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Epson Perfection 4870 Photo

Epson Perfection 4870 Photo
alaScore 78

58 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 58 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Scanners the Epson Perfection 4870 Photo is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 58 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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.

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Epson Perfection 4870 Photo

 

I've started to use this to scan my forty year old plus collection of old photograph, assorted negatives and prints and I love this machine so far. I'm a former agency photographer and now director of photography at a large daily newspaper and have follo

The software sucks a bit in terms of useability and the manual is a bit of a joke, but how many scanners can decently handle 24 negs with the push of one button

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Epson Perfection 4870 Photo

 

I will never buy from Epson ever again. No customer service, no support, they tell me its my problem and not theirs. Their customer service people can not speak English or understand it either. They are very rude.

Nice photo Scans

Software won't install, no customer support

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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.

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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.

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Epson Perfection 4870

 

Highly recommendable for amateur medium format photography and professional large-format photography, the Epson 4870 delivers publishing-quality transparency scans with good shadow detail.

A measured D max of 3,9 and an acceptable signal-to-noise ratio of 2,88 at 1/700 transmission (Color Foto 3/2004) enable scanning of transparencies. The scanner is hardware-controllable from the third-party software VueScan which allows to adjust the...

In laboratory tests for computer and photo magazines, a physical resolution of 1600 x 1700 dpi was measured using test charts (Color Foto, c't). To achieve an image resolution of at most half the specified value, unsharp masking in Adobe Photoshop is...

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Throw it away when it breaks

 

Looks nice.................................................................

The repair technician's think they're brain surgeons. $105.00/hour to repair a $400.00 scanner???

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.

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:17.2in/18.7in
Height:5.3in
Weight:14.8lbs
Width:12in

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

Header

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

Scanner

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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

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