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Epson Perfection 4990 Photo

Epson Perfection 4990 Photo
alaScore 74

17 reviews

Dec, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 reviews of Epson Perfection 4990 Photo. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Scanners for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Scanners the Epson Perfection 4990 Photo is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 17 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

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Epson Perfection 4990 photo scanner

 

The Perfection 4990 is housed in an attractive, rounded metallic gray case with a strip along the top that indicates sensor location via a moving blue light. The scanner occupies a small footprint on your desk and weighs less than 15 pounds. Physical...

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

Soft detail on film scans.

A versatile and inexpensive model for producing high-quality scans of photographs and film.

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EPSON Perfection 4990 PRO

 

Scanner favors bells and whistles over output quality

While the 4990 produced passable-to-good results at a good price, the differences between this scanner and similar products aren't what they once were. In some ways, the inclusion of so much software seems to be “because they can” and not entirely...

Consumer review by:

Software compatibility with XP

 

I have used Epson printers for many years with good results, so when my HP 3300C scanner died I decided to get one with the ability to scan slides and film as well as documents.

Quality Good on old 98SE

Cannot get Creativity Suite to load completely on XP

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"Just buy it."

 

I was looking for the best scanner with Digital Ice. I purchased and returned a Microtek i900 because I didn't like the gray reflective document mat. I use scanners frequently to copy and digitize documents and wanted a white reflective mat.

Excellent scans and easy to use.

Reflective document mat could be firmer - thus flatter.

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"4990 PHOTO + Firewire cable = smooth sailing"

 

This is for people who consider scanning pictures a top priority. Setup was quick. IT IS WINDOWS XP compatable, I don't know what another reviewer was talking about. Firewire is a must, usb 2.0 does not suffice. After using this scanner for 4 months,...

FAST High quality scans, Epson reputation for scanners

It's rather large

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"Short of drum scanning this is a very good option."

 

I mistakenly entered this review under the section for the Epson Perfection 4990 Pro; you might have seen it there. The two scanners are similar. I hope that my experience with this scanner will be of help.

Good sharpness and colour accuracy. Scans Velvia well.

Film carrier is not convenient for 6 x 7 slide film.

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"Short of drum scanning this scanner is a very good option."

 

My primary use for a scanner is scanning transparencies, and I am under no dilussions that a flat bed will match drum scanning or a dedicated film scanner. Since I shoot 6x7 slide film, a dedicated film scanner wasn't an option - there are none. The...

Good sharpness and color accuracy.

Transparency carriers require shifting of slides for each scan.

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Short of drum scanning this scanner is a very good option.

 

My primary use for a scanner is scanning transparencies, and I am under no dilussions that a flat bed will match drum scanning or a dedicated film scanner. Since I shoot 6x7 slide film, a dedicated film scanner wasn't an option - there are none. The...

Good sharpness and color accuracy

Transparency carriers require shifting of slides for each scan

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"Great Scanner . . . but no support for Windows XP"

 

I agree with every other bit the last writer wrote in his review of this product. I downgrade this model a bit due to the fact that there is no support for any member of the MS Windows family (supports only Mac OS).

Everything else.

No support for Windows XP.

Consumer review by:

"An excellent bit of kit"

 

Additional SilverFast SE scan software seems to cause quirky hickups. Stick to Epsonscan.The 35 mm strip film holder does not hold film flat across the shortside of the film format, but depth of field seems to compensate. Flatbed scans are as good as...

Digital ICE for both film and reflection copy

Epson dust removal feature seems to cause artefacts

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Product Specifications

With the image quality of a dedicated film scanner and the flexibility of a flatbed scanner in one affordable product, the Epson Perfection 4990 Pro delivers a total scanning solution. It scans multiple slides, negatives and photos. And, it accommodates film up to 8" x 10". Housed in a sleek outer case with an illuminated scan progress indicator, this scanner delivers intricate detail, due to its 4800 x 9600 dpi resolution and 4.0 Dmax. And, it restores faded or damaged film and photos with Epson Easy Photo Fix and DIGITAL ICE Technology. With a professional software suite that includes expansive color management, the Epson Perfection 4990 Pro provides a complete digital imaging solution.

Dimensions & Weight

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

Header

Compatibility:Mac / PC
Manufacturer:Epson
Model:4990 PRO
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Epson Perfection

Miscellaneous

Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

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)
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 / Film
Supported Media Type:Film / Plain paper / Transparencies
Type:Flatbed scanner

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS X 10.2 or later / Microsoft Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP
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