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Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner Announced

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Epson Unveils Scanner Featuring 6400 DPI Resolution, Earth-Friendly LED Technology for Breakthrough Price Under $250 For Advanced Amateurs and Creative Consumers

Epson America, Inc. today unveils its latest scanner for the advanced amateur and creative consumer markets. The Epson Perfection V500 Photo color scanner provides professional results with 6400 dpi optical resolution to enable extraordinary enlargements at a groundbreaking price. Also featuring Epson’s new ReadyScan™ LED technology, which delivers fast scans and no warm-up time, the Epson V500 Photo is an outstanding value for only $249.99.

With 6400 dpi optical resolution, users can create 17″ x 22″ or bigger enlargements from film with incredible detail and accuracy. Additionally, with 48-bit color depth and a 3.4 dynamic range, the Epson V500 Photo produces scans with brilliant, true-to-life colors.

The energy-efficient ReadyScan LED technology completely eliminates warm- up time both when turning on the scanner and when switching back-and-forth between reflective and film scanning, as well as automatically turns off in standby mode, using less power while offering greater productivity. Because the LED is more efficient than cold cathode fluorescent lamps, users get fast scan speeds. The ReadyScan LED also adjusts color of the light source based on the type of original being scanned, using white light for positive film and blue light for negative film, to produce precise and efficient scans. Additionally, the mercury-free LEDs are friendly to the environment.

The Epson V500 Photo includes two powerful, yet easy-to-use complete photo restoration solutions for advanced amateur photographers and creative consumers, including Digital ICE™ and Epson Easy Photo Fix technology. Digital ICE is an innovative technology that easily removes the appearance of dust and scratches from film, eliminating the need for costly photo retouching services to get the best results. Epson Easy Photo Fix restores faded color photos, slides and negatives back to their original brilliance with one click.

“The Epson Perfection V500 Photo is an ideal solution for advanced amateur photographers, graphic designers and other creative consumers who are looking for a scanner that delivers professional quality scans and productivity at an affordable price,” said Grace Huang, senior product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America. “This scanner has the superior performance of a high- end commercial lab scanner, yet is designed to accommodate varying skill levels, whether for in-house use, the professional studio or small office. The scanner is yet another example of Epson’s unyielding commitment to deliver the optimal combination of technology, quality and value.”

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Adding to the productivity of the Epson V500 Photo scanner is a built-in transparency unit (TPU) with a moving carriage and lamp optimized for scanning multiple 35mm negatives, slides and medium-format film. The scanner can handle up to four mounted slides or two film strips up to 12 total frames, or medium format film of 2-1/4″, 120/220 and 6 x 12 cm. Additional features include an optional Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) that enables users to quickly scan multiple documents.

The Epson V500 Photo also comes with Epson Creativity Suite, which includes Scan to E-Mail, Copy Utility and Scan to PDF; Adobe Photoshop Elements; and ABBYY Fine Reader 6 Sprint Plus OCR (ABBYY Fine Reader 5 Sprint Plus OCR for Mac). The scanner is compatible with Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Macintosh OS X 10.2.8 and later, and is also TWAIN compliant.

The Epson V500 Photo can be purchased for an estimated street price of $249.99 from Epson authorized dealers, consumer electronic stores, mail order, distribution, and on the Epson Store Web site (http://www.epsonstore.com/). The optional ADF will be available for an estimated street price of $199.99 on the Epson Store Web site. The Epson V500 Photo comes with a one-year limited warranty. More information about the Epson V500 Photo and other Epson scanners is available at http://www.epson.com/ or 1-800-GO-EPSON (1-800-463-7766).

About Epson America, Inc.
Epson offers an extensive array of award-winning image capture and image output products for the consumer, business, photography, and graphic arts markets. The company is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) printers and transaction terminals for the retail market. Founded in 1975, Epson America, Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, a global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality technology products that meet customer demands for increased functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency. Epson America, Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif.

Note: Specifications subject to change. Epson is a registered trademark and ReadyScan is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. Easy Photo Fix and Perfection are registered trademarks of Epson America, Inc. All other products and brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks.

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