In September 2005 Epson quietly (at least for me) introduced its new scanner Perfection 4490 Photo which was supposed to update the series of scanners targeted at photo amateurs and advanced users.
It is especially for such people that the company equipped the scanner with a hardware dust and scratches removal technology called Digital ICE for Film which had been earlier available in the top-end Perfection 4990 model (for details see our article called EPSON Perfection 4990 Scanner: Dйjа vu?).
The Perfection 4490 comes to the American market in Photo and Office versions, the Office one featuring an automatic document feeder (ADF). The ADF is an optional component in the version for the European market. As usual, let’s first read through the official specs of the scanner.
So, this model can digitize images at a maximum optical resolution of 4800dpi and a color depth of 48 bits. Specifically for scanning negatives, the optical density is 3.4Dmax and the included holders can be used with 35mm film and slides as well as medium-format films. Mostly because there is an office version of the scanner, its declared reliability is higher than that of other Perfection series models at 36,000 movement cycles of the scanning carriage. You are going to learn some more details about the Perfection 4490 in the next section of the review.