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Hewlett-Packard PhotosmartS20

Hewlett-Packard PhotosmartS20
alaScore 69

41 reviews

Aug, 2014

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Digital Film Scanners - Hewlett Packard PhotoSmart S20 Scanner Review, Information, and Specifications

 

WOW! - A major upgrade to the original! (And the original was very good) 2400 DPI, PC only, USB interface (no card needed), slide, negative, or print. 35mm film only. 36-bit. Specs similar to original, but much better image quality, improved software....

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Hewlett-Packard PhotoSmart S-20 Scanner

 

Full resolution scans from slides, including the option to select between regular slide film (E-6), Kodachrome, or old faded slides, can result in accurate, well-balanced image files of 8x10" at 300dpi that will make fine photo-realistic ink jet prints.

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HP C5100A Photo Scanner

 

This unit is the earlier SCSI version of the later HP S20 (USB) Photo Scanner. The C5100A and the S20 look and operate much the same way, the main difference being the interface (SCSI versus USB), and possibly the scanning resolution and / or Pixel ...

Scans prints, slides, and negatives, reasonably priced on used market.

Nothing worth noting

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Hewlett-Packard S20 PhotoSmart

 

This was my first film scanner, and 3 years after purchasing it I'm still very happy. -Software: The software is easy to use, and seems less "bloated" than some other HP software. The colour and exposure correction work well, especially with...

East-to-use software -resolution (2400 DPI) -colour reproduction

Grainy shadow detail (slides) -underexposure (slides) -inability to choose filename

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Decent with Win 98/ME - No use with win xp

 

Easy to use softwareExcellent with Hamrick's.

No use to it under XP

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Hewlett-Packard S20 PhotoSmart

 

I wanted to use this to bridge the gap while I am waiting for digital SLR prices to drop down to something I can afford. I scan slide film (faster if you leave the strips unmounted) and upload them to snapfish if I want prints of my slides. On the plus...

Price Resoulution

Detail in dark areas Speed (USB)

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Hewlett-Packard S20 PhotoSmart

 

I purchased my Photosmart S20 a couple of years ago. It worked reliably and well for about a year, then I left it covered and untouched sitting at my desk for around six months. When I uncovered it and turned it on again, all scans had a dark line...

Good scan quality for the price. Versatility (scans prints, slides, and negatives)

Outdated Overpriced Poor construction technique leads to durability problems

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Hewlett-Packard S20 PhotoSmart

 

I needed to scan films, so at first i went for the most attractive option: i bought a flatbed scanner with a transparency adaptor (actually, a 5740c from HP). The results, on film scanning, were basically bad, specially on dark areas of black and white...

Excelent quality/price relation (very good quality [resolution, color depth and, of course, final result] and low price for a film scanner) - easy to install - good software

Dust specs (has to be cleaned often) - noisy - cannot scan aps

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Hewlett-Packard S20 PhotoSmart

 

I chose between the HP and the Minolta Dimage. My choice went for the HP because I own a few HP products since before and I have a high confidence in HP making good quality hardware and software. Generally speaking, the scanner has worked without...

Sharpness od scans: excellent Color: excellent The image adjustment controls (contrast, darkness, gamma, color balance, hue, saturation) are easy to use. Quite intuitive software user interface in general.

Masking of slides is a bit tricky and does not work to perfection. Sometimes you end up with having masked with an unintentional bias of +/- 10 pixels, meaning that a post processing in picture software is needed to get rid of dark frames. Slides can...

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Archive Your Photos

 

Very good quality, reasonable price

Slow, can't handle non-35mm negatives such as APS or large format

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