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.
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.
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.
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