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 5 out of 5 by Excellent I bought this scanner with the intention of using it to scan 35mm slides to digital format. The program loaded right up and I was up and running, no problems. I have since scanned a couple of dozen slides and a photo or two. The photo scans as expected were right on the original. The 35mm slides copied quite nicely with color and contrast exactly like the slides. I have tried some high resolution scans and they are a bit slow but overall I am very satisfied with the performance of this unit. October 18, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Mac user UNFRIENDLY I've always supported HP products and highly recommend them. I switched over to Mac a few years ago and immediately realized my HP flatbed scanner wasn't mac compatible so I kept my old windows laptop. Recently, found an old photo box full of negatives so with intention of preserving the photos I purchased this new scanner. I have a new 2013 high end Mac Pro so memory/power etc.. isn't the issue. the HP scan software isn't mac compatible. I installed it reinstalled etc.. (I am VERY computer savvy so disclaimer not the user). To better explain, it will install, but like other reviewers stated- it will freeze up during use. I mean FREEZE UP STANDSTILL like windows normally does- i forgot about this because macs never freeze up. I spent twenty minutes tweaking/cropping negatives and scanned at 2400 which is half the max and WASTED TIME! Froze up and error messages states remove, power down etc... and restart. So again I repeated and same issue. After wasting an hour, I turned everything down and waited 20 minutes, restarted and rescanned etc.. then clicked save and it finally worked. Albeit I waited approximately 8 hours total for 7 negatives to complete. This is unacceptable especially since this defeats the purpose of the purchase. To further explain the software issue, HP scan will install correctly but when it comes to NEGATIVES it is hit or miss whether it's in the mood to function properly. Hp rep recommended the Mac imaging software but that didn't work either with the scanner (again, hit or miss). I am using the latest Mac OS and I'm assuming this is why I haven't seen any other review state the above. Why didn't I return it? I went away on vacation for two weeks etc.. too late to return especially when the wife threw out the box. Not to mention under $200 vs spending thousand's mailing the negatives to scan is a no brainer. It's no an OVERSIZED paper weight that I only use when I know I'll be home all day and have the patience to standby as I repeatedly try to scan negatives. When it does work, I must say that I am impressed with the scans. Mac is light years ahead of windows but unfortunately after over 20 years of HP dedication their products aren't mac friendly and I might be switching over to Epson or Canon. (I had the same issue with my new HP printer regarding compatibility). If you are a windows user I'd probably highly recommend but as a mac user I would NEVER recommend. This is the only reason I didn't give it zero stars as my experience should be rated. Oh, one more thing, I tried it with my wife's computer (windows) and yes, it still takes HOURS LITERALLY HOURS to scan negatives. VERY DISAPPOINTED and no help from HP tech. September 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great for scanning 35MM and slides I purchased the HP G4050 Scanner primarily for copying old negatives and slides. The scanner works flawlessly converting the slides and negatives into a digital format for storage on a server or hard drive. The transparent material adapters (TMA) securely hold the negatives and slides in place for perfect scanning. The HP software has basic features for orientation, cropping, dust and scratch removal. The only caveat that I have is placing 35MM slides in the TMA. It is a relatively slow process when trying to convert forty years of slides into a digital format. I wanted to purchase a second set of TMA adapters but they are not available through HP, you must purchase via a reseller at a cost equal to or higher than the entire HP G4050. Needless to say I have not purchased an additional set of TMA adapters. August 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by My third HP scanner, all being used. Lots of old pictures to scan, scanner and updated software are great. Love all the new features. Set up out of the box was great. August 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by great scanner for negatives I've scanned 72 31/4x51/4 B&W negatives from early 1900. All turned out beautiful. I hand made a holder for these negatives because this size was not included with the package. It was not hard to make but be sure to leave the 1/2 slit at the top for calibration. August 16, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Not what I expected I ordered this scanner to replace an old HP flatbed which had worked for years until recently. The old one did a great job of scanning 35mm slides & negatives. With this new one I was hoping to be able to scan larger format negatives. It would not scan negatives at all. It would lock up part way through the scan. I re-installed the software twice and after the last time my computer could not even find the scanner. I am returning this scanner to HP and shopping for something else. July 8, 2013
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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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