While some mainstream flatbed scanners do a great job handling photos, slides or negatives, photographers – or those who require professional image quality – will be less impressed. On the high end of the price scale are flatbed scanners dedicated to scanning photos. These scanners offer much higher resolutions than document scanners do, and typically come with premium features and software, such as image retouching and scratch removal capabilities, to improve scan quality.
Reviewers say the Epson Perfection V700 Photo (Est. $630) and its step-up line-mate, the Epson Perfection V750-M Pro (Est. $800) are the best choices for professional photographers and advanced amateurs looking for the ultimate in photo, slide and film scanning. Both scanners come with Epson's dual-lens system – one lens scans at 4,800 dots per inch (dpi) and the other scans up to 6,400 dpi for larger files. The 750-M Pro scanner's upgrades include a more sensitive optics system, an anti-reflective coating on the scanbed glass, a high-reflectivity mirror and a fluid mount kit that manually fills dust and scratches, even on monochrome film -- a feat that's out of reach even for the oft-praised Digital ICE technology.
Both the Perfection V700 Photo scanner and the Perfection V750-M Pro offer professional results, reviewers say, producing top-notch scans from both prints and transparencies as well as a variety of other media. Both come with a competent package of software and extras as well. Experts agree that the V750-M-Pro provides slightly better scan quality, however, thanks in part to its fluid-mounting system and slightly better optics. But reviewers are torn as to whether or not these minor improvements are enough to justify the large price difference. They agree that if you're attempting to scan scratched black and white negatives, then the Epson Perfection V750-M Pro is the clear choice; if not, then the Perfection V700 Photo is the better value.