Perfection V100 Photo and V350 Photo

Perfection V100 Photo and V350 Photo

The V350 (right) has a built-in film feeder. The V100 (left) doesn't.


While you're out and about with your digital camera, snapping photos until the cows come home (or at least until your memory card is full), back at your office, sitting in a dark place, are boxes and boxes of film negatives. Remember film negatives? Those dark amber plastic strips you got when you picked up your pics from the photo processor? Epson's Perfection V100 Photo and Perfection V350 Photo scanners make it possible to digitize your negatives once and for all.


The V100 is for neophytes who want to scan film negatives. The scanner has a film holder that holds one six-frame strip of 35mm film or four 2-by-2-inch mounted slides. The V100 has two light sources that illuminate the image as it's being scanned, one in the lid, and another under the glass scanning bed. The film holder rests on the glass, and the light source located in the scanner's lid shines through the film, while the CCD sensor found under the glass does the scanning. Epson has done well with this design; even first-timers will find it easy to use the film holder to scan negatives.


The V100 has a maximum optical resolution of 3,200 dpi and can handle a reflective target (regular photos, books, magazines, and so on) up to 8.5 by 11.7 inches. The scanner's lid is hinged so that it can expand upward for thick documents or books. The unit sports four one-touch buttons: The Scan button scans and saves the captured image without forcing you to fiddle with scanning software on your Mac. The Copy button scans your document and sends the image to Epson's helpful Copy Utility, which lets you print it out. The Email button scans and attaches the scanned image to an email message in your default email app. The PDF button scans an image or multiple document pages and creates a PDF file containing all of the scanned material.


The major difference between the Perfection V350 Photo and the Perfection V100 Photo is that the V350 has a built-in filmstrip feeder. The feeder is built into the scanner's lid and can accept a strip of 35mm film negatives from two to six frames long. The feeder, however, limits the capacity of the included film holder, which can hold only two 2-by-2-inch mounted 35mm slides or three frames of 35mm film. But if you're drowning in an avalanche of 35mm film negatives, the feeder can save a lot of time. The other major difference is that the V350 Photo offers a higher 4,800 dpi optical resolution.


Both scanners produce image quality that's good for typical photo sizes (from 3 by 5 inches to 8 by 10 inches). If you want to make extreme enlargements, you should opt for the V350 and its 4,800 dpi maximum native resolution. If you're scanning 4-by-6-inch photos, both models take about a minute to scan-about average for scanners in this price range.


The bottom line. The Perfection V100 Photo and Perfection V350 Photo offer two affordable ways to tackle the film conundrum.


Perfection V100 Photo

PRICE: $99.99
REQUIREMENTS: Mac OS 10.2.8 or later, USB
Affordable. Good image quality. Nice one-touch button functions.
No user's guide in box.




Perfection V530 Photo
PRICE: $149.99
REQUIREMENTS: Mac OS 10.2.8 or later, USB
Built-in filmstrip feeder. Good image quality.
Limited film holder capacity. No user's guide in box.





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It is possible that the Epson V100 is great on some Macs, but you obvious did not try it on a Intel Mac. The scanner works, but the cool looking buttons are not of much use. According to Epson, the software that drives the buttons do not work on Intel Macs, and thus you have to do everything manually. The good news is that the Epson Scan software is Universal Binary, something that can not be said about most of their Epson's competitors.

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