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Epson Perfection 4870 Photo

Epson Perfection 4870 Photo
alaScore 80

84 reviews

Aug, 2018

We have collected and analyzed 18 expert reviews and 66 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 80/100 and users rate it 88/100. The average review date is Dec 14, 2005. We have compared these reviews to 155284 reviews from other Scanners. The alaScore™ for this product is 80/100 = Very good. Last update: Aug 14, 2018.

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Expert review by : Jeff Dorgay (

Epson Perfection 4870 Photo review


Epson Perfection 4870 Photo The Epson Perfection 4870 Photo sits at the top of the company's consumer-scanner line and comes in two flavors. The Professional model ships with a copy of MonacoEZcolor, a well-known monitor-calibration program, and...

Very easy to set up; solid flatbed scan quality; great value.

Mediocre film scans.

As long as you don't need to scan film, this flatbed scanner should suit you fine.

Oct, 2004

Expert review by (

Epson Perfection 4870 Photo


Ultrahigh resolution and automated photo fixing tools make this scanner a great model.

Powerful software, high resolution, and solid construction add up to a high-quality scanner for demanding users.

Mar, 2004

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Epson Perfection 4870 Photo


The Epson Perfection 4870 Photo scanner ($450 street) is possibly the best desktop flatbed scanner we've tested, rivaling even professional scanners costing thousands. It's the first Epson with firmware and hardware that incorporates the impressive...

Expert review by : Sergey Samarin (

X-bit labs - EPSON Perfection 4870 PHOTO Scanner Review: There Is No Limit to Perfection!


This January in the gold-miners' city of San Francisco EPSON Corporation unveiled its new scanner of the Perfection family, intended as the new flagship product of the series. The manufacturer targets the Perfection 4870 at "advanced" amateur...

Winding up this review, I'd like to put down a short resume about the reviewed device. The EPSON Perfection 4870 scanner undoubtedly complies with the highest standards of quality. All its parts are easily accessible, including the connectors at the...

May, 2004

Expert review by : Charles W. Moore (

Charles Moore Reviews The EPSON Perfection 4870 Photo Scanner


It's Two Scanners (Maybe More) In One

If you, like me, have always had a yen for a film scanner but couldn't justify the cost, this new EPSON product may change your mind. I can vouch that if you do decide to purchase one, you won't be disappointed. It's a splendid piece of work.

Mar, 2004

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by : EISA (

Epson Perfection 4870 Photo


With its fine performance characteristics, the Epson Perfection 4870 beats all competitors in this price range. It has extremely high resolution with good color accuracy, with good contrast and detail in both shadow and highlights on photos, slides and ne

Jun, 2004

TIPA Award!

Expert review by : TIPA (

Best Flatbed Photo Scanner: Epson Perfection 4870 Photo


The Epson Perfection 4870 Photo sets a new standard for flatbed scanners. The 4800 ppi resolution is incredibly high, but the Dmax of 3.8 and Digitial ICE image correction, makes this flatbed scanner the first true competitor of a dedicated film...

Apr, 2004

Expert review by : Simon Eccles (

Perfection 4870 Photo


The Perfection 4870 Photo produces results that are excellent for the price, and it comprehensively beats Microtek's ScanMaker 6100. It could be used for professional scanning at a pinch, but it's too slow for intensive use

Mar, 2004

Consumer review (

Good workhorse - lasted 3 or 4 years


Has given 4 years good service, and probably ten thousand scans before breaking down

Very expensive when new. Several bundled options that I tried and never used again.

Oct, 2007

Consumer review (

Good workhorse - lasted 3 or 4 years


I bought my Epson Perfection 4870 scanner in the UK about 4 years ago. It cost about 400 pounds. A cheaper one would have done just as well except I needed the firewire connection to my Mac computers, so choice was limited. Its big and ugly (grey and ...

Has given 4 years good service, and probably ten thousand scans before breaking down

Very expensive when new. Several bundled options that I tried and never used again.

Oct, 2007

Product Specifications

If you're serious about film and photo scanning, you'll appreciate the quality, flexibility and sheer scanning power of the Epson Perfection 4870 Photo. It recognizes detail so fine that you can even see the grain of the film, it scans all common film formats, including up to 24 x 35mm frames in a single batch and can even improve upon your originals as it scans. It's a genuine professional quality solution for photo printing, enlarging and archiving. The Epson Perfection 4870 Photo captures images in such detail that you can produce enlargements of incredible quality at an enormous size. At 4800dpi, it's so good it can even pick up the grain of the film but if you are looking for a smoother finish, Epson Scan now includes a Grain Reduction tool, which blends and diffuses the grain. To achieve far superior scan results, the Epson Perfection 4870 Photo scanner uses a newly designed moving carriage Transparency Unit (TPU). It ensures the best possible light source for a much brighter scan luminance and improved optical density, up to 3.8DMax. The TPU lamp has also been chromatically optimized for improved film scanning. This supremely flexible scanner is nothing less than a superb quality, high productivity in-house scanning solution. Perfect for any serious photo application, including photo studios and smaller graphics and print houses, it can handle all common film formats and scan multiple images simultaneously up to 24 x 35mm frames, eight 35mm mounted slides, three frames of 6x12cm (max) 120/220 frames and two 4"x5" frames. The Epson Perfection 4870 Photo includes professional Digital ICE Technology, which automatically removes surface defects such as scratches, dust, dirt particles and fingerprints from film and prints. Some software-only solutions just soften, blur or alter underlying composition of the image but Digital ICE works from within the scanner during the scanning process. For photo prints it uses two light sources reflecting on the image from different sections, identifying the precise location of physical defects and for film scanning utilizes an infrared light source, which detects the imperfection and generates a "Defects Channel" to the traditional RGB channels to create an improved authentic final image. The best photo studios can count on the most effective combination of scanner and printer. The Epson Perfection 4870 Photo is capable of capturing images in impressive detail, but when combined with one of Epson's acclaimed range of Epson Stylus Photo printers, the results are truly amazing.


Energy Star certified: Yes


Scan type:Flatbed Scanner
Scanner Type:Flatbed

Dimensions & Weight


Energy Management

Power consumption (typical):24

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Compatibility:Mac / PC
Model:4870 PHOTO/4870 Pro
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Epson Perfection

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 85
Storage relative humidity range:10 - 85

Other Features

Compatibility:PC, Mac
Density range:3.8
Dimensions (WxDxH):12 x 17.2 x 5.28 / 12 x 18.7 x 5.28
I/O ports:1 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 PIN USB Type B\n1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire) - 6 PIN FireWire / USB 2.0/1.1, IEEE 1394
Network ready: No
Power Requirements:AC100 - 120V, 50 - 60hz

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Epson Smart Panel, ASF Digital ICE, EPSON Scan / LaserSoft SilverFast SE 6, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0, ABBYY FineReader


Sensor Type:CCD


Power consumption (typical):24


Color Depth:48-bit color
Document Feeder Type:Manual load
Form Factor:Desktop
Grayscale Depth:16-bit (64K gray levels)
Input Type:Color
Interface Type:IEEE 1394 (FireWire)/IEEE 1394 (FireWire) / Hi-Speed USB
Interface Type (2nd):Hi-Speed USB
Max H-Optical Resolution:4800dpi
Max Supported Document Size:8.5 in x 11.7 in
Max Supported Media Size:8.5 in x 11.7 in
Max V-Optical Resolution:9600dpi
Media Feeder Type:Manual load
Supported Document Type:Transparencies / Plain paper / Bulk objects (such as books) / Film
Supported Media Type:Bulk objects (such as books) / Film / Plain paper / Transparencies
Type:Flatbed scanner


Color scanning: Yes
Duplex scanning: No
Film scanning: Yes
Input color depth:48
Input colour depth:48
Maximum scan size:8.5 x 11.7
Optical scanning resolution:4800 x 9600

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

Compatible operating systems:Mac OS 8.6 - 9.x, OS X 10.2.x\nWindows 98 SE, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows Me, Windows XP Home / XP Professional / Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Microsoft Windows 98/ME, Microsoft Windows XP, Apple MacOS X 10.2 or later, Apple MacOS 8.6 - 9.x
Mac compatibility: Yes
Minimum processor:Pentium / G3
Minimum RAM:128
OS Required:Apple MacOS 8.6 - 9.x / Apple MacOS X 10.2 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional / Microsoft Windows 98/ME / Microsoft Windows XP/Apple MacOS 8.6 - 9.x / Apple MacOS X 10.2 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional / Microsoft Windows 98/ME / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional/Apple MacOS 8.6 - 9.x / Apple MacOS X 10.2.x or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional / Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition / Windows ME / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:14.8 / 32.6