Epson v600 vs v800: Which Epson Perfection is Better?

Today we are going to compare Epson Perfection v600 vs v800. They both come from the same manufacturer but are have some different options and price. We will try to make a conclusion if the price difference is justified, and which scanner should you choose.

Epson v600 vs v800

Both of these scanners are intended for amateur use, although Epson Perfection v800 can be placed into the Semi-professional category. Even some professionals confirm using it.  It has been on the market since 2014. Although seasoned, it can still be called a newbie, when compared to the Epson Perfection v600, which was released back in 2009. 5 years is a long time in the technology industry, so it is expected that Epson v800 has more advanced features. The higher price says so. We will see if it is justified.

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 Perfection V800

Epson V800

  • Optical resolution: 6400dpi
  • 4.8 Dmax for smooth gradations
  • Epson’s Dual Lens System
  • Digital Ice removes dust
  • ReadyScan LED light source no warmup
  • Film holder set included
  • SilverFast SE included
  • Optional fluid mount tray
  • Built-in 8″ x 10″ transparency unit

We will compare Epson Perfection v600 and Epson Perfection v800 in five different categories:

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

After that comparison, we will compare their pros and cons, and hopefully, it will help you decide.

Epson v600 vs v800: Scan Quality

Epson Perfection v600

Scanning resolution is up to 6400dpi. It can scan photos, documents and pretty much everything. It uses ABBYY FineR Sprint PlusOCR to convert scanned documents into editable text. A special feature is the Digital ICE for films and prints, which enables you to scan old films and photos and get amazing quality. It reduces scratches, dust and the damage that the photos suffered through time. The downside is that the process is slow, so you are going to have to wait for several minutes for the scan to be complete.

If you are not satisfied with the results, ArcSoft PhotoStudio and Easy Photo Fix feature can help. With one press of a button, pictures can be significantly improved. ReadyScan LED technology enables the scanning process to begin immediately after the execute the command, there is virtually no warm-up time.

Epson V600 Features

The built-in Transparency Unit, accommodates slides, negatives and medium-format panoramic film up to 6 x 22 cm. The users are very satisfied with the quality of photos scan, and especially with the film and negative scans, so there will be no issues here.

Epson Perfection v800

The younger Epson product has all the features that v600 has but improved, and then some. The Dual lens system swaps between 6400dpi for slides and film, and 4800dpi for photos. In addition to Digital ICE, it has a Dynamic range function, 4.0 DMax optical density and SilverFast SE8 software can accurately reproduce tonal range and gradation of the original.

ReadyScan technology enables scanning to start right away, with no warm-up time needed.

Thanks to the film holders with adjustable height control it can scan 35mm strips and 4×5 inch large format film. It can also scan non-standard film formats up to 8×10 inch when placed directly on the scanner glass. For some films, like 12 mm and 13 mm there are specific scanning masks which would fit Epson v800. You can find them online.

The downside, if it can be called that way, is that the film and slide holders have adjustable feet to help with focus, and they can be moved accidentally when you are changing the film. So you have to check regularly if they are in place, holding the film firmly, otherwise, it will lose focus.  But if the manufacturer made them harder to move, it would be more time consuming to replace the films, and more easy to break.

Some of the users complain that the glass on the film holder can present a cleaning challenge, but it enables the film to stay flat, which is especially important for old, curly, and wrinkled films.

Both of these scanners may have a problem with some films, like Kodachrome. On them, the IR dust removal feature might not give good results, and it prolongs the time needed to scan. There is a probability that you would be better to scan normally, and then use the software provided to improve the scan.

The winner

Without a doubt, the Epson Perfection v800 takes the win here. More advanced software features, improved film holders, (v800 can scan 12 slides at the time, compared to 6 on v600), and adjustable lens make this scanner a great tool even for professionals.

Epson v600 vs v800: Connectivity

Epson Perfection V800 Features

Epson Perfection v600

This is an older model. It 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 may appear with Mac OS. Installation for the scanner is not on the disc, you will have to download it. Some problems can arise. 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 v800

The default connection setting for this scanner is Hi-Speed USB 2.0 cable, but as this is a newer device, there is a Wifi connection available also. Just make sure that the scanner cover is down when changing the settings. Otherwise, it will report an error.

The winner is Epson Perfection v800. The main advantage is that it has a WiFi connection capability.

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Epson v600 vs v800: Size and Design

Epson Perfection v600

The dimensions are 19 x 11 x 4.6 in, so it really can’t be called small. But, it is not larger than the competition. The design is very outdated, and it has been for a long time.  It won’t win any beauty awards, but thanks to its functionality, users overlook that.

Epson Perfection v800

The dimensions are 19.80 x 12.13 x 5.98 in. so it pretty much fits in the standards for the category. The design is basically a rectangle box, but thanks to some stainless steel details, and nice looking plastic, the overall impression is good.

The winner is Epson Perfection v800. Although slightly larger, the design is much more modern.

What’s in the box?

Epson Perfection v600

In the box, beside 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 V600 - What is in the box

Epson Perfection v800

Epson Perfection V800 Photo scanner,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, LaserSoft Imaging™ SilverFast® SE,Hi-Speed USB 2.0 cable, AC adapter and power cable

Epson Perfection V800 Review

The winner is Epson Perfection v800, It has newer programs on CDs and more film holders.

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Value for Money

Epson v800 comparison

Epson v600

This is a very good scanner, and most of the customers agree that it exceeds their expectations. It provides excellent value for the money.

Epson v800

This scanner comes with a price around three times higher than the v600. It is a great scanner, with amazing features, and amazing results. it is a question though, are the results three times better. Of course not, but sometimes you will come across damaged photos or films that require those special features. So, if you are dealing often with this kind of problems, the price difference is justified.

The winner is Epson v600. Although v800 has better lens and features, most of the average users will not benefit enough from it in order to justify three times larger expenditure.

 

Final recount

Out of five categories, Epson v800 won in four, while Epson v600 won in one category. It is more modern, with better lenses and features, better connectivity, and better results. It only lost in the value for money category, because it costs three times more than v600.

Digital Ice for Film

Pros and Cons

Epson v600

Pros.

  • Easy to use
  • Digital ICE light
  • It can scan old films and negatives
  • Scan several films and photos at once
  • It can convert a scanned document into editable text

Cons

  • No Bluetooth, Wi-Fi connection

Epson v800

Pros.

  • Excellent scan quality
  • Advanced software features
  • Dual lens system
  • Digital ICE light
  • USB and wifi connection

Cons.

  • High price

Final verdict

This is a clear victory for the younger Epson v800. But the result needs to be looked according to your needs. Epson v600 will satisfy most of the amateur users. If you are a professional or aspiring to be, then the features and technology improvements on Epson v800 might be just what you needed.



 

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