Basically what I need is a decent quality scanner that will allow me to take the many photos (monochrome and colour) in both print and 35mm format and get them onto my computer to allow me to produce family albums and some quality prints for framing. It would be nice if I could also scan important documents (birth, marriage and death certificates and similar) in to complete the picture (no pun intended). Given the number of photos and slides, a level of automation (if within reasonable cost boundaries) and speed is also one of the considerations.
Ideally the scanner will also permit sending of the pictures/documents directly to my printer if I wish to do so.
I have looked extensively at the items available and advertised on this and many other sites but, with little knowledge of what the various specifications mean to the output quality, I am suffering data overload. I know that several people here use scanners to do similar tasks to that which I intend and ask for a little advice and suggestions on choice.
Looks as if it is now an Epson which reduces the field quite a lot. The V200 gets a few votes and is cheap. What are the main differences between the V200, 3490 and 4490 - apart from price. Is it speed, quality or what? And is the 4490 a newer version of the 3490?
Will I need additional software/leads?
Sorry to keep asking but it is the easiest way of getting answers!!
The title for the 4490 is much the same as for the 3490 used by Technotiger and is much the same price as you paid for your 3170. I have looked at the specification but can see no mention of included software (ABBYY Finereader 6) or hardware (USB lead) so I need to check this out.
If you have any comments on the V500 I shall be glad to hear them. Other than that it looks as if my mind is made up.