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Epson Perfection V330 Photo - Performance and Verdict

By Simon Williams

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

Epson claims 29s for an A4 colour scan at 600ppi, which is reasonable, given that our A4 greyscale scan at 300ppi took 32s and that was with OCR conversion into Microsoft Word. ABBYY FinerReader Sprint does well with this and managed to maintain font sizes and basic layout on the test page we used.

It took 15s to scan a 15 x 10cm colour print and the results were generally good, though we did notice colours were a little lighter than from some other devices we've used and reds came through slightly orange.

It did a good job on the MTF test, which shows how quickly the scanner can cope with changes from black to white through a series of fine parallel lines. The white background between the lines comes through almost white and there are no artefacts of halfwidth lines.

Epson Perfection V330 Photo

The Q-60 target showed the same lighter reproduction as in the test photograph and this is slightly closer to the original target, as well.

The Perfection V330 Photo can scan up to four 35mm transparencies or a strip of up to six negatives using a holder that is laid on the flatbed in one of two orientations. Removing the white support pad in the scanner's lid reveals a light source set into it which shines through transmissive media.

Scanning a 35mm IT8 target at the scanner's maximum optical resolution of 4800ppi produced colour swatches that were close to those from reflective media, though the very lightest colours were burnt out to near-white.

Verdict

This is a good general-purpose scanner for home and photo enthusiast use. Scanning quality is marginally better than from some other flatbeds we’ve looked at recently and the inclusion of a transparency adapter improves the versatility of what the machine can do. It comes with a good range of software, but cabling could be a lot tidier.

muggles

January 31, 2012, 6:24 am

This scanner comes with no instructions -- there is more explanation on this website than exists in the box or on the installation CD. To access any information about how to use the scanner, one must be online at the Epsom website. There, you can find a "manual" -- but you can't print it and every page has links to elsewhere -- no page stands alone as a complete set of instructions for anything. In addition, a call to their technical help line requires human to cyborg interaction, something I fail at. I'm also not too good at the long hold times. All in all: maybe there is no support, and it is all inscrutable to me. Just terrible all around.

maturejack

November 16, 2012, 12:14 am

I have to agree with muggles. No instructions come with the product and the Epson website is of little help. So you end up fiddling about trying to sort it out by trial and error. This is the last Epson product I will buy.

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February 1, 2013, 6:33 pm

A couple of very depressing evaluations, and I have a problems with good manuals. Help! When you scan the slides---What can do with them, I was hoping for some kind of neat photos.

Neil Mitchell

February 19, 2013, 3:04 pm

A lot of people these days have problems with products that don't hide their functions behind 'so called' user friendly wizard interfaces. But many users appreciate this hands off approach. Generally speaking, there is always far more to learn about when approaching activities like photo digitizing than could realistically be covered in a product manual, especially when this must be translated into say 20 different languages. Everyone's needs are different, so it is likely that what is a good approach for one might not fit with the needs of another. I am afraid that, before using a device like this it is necessary to do your own background learning about the processes, formats, relevant terms and technical requirements of the output medium your chosen presentation of your images to your audience dictates. Then and only then can you be ready to approach the use of the device and it's software. I provide personal tuition to people who want to grasp these concepts, but I have been working with images since the 1970's so bring that knowledge to the table. It's staggering when you start to tutor, just how much there is for a newbie to learn. Not their fault, just the way it is!

Guest

July 9, 2013, 12:31 pm

Dear Neil Mitchell
will you be able to come to my home and tutor me on how to use this piece of "scanner?" It has been sitting in the corner for months after I discovered that there weren't anything to tell me who,what or where!
My plan for this scanner was scanning prints to my computer to use in photo books.It is not looking too good especially as after I inserted the disc into the drive and nothing happened.Zilch.I myself am not technically minded.I know of three IT gurus but they are all interstate and overseas.
Please help by replying to say yay or nay.I sure hope you live in the same place I do otherwise I am toast!

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