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 Does what I need it for. Any product is as only as good as if the purpose you purchased it for and it fits your needs. This scanner replaces my old Microtek scanner that did not support Windows Vista and above. It works well and copies all the materials accurately and automaticlly. My one criticism is SLOW. Slow to warm up and slow to send the image to the printer. I use it mostly for music scores and every note is clear and staccato. June 3, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Upgraded from the Scanjet G4010 Well, we had a bunch of old family photos and 35mm film. Fortunately we don't need to mess around with slides but this G4050 scanner is certainly up to that task as well. The 4050 comes with every lid attachment holder you can imagine and some we'll never need. But the way I see it, it's better to have them and not need them than to need them and not have them. I didn't mean to get all Nanny McPhee on you but in this case, it's true. The G4010 as a flatbed page scanner or a single strip of film scanner works just fine as the engines in the 4010 and the 4050 are the same. It's more a matter of convenience when you're dealing with many little film strips. With the G4050 you're swapping out a lot less. My one and only complaint is that it takes quite a bit of time for it to heat up for the 1st scan only. After the 1st scan it's pretty fast. Plus with the 96-bit 6-color dual-pass scanning, the output is FANTASTIC! I would highly recommend this scanner to anyone that needs to scan a lot of film strips, a lot of 35mm slides or a lot of film prints. If you're just using your scanner to save records, you could get off a lot cheaper. Great scanner! June 3, 2011
Rated 1 out of 5 by TERRIBLE SUPPORT When my old computer died of an enlarged capacitor and I bought a new machine with Windows 7, I downloaded the software for my HP Scanjet G4050. The PDF scanning operation now does one page and then quits. The .TIFF scanning operation now scans all the images into a single file that cannot be dis-aggregagted. When I called HP for a simple answer, they wanted money! I'll never buy another HP Product! March 4, 2011
Rated 2 out of 5 by Not user friendly I purchased this scanner to replace an older Epson which also scanned photos and slides and negatives. I had misplaced an integral part and could not scan slides on the Epson. So I replaced it with this updated HP model. Mistake. This scanner came with no manual and directions on the web are confusing and contain information for a different model which makes it even more confusing. There is nothing intuitive about this scanner. The Epson was simple to use and provided excellent results. If I ever get this one to work properly - maybe it will too, but I have spent many, many hours trying to figure it out to no avail. HP you need to improve your method of communication with your customers. January 11, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by G4050 Scanjet Photo Scanner G4050 Scanjet Photo Scanner I purchased this scanner, as an "add on" to go with my New laptop;. HP Pavilion dv6t SE, Select Edition customizable Notebook PC ------------------------------------------------------------ Components: • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit • Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-720QM Quad Core processor (1.6GHz, 6MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 2.8 GHz • 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) HD 5650 Graphics [HDMI, VGA] - For Quad Core Processors • 8GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm) • 640GB 7200RPM Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection ------------------------------------------------------------- I thought I would have enough power to scan 20 years of negatives, prints and slides. This product was being promoted as a scanner capable of "superior color accuracy, high-definition scans with 4800x9600 dpi" Copying Slides: At resolutions of 1200dpi or more, which are necessary for slides, the scanner is excrutiatingly slow. The driver does not permit you to set up for batch scanning of multiple prints or slides - requirements for each photo must be set individually. The scanner is inconsistent in recognizing more than one print at a time. Sometimes it recogizes only one, sometimes more than one, and the scan must be set up for each scan. I set the scanner at its maximum definitiion and encountered the warning about exceeding capacity. The scanner suggested copying at its default setting of 200ppi instead. When I made prints at 4x6 inches, they were not very sharp. and the 8.5x11 size prints were worse. However, the color, brightness, and contrast were all very true to the original slides. If a person was limiting print sizes to 4x6, then results provided by the G4050 might be acceptable. Copying Prints: This scanner provides very high quality scans of printed photos - excellent color and detail. Unfortunately it handles slides poorly and the software is very "LITE". My MAJOR complaint! TWAIN driver has major problems: It contains errors, ignores some TWAIN commands, refuses to scan correctly sized images and crashes, all depending upon the image being scanned. Summary: This is an excellent scanner for one printed photo at a time, bad for multiple prints on a page, and not very good for slides, Software issues? So, for the money, this is the best scanner that I found out there. January 10, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Scanner better scanner than even HP thinks as they could sell sooooo many more if they only knew. to a large format film guy (like me) this is got lots of bang for the buck. they do not mention that one can scan 8x10 transparencies and that one can lay the film right on to the glass. no focus issues.....very forgiving scanner in this respect. i have been experimenting with the lid action and it can be made to 'fool' the HP software into allowing a scan with transparency mode and lid up. why? because one can use this as a back for a bellows camera. though be prepared to getting a 'puter with LOTS of ram. so, because of this machine i am now compelled to build a 'puter with lots of ram. i can think od a host of accessories for this scanner and hoping that HP does not discontinue this product because i can scan and makes for a project idea at the SF Exploratorium. cons: no sane-project stable driver; no pinout info on cable that connects top top bottom. January 9, 2011
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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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