The Epson Perfection V600 scanner is designed for serious amateurs: people who want to scan film and art, remove scratches and dust and save images at very high resolution, and reviews suggest it does all those things well. While the V600 scanner falls short of the better optics (and bigger price tags) of its big brothers, the Epson Perfection V700 Photo (Est. $630) and Epson Perfection V750-M Pro (Est. $800) , it still has impressive specs, including a high 6,400 dpi resolution, the ability to digitally remove scratches and dust on both prints and film and the ability to handle a wide range of film formats, including medium-format panoramic film.
Very good scans get even better with additional software. Expert reviewers and most casual users both say the Epson Perfection V600 Photo scanner offers very high resolution scans with good correction for dust and scratches. Some higher-end amateur users complain that the scanner offers some fuzziness at the highest resolutions, but testers who use the V600 with software packages other than the ones that come with the scanner say it's the software, not the hardware, that's to blame. For the best results, experts advise using software other than what ships with the scanner.
The scanner itself is a snap; the third party software, not always. Both experts and casual users report that the Epson Perfection V600 Photo scanner is easy to set up and use, with PCMag.com calling the included scan utility "very easy" to operate. Some users complain that the additional software included with the V600 is not always intuitive.
Some reports of scanners shipping with dust under the glass, few other problems. The Epson Perfection V600 Photo scanner has a very good reputation among users for its durability. A review or two complain of dust under the glass at the time the scanner is shipped, but other than that, the only beefs users have tend to be the holders for film. These small plastic pieces are the weak point of most scanners designed to work with negatives, and the Epson Perfection V600 is no exception.
A good warranty with spotty customer service. The one-year limited warranty Epson offers for the Perfection V600 is fairly standard among better-quality scanners. While users say the terms of the warranty itself are fine, they sometimes complain about the customer service they receive when they are having a problem or need to make a claim.
M. David Stone gives the Perfection V600 Photo scanner a rating of 4 out of 5 and an overall positive review. He writes: "The Epson Perfection V600 Photo offers high-quality scans for prints and both 35mm and medium-format film, plus an exceptionally easy-to-use scan utility."
Review: Epson Perfection V600 Photo, M. David Stone, Nov. 4, 2009
David Brooks' review is of the Perfection V600 Photo paired with SilverFast editing software. He likes the V600 but says, "The Epson software is not effectively supportive of the hardware, particularly with carefully adjusted film scans." When used with SilverFast software, however, he is quite satisfied with the results. He concludes, "Having a good marriage between hardware and software produces a superior result in all ways, and that is worth the investment."
Review: Epson's Perfection V600 Photo & LaserSoft's SilverFast iSRD; Teamwork In Scanning, David B. Brooks, Oct. 1, 2010
More than 480 Epson Perfection V600 Photo owners review this scanner on Amazon.com, where it earns an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars. Most reviews are positive. A few people say they find the Epson scan software hard to use, but most agree with the owner who writes, "Great deal for a flatbed scanner that is designed primarily for film and graphic arts use."
Review: Epson Perfection V600 Photo Color Scanner (B11B198011), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2013
4. B&H Photo
Review Credibility: Good
Nearly 450 people who own and use an Epson Perfection V600 Photo scanner rate and review it on B&H Photo's site. The overall rating is 4.6 out of 5. Reviews are positive, with comments about how easy it is to set up and use as well as how good the scan quality is. We saw very few complaints, and most of them are about the included software, which some people find inadequate to their needs or difficult to learn to use.
Review: Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner, Contributors to B&H Photo, As of November 2013