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 3 out of 5 No Vista Software Available Disappointed to see the software supplied is for XP only. Vista OS will not allow you to load it. March 26, 2007
Rated 1 out of 5 by HP drops the ball on this scanner This scanner is not compatable with Windows Vista. It's not as if HP didn't know that Vista was coming. At the very least they should note that the Scanjet G4050 is not compatable with Vista at this time. When you call their support they apoligise and telll you that they will have download available soon. I have had this product for over a month now and am still unable to use it to scan slides. March 25, 2007
Rated 1 out of 5 by Absolutely stinks Below par product, should have been properly developed before being put out for sale. Very slow at scanning negatives, and image resolution leaves a lot to be desired. Quality is good, but it's too slow, and the resulting images are too small, even at the highest resize. Returned mine right away. March 12, 2007
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very Impressive I have been scanning all my negatives from 1990 until 2003 (which is when I finally broke down and bought a digital camera) and this scanner has surpassed my expectations. It is simple to use, yet very powerful. The image quality is sometimes even better than the printed photograph I got from the developing place at the grocery store! If there’s one area I could improve (I am an engineer, and constantly looking for things to improve), I would consider redesigning the film tray (and the photo/slide trays). The negative strips usually come in lengths of 4 pictures each. The film strip takes 6 per slot. I find myself either having to cut film strips in 2, to add to the 4 that are in the slot, or leaving a space open in each slot. If the slots were arranged vertically instead of horizontally, you would be able to have the exact strip size, and you would be able to fit the same number of film negatives in the tray. Same with the other 2 trays, the more pictures that can be scanned, at the same time, the better! March 8, 2007
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Scanner The G4050 is my 3rd HP scanner. I upgraded from the 1st and "wore out" my 2nd. I mostly scan photos; thousands. As with any new software, I had to get use to the new software with the G4050. The software has many more features with it that I have yet to try out. I have a seperate leading photo software program and I use that for organizing. But the HP seems to have a nice progrom for that. What I particular like is that you can scan more than one photo at one time and the G4050 automatically crops each picture and it does a great job at automatically cropping. Then it re-scans and automatically gives you individual scans. Before you "Accept" the scan, you can manually adjust the cropping of each picture if you have to by just clicking once on the scan that needs adjusting (rarely required). Great feature. (The older models did not do such a good job at automatically cropping.) The "Auto Straightening" leaves a slight bit to be desired. I also like the fact that it gives me a choice for 48 dpi or 96 dpi. I mostly use the 48 dpi for snapshots, as it is faster, and the 96 dpi for portraits, which is a bit slower. And certainly not least, I really like the lid handle that HP put on this one. It makes it much easier & quicker to raise the top. You will like that. (If you get one, don't forget that HP put an off/on switch at the back of the G4050.) The only thing I miss from my last HP scanner is the automatic photo feeder. (HP no longer makes a low end scanner available for auto photo feeding.) This was really great for scanning lots of 4 x 6 photos. However, once I have completed scanning my thousands of photos, I suppose the auto photo feeder option would not be so important with digital camera these days. Overall, I give the G4050 very high marks. I strongly recommend it. February 19, 2007
Rated 2 out of 5 by G4050 Disappointing This product was being promoted as a scanner capable of "superior color accuracy, high-definition scans with 4800x9600 dpi" and capable of scanning various photographic formats including 35mm color slides (like Kodachrome) and even negative color film strips. At first, I tried to copy a magazine back cover to check that the unit was working and to become familiar with the controls. I set it for maximum resolution (there was lots of fine print on the item to be copied) and this would give an indication of its resolution. Immediately, the scanner indicated the setting exceeded its capacity. Instead, it suggested copying at its default setting of 200ppi. I then tried setting it for a midrange resolution of around 3600. Again, it displayed the over-capacity warning. I tried lowering the setting to 1200 ppi and the copy began, however, the machine had altered the scanned area from a full page to only the lower left quarter of the page, which it proceeded to copy and send to the file folder. Since 95% of my reason for purchasing the G4050 was to scan, and save on CDs, my collection of around 3,000 Kodachrome color slides, I proceeded to install the slide holder device and placed 16 slides in position for copying. Note that being able to copy 16 slides at a time is a great feature. I have used another brand of slide scanner, and the process of loading no more than 4 slides at a time made for a tedious and labor intensive operation, since each scan cycle required around 20 minutes. I set the scanner at its maximum definitiion and once again encountered the warning about exceeding capacity. For the record, my CPU is a one year old HP Media unit with a 200GB hard drive with 172 GB free space. The scanner recommended its default definition of 200 ppi as an alternative. I worked my way down the definition scale from 9600 ppi trying to find a point at which copying would commence. I don't recall at what point that happened, but soon after scanning began, the G4050 indicated the size of the resulting file would be 44.9 GB ! I canceled the process. I lowered the definition setting down to 1200 ppi, overode the repeated advisory to use 200 ppi, and proceeded to have all 16 slides copied which took about 30 minutes. For each slide copied, the resulting image file size was around 9 megapixels. That pixel count is more than adequate for sharp prints up to 8.5 x11 inches, so I was optimistic. However, when I made test prints at 4x6 inches, they were not very sharp. Needless to say, the 8.5x11 size prints were far worse. I should mention that the color, brightness, and contrast were all very true to the original slides. I have returned the scanner for a refund. I do not believe that images with 9 megapixels should produce anything less than a very sharp result. I have 40+ years of photography experience, beginning with home-processed and printed black and white. My Kodachrome slides were all taken with Leica cameras, known for their very sharp lenses. I can project my slides to images that are 10 feet wide and their sharpness is indisputable. I do appreciate HP's efforts to provide a device that can assist in efficiently converting slides to digital images. I also apprreciate their willingness to accept a return of their merchandise.. Unfortunately, the G4050 does not meet my requirements. If a person was limiting print sizes to 4x6, then results provided by the G4050 might be acceptable. February 14, 2007

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Warranty information

This product is covered by the standard HP warranty

Support information

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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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