Product Comparison: Epson V500 vs Epson Perfection V550

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General Specifications
Perfection V500
Perfection V550
About the Product
The Epson Perfection V500 Photo offers extraordinary quality and versatility with 6400 dpi resolution and a LED light source for greater productivity -- all at an amazing value. Remove dust and scratches from slides, negatives and film. Or, restore faded color photos with one touch. Then, take your photos further with the included Adobe® Photoshop® Elements. When it's time to archive important documents, you can scan multiple documents fast with the optional automatic document feeder. It's all at your fingertips with this powerful performer. Best of all, the energy-efficient LED means you can work smarter with faster scans and lower power consumption. Plus, with no warmup time, it's easier than ever to get started.
The Epson Perfection V550 Photo features amazing performance and versatility for any project. 6400 dpi resolution ensures images are sharp and vivid, whether you're scanning film, slides, negatives, photos or everyday documents. And, it makes it easy to create enlargements up to 17" x 22". The V550 Photo will automatically upload your scans directly to Facebook, Picasa, popular cloud services and more.1 Plus, at the touch of a button, you can restore old photos and negatives, thanks to Easy Photo Fix. Or, use DIGITAL ICE to remove the appearance of dust and scratches from film. The V550 Photo features energy-efficient, ReadyScan LED technology for high-speed scanning with no warmup time.
Key Specs
Scanner Type
Resolution Up to
6400 dpi
6400 dpi
Duplex Scan Function
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Epson V500 Perfection Photo Scanner
  • I really feel this scanner was a wise investment, and with over 10,000 images that I have been scanned, it's still going strong. I highly recommend it.
  • I absolutely love this scanner! I can not say enough good things about it. After my gran passed we found boxes of photos and negatives of the family. Wanting to keep these I bought this scanner- and I am so happy I did.
  • I'm very pleased with the quality of the scans produced by this scanner. I've scanned both photograph prints, as well as 35 mm slides with it.
  • Epson takes their photography products very seriously, and this scanner is no exception. Epson has a full line of Perfection scanners. This model (V500) is somewhere in the middle between casual amateur and hardcore professional.
  • Great stand alone scanner with nice features. A little tough on understanding all the various modes and settings. But it is easy to set up and scan almost right out of the box, if you want to finesse your scan it will take a bit of study.
Epson Perfection V550 Photo Scanner
  • For older pictures or documeents you can adjust the resolution. I keep it on 300 DPI for most scans. Produces good results at a reasonable time.
  • The scanner is fast if one selects a lower resolution. Photos can be scanned at 300 dpi or 600 dpi and 24-bit color.
  • When scanning film or slides, 1200 dpi or 2400 dpi and 48-bit color should be the norm. Takes about 17 minutes to scan four slides.
  • Don't buy the Epson Imperfection V550 if you need high quality scans. I'm scanning in photos and negatives at high resolution and need a clean scan. However the scanner has big dust particles on the under side of the glass inside the machine where it can't be cleaned.
  • Scanned some 35mm on it at full resolution and the scans seemed dull, flat, almost down-right fuzzy. At full resolution this guy is down right cumbersome in operation and the result are fit merely for small-print family mementos and no more.
Size & Weight
4.5 in.
4.6 in.
10.7 in.
11.2 in.
18.7 in.
19.1 in.
8.8 lbs.
9.6 lbs.
Documents, Photos, Film, Negatives, Slides
Documents, Photos, Film, Negatives, Slides
Scanner Depth
48 Bit
48 Bit
Maximum Document Width
8.5 in.
8.5 in.
Maximum Document Length
11.7 in.
11.7 in.
What customers say about "Scanning"
Epson V500 Perfection Photo Scanner
  • I have used the scanner for photographs and documents, and have converted articles to editable text, all with no problems and excellent results. Still, slides/film is where it shines, thanks to ICE.
  • I wanted to scan old negatives and slides. This scanner does a very nice job. It wanted something faster but could not afford it.
  • I've also scanned a variety of paper documents with it, both color and black and white, and it works fine for that as well. All in all, I have been extremely satisfied with this scanner.
  • The film frame feels flimsy. I'm waiting for one or more tabs to break on the clip that holds the negatives in place.
  • If the strip hangs out of the scanner even a little it will totally mess up and give you garbage. You'll likely want to cut the roll into two shots segments.
Epson Perfection V550 Photo Scanner
  • High-quality scans for a flatbed scanner at its price. Can scan slides, negatives, and medium-format film as well as prints. Digital ICE hardware-based dust removal for film. Can upload scans directly to Facebook and cloud-based services.
  • As for the scanning and features, I love it! Have been scanning tons of old negatives and photos from an inherited collection, and am extremely happy with the speed and quality of the images.
  • Great scanner. Scans multiple photos at once. Photos look good. Works with mac.
  • The Epson does a good job of color and brightness correction and I only touched up a couple of the slides that were not perfect exposures to start with. It will scan 4 slides at a time. It takes about 2-3 minutes to scan and save the 4 slides at a resolution good enough for 4x6 prints.
  • This scanner works beautifully. Quick, high resolution scans. Easy to install, but be sure to download the driver from the epson website.
Automatic Document Feeder Included
Included Software
ABBYY FineReader® Sprint Plus 5.0 (MacOS), ABBYY FineReader® Sprint Plus 6.0 (Windows), Adobe® Photoshop Elements 4 (MacOS), Adobe® Photoshop Elements 5 (Windows), Epson Copy Utility, Epson Creativity Suite, Epson Event Manager, Epson File Manager, Epson Easy Photo Scan
Epson Scan with Epson Easy Photo Fix® technology, Epson Easy Photo Scan software, ABBYY® FineReader® Sprint Plus OCR
Accessories Included
Hi-Speed USB 2.0 cable, AC adapter and power cord, Scanner software CD-Rom, Film holders for: 35mm film and mounted slides & 6 x 22 cm medium-format film
Hi-Speed USB 2.0 cable, AC adapter and power cord, Scanner software CD-Rom, Film holders for: 35mm film and mounted slides & 6 x 22 cm medium-format film
Scanner Connectivity
Hi-Speed USB 2.0
Hi-Speed USB 2.0
Multi marking, Multi-purpose user interface, Automatic de-skew, Miniature preview pictures, Auto-rotation, Unsharp Mask (USM), Descreening, Digital Ice technology removes dust particles and scratches from images, Energy-efficient LED light eliminates warm-up time while allowing faster scans, Easy Photo Fix quickly restores faded photos with one touch
Multi marking, Multi-purpose user interface, Automatic de-skew, Digital Ice technology removes dust particles and scratches from images, Mercury-free LED light source
What customers say about "Features"
Epson V500 Perfection Photo Scanner
  • The software is intuitive and easy to use, and works great on the Mac. It's easy to select just a portion of the image to scan. The scanner is very quiet when scanning, you can hear it, but it's not too loud.
  • Faced with the task of scanning slides, prints, and negatives I researched and bought my first scanner. As the bulk were slides and negatives I picked the V500 because of the Digital Ice feature.
  • Still works for more than 4 years. Haven't replace anything, parts since I bought it. Running wonderful! Has been connects to 5 different computers, with no troubles.
  • The scanner's CPU seems to spend a lot of time thinking, even when it's not processing an image. Cutting out a lot of this processing overhead would cut scan times almost in half.
  • I'd like to see a 110 film adapter for the film frame. I have an archive of 110 negatives that I want to scan in. One user mentioned using PostIt Notes on the glass platen for a makeshift frame. I'll try that, but I wish I had something more permanent.
Epson Perfection V550 Photo Scanner
  • Easy to install software & set up. Packaging protects device from damage. Hinge stays open on 2 angles.
  • Software was easy to install and fairly easy to execute. Take the time to read the instructions before you start. This will save you a lot of time and make the process much easier. Scans are clear.
  • If you are scanning a lot of pictures at first, you can create folders in your pictures file, then drag and drop as the scanner goes to the next picture.
  • HUGE. You need a lot of room. It seems to think it knows what should be turned (lots of pics put in correctly get turned upside down). Overall, happy with the product.
  • Assembly of the scanner was NOT in a dust free environment as other have noted! Rather large footprint taking up space on my desk; but it is not too heavy to move around or store until needed.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
ENERGY STAR® qualified
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