November 10, 2008 Designed as a low-cost option for converting images captured on film into digital files, the new Epson Perfection V300 Photo scanner offers optical resolution of up to 4800dpi, 48-bit color depth, zero warm up time and can also be used for regular A4 document scanning.
The new V300 succeeds the previous V200 model and includes upgrades such as Epson ReadyScan LED Technology, a feature that makes possible rapid scanning with immediate start-up and low power consumption as well as being mercury-free.
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Four customizable one-touch buttons allow users to predefine their repetitive tasks – such as Copy, Start, Scan-to-Email, and Scan-to-PDF – for added convenience.
An integrated film holder scans six frames of standard 35mm filmstrip or four frames of 35mm mounted slides simultaneously and there's also a high compression PDF saving option that allows users to save the scanned documents in their smallest size. According to Epson, this option does not compromise the text readability of the scanned document.
Other features include image enhancement software with Colour Restoration technology, a Backlight Correction function and Dust Removal Tools. Aside from enhancing images, the Epson Scan v3.5 software can also sharpen the readability of scanned text. The V300 also comes with a set of software programs that provide for easy digitalization of documents as well as management of media files. The Newsoft MaxReader 4.5 Lt Optical Character Recognition software converts scanned documents containing English and Chinese languages (both simplified and traditional) into editable text format. Creative effects can be added to photos using ArcSoft MediaImpression 1, an application that allows users to share their media files in various ways (including through simple email attachments).
The Epson Perfection V300 retails for USD$99.99.