careful with glossy old-fashioned photos that have wide white margins; I did have to scan a few handfuls of these one at a time, and I think the scanner had trouble recognizing the actual borders of the photo (all the white space), and was therefore grouping them all into one image. You can't draw boundaries or "tell" the system where the images are, you have to open the lid and shift the prints around or remove some. This was only happening with one specific style of print, and didn't happen with several other styles that also had white margins, so it's not a big drawback.

    5. Pro: Semi-Portability. Actually it's a bit bulky, which I'm sure other reviewers have noted, and it's not going to slip into a briefcase. But it's also a lightweight machine and so it's easy to move around the house. Sometimes I work at my desk in one room, and other times I bring it into the living room and scan while watching TV. It's probably not ideal if you spend a lot of your time interviewing and need to be in and out of spaces quickly with a lot of small equipment. But if you are doing this at home or an office, and occasionally working off site, this is all you need.

    6. Pro: Software. I have not used other programs so I can't make comparisons here. However, the Epson Scan software was easy to install, easy to start up, and easy to figure out. I was scanning within a couple minutes of opening the program. I'm fairly tech-savvy, perhaps, but even for the techno-challenged, this will be a breeze. The program has separate "modes", and it defaults to "Home" (Basic). This has the least number of changeable settings on startup, so it's very intuitive. When you're ready to start playing with the light balance and all the other corrective effects, the Options menus and Mode changes are all easy to find. At that point, you will want to glance at the manual for a little guidance on using those features, but implementing them is easy.

    7. Pro: Auto-save. Other programs doubtlessly have the same functionality, but the Epson Scan software has a file name template you can type in for your work. First you locate the folder in which you want to save your images. Once selected, this remains the default folder even after closing the program and reopening, which is nice. In addition, you can type in a free text box (type what you want) to name the files according to your convention, i.e: "Family-Album-01-" which is stored as a prefix. (Also saved as the default after closing/opening the program.) The second box has a three digit number which begins at 001, can be typed in, and has up/down arrows as well. (Also saves as the default without losing your place!) By default, the next scan you perform will save the image as "Prefix + NUM", and the scan after that will keep increasing the number accordingly. If you're not happy with a scan or image, just delete the file, then go to the number box and click the down arrow or type in the number again. Watch this carefully when you're scanning batches of photos at once, of course. It works perfectly, but if you delete and then re-number one of the images in the middle of the group, you need to remember to bump the number box back up to the next one at the end of the sequence, or just change all the file names manually. Oh, the joys of archiving...

    8. Pro: Warm-up time. Practically non-existent. We're nit-picking at this point, but just the same: as advertised, the light source requires almost no warm-up and so after pressing the power button it goes through a few perfunctory motions and then it's ready to go. Be sure to hit up some professional sites regarding the LED light source versus others, but in my amateur/novice opinion, the scan quality is great. Realistically though, when was the last time you were in a great rush to get out the door and thought "I really need to get a quality scan of this photo before I leave!" So I wouldn't let warm-up time be a deterrent to other models, nor a huge selling point on this one.

    9. Con: Scan Time. Take this with a grain of salt, and be sure to compare apples to apples. From about 300-800 DPI, the scanner works pretty quickly, and I guarantee that you will not be able to record notes, names, and handwriting as fast as the scanner is able to produce your image files. If you're not taking notes during this part of the process (and I cannot imagine why you wouldn't!) then you still won't be waiting long. When you bump the resolution to 1200, 1600, and 2400, you are going to wait a little while. If you fill the bed with a large photo or several small ones, you may wait a few minutes for it to finish scanning. However, you must bear in mind that not only is this a great opportunity for you to be taking album and file notes, as well as preparing the next images, but you are also probably taking advantage of scanning multiple photos at once. So depending on how much recording you're doing for each image, the wait time is pretty easily absorbed with related tasks, and either way you're taking care of several pictures with each setup. And, if you're like me and watching TV or some other activity, you're likely to space off anyway. If not, you'll probably find yourself zooming in and out of the images you previously scanned, viewing every freckle on a subject's face. The detail obtained from even very small photos is amazing, and it's hard not to get lost playing with the high-res images and stay on task. Again, this is not compared to another brand/model, so it's likely that other scanners (working at a similar resolution/quality) are not going to be much faster or slower. But there are some great sites out there that have charts about this very topic, so look it up. This is not the most important thing to worry about, however.

    10. Con: Sound. Again, I can't compare to others, so do some research, there are comparisons out there. I found this scanner to be a little noisy when it's moving the device back and forth quickly. When scanning the image, especially at high-res, it's moving slowly and quietly. But when it makes the Preview pass, or when scanning at much lower (faster) resolutions, it does have a few loud "zwinnnnk, zwinnnk!" sounds. If you're working on your own, listening to music, or watching TV, this is not going to bother you. But if you're say, watching a movie with your significant other, or your wife's favorite show, you might get the evil eye when previewing. In fact, if your doing archive work while sitting with your S.O., you might get the evil eye anyway. (True story.) However: Be sure to see how it relates to others, and decide if this is really an issue (again, there are more important things, I'm just being thorough). Even if a library allowed you to use this there, it's probably too loud for a space like that, or a government office. But for home/office use, you're fine. In addition, you'll quickly establish a rhythm: when watching TV, I set up my flatbed and take notes during the show, and then make the scans during commercials.

    Summary:
    I've already said far too much, but I do hope that my detailed user experience may be of some help to others in a similar situation, or if yours is different then you can draw some conclusions about the features and pros/cons.

    I have not commented on longevity, workmanship, or customer service, simply because I have only had the unit for less than a month and I have only been through a few hundred photos (in a job where you'll easily go through many thousands). Also, notably, I have not yet used the ICE technology for removing dust and scratches. Sorry for reviewing before I do that, but most of the work I do simply doesn't require that degree of restoration. Be sure to find reviews on that specific piece of technology, it seems to do well. And of course, you won't be using it on every photo, only the ones that are very important or that you intend to enlarge and frame.

    In conclusion, this is a terrific piece of equipment, a great value for the performance, and probably the best without going professional. I am incredibly satisfied with it and would definitely recommend it for someone doing similar work to mine. Enjoy, and happy archiving.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC
     
    5.0

    great scanner v600

    By starry night

    from Spring, TX

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate Color
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Excellent Software
    • Good Bit Depth
    • Good Resolution

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photos and Graphics

      Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

      Scanning all my family photos. Let the fun begin.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC
       
      5.0

      So far, verry happy!

      By Mickey

      from Wi.

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate Color
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Excellent Software
      • Good Resolution

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Photos and Graphics

        Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

        So far so good, after a few hundred slides. It's quite fast with very good quality on the slides scanned.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC
         
        5.0

        Just what I needed

        By Barb

        from Cincinnati, Ohio

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate Color
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Excellent Software
        • Good Bit Depth
        • Good Resolution
        • Quiet
        • Relatively Quick
        • Widely Compatible

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

            Be sure there is no dust or dirt on your pictures (or the scanner bed) before scanning.

            • Computer Platform:
            • PC
             
            5.0

            A Fine Scanner for all Seasons

            By ZachMan

            from New York, NY

            About Me Frequent User

            Pros

            • Accurate Color
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Excellent Software
            • Good Resolution

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Large Format Film
              • Mounted 35mm Slides
              • Photos and Graphics

              Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

              Easy to set up and use.

              Downloaded driver for Mac OS 10.8.x as instructed. No problems or conflicts with my new iMac.

              The slide adapter works well (although a bit too delicate) and the software to eliminate dust is a charm. You can also adjust the luminance with ease.

              Scans color and B&W photos as well as artwork without a hitch. You can easily adjust resolution. As one would expect, increasing resolution will cause the scan to take more time.

              Everything I expected from Epson. A solid product.

              And B&H, as always, provided the best price and service. Never a hassle.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac
               
              5.0

              Great Scanner

              By jbridges

              from Stamford, CT

              About Me Frequent User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Very Good Resolution

              Cons

              • Slow

              Best Uses

              • 35 Negatives And Slides
              • Photos and Graphics

              Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

              I bought this scanner so I could scan old negatives and color slides. I realize I could have spent more money on the higher end Epson but, having read great reviews of this scanner, decided it would meet my needs. I've been very happy with it and it's a thrill to see and be able to do something with these negatives and slides, some of which I haven't looked at in thirty years, and some of which have never been printed.
              Set up was easy as is using it Very happy to have it.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac
               
              5.0

              Great Negative rendering

              By rphoto82

              from Southern PInes, NC

              About Me Frequent User

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate Color
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Good Bit Depth
              • Good Resolution

              Cons

              • Difficult to Keep Clean

              Best Uses

              • Large Format Film
              • Photos and Graphics

              Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

              I'd certainly buy another if I had to choose again. The research for which scanner I would go with started with videos and anecdotal stories comparing products. In the end I decided to stick with Epson and their professional line of products. The software could use some updating but in the end this is a great product that produces excellent results.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac
               
              5.0

              Would buy again

              By Hippy

              from Allendale Michigan

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate Color
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Good Bit Depth
              • Good Resolution

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Photos and Graphics

                Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

                Love my scanner.Very happy.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • PC
                 
                5.0

                Great scanner for the price

                By Grannytech

                from Grand Junction, Co

                About Me Frequent User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate Color
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Excellent Software
                • Good Resolution

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

                    I use the scanner for 35mm negatives and slides. Easy to use, great scans, no setting required and would highly recommend it to anyone. I did try it on medium format negatives and not liking it.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac
                     
                    5.0

                    Great product.

                    By Ranger Rich

                    from Western Michigan

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate Color
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Excellent Software
                    • Good Resolution

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Photos and Graphics

                      Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

                      This scanner is easy to use and does everything it is claimed to do. The color restoration works fantastic. The dust removal feature in auto mode does not work as well as I had hoped but I haven't used it in any of the manual modes yet. Thus far I have only used it for scanning slides and I am very pleased with the results. Well worth the money if you are looking for professional results.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Piece of Gear

                      By Robert

                      from Grand Blanc, Michigan

                      About Me Frequent User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

                      I bought this scanner to clean up a long overdue project of converting our family photos into a digital format.

                      So far, I have converted approximately 1,500+ files...probably another 5,000 to go. The Epson V600 comes pretty much ready to go. You only need to install the driver and plug in the cables. Everything else is basically on autopilot.

                      I have converted old photos files and 35mm slides. The entire process is time consuming, but technically very easy to accomplish.

                      The results were better than expected. As my camera equipment improved in the mid 70's, consequently the photos were of a much higher quality and produced better digital files.

                      It goes without saying...photos lying around in a box are not going to be seen by very many family members. It is my intent to convert all of my old photos into digital files that can be burn onto an SD card and displayed on digital photo albums. Great Christmas gifts.

                      I did not shop around a great deal to compare this machine with others. I only went to Epson's web site to compare prices with B&H. I trust Epson products as high quality and B&H delivered on the best value. Thank you B&H.

                      I would highly recommend this scanner for anyone interested in reviving the family treasure trove on old photos.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Very good scans but a little slow.

                      By Bob the Mountaineer

                      from Charlotte NC

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate Color
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Excellent Software
                      • Good Bit Depth
                      • Good Resolution

                      Cons

                      • Slow

                      Best Uses

                      • Photos and Graphics

                      Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

                      I purchased this scanner primarily to transfer my hundreds of aging 35mm slides, negatives, and photos, to digital format. I expected based on the other reviews very good results and this scanner has not disappointed. In four nights I have managed to preview and scan several hundred frames. The software in professional mode works very well and the Digital Ice seems to be very effective. Based on the cost of having an outside vendor scan these photos this product has already paid for itself and then some; and I believe the results are better. The only "con" seems to be the slow speed for high-resolution scans with the Digital Ice on; several minutes per frame. This hasn't really been a problem though as you can preview and adjust up to 12 negatives (4 slides)at a time, hit scan, and get about with your other tasks. To reduce the effect of dust I would recommend using a canned air cleaning duster and an occasional wiping of the scanner surface. Glad I purchased this as many of my older slides and negatives had degraded to the point of near "no return" and their content was irreplaceable.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Does Just What I Wanted It To Do

                      By Phoray

                      from Poway, San Diego, CA

                      About Me Frequent User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate Color
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Excellent Software
                      • Good Bit Depth
                      • Good Resolution

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • 35 Mm Medium Format Sli
                        • Large Format Film
                        • Photos and Graphics

                        Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

                        I purchased this scanner to scan a lot of 35mm and 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 slides. It does a great job.
                        I have not unmounted the 2 1/4 slides, I made a template out of picture matte material to get proper placement of the slides to be scanned.
                        After I figured out the best settings, it has been a breeze to scan my slides. It's a slow process but worth it to preserve my old slides most of which are Kodak Ektachrome and Fuji Velvia.
                        I am scanning directly into Photoshop CS5 32 bit mode, no drivers for Photoshop 64 bit mode but that's not a problem.
                        Love having the Digital ICE.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • PC
                         
                        4.0

                        What I wanted

                        By jim

                        from Chillicothe, IL

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Good Resolution

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Photos and Graphics

                          Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

                          An adviser at B & H recommended this scanner after listening to what I wanted a scanner for. So far so good. Very easy setup and very happy with picture and document scans so far.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac
                           
                          4.0

                          So far so good.

                          By rick

                          from phoenix,az

                          About Me Graphics Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Excellent Software
                          • Good Bit Depth
                          • Good Resolution

                          Cons

                          • Flimsy Film Holders

                          Best Uses

                          • Time Will Tell

                          Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

                          Bought this mostly to scan B&W negatives. Haven't had it long, but am impressed so far, especially for the price. Setup was a breeze, was looking at 1st test scan on my monitor about 20 minutes after opening the box. Lots of learning still to come on the various options & tools in the software, but if my early results are any indication, I'm going to like this machine a lot. Only complaint at this stage, the 35mm film holder is on the flimsy side. May be tougher than it seems w/reasonable care, but it feels like I'm destined to break it at some point.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • PC
                           
                          4.0

                          Great!

                          By AJae

                          from Texas

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Good Bit Depth
                          • Widely Compatible

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

                              Great overall. Big footprint. Software is only so so.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • PC

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Great scanner

                              By Lionel F.

                              from Woodland Hills, CA

                              About Me Frequent User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Accurate Color
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Excellent Software
                              • Good Bit Depth
                              • Good Resolution

                              Cons

                              • Slow

                              Best Uses

                              • Photos and Graphics

                              Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

                              This is a great, easy-to-use scanner, and the overall quality of its photographic scans is excellent. I have been using it to digitize B&W and color negs, color slides and B&W and color prints. It is hassle-free, whether you're using 35mm film or 2 1/4" square originals. Made of relatively thin plastic the slide and neg holders are on the flimsy side, but f you're careful you should get years of use out of them. The bundled Epson software is excellent. I regard this scanner as great product for its price. Top marks, Epson!

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • Mac

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Excellent Scanner at an Excellent Price

                              By Beagleman

                              from Hudson Valley NY

                              About Me Graphics Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Accurate Color
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Good Resolution
                              • Widely Compatible

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Photos and Graphics

                                Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

                                I primarily use a scanner for photo scanning, we are a videography studio and frequently create photo montages and slide shows, both as independent productions, and as parts of larger projects. Speed, quality, and the ability to do minor image corrections upon capture are very important to us.

                                The V600 replaced the scanner of an Epson All-in-One unit, so I was already familiar with the Epson Scan software.

                                Installation took about 10 minutes, and I was scanning almost immediately. I can scan approximately 100 photos an hour with this scanner - with my prior one, only about 60 per hour, so already I'm working more efficiently. Very happy so far.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • Mac

                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Exceeds expectations

                                By Barry in Boston

                                from Boston, MA

                                About Me Casual User

                                See all my reviews

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Excellent Software
                                • Good Bit Depth
                                • Good Resolution
                                • Widely Compatible

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Photos and Graphics

                                  Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

                                  Using for scanning old negs and prints - great results, good speed, and easy to use. Scans film strips and separates the individual photos. Quality is excellent - BH had the best prices and fast delivery!

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • PC

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