Epson Perfection 4490 Photo Scanner Software
The Epson Perfection 4490 Photois a speedy midrange scanner that offers a 4800 dpi scanning resolution and a built-in transparency unit with support for 35mm slides and filmstrips. It did a respectable job of capturing details, but its default color controls resulted in scans with a slight green color cast.
Epson Perfection 4490 Photo Scanner Software
The scanner is easy to set up. It connects to your Mac via USB 2.0 and ships with an installation CD containing the scanner driver and a software bundle that includes Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0, as well as business card and OCR (optical character recognition) scanning utilities. The 4490 also is speedy, and even beat some FireWire scanners in the 600 dpi, 8-by-10 reflective scan test.
The Epson Perfection 4490 Photo is a fast, easy-to-use scanner that is capable of high-resolution scans of both reflective and transparent media. Although its colors tended toward green on reflective scans with default settings, it did well at capturing fine detail from both photos and transparencies, and did a very good job with color on slides and transparencies.
Despite its focus on scanning photos, slides, and negatives, the 4490 is a good choice as an all-purpose scanner as well as a photo scanner. Like other Epson scanners, it offers a set of buttons on the front panel for scanning to e-mail, to your printer, or directly to a PDF file, or for simply opening the Epson Twain driver. The scanner also offers an optional 30-page automatic document feeder (ADF) for $200 (street), which certainly makes it more appropriate for tasks such as OCR and document management for multipage files; Epson did not provide the ADF with our review unit, however.
The bundled OCR software read both our 8-point Times New Roman and Arial font-test pages without a mistake. There's also a business-card program, but it didn't fare well on our tests, with three or more errors in eight of the ten cards we tested. The bundled photo editor is Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0, a good choice for the intended audience of serious amateur photographers.
Dynamic range is primarily an issue for film, as opposed to prints. One of our test slides, with a dark tree line against a bright sky, presents a particularly demanding test. The 4490 passed it well enough, producing an image with good quality, but adjusting settings to get maximum detail took more work than with the Canon scanner.
As you might expect from a scanner that can handle slides well, the 4490 had no problems with photographic prints. The scans were good enough to let us print copies on an Epson PictureMate printer, and the copies were all but indistinguishable from the originals.
Scan speed is well within reasonable bounds. We timed the 4490 at 25 to 30 seconds for prescanning plus scanning 4-by-6 photos at resolutions up to 400 ppi. Scanning slides at 2,400 ppi took 53 seconds without Digital ICE, and 5 minutes 18 seconds with it. If you get the optional ADF, you can't have both it and the transparency adaptor connected to the scanner at the same time.
Although you can use the Epson Perfection 4490 Photo as an all-around scanner, it's still a photo-centric scanner at heart. And if you have a large store of 35-mm and 2.25-inch film you want to digitize, it's one of your better flatbed choices available right now.
Certainly the most striking feature in the Epson Perfection 4490 Photo ($249.99 direct) is the claimed 4,800-pixel-per-inch (ppi) optical resolution—a strikingly high resolution for a flatbed scanner, and higher than you'll find even in some dedicated film scanners. Nevertheless, 4,800 ppi is what it offers, which makes this scanner of particular interest to photographers with a large archive of 35-mm or 2.25-inch medium format film they'd like to move into the digital age.
Of course, the 4490's central purpose is to scan film, and, for a flatbed scanner, it does that very well. The unit comes with two templates—one for holding up to four 35-mm slides or two strips of 35-mm film, and one for holding 2.25-inch format film. You simply position the templates on the flatbed, place the film or slides in the template, and use the scan command.
The Epson driver offers three scan modes, including a fully automatic mode that handles all the settings for you, much like a camera's point-and-shoot mode, and a home mode with minimal control over settings. If you're serious about photography, though, the professional mode will likely be your preferred choice, with the ability to adjust a wide range of settings, including saturation, color balance, and gamma (which effectively adjusts contrast differently for different levels of brightness). \n\nScan quality for slides is impressive for a flatbed scanner. At our standard 2,400-ppi scan resolution for slides, the 4490 was a close match for sharpness and detail on most scans with the Editors' Choice Canon CanoScan 9950F, which also offers a 4,800-ppi optical resolution. However, the scanner falls short—just barely—on dynamic range (the ability to see each shade across the entire range from white to black).
I have the usual bundle of old 35 mm nags, a few slides, and old photos. Has anyone used this scanner? The specs and price seem good. Apart from Digital Ice on prints is the 4990 worth the extra price?
I have head great results with mine for scanning old photos for restoration and for scanning medium format film. One small caveat - at high resolution the scanner is incredibly slow at scanning medium format. and once the file size starts getting up there, the software is no longer able to invert the image (i.e. convert negative to positive - you'll have to do that in photoshop.
Surely the newer Epson flatbed scanners are better than the previous models such as my 2450 scanner. I use VueScan scanning software and I have scanned 35mm thru 4x5 negatives (from the past 55 years) and I get good printed photo results. 35mm are good up through 8 x 10 printing but has to be an excellent source media for printing larger photos..
Yes, an Epson Flatbed scanner used properly with good scanning software and good source media (negatives/slides/photos) can definitely produce good scanned images for printing photos.--Vernon...
I have the usual bundle of old 35 mm nags, a few slides, and oldphotos. Has anyone used this scanner? The specs and price seemgood. Apart from Digital Ice on prints is the 4990 worth the extraprice?
The scanners are perfect for the restoration of old photos due to built-in hardware based dust and scratch removal with HP Scanjet G4050. Faded colour can easily be heightened, dust and scratches removed and dark areas lightened using HP Real Life technologies. The HP Scanjet G4050 comes with a transparent material adapter capable of taking multiple formats. It takes multiple photos, 16 35mm slides, 30 35mm frames, two medium-format film frames and one 4x5-inch film frame, making it one of the most productive and flexible photo scanners yet.
The scanners are perfect for the restoration of old photos due tobuilt-in hardware based dust and scratch removal with HP ScanjetG4050. Faded colour can easily be heightened, dust and scratchesremoved and dark areas lightened using HP Real Life technologies.The HP Scanjet G4050 comes with a transparent material adaptercapable of taking multiple formats. It takes multiple photos, 1635mm slides, 30 35mm frames, two medium-format film frames and one4x5-inch film frame, making it one of the most productive andflexible photo scanners yet.
My initial experience with one of the best HP Scanners was NOT good quality for scanning Slides and Negatives. I then got the Epson 2450 and results were amazing. The HP scanner was fair for scanning photos but it had problems with "color noise" in the final scanned images.