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 Very slow This is a very slow scanner, if you want to use it for the highest resolution 4800x It takes 25 min to scan a 3.5"x4" black and white picture in the best resolution they offer. The scanners keeps giving you warnings that you should use a lower resolution. Why then did I pay $215 ??? If I wanted a 300x or 600x resolution I would have bought a cheap scanner. Very archaic, crude to use. I am returning mine. November 16, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Scanner Easy to hook up except the usb cable did not make good contact at first. When I called service they suggested that I plug it in and remove it several times to improve the electrical contact. That worked and I am up and running. Very easy to use with my Mac PowerBook G4 and scans with good quality for a <$200 scanner. September 16, 2009
Rated 4 out of 5 by HP Scanjet G4050 The G4050 Scanner works exactly as advertised and is actually better than I expected. I use the scanner on a Windows VISTA 64 bit system. Setup was simple and quick. Resulting Pictures are really good. The packaged editing software is good but I use my own editing software which is better. I wish the 2 gig limit on Resolution/Scaling was just a tad higher. When scanning 16 slides at once, I was limited to 1200 bits reso. and 300% scaling which is plenty good for just about any use, but what can I say, I'm somewhat of a perfectionist. But for the price you could not possibly ask for more. August 27, 2009
Rated 3 out of 5 by Great for slides, Painfully slow with film Does very well with 35mm slides and hard copy, but difficult and slow with 35mm film. Biggest problem is with 35mm film negatives. With film the software will often leave out a image and nearly always one or more with a full tray of film (20-30 images). You have to count film frames and compare to see if all were scanned. Also likes to run slides together or cut portions off. Find I have to re-scan film several times to get all the photos to register, and sometimes it just does not like a photo and will not register it at all. Tedious and a real challenge to determine out what images did not come through if you do not also have the prints of the negatives to use in comparison. No provision for, as a previous reviewer noted, that 35mm film is almost always cut into groups of four while the transparency mask is set for six. Go figure why there are not smaller blanks provided for the likely two open slots in each of the five columns. Suggestion: use newspaper gloves (thin cottom gloves, ~$1/pair) to protect scanner bed and film/slides/photos from fingerprints. The scan is VERY SLOW for film, the speed claims ("up to" 8.5 sec) is for PREVIEW, not for actually doing anything you would want done. More accurate in timing is the claim of 60 seconds per image to pdf, seems about the sampe to jpg. Figure 20 minutes to scan half a roll of film once. Will take multiple scans to get all the images to register. My estimate is one hour per roll (36 images) if you are lucky. Despite my quibbles, the device is the best out there for this type of consumer scanning application that I could find. The option is to use a commercial scanning service, not sure how good they are or if they scan film with any better accuracy. Good thing I am retired as this thing takes huge amounts of time in scanning film. August 23, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by HP Scanjet G4050 I just completed scanning 6430 35mm slides of my family and I am immensely pleased with this scanner. The quality fo the scans is outstanding which I agree is subjective but I was not scanning for commericial purposes. It scanned 16 slides of various densities in approx. 9 to 12 min. and I had the scanner set at 600 ppi. I would not hesitate to recommend this scanner to anyone for the above use. April 16, 2009
Rated 1 out of 5 by Works great for six months This Hp scanner works great for scanning old photos since you can scan four or five photos at one time and they will each have their own file name. The slide scanner is it's best feature as you can scan 24 slides at one time, also having their own file name. Scanning negatives is it's worse feature and is almost impossible. The reason I gave it a one star overall rating is that it develops a problem over time. In about six months it starts to show what looks like dust on the photos. It is a known problem that Hp doesn't seem to want to fix. I have followed their glass cleaning procedure to the letter, along with cleaning my photos/slides with a lint free cloth only to find that tons of dust show up on the final scan. Using the "remove dust" feature does not help so I am almost convinced that it is either a problem with the glass deteriorating with time or the scanning element going bad; either way it's a real problem that makes scans worthless. If a person is going to take all the time to scan photos and slides then they want them in almost as perfect condition as possible; at least as good as the original print. This is not the case. My old cheap scanner continues to work (without the dust problem) but I don't use it because it scans at a low resolution. If Hp could fix this known problem with the dust then it would be a great scanner but for long term use it's almost worthless. Don't suggest you buy it until Hp resolves the problem. January 11, 2009

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Warranty information

This product is covered by the standard HP warranty

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

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