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Perfection V350 Scanner

Epson’s Perfection V350 is a flatbed scanner for budget-minded consumers who want to digitize, restore, and store photos, documents, transparencies, and negatives. Impressive stats include a maximum optical scanning resolution of 4800×9600 dpi, up to 48-bit color, and a 3.2 dynamic range. The scanner weighs only 8.2 lbs, is 2.9″ thick with a scanning area of 8.5×11.7″. It comes with a USB 2.0 cable, bundled software, and a plastic film holder that handles only two 35mm mounted slides or three frames of 35mm film.

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The V350′s cover includes an innovative 35mm filmstrip chute that automatically feeds and scans strips of six frames of 35mm negatives or transparencies. Each frame appears as a thumbnail. It’s a more efficient method for scanning film in comparison to their plastic film holder. The cover can be raised up to 25mm for scanning dimensional objects quite useful.

A four-button panel on the cover automates tasks, such as creating a PDF file or email attachment. The driver offers three scanning modes from fully automatic with presets to an advanced professional mode.

The interface includes color restoration, backlight correction, and a new “intelligent” dust-removal technology that selectively emphasizes dust removal from uniform areas, such as sky. I used the Professional Mode and scanned in 2 minutes a 35mm negative at 48-bit 3200 dpi (68 MB). Scanning times are a function of the resolution and bit-depth selected.

Generally, both transparent and reflective scans were of very good quality, accurate color, neutral tones, and decent highlight and shadow detail, with minimal artifacts. I gave it one design demerit for an annoying omission of an on/off switch, which necessitates using the power cord for this function

Money Sign149.99 PlatformMac/Windows

Posted by Steve Baczewski

When Steve was young, he was struck by the work of Richard Avedon, Cartier Bresson, and Eugene Smith, and eventually got a degree in Photography. He writes and teaches about both traditional and digital fine arts photography.

One comment on “Perfection V350 Scanner

  1. WOW! That’s a high price! But it’s worth it, because that there scanner is about as precise as my 8====3. It’s well worth the price.