Epson Perfection V700 Photo

Review Date : Tue, 2 May 2006

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Epson Perfection V700 Photo

The Epson Perfection V700 Photo is a professional quality scanner aimed and at the pro-summer and keen amateur photographer...

Pros: Multiple film format scanning, build, price, bundled software
Cons: Fiddly film height adjusters. 120 film holder too short for 3 frames of 6x7

The Epson Perfection V700 Photo is a professional quality scanner aimed and at the pro-summer and keen amateur photographer. The V700 scanner has a Dual Lens system, a 4800dpi lens is used for all the reflective scanning and large format film up to 10x8. The second lens is used for high quality film scanning and boasts an optical resolution of 6400dpi. In our test the lens performed at its best in the 3200 – 4800 dpi range. The 6400dpi setting generated large files and didn’t offer much advantage in terms of image quality. The lenses are automatically switched when you select the document type in EpsonScan.

The scanner is supplied with five film holders; 12 mounted 35mm slides, 4 strips of 6 exposure 35mm film, 2 strips of 120 film (6 x 20cm), 2 sheets of 5x4 and a film area guide for 10x8 or other film sizes. Generally the build quality of the film holders is very good, as this scanner is aimed at the semi-professional user, We would have liked a sturdier construction. A new feature is a set of Film Height adjusters, these are small feet fitted on the reverse side of each holder. There are three settings; 2.5mm, 3mm and 3.5mm. which sets the height of the holders above the lens, or a crude zone focusing system. There was a marked difference in scan sharpness at each height. For 35mm slides we found the best setting to be 3.5mm (3mm is the default).

The scanner is supplied with a good selection of software including; Adobe Photoshop Elements (Mac & Win), SilverFast SE, EpsonScan, Abbyy Fine Reader (OCR software) and a selection of other small Epson applications. Given that this scanner is aimed at the semi-professional, I am surprised that Elements is included. The Epson V700 scanner produces superb quality scans with accurate colours. As with most scanners the scanned image will benefit from a generous dose of USM in an imaging application.\n

Verdict

The V700 scan quality not only equals many dedicated film scanners, but in most cases surpasses them...

Verdict

The V700 scan quality not only equals many dedicated film scanners, but in most cases surpasses them...


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Price as reviewed

£399.00

Scores

Scores
Build Quality 18/20
Ease Of Use 18/20
Performance 19/20
Value 18/20
Features 18/20
Overall Score 92%