Summary: I purchased an Epson V330 through Amazon to digitize my collection of slides. The scanner arrived quickly and in perfect condition. (Kudos as always to Amazon.) I set the scanner up on a table with my netbook and began the arduous process of scanning slides, four at a time, at the highest physical resolution. Each set of four takes 12 minutes, so over the past week, I've been able to scan over three hundred slides.
Summary: I did a moderate amount of research and saw that the product description of the V330 specified for use in scanning photos. However upon using the machine I found the dpi was not high enough to produce clear sharp images that would be printable in a 5x7 print.
Summary: Although specifically designed for scanning slides and small film images, the unit fails horribly in slides unless Epson failed to make directions more understandable or convey their translation from Cantonese correctly. Like most US computer products, Epson just re-markets an already manufactured product from the Asian market. I feel Epson dropped the ball on making instruction and better information as to available features and how to optimize the unit's performance.
Summary: Epson Perfection V330 Photo Scanner (B11B200211) Good scanner hardware at appropriate value for price, as usual with Amazon. Software problem occurred when installing on Vista OS desktop (HP Pavilion, Home Premium 32 bit OS, up to date). Level 2 tech at Epson Customer Support unable to help. I discovered software installs OK on System 7 laptop (HP Pavilion, Home Premium, 64 bit OS, up to date). This obviously restricts scanner placement in office and is inconvenient.
Summary: The scanner is a nice unit. I chose it for its hinged top that allows me to lay the top flat and the film/slide scanner. Out of the box, it was a sleek, lightweight design. It has four buttons to make scanning easier. The software comes on a CD and installs easily as I would expect an Epson product to do. Scanning of photographs and slides is easy, and the resolution is excellent. Color restoration works and works well with some but not all old, discolored photographs.
Summary: A good scanner that has worked well for my b&w negatives but color negatives are another matter. 9 times out of ten,I get a fushcia colored line across the image after scanning color negatives. It seems like I am stuck with shooting b&w film or get a higher end scanner. I am leaning towards the latter.
Good scanner, but could have warned me about the power
17 February 2012
Summary: The scanner got through 30 film negatives before the AC adaptor blew. My bad I guess for not checking the power input, I just assumed it would work since Amazon sold it to me (I live in Australia). No idea what to do now, trying to beg Epson Australia to sell me an Aussie adaptor... Apart from that, I was happy with the first 30 scans! Didn't get a chance to test on scanning photos though.
Summary: after spending over an hour with three different customer service people i still could not get the scanner to work with my system (windows 7). the last person said it probably was my operating system. i returned the scanner to amazon and was given credit. i will not deal with epson again. i intend to buy a canon scanner instead.
Summary: I haven't had much time to test it out. It looks like it will do what I need. When I needed support for some help with the installation path all I got was a Boiler Plate / Generic answer from support, which did not even address the question. I don't recommend their support.
Summary: I bought this scanner back in July of 2011 after my first scanner of five years died on me. It installed great and it was easy to place in a very small space I had it for. It scanned really fast and the scan came out great. I really loved it. I used this for the next two weeks before stopping using it as I didn't need to scan anything more till last night, when this scanner refused to scan. A reinstallation of the disk did nothing to fix the refusal.