Epson's Perfection V300 Photo is one of the more uniformly praised budget scanners available. PC World reviewer Richard Jantz writes that it "is easy to install and use, and it's capable of producing good-looking scans from a variety of originals, including old, faded photos." The Perfection V300 has a 35 mm film adapter with a six-negative or four-slide capacity. However, more expensive Epson models, like the V500 Photo (*Est. $150) and V700 Photo (*Est. $540) have more advanced software and hardware options for film scanning. The V300 has Epson Scan and other software bundled with it, though not Photoshop Elements. Some critics dislike the placement of the V300's cable connections near the front of the scanner.
PCMag.com and Macworld provide fine reviews of the Epson Perfection V300 Photo scanner, demonstrating a wide knowledge of the market, as well as hands-on testing of the V300 itself. PC World's look at the V300 goes into less depth, but it still gives a good sense of the model's pros and cons. User reviews at Amazon.com, Newegg.com and B&H Photo balance the experts' opinions.
PCMag.com's prolific reviewer M. David Stone gives the Epson Perfection V300 an Editors' Choice award. Scans are "surprisingly good for the price," and Stone finds that the Epson scanner outperforms the more expensive Canon CanoScan 5600F. Text recognition is OK, he writes, but the lack of an automatic document feeder makes the V300 of limited use for office work.
Review: Epson Perfection V300 Photo, M. David Stone, June 23, 2009
Macworld editor James Galbraith reviews the Epson Perfection V300, giving it high marks overall. Charts outlining how the scanner fared in speed tests and Macworld jury evaluations are provided after the short write-up. Galbraith sums up his assessment: "The Perfection V300 Photo, with its 4800 dpi optical scanning resolution and transparency scan support, is a good choice for those looking to take their snapshots, negatives, and slides into the digital age."
Review: Review: Epson Perfection V300 Photo, James Galbraith, Oct. 21, 2008
3. PC World
This brief review from PC World focuses on the Epson Perfection V300's speed, output quality and features. The scanner earns high scores for image quality and speed considering its price, as well as for scanning film and slides. "My only gripe," says reviewer Richard Jantz, "is that the V300's cable connectors sit inconveniently next to the four front-panel buttons (for copy, scan, PDF and e-mail) instead of on the rear of the scanner, which would have made cable management easier and less unsightly."
Review: Epson Perfection V300 Photo Scanner, Richard Jantz, May 20, 2009
More than 450 owners offer their opinions on the Epson Perfection V300, and a minority give it fewer than 4 out of 5 stars. Some have software issues or complaints about customer support, but overall users of the V300 say they are very satisfied with its performance.
Review: Epson Perfection V300 Photo Color Scanner (Black), Contributors to Amazon.com
5. B&H Photo
More than 160 Epson Perfection V300 owners rate and review the scanner. The overall rating is 4.5 out of 5 stars, and comments are laudatory. Most say it is well worth the price; only a handful of reviewers register complaints, most about the software's usability.
Review: Epson Perfection V300 Photo Flatbed Scanner, Contributors to B&H Photo
More than 35 users contribute to Newegg.com's review page for the Epson Perfection V300 Photo scanner; they give it a favorable overall score. A few owners have complaints about customer service and the scanner's ease of use.
Review: Epson Perfection V300 Photo, Contributors to Newegg.com