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 4 out of 5 by Excellent scanner I reviewed several scanners and the HP G4050 was the one best suited to copy slides, negatives, and old pictures. Some scanners can only scan one item at a time. Whereas the HP G4050 lets you place several items on the flatbed at the same time and the software has the ability to scan each of them as individual files automatically. June 12, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very Good Scanner I love it, the techology has greatly improve. It faster it give you a lot of control with your scanned items. And the sofware montiors all my hp printers. June 11, 2010
Rated 4 out of 5 by scanner works great, way to noisy!! June 11, 2010
Rated 3 out of 5 by Hardware is Excellent, Software Not Good I've read and agree with all the negative and positive comments made. I think I have experienced all the frustrations as well. My computer is self built AMD Dual CPU at 2.21 GHz with 2 GB of RAM. My Scanner came with software for XP and for Vista. I installed on XP. I am only interested in BATCH Slide Processing and in XP the scanner would show a memory error when scanning at 1200 dpi. It would however scan a full 16 slide tray at 600 dpi. I then found HP download for installing on Win 7/64bit operating system ((same computer I can dual boot)) so I did that. I am pleased to report I can now consistently scan 12 slides at a time at 1200 dpi. Only problem now is that twice now I have rebooted and the HP program will not scan at all providing an immediate memory error report. So far, this has been fixed by rebooting the computer until it decides to work--3-4 reboots for that to occur. What I notice is that my disk space on the C Drive "retains" about 1.5 GB of space for what I assume is a temporary file that the HP software uses. On shutdown, that file is not released and the scanner will not perform until my computer regains access to that 1.5 GB. ((There is still another 1.5 GB free on my C Drive but the scanner doesn't like it?)) Scanning at 6 colors and full bit and optimized for Kodachrome, I find the scanned slides not as good as the original but just the same as what my digital camera would take. I find image adjustment to be much easier and quicker after a straight scan is made. We always want better but I think this scanner is a sweet spot for what is actually available. I'd love to work with HP to redesign their gui. Why the template has their numbering scheme running backwards ((from right to left)) is beyond me, but we learn to work with it. One SAVE for this program: while it runs steady at about 65-80% RAM, and the dual cpu average about 50-80% and only occasionally spike to 100% usuage, the scanner does not interfere with other multi-tasks going on at the same time. That makes scanning slides in the background pretty easy and a real must. HP--if you ever make your software faster/better==please keep its ability to play nice with the multi-tasking computer. It will be fun to see how this scanner works with my next computer which I plan to be quad-core. Given I do alot of video work and camera work, I really don't understand why the scanning process takes so long. ((Varies from 15 to 25 minutes per slide depending on factors I cannot identify.)) Anybody know why? The computer certainly captures and transcodes HDTV much quicker. Seems there should be some technology transfer there to make the slide scanning much faster. There should be some way to "force" the software to use RAM memory only and not use page file? Hard to tell just what the software is doing in order for us end users to tweak the software/hardware to perform at its best. June 4, 2010
Rated 3 out of 5 by Scanjet G4050 Photo Scanner The software that comes with the scanner would not let OmniPage or PaperPort work. I tried to remove HP's scanner software but it was eveidently bundled with the driver. Anyway HP Tech Support (the fellows in India) could not help. I sent the scanner back and purchased a different flat bed scanner. It works great. I would recommend this scanner to anyone that did not use OmniPage or Paper Port. April 24, 2010
Rated 2 out of 5 by scanner G4050 and Windows 7 I loved using the scanner until I bought Windows 7...now it is not compatible with Windows 7 when I try to scan slides. Windows 7 does not seem to accept this scanner. Is there any way to correct this problem? I am able to scan individual sheets of paper but that is all. I would not recommend this to anyone who plans on buying Windows 7. It is a lovely scanner but...... March 12, 2010

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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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