One additional fine point: If you press the “eject” button with no media inserted, the media-handling system will re-initialize, which includes recalibrating for the proper light level with no media in the track. The Vuescan ads, etc, are misleading This software provides the scanning control and color correction functions it is fully automatic nothing to set. I’ve used it to scan about slides and negatives so far and it’s running like a champ. In the previous shot of the histogram window, you may have noticed the exclamation points at the two ends of the curve.

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Very easy to use. This item doesn’t belong on this page. You can download the S20 drivers here Rather than view digital cameras, scanners, and printers as isolated accessories to home or office computers, they’ve taken an approach more oriented to users interested in photography for the sake of the pictures themselves.

With this as a backdrop, we confess that we approached the “sharpening” function in the PhotoSmart S20’s software with something less than enthusiasm. The trick is to know when to stop stretching, so you don’t lose detail at either end of the range.

When its low cost is factored into the equation, the PhotoSmart S20 is practically a “no brainer” for photo enthusiasts wanting to bring their film-based images into their computers! We felt we had the best results with a setting of about At the risk of losing the editorial objectivity we strive for here at The Imaging Resource, we have to say at the outset just how much we liked this scanner: The only feeding problem we had was with some very thick, phtosmart slide mounts, which the feed rollers had a hard time gripping.


The RAM size and disk condition photos,art important because they affect how much of the image data can be held in memory at a time.

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Proper color-correction of color negatives during scanning turns out to be quite an art: Imagine our surprise then, when we came to the honest if reluctant conclusion that the PhotoSmart software’s sharpening function produced better results than we could achieve in Photoshop! See details for description of any imperfections.

THX for the Link! Click here for a print-optimized page. The downside of the device is that it is very slow. We were always able to correct for any sloppiness in print-feeding with the software rotation control though. Best Selling in Scanners See all.

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Message 2 of 8. This is extremely rare, based on our experience in testing a wide range of different scanners. It turned out that light reflections phtoosmart the scanner caused the feed rollers to cast shadows on 2s0 of the print under them. Another common situation is that a number of images will need more or less similar setups, as they were all captured under similar conditions.

But I’m getting old slides turned into digital format, and it’s working very well for that.


HP Photosmart S20 Scanner 10 product ratings 4. Thus, sccanner “dark” end of the histogram has almost no data present in it. You may also like. This PhotoSmart film scanner scans prints up to 5×7 inches.

All the way to the right results in neon-bright colors. Slide previews took about 15 seconds, print previews about 16 seconds for a 4×6 inch printand film strip previews about 38 seconds for a strip of 4 negatives the longest strip that can be previewed – if you have longer strips, just flip them around to preview the images at the other end. If you have an older Windows ’95 machine, you’re probably out of luck, even if the motherboard has USB ports, as they really weren’t supported properly until the “B” version.

Download the calibration card from the site below This is because, according to most experts, the typical photographic print doesn’t have more than about dpi of resolution in it! Scanning the Q60 test target slide at a resolution of x pixels took 45 seconds for the scan time, and an additional 22 seconds for processing, resulting in a 6. Dear Sir, I have the same problem and tried a dual version with XP. Message 6 of 8.