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EpsonPerfection V600 Photo Scanner
 
4.6

(based on 665 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (437)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (189)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (12)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good resolution (511)
  • Accurate color (458)
  • Easy to set up (455)
  • Excellent software (303)
  • Good bit depth (298)

Cons

  • Slow (83)
  • Poor software (44)
  • Difficult setup (23)
  • Difficult to keep clean (12)
  • Inaccurate color (9)

Best Uses

  • Photos and graphics (441)
  • Large format film (115)
  • Publishing (63)
  • Slides (13)
  • Negatives (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Frequent user (328), Casual user (202), Great graphics (88)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (498), Business (112)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (292), Mac (186)

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.

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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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4.0

Easy Set up works well

By DarrellS

from Salisbury, Maryland

Verified Buyer

Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

After I ordered this scanner I was afraid it would not work with Windows 10; however, it does work just fine. I did get an error message when I was installing but it doesn't seem to have hampered the performance. I purchased it to scan old family photos and I like that I can scan three at a time. A real time saver!

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5.0

Excellent quality of scanning for the money

By Randy

from Sacramento

Verified Buyer

Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

Very pleased with the ease of use and quality of the digitized slides.

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5.0

Nice

By bgrapes

from NYC

Verified Buyer

Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

Nice

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4.0

Good, basic flatbed scanner

By Canbro

from Owensboro, KY

Verified Buyer

Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

I have owned and used Epson scanners for years. Genereally, they have proven to be reliable and they produce good scans. I purchased the Perfection V600 Photo to replace an older Epson that apparently suffered damage from a power spike or surge from a recent storm. I have only used the V600 to scan photos so far but it does an excellent job with those. Currently, I have been archiving some old photo albums and the V600 has allowed me to scan whole pages at a time by giving me the ability to select multiple images. It scans these as separate images. This saves time over the old process of either scanning the whole page and editing out the separate images in post-production or alternately selecting one image at a time and scanning several times to get all the photos on the page. I realize this is a function of the software, but it is helpful and does a good job. I have yet to try scanning negatives or film, but am planning to do so soon. All in all, the V600 seems to be a good, basic flatbed scanner and fits the price-point very well.

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5.0

Reliable scanner

By Chris

from Union City, NJ

Verified Buyer

Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

It gets the job done, just slowly. But hey, you're shooting film...so time obviously isn't of the essence for this endeavor.

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4.0

Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner another quality product

By AL

from Virginia

Verified Buyer

Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

The Epson Perfection V600 performs as advertised. It so convenient to be able to scan documents, photo prints, film, slide film and even medium format film all on the same machine. Obviously you will not get quite as good scan from slides as a dedicated scanner or say the V850 Epson, but in it's price range it cannot be beat.

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4.0

Good scanner, great price

By k8

from New York, NY

Verified Buyer

Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

Starts up immediately, no warm up time and pretty fast scan speed for such high resolution scanning!

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5.0

Gets the job done!

By Ciao89

from CO

Verified Buyer

Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

Easy setup and easy to use. I like the program and epson products.

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4.0

I am generally happy with this scanner.

By Jorge David

from Southern New Mexico

Verified Buyer

Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

I have been using this scanner to digitize a lot of old slides that I wish to preserve and be able to view easily. The quality of the image is great. My biggest problem seems to be getting the scanner to communicate with my MacBook Pro. There doesn't seem to be an intuitive interface, but double clicking on the application does set the ball in motion.

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3.0

The unit has some issues.

By Eddy

from Palm Coast, Florida

Verified Buyer

Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

When scanning multiple photos it sometimes does not separate them (distance is more than advertised). Also, it stops after the first one unless the mouse is moved, and this has to be done for each photo. Not sure if there may be some setting to overcome this but it is not obvious.

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5.0

I would buy this scanner again in a heart beat!

By The Science Teacher

from Canton, MI

Verified Buyer

Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

It scans my 35mm color & B&W negatives beautifully, way better than I thought possible for such a low price.

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5.0

Most excellent photo scanner for the price. Versatile.

By John L

from West Palm Beach, Fl

Verified Buyer

Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

I am very satisfied with the Epson V600 scanner. Scans from prints, slides and negatives all come out superb once I got used to the scanner and its various settings. Independent youtube videos had the most helpful tutorials aiding in getting me up and running quickly which saved me much time and experimentation. For the most part this scanner does what is advertised with only a few exceptions. Once in a while a second scan with different settings is needed to get the results wanted. The higher resolution scans do take some time, but are well worth the effort.

I am scanning slides from the 1950s, prints both b&w and color along with negatives, some dating to the turn of the century with excellent results. The color restoration works wonders as does the dust removal and digital ice which I used only when needed. I am glad I chose the V600 believe it is a great photo scanner for the price. I have no problem recommending it as a great value, all around, versatile photo scanner.

Note the scanned slide from the 1950's using digital ice.

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5.0

I love this scanner!

By Randi

from Kalamazoo, MI

Verified Buyer

Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

I bought the scanner to digitize my artwork. I researched many other artists who use scanners. So many of them raved about and recommended this scanner that I was convinced. Now that I'm using it, I'm thrilled! I'm not a professional, but I've had other scanners, and compared to them, this one is a dream. It's super fast, reasonably easy to jump right into using, and very faithful to colors and details. I love it.

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5.0

excellent scanner

By Ryder57

from Conroe, TX

Verified Buyer

Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

The Epson Perfection V600 is an excellent scanner and very easy to set up. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who needs high-quality, high resolution results.

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1.0

Okay... while it worked.

By Bryan

from Boston

Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

Had this scanner for about a month, scans were decent from it, nothing amazing but usable. Suddenly it is scanning everything COMPLETELY out of focus (negatives are in focus, I had them professionally scanned to check). Epson support is a joke and took me almost a week and a half to get them to mail me a replacement, which they won't do until I send this unit back...

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1.0

Windows 10 Incompatible/Epson support worthless

By V600NO

from KS

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

Have spent several hours trying to install on my Windows 10 computer, without success.
Epson support did not provide a solution, blamed Microsoft.

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5.0

This the scanner which gives you consistent results.

By Peter

from Ocala Fl.

Verified Buyer

Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

Thank Epson for making such a scanner with in film lovers reach of buying with decent results.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Big Bang For Small Bucks

By Hardcore Harley

from Arkansas

About Me Frequent User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Not Exactly A Pro Tool

Best Uses

  • Family & Small Home Business
  • Prosumer

Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

I just retired an 8-year-old Mac Mini computer system my wife has been using at home as well as all the dated components attached to it. I surprised her with a new MacBook Pro laptop, Henge Docking system, Epson V600 Photo Scanner, DYMO 450 Labelwriter and two Audioengine A2+ speakers. I chose the Epson V600 to replace our 10-year-old Epson Perfection V700 scanner for two primary reasons: 1) The V700 was obsolete and incompatible with the new MacBook Pro. 2) I no longer need all the bells and whistles the V700 offered when I used to scan hundreds of film prints/slides as part of my job. The V600 is more than adequate to handle basic scanning needs for my business and family. If I were still scanning slides and film prints professionally I would have passed over the V600 and gone with the Epson V800 in a heartbeat. But for what we will be using it for, the V600 is more than ample; it's simple enough for my wife and family to use, and it didn't break the bank. If you're a pro photographer or graphic artist doing hundreds of scans and enlargements, you will likely be disappointed with the V600. Pro's should at least consider the Perfection V800 or V850 as a starting point. Prosumers and families should be very content with the features and performance of the V600, and above all else . . . the price.

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

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4.0

Excellent hardware at a great price

By Phil

from Santa Monica, CA

About Me Frequent User

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Poor Software

Best Uses

  • 35mm negs and transparencies
  • create files used in teaching
  • Photos and Graphics
  • Publishing

Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

I am a professional cinematographer, and have also shot thousands of 35mm slides and negs around the world. In my preparation to publish an 11x14 photo book, I needed a quality photo scanner capable of creating high res/ high color bit depth .tif files from my 35mm originals. I am very pleased with the results achieved so far.

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

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5.0

Great!

By Alexl3000

from Hamden CT

Comments about Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner:

Awesome scanner that delivers amazing scans and is easy to use. It has everything you need to creat some beautiful digital photographs from film. And restore old photographs as well.

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