HP Scanjet G4050 Photo Scanner


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UPC: 882780686793   Part: L1957A#B1H


  • Industry leading color accuracy using world's first 6-color, 96-bit scanning. Capture colors that are 40% more accurate[2] than other scanners, for true-to-the-original scans. High capacity adapter to scan up to 16 slides or 30 negatives at once.


Superior, industry leading color accuracy.[2]

  • Get superior color accuracy and photo reproduction[2] with 6-color, 96-bit scanning—exclusive to HP.
  • Enjoy high-definition scans that make beautiful reprints with 4800 x 9600 dpi resolution.¹
  • Preserve crisp text in documents with scans that deliver archival-quality results.
  • Edit text from scanned documents and magazines—such as letters and articles—using included software.

Scan and restore even more slides and negatives

  • Scan up to sixteen 35 mm slides or 30 negative frames—and other film sizes—using a built-in adapter.
  • Remove dust and scratches at the touch of a button—without the need for software touch-ups.
  • Bring old or damaged photos back to life by restoring faded color using included software.
  • Remove red-eye and enhance details in dark photos using HP Real Life technologies.

Quickly and easily preserve and share memories

  • Enjoy quick, easy scanning of multiple photos, slides or negatives, and then save as separate files.
  • Quickly and easily scan, make reprints or copy documents and save images at the touch of a button.
  • Easily organize, edit and e-mail photos—without large file attachments—using HP Photosmart software.
  • Scan more than just flat items to get surprisingly realistic scans of books and larger items

[1] Maximum resolution not available when scanning negatives in 6-color. Maximum resolution is limited by available computer memory, disk space and other system factors.

[2]Compared to in-class scanners, color accuracy testing by Image Engineering, December 2006. For detailed results and a list of tested scanners, go to http://digitalkamera.image-engineering.de/index.php/Publications.

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  • Up to 4800 x 9600 dpi

Control panel

  • 4 front-panel buttons (Copy, Scan, Scan film, Scan to PDF)

Bit depth

  • 96-bit

Scannable media types

  • Paper (banner, inkjet, photo, plain), envelopes, labels, cards (greeting, index), 3-D objects, 35 mm slides and negatives (using transparent materials adapter), iron-on transfers

Input type

  • Flatbed

Auto document feeder

  • None


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  • 1 Hi-Speed USB 2.0


  • 11.93 x 20 x 4.25 in


  • 11.6 lb

Supported operating systems

  • Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows XP, Windows 2000, Mac OS X v10.6, Lion and Mountain Lion

Energy star

  • ENERGY STAR® qualified; EPEAT ® Bronze

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Customer ratings and reviews for HP Scanjet G4050 Photo Scanner

Rated 1 out of 5 by Vista 64 Warning I bought the G4050 right after it was released as part of an upgrade to my digital darkroom. It advertised many features that I considered important to my workflow, including being Vista compliant. It is not at all. A very disappointing purchase. A year and a half later there still has not been an upgrade to permit me to get any functionality out of the scanners advanced features or utilitze the scanner for every day simple scans. January 10, 2009
Rated 3 out of 5 by Slow, slow, very slow going As photo scanners go, this one is pretty good -- especially if you do not plan to print your photos in large dimensions. My purpose was to archive 6,000 slides from my parents. Being able to do 16 slides at a time is wonderful, however, each scan takes about 1.5 to 2 hrs. from start to finish. I have set the scanner to 2 passes for optimum quality at 300 dpi. Every slide needs to be reviewed in the preview to make sure that the scanner has located the exact picture area. Some slides are adjusted for color and/or lighting. However, the results are variable. Often the pictures end up with some snow (white dots). I can only do 2-3 scans a days as when the unit heats up, it tends to start malfunctioning -- not scanning every slide or not allowing color adjustments. Even so, this scanner is one of the best out there. December 1, 2008
Rated 3 out of 5 by Tampa user I had replaced my previous HP scanner with the G4050 to allow me to scan in old photos and negatives. I have a HP desktop with Vista. I loaded the scanner software designed for Vista. Initially it worked very well allowing for multiple image scanning. Over time the software has become more and more dysfunctional and now I can no longer scan multiple items arranged on the scanner glass. In fact I have to go in and out of the software 1 image at a time because the software creates an error otherwise. The image quality is excellent. Since I have a very fast copmuter, I have not had problems wifh file size and dpi options. I am amazed that HP has chosen not to produce a software for the device capable of running on Vista. I am happy with the image quality and would recommend the device on that basis. However, you will the patience of Job to scan large volumes of images with this device using a Vista-based computer. November 27, 2008
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Buy This scanner is a super addition to my home office. I love to be able to scan paperwork and all pages placed into one pdf file. HP makes it so easy to buy online and they have the fastest delivery. November 26, 2008
Rated 2 out of 5 by Issue with Slides I bought this unit for scanning 35mm slides, 16 at a time. Two major problems occurred: 1. About half the slides were not scanned correctly - either the top of the slide or the borttom of the slide was cut off. I think the scanning process is starting either a little too soon or a little too late for many of the slides, on a random basis. I can repeat the scan of the same slides and the problem still occurs but with different slides. 2. Occasionally, as many as 5 slides out of 16 are completely dark. They were not scanned at all, even though they showed up in Preview and were cropped and selected. Unfortunately, I am going to have to return this unit to the store for a refund. I may try a different unit in the hopes there is a hardware or software malfunction with the one I have. November 17, 2008
Rated 1 out of 5 TWAIN driver has major problems We develop dedicated applications for the pulp, paper and printing industries that use a TWAIN interface to the scanners. The G4050 driver is simply not ready for distribution. It contains errors, ignores some TWAIN commands, refuses to scan correctly sized images and crashes, all depending upon the image being scanned. Specifically: 1. GAMMA settings appear to be ignored. The command to set the gamma is acknowledged, but the image is the same regardless of the gamma setting. 2. Scanning a sheet with a grid of small black dots (0.1mm dots spaced 0.2mm apart) cause the G4050 driver to either crash (with an error message), or to scan an image much smaller than requested. Solid white samples and solid black sheets scan correctly, but samples with dots appear to confuse the driver. 3. Irregular shaped sheets (round papers) evokes random results, including crashes, incorrect sizes, etc. 4. The reported grayscale from a known calibrated gray target results in gray values that are very non-linear, probably because the gamma setting cannot be changed. November 13, 2008

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Warranty information

This product is covered by the standard HP warranty

Support information

Support for this product is provided by HP Customer Care

Returns & exchange information

The HP Home & Home Office Store will accept returns or exchanges for this product up to 21 days after delivery

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