Epson Perfection 4490 Photo and Film Scanner

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Epson 4490 Film Scanner

The Epson perfection 4490 photo and film scanner is a great all round scanner.  It’s multi use features mean it can scan both photo’s and film perfect for those who are looking for a scanner that can perform a multitude of tasks and with a name like Epson it is a brand you can trust.  The Epson 4490 fits perfectly into the price range against purpose built scanner such as the Ion and as previously mentioned it is still able to scan other document or photos with ease and at a high quality you would expect from such a well known perfection 4490

Priced around £120 it does put itself into the mid range of the market as far as negative scanners go.  The 4490 does come bundled with some good quality software and a technology called Digital ICE which automatically removes surface defects which may appear on your film such as dust, dirt and scratches although it does not stop you using your preferred software should you choose.

With this being a traditional flatbed scanner it does have the advantage of being able to scan different types of slides such as larger lantern slides that would not be scannable with the purose built machines.  With some very good reviews on Amazon it’s certainly worth adding to your shortlist and another bonus feature is that it is Apple Mac compatable as many other scanners are not.

Features / Specification:

  • Professional level 4800 x 9600 dpi resolution
  • 3.4 Dmax for wide dynamic range and greater image quality
  • Epson Easy Photo Fix to restore faded colour photos
  • Built-in transparency unit
  • Powerful software package for photo and document scanning
  • Max Supported Media Size: 216 x 297 mm
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 27.2 cm x 47.5 cm x 11.3 cm
  • Weight: 4 kg
  • Optical Resolution: 4800 dpi x 9600 dpi
  • Interpolated Resolution: 12800 dpi x 12800 dpi
  • Supported Media Type: Transparencies, plain paper, film
  • System Requirements: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition / Windows ME, Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional / XP Professional, Apple MacOS X 10.2.7 or later


    7 Comments on "Epson Perfection 4490 Photo and Film Scanner"

    1. charlotte rivers on Tue, 29th Sep 2009 9:42 am 

      Hi There,
      I wonder if you can help?
      I need a scanner that can scan 33mm including the sprocket holes. I have used the film in a Lomo Diana+ camera that has a medium format ‘format’ setting. Can the Epson do this for me?
      If you could let me know that would be great.
      Many thanks

    2. admin on Thu, 1st Oct 2009 7:10 pm 

      Hi Charlotte

      I don’t see any reason why the Epson can not manage 33mm including sprockets although I have not tried myself so cannot say for certain



    3. Peter Drury on Fri, 3rd Sep 2010 6:01 pm 

      Will this particual scanner scan 120mm coloured slides?

    4. admin on Fri, 3rd Sep 2010 8:20 pm 

      Hi Peter

      More information on this scanner which should help you further can be found on the Epson site here.


    5. nick on Tue, 28th Sep 2010 6:14 pm 

      i want to ptint larger than 10×8. does this scanners’ qualities allow this.

    6. admin on Tue, 28th Sep 2010 6:37 pm 

      Hi Nick

      Yes this scanner would be suitable for printing images larger than 10×8.

    7. Joss on Tue, 28th Dec 2010 4:49 pm 

      what print size could this scanner produce when scanning 35 mm film?

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