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 Good performance for the price I purchased this to scan film based x-rays for a dental office. The software could have more selections for the image being scanned as sometimes when it scans a large panoramic film, it thinks it is several smaller images and creates crop boxes around the lighter areas. I have to delete all but one and then expand the box and then it takes the whole image. Also, when I open it from the dental image management software, it will first automatically scan it as a photo, then I have to manually set it to film positive and rescan. There maybe a way to set a default to that but haven't figured it out yet. For the price it does what I need, but it could be more convenient. December 10, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Phenomenal Scanner I am able to do simple to intricate scanning with this scanner. Also my parents were able to use it easy enough so the software is intuitive as it is functional. Its easy to use software packed with great features makes this a winner!!! September 27, 2011
Rated 1 out of 5 by ScanJet G4050 Defective Software I bought the HP Scanjet G4050 to digitize old family photos. My goal was to replicate the look, display the ageing, duplicate the antiquity, and come up with a scan that looked as close as possible to the old original photo. After the Scanjet G4050 does the initial scan a screen comes up showing the “original scan” with another tab for “single image”. In all cases the “original scan” is very close to the original. The “single image” page displays the “final image”. This is the image that results after HP software “enhances” the photo. The “original scan” is perfect … the only problem is that is not what you will end up with. Your digital file (JPG, TIFF, etc) will be the “final image” and you cannot save the “original scan” to a digital file. There is no way to disable this “enhancement”. In all cases my old antique photos had a predominate green hue. You can edit, adjust, and minimize the green hue but you can never get the “final image” to look anything like the original. I tried every single option, adjustment, and setting and the results are the same … LIMEADE GREEN HUE PHOTOS. I worked with HP technical support for over an hour where they controlled my computer remotely and the determination was that the Scanjet was working up to specifications. In other words this scanner WILL NOT correctly scan your old, aged, slightly faded photos. However the Scanjet did a excellent job on documents and a good job on color photos. Also you can turn your photos into a black and white or grayscale. July 25, 2011
Rated 2 out of 5 by The scan software does not work. Although the scanner works (slowly), the software features do not. You can only use it on simplified scans. When you try to use the multi-picture scans and editing features, the software locks up and dumps the scans. The help menus that follow are laughable and useless -- e.g. reboot your computer. I am using a new HP TouchSmart 300 running Windows 7 and have two HP scanners, the g4050 and an All-in-one, and the software fails on both. HP needs to update/fix its scan software before I would recommend any of their scanners. I guess I'll have to find some real scan software that actually works. July 8, 2011
Rated 1 out of 5 by Linux & Mac users: caution This scanner is not supported on Linux as of this date. From what I have read on the web HP hardware is problematic on Linux; some works fine, some not at all. To be safe check the Linux O/S your are using to see if any HP hardware you want to use is compatible. The scanner works on my MacBook Pro under Snow Leopard to some extent. Documents are scanned fine. But the software for scanning slides was crufty at best. You may want to consider some other software if you really want to use this scanner. Scanning large document was problematic. I was unable to save files reliably. I needed to break up larger documents [> 50pages] in to smaller ones. Admittedly this is not a common problem. But I though I should mention my experience. Basically I would buy a different scanner if I had it to do all over again. June 18, 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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