The Epson Perfection 4870 Pro; Scan Film, Prints, And 3D Objects To The Max
Scans a variety of films, prints and objects
Fits on any desktop
Fast scan time
$599 (4870 Pro), $449 (4870 Photo)
If you need to scan prints,
film in small to medium format, or three-dimensional (3D) objects to
make extreme enlargements, here's a new scanner with superior
performance and professional level specifications at a reasonable price
point. Boasting an extreme hardware resolution of 9600x4800dpi with
a dynamic range of 3.8 and a maximum 48-bit color depth, Epson's
new Perfection 4870 flat-bed scanner replaces the previous 3200 model
and ships with a transparency unit cover, which will handle positive
and negative film up to 6x9". While its resolution surpasses that
of many dedicated film scanners, the 4870 Pro also includes top-notch
software that, if purchased separately, could cost as much as the entire
bundle with the scanner.
Setup And Controls
Objects (In 3D)
Sea Shell Test
The Time Test
For my final test, I scanned
a 35mm color slide. After cleaning the transparency and the scanner's
glass, I laid Epson's plastic frame for 35mm slides on the glass.
I placed one mounted slide in slot number 1 with the base side down and
closed the cover. In Photoshop, I chose File>Import>Epson 4870.
In Epson scan, I chose the Professional mode, Document type: film; Film
type: positive film and a resolution of 600dpi to capture a small image
of the slide. I then clicked the preview button to scan the page of up
to eight slides, which took under two minutes.
Size And Price
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