Summary: Scans documents, photos and slides. will not scan negatives. Backlight will come on for slides and will not come on for negatives. This appears to be a software failure not an equipment failure. As this is a replacement for the first scanner which was delivered two weeks ago and had exactly the same failure I am in despair.
Summary: I had to replace my old HP scanner because a driver was not available for Windows 7. I chose the ScanJet G4050 because of its slide scanning feature as I have hundreds of slides from the pre-digital age that I would like to get into digital format. I hesitated choosing this scanner because of the negative comments on setting it up. I could not find another scanner that I would rather have so I decided to take a chance on it.
Summary: I was reluctant to buy another scanner, since all the scanners I've used before gave such poor results when scanning printed photographs. The HP Scanjet G4050 was a pleasant surprise. The color of the digital scan is very, very close to the original prints. A couple of years ago, I lost all my digital photographs due to a hard-drive crash. I foolishly did not have my files backed up at the time. I lost several dozen art-photos.
Summary: I use this scanner to digitize photographs and restore old photos. The quality of the photos upon scanning are of good quality because of the settings one can choose prior to the scanning process. I am very pleased with this scanner and would recommend to anyone wanting to use them for this purpose. The only thing I would have added to this is an automatic feeder. This maybe in another model. BUY THIS ITEM!
Summary: This is the second scanner delivered by HP. The first one was defective. This one is very difficult to set up. It takes hours to set it up. After getting it to work then it scans very very very sloowwly. A terrible product. I woul not recommend anyone to buy this device.
Summary: I bought this scanner with the intention of using it to scan 35mm slides to digital format. The program loaded right up and I was up and running, no problems. I have since scanned a couple of dozen slides and a photo or two. The photo scans as expected were right on the original. The 35mm slides copied quite nicely with color and contrast exactly like the slides.
Pros: Does a fantastic job with images. OCR is super accurate. Fast, quiet.
Cons: Won't scan negatives. Reinstalled the software multiple times, same result. It will do a preview scan, you can see the contents of the negative. When it goes to do the final scan, it throws an error telling me to remove the inner lid to expose the lamp, which is already removed. Get caught in a loop here. Looked online, found a thread on the HP support site, other people have the same problem. No one from HP ever responded. I'm resigned to the fact I won't be scanning...
Summary: I've always supported HP products and highly recommend them. I switched over to Mac a few years ago and immediately realized my HP flatbed scanner wasn't mac compatible so I kept my old windows laptop. Recently, found an old photo box full of negatives so with intention of preserving the photos I purchased this new scanner. I have a new 2013 high end Mac Pro so memory/power etc.. isn't the issue. the HP scan software isn't mac compatible. I installed it reinstalled etc..