CNET First Look
Epson FastFoto streamlines photo scanningA simple solution for speedy print digitizing.
Everybody has at least one person in the family with heaps of printed photos. They've been meaning to turn them into digital images but they don't have the technical know-how or just haven't mustered up the energy to deal with the tedium of sorting, scanning, and organizing them. Sure they could send boxes of photos out to a service, but many people are a little too risk-averse for that. So the Epson FastFoto FF-640 scanner's for them. FastFoto looks like a typical sheet set scanner, but it's specifically designed to handle multiple photo sizes ranging from two by two, to eight and a half by one-twenty, and a stack of up to 30. It also has a neat novelty, which is the ability to scan the back of the photo to capture any notes. And it's pretty fast I clocked it at 1.6 seconds per photo for 4 by 6's at 300 dpi. It comes with custom software that's pretty basic. It lets you batch name the scans which is nice and perform some automatic corrections and color restoration. There's also a browser which lets you do basic cropping and rotation or apply the same automatic corrections One nice touch is being able to insert a created date into the photo metadata. However for the sake of simplicity the software is too limited and it's not smart enough which means there's still a lot of pre and post scan sifting and sorting to do. And at least to my eyes the scans and automatic corrections aren't great. The corrections increase contrast so you lose detail and the color restoration is way too blue. Plus the scans really soft, even at 600 dpi. And while you can use it as regular document scanning, it's still kind of expensive at $650. [MUSIC]