Epson FastFoto FF-640 High-Speed Photo Scanning System with Auto Photo Feeder
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Preserve what’s priceless. Quickly scan your photo collection in a whole new way with the innovative FastFoto FF-640 — the World’s Fastest Photo Scanner (1). Protect your photos and save time and money by doing it yourself. With the FF-640, you can scan thousands of photos — as fast as 1 photo per second (2). Single-step Technology automatically scans both the image and handwritten notes on the back. Restore faded photos, and upload high-quality images to the cloud. Seamlessly digitize life’s special memories. The FF-640 was designed to accommodate fragile photos or even large panoramic photos.
- Brand: Epson
- Model: FF-640
- Released on: 2016-09-15
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 8.10" h x 11.80" w x 8.70" l, 8.80 pounds
- World's Fastest Photo Scanner - scan thousands of photos as fast as 1 photo per second.
- High-quality scans up to 600 dpi - scan precious images, from wallets to panoramic photos.
- Preserve what's priceless - Restore, Save, Organize and Share images.
- Ideal for life's special events - easily create slideshows, displays and more for anniversaries, weddings and family reunions.
- Custom FastFoto software - bring new life to old photos automatically with Smart Photo Fix (SPF) Technology, red-eye reduction and color enhancement features.
Most helpful customer reviews
228 of 237 people found the following review helpful.
I ordered it immediately and I could not be more pleased about the time it saves me
I wish I could give this 10 stars. Being the family historian by default, I spend much of my spare time scanning everyone's old photos. When I first heard about this gem, I ordered it immediately and I could not be more pleased about the time it saves me. It scans faster than our office copy machine makes copies. That alone is worth 5 stars. It also copies the back of the photo if there is anything written on it. PRICELESS! Then it auto adjusts the photos (white balance and color) which saves me hours of Photoshopping to do the same. It even lets you name them as you scan them. I can't say enough positive things about this smart gadget, and how many years it is probably going to save me. Now if only someone could come up with a time saver for taking all the photos out of the old sticky photo albums!! :)
81 of 81 people found the following review helpful.
Almost a Great Product
This unit has the potential to be a phenomenal product, but has a potentially serious flaw. I have scanned over 5,000 prints with it and find an issue with it putting a bluish blob in the middle of scans, which is quite visible on faces and white backgrounds. I contacted Epson and they replaced my first unit. The new one was ok for a while, but is now doing this also. It's particularly frustrating because it is erratic.
After extensive testing, best I can tell is that the flatness of the photo (not surprisingly) is quite important. The scanner really hates (understandably) cupped photos, which make it jam or not even feed. When you get them to go through, however, they almost never have this problem, possibly because they are pushing up closer to the scanner glass. Concave photos (scan surface curved away from lens) seem more apt to have it. I can't blame the unit for poorly stored photos that aren't totally flat, nor can I definitively say this is the problem. Be aware if your photos aren't flat, you may want to take measures to flatten them first. I'm sure this will be a problem for many people. I am curious if anyone else is seeing this problem or has other explanations. I have cleaned the daylights out of it so that is not the problem.
In all other ways, I can mostly echo the positive comments made. A very fast, clever, unit with mostly good UI software that also does a good job of enhancing photos with the exception of red eye which is pretty bad. The red eye feature either misses red eyes or puts masks not on the eye or on spots like nostrils. It is also quite sensitive to dust--if you don't clean every five rolls or so, it is easy to get dust lines on your scans. On the flip side it is very easy to clean. It is expensive, but if you have a lot of photos and the time, it's easily worth it compared to outsourcing, especially if you split the cost with other family members/friends. Really great document scanner also when used with Epson Scan software.
I would really like to hear more from Epson about the blob problem and perhaps see more scan pressure on the paper, or maybe an accessory to help flatten photos if that is indeed the problem.
148 of 158 people found the following review helpful.
extremely fast scanning with good photo enhancement capability; very expensive
By Terry R. Nye
I switched to all digital photography many years ago due to the high cost of film and photo processing and the ease of digital photography. For years, though, I have wanted to scan my old print photos and convert them to digital files for permanent archiving. In the past I have used a flatbed scanner for scanning photos, but it is just too slow and cumbersome to scan a large number of photos in a timely fashion. I own a Fujitsu ix500 ScanSnap scanner that quickly scans both photos and documents that I use mainly for document scanning, so I was quite interested to see how the Epson FastFoto FF-640 scanner would compare.
The scanner sent to me for review arrived well-packaged with firm Styrofoam protection to prevent damage. The size of the scanner is not large at all, and it is pretty much the same size as the Fujitsu ix500 scanner. Included with the scanner are instructions for setting it up, a power supply with cable, a USB cable to connect it to your computer, a small cleaning cloth, and a transparent scanning carrier sheet for scanning of more delicate or oddly shaped photos. Oddly, unlike any other scanner I have owned, no installation disc is included, and you are directed to Epson’s web site to download the necessary scanning software to use the scanner. This is really my biggest criticism of this product. At this price point there is no excuse for not providing a software CD with the scanner. I hope Epson will make this change in future production.
The only assembly necessary to operate the scanner is to snap in the top photo/document feed tray into the top of the scanner. This was a somewhat awkward process, and it took a few tries before I could get it to snap into place. Once snapped into place, though, it was quite secure. You have to download and run the software installation before connecting the scanner to your computer. There is a basic installation software package that gets you started. Once you have installed the basic software and connected the scanner you can download additional software to add OCR functionality and features for greater scanning configuration. It is well worth the time to download the added software , and it is a free download. After downloading and running the installation software it will direct you to attach the scanner to the computer to finish the software installation. You have to turn the scanner on by pressing the power button in order for this to occur. After completing the software installation you are ready to scan. I had no difficulty installing the software on a desktop computer running Windows 10 Professional, 64 bit.
I scanned some standard 4x6 inch photos and a slightly larger photo to try out the scanner. The basic photo software has a default setting of 300 dpi resolution, but this can be adjusted up to 600 dpi. Using the upgraded software, though, you can scan up to 1200 dpi. The higher the resolution you select the longer it takes to scan, although even at 1200 dpi it scanned a photo in only a couple of seconds. At 300 and 600 dpi the scanning speed is much faster. This is an extremely fast scanner and scans photos significantly faster than my Fujitsu ScanSnap ix500 scanner. The only real time consuming aspect of scanning with this Epson scanner is making the configuration settings prior to scanning. Once you have done this, though, you can load up the top feeder with up to 30 photos and scan very quickly.
The software is a little clunky and confusing to use. It takes a while to get it figured out, especially in trying to define where you want files saved and how you want them named. The software remembers those settings, so if you want to change resolution, the name for scanned photos/documents, or location to be saved you have to go back and change the configuration settings before each scanning session. In that aspect, my Fujitsu scanner software is far superior as it is simpler to use. Where the Epson FastFoto software excels, though, is in its ability to enhance photos for you. You can do this either manually or have the software do it automatically for you while it scans. You also have the option to have the software save both an unenhanced and enhanced photo automatically so if the enhanced photo is not to your liking you won’t have to re-scan. The photos I scanned for the purpose of this review were older, slightly faded photos. They looked far better with the software enhancement, which was impressive.
One thing not advertised prominently about this scanner is it can also scan documents up to a full standard 8-1/2 by 11 inch page. It also does both front and back image scanning, which is great for documents that are two-sided. These can be saved as either an image file or a pdf file by adjusting the configuration settings. If you download and install the software upgrades you can create searchable pdf files with the scanner. The scanner documentation advises you not to scan items printed on thermal printer paper, though, which is a drawback as many receipts are printed on thermal paper.
There are some drawbacks to this Epson scanner when compared with Fujitsu’s similar ix500 scanner. As mentioned early on, there is no software installation disc provided with the Epson scanner which is really inexcusable at this price point. The Epson scanner design leaves the top opening of the scanner exposed. You will need to use a cover of some sort to prevent dust from gathering in the scanner (Fujitsu’s scanner has a folding lid that covers that opening). The FastFoto software is somewhat clunky and confusing, although it does offer a much wider range of scan configuration and photo correction features that are superior to the Fujitsu product. The biggest drawback is the Epson FastFoto scanner costs about $250 more than the Fujitsu ix500 scanner. Neither the Epson FastFoto or the Fujitsu ix500 scanner can scan negatives, so you will need to look elsewhere if you desire that feature.
Overall, the Epson Fast Foto FF-640 scanner is a lightning fast scanner that does a very nice job of scanning photos and documents, including business cards and credit cards. It is significantly faster than the Fujitsu ix500 ScanSnap scanner, which is also a very fast scanner, but the Epson scanner also costs a great deal more. For scanning primarily photos, though, the Epson FastFoto scanner would be a better choice if you have lots of photos to scan and want automatic image enhancement as the Epson FastFoto does this very easily and with lightning speed. The Fujitsu scanner is better suited for document scanning, and while it can scan photos it lacks the scanning resolution and image enhancement features that Epson offers with its scanner. For primarily document scanning, though, I think the Fujitsu ix500 scanner is simpler to use and does a better job of helping to organize scanned documents at a much lower cost. If you plan to scan lots of both photos and documents then the Epson FastFoto scanner may be the best choice if its high price is not a deterrent.