Three scanners especially deserve your attention :
- The Canon 4200F’s accuracy is very good up to 3200 dpi. Colors are neutral and a little more accurate than the competition’s.
- The Epson Perfection 2580 Photo is very accurate up to 2400 dpi, with a little too much yellow in pictures. Choose this product if you are looking for something inexpensive, which easily numerizes negatives. The automatic loader in the scanner hood is efficient and very simple to use. After trying it out you will refuse to use the external modules of the competition.
-If you intend to numerize film negatives, the Perfection 2480 will be enough. It’s 50€ less expensive than the first two scanners and has the accuracy of the Perfection 2580. The reason for this is that these two products are very similar and have the same driver. We strongly advise you to take a look at the first few pages of this article (with extracts of 75 to 2400 dpi numerizations) to understand the differences between these three scanners and the others tested as differences start appear even at 75 dpi.
The HP Scanjet 4600P/4670 has a very nice design, but colors are too red and the quality of numerization isn’t perfect. Let’s hope the next one will be more accurate. If this transparent scanner design was pushed to the extreme, we could hope that it will work with batteries and transfer data via WiFi to the computer. The price, however, could be much higher.
The Canon Lide 35 is inexpensive, but not very accurate. Its strong points are the lack of external power supply (it is powered by the USB cable) and that it’s compact, especially in height.
Finally, the Scanjet 3770 is slow to be operational and its images are less accurate and too red. As you may have already guessed, this isn’t our favorite.