Epson Perfection V800 – The Out of the Box Scanner

Epson Perfection V800 Review
  • Features
  • Performance
  • Photo Quality

Bottom Line

For customers looking for the ultimate scanner to digitize memories and professional quality prints, this is the ideal scanner. It is not for those on a budget, however it is worth every penny.

Pros: The Epson Perfection V800 Photo Scanner is a powerful scanner that works for documents, photos, and film negatives. It includes a batch scanning feature for slides, and includes the necessary film holders. The 6400 DPI resolution puts it as one of the highest resolution scanners on the market.

Priced at over $700, the Epson Perfection V800 Photo Scanner is cost-prohibitive for most basic users, yet affordable for business users. To harness so much power, the unit is a bit bulky in size, which can take up a considerable amount of space in your office.

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The Epson Perfection V800 Photo Scanner is a top-of-the-line scanner that allows users to scan both photos and documents, as well as film negatives and slides. It is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems, working for systems that run Windows XP through WIndows 8.1, as well as Mac systems running 10.6.x through 10.10.x. It uses a high speed USB 2.0 connection. It is an upgraded version of the Epson Perfection V600 model.


The Epson Perfection V800 Photo Scanner  comes with the state-of-the-art 6400 dpi optical resolution. It features and a remarkable shadow detail in tonal range to allow for smooth gradation and find shadow detail. The absent exclusive dual lens system automatically chooses from two lenses to produce the optimal results based on what you are scanning. Digital IC technologies automatically remove scratches and dust from the surface of the image to minimize retouching costs and time. The readyscan LED light source allows for fast scans with no required warm-up time. The scanner includes lasersoft silverfast SE software to allow for easy editing and organization of your files. For those who need precision film scanning, a specialized fluid mount option is available, though it is not included.

The optional fluid mount tray offers additional advantages as it cuts down on light refracted through the film strip. It also helps to keep the film strip flat to ensure optimum focus and helps to fill in scratches on black and white film. The included film holders can accommodate up to 12 35mm mounted slides, three 35mm film strips of up to 18 frames and one medium format strip and one 4” x 5” frame.

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Scanning Speed & Photo Quality

In high-speed mode at 4800 dpi a full-color or monochrome scan will take approximately 12.3 ms per line. Scanning speeds are not available for the higher 6400 dpi resolution though will be a bit slower. The resulting photo quality is quite high.

When scanning with the absolute perfection the eighth hundred scanner, the dual lens system will automatically place the optimum lens in the right path depending on the media scanned and your chosen resolution to ensure you get the highest quality scan possible.

The included software allows you to control shadows, highlights,  gradations, sharpening, scaling, descreening, and both selective and global color. The software makes it easy to restore faded photos to their original colors using the easy photo six scanning technology. With just one click, you can brighten old photos, remove dust, and include backlight correction. The scanner quality is above satisfactory, because of all the features it has.


When compared to the Canon CanoScan MKII Color Image Scanner, we see a much greater resolution on the Epson unit. Though the CanoScan MKII can also do film and negatives, it does not include the option to add fluid mount tray. When compared to the Canon CanoScan LiDE110, there is even less maximum resolution. We no longer see the ability to scan film and negatives, though it the CanoScan LiDE is far more affordably priced. While the Pandigital Personal Photo Scanner/Converter is more affordably priced than the Epson, it does not have the resolution power, or the ability to use a wet mount film tray. The Pandigital Scanner can scan photos to SD cards, meaning there is no need to use a computer with it. Compared to the Doxie Flip, the scanner is large and bulky, but has considerable boost in power and function. The Doxie Flip is meant to be portable as it is cordless, whereas the Epson Perfection V800 is meant to remain stationary.

Warranty and Support

The Epson Perfection V800 Photo Scanner comes with a one-year limited warranty in the United States and Canada. For those looking for additional protection, a one-year replacement or exchange extended service plan is available for $39.95. A two-year replacement and exchange extended service plan is available for $69.95. Exchange plans are also available for $69.95 and $99.95 for either a two-year or three year plan. These exchange plans include next business day exchange. Customer service is available via email, local service centers, phone, and Postal Service mail.


The Epson Perfection V800 Photo Scanner is a highly powerful piece of equipment. For the average user just looking to scan basic photos, this machine has too much power. For the photography professional, this has everything you need to digitize client photos, as well as provide top-of-the-line restoration services. Though the price is expensive compared to other scanners on the market, the value makes it worth the investment.

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