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 Dont buy this!!!!! I purchased this for the high capacity slide scanning. I am an advanced scanner user for the last 10 years. I use scanners for photos, documents, slides and negatives. This one couldn't make it past my initial testing on slides. First, the software is a burden for those not very familiar with scanning. It trys to make it easy by giving very few options on the main screen, but that just makes it difficult to find the settings you will need to be able to change. The finished scan on the slides: all were off center and missed part of the picture, while scanning some of the cardboard. This could be corrected by hand prior to scanning, but was very time-consuming and inaccurate as well. The finished "photo" from the slide scanned was poor quality. Blurry, a little off-color, pixilated, etc. They were all difficult to look at. I tried over 20 different settings to try to remedy this, but there was very little difference in visual quality-only file sizes changed. It even refused to allow me to scan at the hghest quality, saying the files would be too large., 5 gig each slide. Save yourself time and frustration and look for another scanner. September 22, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by High quality images I'm scanning 35mm slides and this scanner is performing better than I expected. Fast and easy to use. The scanned photos on my iMac look as good or better than the projected slides. Very pleased with its performance. September 8, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Product, Excellent Price great product, excellent price August 6, 2010
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good purchase The scanner works good. With the scanner HP Scanjet G4050 I bought OCR Software bij I.R.I.S. 8.0. This software never worked. What can I do to make it work properly? Kind regards, Han August 2, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great scanner I don't understand the people that say it is not compatible with Vista. I have had this scanner for over a year, and it has been running great with windows Vista ultimate. I have just upgraded to Windows 7 and it still works great. It is the 4th HP scanner I have owned and everyone has always worked great. Every few years, I upgrade to a newer model except once where they would not upgrade the software to windows HP and I had to buy a new one to work. I am not a fan of HP computers but I love their scanners and printers. I have always built my own computers since after my first one. July 13, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent Product This is by far the best scanner I have had for home use. I used it to convert my 35mm slides and to scan editable text. To this point of time all features of this scanner have worked well. An excellent product for the price July 2, 2010

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Owner support

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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