Perfection 4180 Flatbed Scanner (4800x9600, USB 2.0, PC/Mac) - Security Camera User Rating
Manufacturer: Epson
Model: B11B170011
Internal Scan Depth: 281.5 Trillion Colors (48-bit)
: Number of User Reviews: 7

Reviewed by: tlcb437 from WI on Nov 11, 2004

Experience: 2 Weeks

Strengths: photo scans better than expected, great scans for text.

Weaknesses: none

Summary: i have had trouble with scanners in the past. the epson 4180 photo scanner is simple and clear yet still offers many options. this is a great scanner, i would purchase one again.

Reviewed by: techlover from VA on Dec 8, 2004

Experience: 3 Days

Strengths: 4,800 x 9,600 dpi resolution, 48-bit color, 16-bit grayscale. Ability to scan multiple 35mm slides, negatives, and medium-format transparencies.

Weaknesses: Learning curve to use the product.

Summary: This is a great scanner. What sold me big time is the ability to scan medium-format negatives. My old HP scanner didn't have the ability to do it. The results are stunning with this scanner.

Reviewed by: ashgrove from KS on Jan 13, 2005

Experience: 7 Days

Strengths: Excellent quality. I am impressed with the results I'm getting from this scanner.

Weaknesses: Between all of the options on the scanner and the software provided with it, there's quite a learning curve. I recommend scanning a bunch of pics from one format before tackling the next.

Summary: This scanner has been a joy to work with in the week I've had it. I've got pics I took in Viet Nam with a Kodak Instamatic 100 camera with 110 film (both color and B & W). Very low quality, but the restoration job this scanner has done on them is amazing. I started taking slides later in that era with an SLR camera. The digitals that this scanner is turning out are 8 x 10 quality!! So far, I've scanned those color and B & W old pics, newer photographs that needed nothing but transferred to digital, slides, color negatives and scanned some document copies off to the printer. This scanner is way more than I expected.

Reviewed by: Malcoba28 from MD on Oct 5, 2004

Experience: 6 Days

Strengths: The OCR works great with text and handwriting. Pictures are easy with the adapter.

Weaknesses: None

Summary: I have had the scanner for 6 days and its been awesome to work with. It has scanned my text perfectly on the first try. I used it for pictures and it worked very well, better than my canon scanner did. I highly recommend it, if you can get in on with the $50 rebate.

Reviewed by: gooru from CT on Dec 28, 2004

Experience: 1 Days

Strengths: fast, good scans, good software bundle, Mac-compatible

Weaknesses: a little large, the film adapters don't actually all fit in lid

Summary: As a web designer and programmer, I often need to scan in pictures, graphics, etc. for posting on websites. This scanner works perfectly for that purpose, especially with my PowerBook. The software bundle that's included is impressive, though I wish it were easier to scan to PDFs. Some of the software is rather useless, though, if you already use software like Address Book or PhotoShop. The scanner works very quickly and provides high-resolution scans that are clear. The copy feature was also a blessing and worked seamlessly with my printer that's hooked up through Airport Express. There are only two minor things that annoy me about this scanner: the large footprint it takes up (though that's unavoidable with a flatbed scanner) and the three film adapters don't actually all fit in the storage area in the lid (I could only put two in there; the third went under the scanner in the space between it and the desk).

Reviewed by: optical from NC on Jan 11, 2005

Experience: 1 Days

Strengths: 4800 x 9600 optical resolution scans pictures very good, and can scan up to 4, 35mm negatives slides at one time.

Weaknesses: i had a Auto cropping problem on slides, ps i list how to fix this problem hear, and piture and slides scanned a little dark.

Summary: (Edited January 16th by optical) The Good or Pros

Picture image quality and slide image quality are very very very good, Crops photo perfectly. The way it can fix fade photo's and slides IS dam excellent very impressive. The resolution is excellent, captures lots of detail in photo and slide like it should. Over all the scanner is perfect for the average home user and photo pro's

The BAD or Cons

The Pictures where a little dark, so in the photo program i use i just click one time to lighten button and the photo is fixed then, if it is a very dark dark photo maybe 2 clicks of the mouse.

Slide's require more work if a slide is good and bright usually 1 to 2 click may do it, and you may or may not have to play with the color a little. if a slide is dark i had to use 4 tools to get them to look as good as the orignal and the color of the orignal photo. but it can be done and it looks very very good. i also use auto color in all case's.

The weird cropping problem, slides would get to much cut off the edge by the auto crop in the preview window, example of what i am talking about is if a slide had some one near the edge of the slide it mite cut the off arm, or if the persons head was close to the top of the slide it mite cut there off there head, in some cases it just cropped in the the wrong direction.

i read epson help files and it did not help that much. i figure out what the problem is in the end and how to actually fix it. Read below what the problem is and how i fix.

What the problem is ? answer below

What cause's this problem is light around the outer edge of the slides where the white slide touches the template that epson provides.

My way TO FIX it

1. A get a Peice of thin card board about the thickness of a ceral box and put epson slide template on top of the card board now trace in all the slide holes and on the out side of the epson slide template.

2. Now Cut the 4 holes out but remmeber to leave enough over lap in the slide holes to block the edge of the outer slides edges, so light will not show through, when the card board template sits on to of epson template it will have a over hang.

3. The last thing the card board cut out you made needs to stay still and be held flat down against epson slide template, i just took for 4 quater and put them on each corner edge of the card board template, that is right i am talking about a 25 cent piece on each corner.

As stupid as the above things sounds it fixed the problem of auto cropping in such away that i never have any cropping problem at all with my slides. Epson should have made a small cover sheet to fit on top of template, to stop light around the edges of slides. i plain to e-mail epson what i figure out.

Yes i would Recommend this scanner and i am a picky person

Reviewed by: JONATHANHO1 from CA on Jan 23, 2005





  • Compare prices: TC-DC58N Teleconverter Lens for Canon Powershot G3 Digital
  • Compare prices: Nikon 10x50 Action V Series Binoculars
  • Compare prices: 8x21 Outback RC II Roof Prism Binocular with 6.2-Degree Angle
  • Lowepro Nova 2 AW Camera Shoulder Bag - Black - Security Camera User Rating
  • Compare prices: DMR-E85H DVD Recorder (Progressive Scan, 120GB Hard Drive)
  • 512MB SD Memory Card - Security Camera User Rating
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition w/ SP2 - Security Camera User Rating
  • Compare prices: Canon Speedlite 420EX Flash
  • Compare prices: Rolleiflex 2.8 GX Medium Format Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) Camera
  • Compare prices: Sony VAIO USB Visual Communication Camera (PCGA-UVC11A)
  • Compare prices: Fisheye AF 10.5mm f/2.8G ED DX Autofocus Lens
  • Home Security Camera Background