With digital capture now dominating the photographic market it surprises that new scanners are still being launched. Having said that, we have to remember that film photography has been around since 1840 and that means that there’s a lot of photographs and film to be digitized. EPSON have just added the Epson Perfection V600 scanner to their already comprehensive portfolio of scanners and All-in-One models.
The V600 is aimed at the hobbyist photographer who wants’ a dedicated scanner rather than an all singing and dancing scanner/printer/fax unit. Generally, single function hardware will produce higher quality scans (or prints) than multifunction units. The downside is that you need more desk space, multiple USB ports and extra power sockets. The V600 is a single function unit that can scan prints and a variety of film formats, so let’s take a look at what the Epson V600 can do for you.
What’s in the box?
I don’t tend to make any comments about how a unit is packaged, but I can’t resist saying that in my 10 years of reviewing equipment I have never seen any item packaged so well as the V600. I thought I was opening the crown jewels, there are soft foam pads as well as the usual white polystyrene to stop the hardware from moving about, and each item is wrapped in its own bag. The scanner has all the usual tape and protective film to prevent scratches and lids from opening etc. Included in the box is:
Epson Perfection V600 scanner
Quick start guide
Installation software CD (Windows 7, Vista, XP & Mac OSX)
Adobe Photoshop - Elements 7 (Windows XP, Vista) Elements 6 (Mac)
Film holders X2 – 35mm strip film, mounted slides, 120 roll film holder