Summary: I've been a professional digital image specialist for over 12 years, literally starting this career path scanning book covers. Over the years, I've found that Epson is the finest consumer grade brand for scanners and printers. The V330 is no exception. The build quality of the scanner is rock solid with no feeling of flexibility or weak joints. The quality of the scans is superb, even when scanning something small at higher resolutions.
Summary: I had an old epson perfection way back from around 2000 or so and it was great. I remember it was a bit contrasty but pretty close to an exact match to the real thing. and by that I mean I scanned a magazine and them looked at the actual magazine next to the monitor and it looked close. this scanner, I really wanted to like it but I can't and am returning it.
Summary: I mainly bought this scanner to scan my 35mm film negatives. I have scanned nearly 150 negatives, and so far the results are great. If the image is well exposed it comes out great. Even if the image is underexposed or overexposed it stills comes out great. Before buying this scanner I bought the SVP FS1000 dedicated scanner. That was a mistake it looks terrible compared to the Epson Perfection V330.
Summary: I purchased this scanner due to a recommendation from two friends who used one to scan in slides. I have hundreds of slides of our kids growing up, fishing trips, camping and so on. This scanner does an EXCELLENT job. I scanned them in on "Full Auto" mode at 600 DPI. 600 will do fine. You have much greater resolution available, but it is unnecessary for slides. Showing them on our 55 inch LED TV is outstanding. No pixeling etc. Just great looking images.
Summary: I bought this scanner to replace a not very old Epson that had seen only moderate use but one day decided to stop working (hardware issue). I chose it because I have something like 30 years worth of negatives and I had scanned only a few with the old. The holder for the negatives is extremely complicated to load and flimsy, so I wonder when it is going to break on me.
Summary: I'm extremely pleased I selected this photo scanner instead of one of the stand alone slide scanners. My primary purpose for the scanner will be to scan over 5,000 35m slides. When I'm done I'll still have a use for it since I have thousands of still photos to scan. I found the quick guide instructions easy to follow and set-up took about twenty minutes. Scanning slides is a breeze and rather quick.
Summary: I bought this scanner with the hopes of scanning a lot of old photos. - - Bad mistake - - . When scanning semi-gloss photos I get vertical light lines in the scans and when I called Epson support ( which was an interesting experience) I was told that I could not scan semi-gloss photos because they reflect the light. I sent it back quickly and got an all in one HP machine that does not seem to have that problem.