Epson v600 vs v700: Which Epson Perfection is Better?

We are already used to seeing great scanners from the Epson Company. Their Perfection series is on the top of the sales lists for years. But how much perfection do you really need, and are you willing to pay for? There is a wide range of models, and the prices are very different too. Is more modest v600 a better solution for you than the more advanced v700? In this step by step comparison, we will compare Epson Perfection V600 vs V700.

Epson v600 vs v700

We will compare them in five categories that have proven to be most important for the scanners:

  • Scan quality
  • Connectivity
  • Size and design
  • What’s in the box?
  • Value for money

Epson v600 vs v700

Epson V600

Epson V600

  • Create extraordinary enlargements from film — 6400 x 9600 dpi for enlargements up to 17″ x 22″
  • Scan slides, negatives and medium-format panoramic film — built-in Transparency Unit
  • Remove the appearance of tears and creases from damaged photos
  • Remove the appearance of dust and scratches from film
  • Restore faded color photos with one touch
  • Convert scanned documents into editable text
  • Quickly complete any task
  • Energy-efficient LED for fast scans
Epson V700

Epson V700

  • Optimize each scan with the exclusive Dual Lens System from Epson
  • Achieve professional quality scans — Delivers unparalleled performance with 6400 dpi optical resolution
  • Enjoy remarkable tonal range and greater shadow detail
  • Remove dust and scratches from film and many types of surface defects from prints
  • Batch scan multiple slides, negatives and medium–format film
  • Dimensions (W x D x H) — 12″ x 20″ x 6″ and Weight 14.5 lb

Scan quality is obviously important for a scanner, connectivity because you would like a fast and easy way of transferring images. The size -because you will need a place to store the scanner, and the design, well- you will have to look at it from time to time, and it is always better if it is something nice to look at. Finally, it is always nice if you receive all the necessary equipment in the standard package, and you don’t have to buy any accessories.

Epson v600 vs v700: Scan quality

Epson Perfection v600

Scanning resolution is up to 6400dpi. It can scan photos, documents and pretty much everything, convert scanned documents into editable text — ABBYY® FineReader® Sprint Plus OCR, but that is just one of the special features… A real deal maker is the Digital ICE light. That enables you to scan old films and photos and get amazing quality. It reduces scratches, dust and the damage that time did to those films and negatives. Even if you are not satisfied with the results, a provided software solution, in the form of Easy Photo Fix can be of great help. You can choose between one-button-restore function, or customize the whole process.

The downside is that Digital ICE, when used, significantly slows down the scanning process. What speeds up the process is ReadyScan technology. It enables scanning to start right away, with no warm-up time needed.

To make scanning films easier, some film and negative holders are provided. Unfortunately, some rare and older formats are not supported, so you will have to come with some interesting solutions to stop them from curling while scanning.

The users are very satisfied with the quality of photos scan, and especially with the film and negative scans. No major complaints are recorded.

Epson Perfection v700

Slightly newer, but much more expensive, so it is natural that it has more advanced features than the Epson v600.This scanner has The Dual lens system, which swaps between 6400dpi for slides and film, and 4800dpi for photos. This enables it to achieve much better scanning results.

Epson v700 is also equipped with Digital ICE technology for scanning old films and photos but not only that. It is backed up by Dynamic range function, 4.0 DMax optical density and SilverFast SE8 software that can accurately reproduce tonal range and gradation of the source photo or film.

It is worth mentioning again, that Digital ICE, when operational, significantly slows down the scanning process. ReadyScan technology enables scanning to start right away, with no warm-up time needed.

As far as the film holders are concerned, there is a film holder for up to four 35mm film strips with 6 pictures each (thus max. 24 pictures), one for up to 12 framed 35mm slides, one for up to two medium format film strips (à 3 pictures 4.5×6 and 6×6 and/or 2 pictures 6×7 to 6×9), and one for up to two 4×5 inch flat films

Epson Easy Photo Fix

Epson v600 vs v700: Connectivity

Epson V600 Features

Epson Perfection v600

This somewhat older model connects to the computer via Hi-Speed USB 2.0 cable, and no wireless connection is possible.  It does have shortcuts for the scan to be sent by email or transferred as PDF.

Problems can occur with Mac OS. Installation for the scanner is not provided, you will have to download it. Some problems can appear. One of them is that you cannot start to scan and then open another program on your computer. The scanning app will often go to sleep unless it is up front and you are moving the mouse.

Epson Perfection v700

The device can be connected to the computer either using USB 2.0 or Firewire IEE1394 and both cables are included in the package. Unfortunately, there is no wireless connection available.

The winner is Epson v700, but not by much. Its advantage is Firewire IEE1394 connection, but the evident disadvantage of both scanners is the lack of any wireless connection capability.

Epson v600 vs v700: Size and design

Epson V700 review

Epson v600

The dimensions are 19 x 11 x 4.6 in, so it will require some dedicated space. But, it fits in the standards of the category. The design is outdated, but thanks to its great performance, users overlook that.

Epson v700

The dimensions are 9.8 x 24.7 x 17.6 in. It is a large and tall device. It basically looks like a box.

But it has some nice stainless steel details that give an impression of high quality, which you would expect for the price.

The winner is –tie. The Epson v600 is smaller, but the v700 is better looking.

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What’s in the box?

Epson V600 - What is in the box

Epson Perfection V600

Epson v600

In the box, alongside the scanner, there is Transparency Unit that is built into the lid, 35mm mounted slides, and 6×22 cm Medium-format Film Holders, Scanner Installation CD-ROM, ArcSoft Photo Studio, Scanner Setup Poster, HI-Speed USB 2.0 Cable, AC Power Adapter and Cord.

Epson v700

Besides the photo scanner, there is a 8″ x 10″ transparency unit (built into lid), Four film holders: 35mm negatives, 35mm slides, 6 x 20cm and 4″ x 5″, Film Area Guide, Scanner Software installation CD-ROM, Setup poster,Hi-Speed USB 2.0 cable, Firewire IEE1394 cable, AC adapter and power cable.

The winner is Epson v700. It has more versatile film holders and a Firewire IEE1394 cable.

Value for money

Epson Perfection v700

Epson Perfection v600

This is an excellent scanner, and an average amateur user will hardly ever need more. The price is very well balanced, so the value for money is very high. Constant place in the top 3 best sellers is another proof of that.

Epson Perfection v700

The main target of the Epson Perfection V700 is photo enthusiasts and advanced amateur photographers. So it is easily concluded that the better features and performance will come with the larger price. The v700 is anything but cheap, but a 10-year presence on the market and high rankings are proof enough that the price is justified. For the people that need that extra performance, the price can be of less significance.

The winner is Epson v600. It is only due to the price that can be three times lower, and the average user will hardly ever utilize the advantages of the v700.

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Final recount

Out of five categories, Epson v700 won in three, Epson v600 won in one category, while one category was a tie.

Epson v700 is more modern, with adjustable lenses and better software features, slightly better connectivity, and better results. It only lost in the value for money category, because it costs three times more than v600. The only tie was in the size and design category because the Epson v600 is more compact, but the Epson v700 is much better designed.

Pros and Cons

Epson Perfection v600

Pros

  • Beginner-friendly
  • Great scanning quality
  • Digital ICE light, It can scan old films and negatives
  • Can restore photos with Easy Photo Fix
  • Scan several films and photos in one go
  • It can convert a scanned document into editable text
  • It is made out of recyclable materials

Cons

  • The design
  • Only Cable Connection

Epson Perfection v700

Pros

  • Excellent scan quality
  • Innovative software features
  • Dual lens system
  • Digital ICE light for old photos and films
  • It can precisely replicate the tonal range and gradation of the original photo or film
  • USB and Firewire IEE1394 connection.

Cons

  • High price
  • No wireless connection
  • Can be complicated to use for a beginner

Final Verdict

This is a victory for the Epson Perfection v700. But the battle may have been an unfair one. Epson v600 and v700 are not really intended for the same audience. While the Epson v600 will satisfy most of the needs, if not all of them, of an average user, the v700 is marketed for more experienced and demanding users, ambitious amateurs, aspiring professionals. So, naturally, the higher price will follow the better lenses and software features.

So, an average user, or an aspiring professional, which one are you, or do you want to be?

 


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