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Epson V550 Photo Scanner Review and Giveaway

Epson V550

 

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With the camera being a staple in all cell phones today, stand alone cameras, film and paper prints are pretty much ancient history for the average household. When was the last time that you got film developed at the local store? Technology advances but that does not deal with all of the film prints that we have acquired up until this point. If you are anything like me, something that has been on your bucket list for quite some time is getting all of those all cherished family photos uploaded to the internet cloud. When I heard of the Epson V550 photo scanner, I was very interested to give it a review. This scanner is capable of scanning not only your old print photos but “developing” scanned in negatives as well. It also contains a few special functions to remove dust and discoloration from your photos automatically.

Scan your family photos

Quick Review of the Espon V550 Photo Scanner

Epson V550
Epson V550

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Can scan negatives (and several sizes of negatives)
  • Fast scanner with very good quality – no “warm up” time
  • Built in Photo Retouching – Doesn’t add a lot of time
  • Removes scratches and dust in “ice mode”

Cons:

  • Instructions are not detailed (even online)
  • No ability to upload “directly” to the cloud – Pictures are held first
  • Software has many options that can take some time to get use to

The scanner itself looks like most scanners. The software installs quickly and easily and includes a few different scanning applications. There is no photo editing software built in. There were a few things that I found tricky with the setup though.

As already mentioned, I was most looking for an option that would allow me to upload photos to the Internet to make sure that I would always have access to the photos in case anything ever happened to them physically. Regardless of doing a search online, the Epson help sections were confusing (simply telling me to “click the Facebook button” which I couldn’t find) and I was unable to find exactly where I was allowed to upload photos directly to Facebook, Google Drive, or even Flickr. Basically, there are two separate software applications that get installed from the CD. 1) Epson scan, the other 2) Easy Photo Scan. Easy photo scan is installed in a separate windows directory, Called “Epson software”. Not the standard “Epson” directory that I was using. Easy photo scan is a kind of “Overall” application that holds all the photos you scan in a temporary holding area and then you can do a batch upload all at once to your favorite Internet service. It actually launches “Epson Scan” to do the actual scanning in the background. So I hope that this helps save someone else who is looking for that section in the future.

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Without Color Restoration Scan
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With Color Restoration (so Worth it!)

All in all, I really tested the scanner out, scanning in about 1000 photos/negatives. Some tips for anyone who is planning on uploading their photos as well:

Top Tips for Backing Up And Scanning Your Family Photos

1. Make sure you sort through the photos in advance. If you’re anything like my family there are lots of pictures of scenery, landscape, pictures around the house, fluffy photos that may not be that interesting now that you look at them years later. Select photos that have meaning to you to scan in. I focused on People, pets, and “locations that have changed”. This scanner allows you to scan in a roughly 4 photos at a time. Sometimes depending on the size of the photos, a few more. It suggests that you have an inch of space between all of the photos. But I found if you tilted the photos onto the end fit for a nicely.

2. Once you get familiar with the scanner I stopped using the easy photo scan option and simply got the system down using the push scan button on the front. Make sure to check the box to not display a warning screen in advance and you can get a nice little system going to scan photos quickly. I uploaded all the photos to cloud at the end. It wasn’t worth the extra time hassle of scanning into “easy photo scan”. If you were only planning on scanning in a photo or two this would work great to upload a great “throwback Thursday photo” a week for example.

3. Make sure you check the photos color restoration option. Many of the photos I had from the 70s were red tinted discolored. This checkbox automatically removed the tint and made them much clearer to see. It didn’t add much time. It took roughly 30 seconds or so to scan 4 photos in with color restoration on. Worth it. Another note here. Make sure you go inside the scanner and “remove the white plastic scanner mat”. The instructions are not very detailed and again, I kept receiving an error message “please remove the document mat and/or close the document cover”. I had no idea the white cover should be removed, nor was it mentioned anywhere on the instructions.

4. Getting a nice system going is your best bet, or break up the scanning into a few days. It really didn’t take as long as I thought it would once I get the pattern set up.

Some more overall thoughts;

  • The auto crop function is amazing. As long as you leave enough space between the photos you can scan in more than one photo at a time. Sometimes it didn’t detect it but its easy enough to crop. Previous scanners did not have this function and the Auto Crop is a HUGE time saver in backing your photos up.
  • The power button is located on the side, but the light is on the front. Kind of strange and I read online many people had issues finding it.
  • There is no “warm up” time like there is on many other scanners. This saves lots of time.
  • You can play with the settings in the software for quite some time. There are tons of options to get your images scanned in just right.
Always was a geek
Always was a geek – basic photo scanned in
Overall, if you are looking for a scanner to backup your family photos, or have the ability to scan in a weekly “throwback thursday” post. This scanner is perfect for the job. The quality of the images is great. I was pleased with this scanner and think you will be too. Make sure you set aside the time to get your memories backed up. You’ll feel awesome when it is done.  Make sure you set aside the time to get your memories backed up. You’ll feel awesome when it is done.

 

Epson Canada  has given me a Scanner to giveaway to one of you lucky readers! If you would like to get your photos backed up enter now!

 

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Disclaimer: Epson Canada provided me a unit to review. My thoughts are my own. They are also providing the prize fulfillment for this contest. This giveaway is open to readers in Canada only.
95 Comments
  1. Bev says

    I like how you mentioned that this scanner is perfect for throwback thursday photos. There are so many TBT posts nowadays!

  2. Emilia says

    This motivates me to get cranking and scan my photos. I need to invest or win one first.

  3. sarah sar says

    Oh how I’ve always wished to have a scanner like this. I have albums and albums of old family photos that I’d like to scan on the computer and share on FB! I love love love the fact that you can scan negatives!

  4. Emilia says

    No warm up time, I like that, saves time and energy too

  5. Amy Heffernan says

    Would be so good for scanning all my family photos.

  6. Andrea Amy says

    This would be awesome for scanning in all the thousands of pictures I have of my oldest 2 sons (before digital cameras were a thing lol). Thanks for the chance. Looks amazing.

  7. Bev says

    This scanner would be perfect for scanning my old baby pics!

  8. Yuen Chik says

    This would be perfect for my family photos!

  9. Carol Oddy says

    Would be great to win this with all the photos I have from years ago!!

  10. Carol Oddy says

    Love this contest, scanner would come in handy with all my old photos.

  11. Bev says

    This would be perfect for scanning pictures from my childhood!

  12. sarah sar says

    This would look so cool in my home office 🙂

  13. Eldon L says

    Thanks for the chance!

  14. Paresh Pandya says

    looks like a cool tool to have for photo buffs

  15. jay nelson says

    I have a large number of historical family photos and I would love to have “safe” copies which I can hang on the wall without fearing that I may damage the originals.

  16. Edmond Leung says

    . To scan my art work to work. SOS. Help. Pick me, pick me! Your next winner!!! Show me the money!!! It would be a dream come true & means more to me than anyone else to win. Starving artist here desperately needs the Epson to work & eat again. Winner, winnner. Chicken dinner. A life changing experience. Top of my bucket list. Thanks for the awesomeness, the contest, & generosity. Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest!

  17. Paresh P says

    the technology has come a long way since 20 years ago

  18. Bev says

    This scanned would be well-used for my pictures from the 80’s!

  19. Carol Oddy says

    Would love to win this prize, it will really be put to work on all my old photos.

  20. sarah sar says

    Would love to scan my kids artwork with this!

  21. Yuen C says

    I still have my 15+ year old scanner, its huge!

  22. sarah sar says

    My current scanner doesn’t scan sharp images anymore….really need to upgrade!

  23. Paresh says

    My old scanner is quite finicky lately 🙁

  24. Eldon L says

    Would love to try this scanner

  25. Bev says

    I would scan old family photos from the 1960s with this scanner!

  26. debbie paisley says

    I like that there is no warm up time.

  27. BlessedTA says

    Thanks

  28. sarah sar says

    Would love to try an Epson product!

  29. MrDisco says

    This would be good for backing up hardcopies of photos

  30. Yuen C says

    Thanks for the chance!

  31. Carol Oddy says

    Just read Dying for light, do you really like zombie games?

  32. sarah sar says

    I love the auto crop function in this! Being able to scan more than one photo is such a time saver!

  33. Casey E. Palmer says

    Way to scan old negatives in without bogging down my precious RAM?

    SOLD.

  34. Judy Cowan says

    This sounds like a great scanner, I would love to be able to copy a bunch of our old family photos. The Color Restoration feature is something I really like.

  35. Bev says

    This scanner would be great for photos of my grandparents! They are celebrating their 50th anniversary!

  36. MrDisco says

    a great piece of tech for the gadget lover

  37. leah m says

    My current scanner is quite outdated. This reminds me I need to start looking around for a new one. They are such useful tools!

  38. SUMMER PLEWES says

    This would be wonderful. I have lots of old photos that I found recently that I need to scan.

  39. sarah sar says

    I have lots of photo for which I’d be using colour restoration! Oh to get them to look like new again!

  40. Carol Oddy says

    Have years of old photos that I could use this scanner on, would be so excited if I won!! Want to put together a scrapbook for my son, he will be 28years old in September 11/2014. His Sixteenth birthday was celebrated with the planes going into the tower in New York, that is all every-one was talking about!!

  41. Yuen C says

    I found lots of old photos in my basement, would love to scan it with this scanner!

  42. Bev says

    I have a lot of old family pictures that need to be scanned! This scanner would be perfect!

  43. Carol Oddy says

    Thank you very much for this contest, would use the scanner with a whole lot of old pictures of my son, want to make him a scrapbook.

  44. Eldon L says

    I could use this scanner for my old family pics!

  45. MrDisco says

    This would also be good for scanning receipts

  46. heidi c. says

    I would love to win this to scan all my family pics!

  47. sarah sar says

    Very handy for the home office too…scan memo notes, receipts, bills, etc!

  48. Yuen C says

    Thanks!

  49. MrDisco says

    awesome contest

  50. Cathy C says

    Wow I have a stack of old photos I would love to scan and save. My parents would like multiple copies of so many pictures and this would make the job so much easier!

  51. Bev says

    I would love to use this scanner for throwback thursday instagram posts!

  52. MrDisco says

    perfect for photographer enthusiasts

  53. Eldon says

    Scanning baby pictures would be great

  54. Bev says

    I would use the scanner for old family photos!

  55. MrDisco says

    oddly enough, i just had need of a scanner and didn’t have one handy 😐

  56. Jeannie Lam says

    I think we could really use a scanner, considering how many pictures we take of our kids and I would like to scan older photos of my parents too.

  57. Bons says

    Thanks for chance to win an Epson scanner. I could see me going paperless with this!

  58. Alan Darnell says

    Amanda;

    I was hoping to win this scanner since I have three teenage girls and wanted to capture all their photos in one specific area. They are all adopted from around the world and technology from when we adopted them is out dated. Being unemployed for 18 months has made it impossible to go out and buy a scanner. If you have an extra one I would appreciate it very much. I am not begging, but simply trying to figure out how to consolidate photos on my limited budget.

    Thanks,

    Alan Darnell

  59. Amy Lovell says

    I could def use this to make copies of our learning info

  60. Amy Heffernan says

    Looks like a great scanner!!

  61. Marlene Vazquez says

    I really like that it has the feature of Color Restoration

  62. Mark Martin says

    Great website

  63. Virginia Buck says

    The ‘ice mode’ would be a fantastic feature. Photos get damaged over the years.

  64. ivy pluchinsky says

    looks like an awesome scanner

  65. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says

    looks like a awesome scanner

  66. Maggie C says

    This reminds me of all the old pictures I have with my siblings and parents. I should scan them too…

  67. kristen visser says

    That is so neat!! I need one these. looks like a great quality scanner

  68. Rebby says

    I would LOVE this to preserve old photos!

  69. Vesper Meikle says

    I have a lot of old photographs that would be great to preserve

  70. Martha Martin says

    Nice scanner.

  71. Gene D says

    i have an epson multi-printer/scanner/fax and its terriffic. I’m sure this is even better as a standalone

  72. Judy Cowan says

    This sounds like a great scanner, it would definitely come in handy for preserving some of our old family photos!

  73. Vesper Meikle says

    Looks like a job for those winter evenings

  74. sarah jackson says

    I love epson , my very first printer was an epson and today I still use an epson scanner/ printer , actually just scanned a ton of old pics the other day for a family member

  75. Heidi c says

    Looks like a really good scanner. It would be nice to have one.

  76. Angela Stevens says

    Wow too bad I missed this awesome giveaway

  77. Vesper Meikle says

    It’s a pity I didn’t know about this site last year – I would have like to have entered

  78. Glogirl says

    Looks like a great product. Would be perfect for photo projects!

  79. Vesper Meikle says

    I have some important documents which would be great to scan and store for safe keeping

  80. Elizabeth Vlug says

    What a great looking scanner. I have boxes of old photos that could definitely benefit from this. Now I just have to get organized.

  81. Judy Cowan says

    I think a scanner like this would be very handy to have! Going to have to think about getting one.

  82. Vesper Meikle says

    I have a few negatives which are too old but might get preserved with this

  83. Vesper Meikle says

    I like that it can remove dust and discoloration from photographs automatically.

  84. Krista Miller says

    Yes those old photographs from the 70’s seem to scan odd colors.. it’s great with the color restoration to bring it more neutral again. We just got an Epson scanner at the office and it is a beautiful machine, we all love it!

  85. Vesper Meikle says

    I like that it is a fast scanner with no “warm up” time

  86. Vesper Meikle says

    I like the Built in Photo Retouching

  87. Alison Braidwood says

    This is such a good idea. I found slides of me as a toddler with my late mother and would love to have proper/scanned versions of them.

  88. Domenique Currie says

    Great contest… too bad most of my photos are digital now.

  89. Vesper Meikle says

    I like that it removes scratches and dust from photos

  90. Lisa Neutel says

    this is awesome ..i love that i can use it for my old photos

  91. Carol M says

    Thanks for the review.

  92. Angela Stevens says

    Thanks so much for the amazing blog and unbelievable giveaways.

  93. Yuen C says

    Great scanner!

  94. Vesper Meikle says

    An affordable scanner is good news

  95. Angela Mitchell says

    I’ve never even thought of backing up old photos with a scanner but it’s such a great idea!

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