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 Great Scanner I have purchased this scanner, over 6 months ago, and my dad has been using it to scan old 33 mm films, and its just as fantastic with scanning colour photographs and documents. No problems, and very stable. Scan quality is amazing. Highly recommended. It exceeded my expectations. February 4, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Works as described Did a nice job of scanning over 1,000 slides. Only negative is that it takes a while - a couple of days to run them all through. Quality was better than I expected but not at a professional level. January 5, 2010
Rated 1 out of 5 by HP Scanjet G4050 This is the worst scanner I've had in 10 years. The software is garbage and the scanner is soo slow. October 19, 2009
Rated 4 out of 5 by Versatile and easy I have had a good experience with this scanner, scanning original artwork, negatives and photos. I haven't tried slides yet. I use it as my copier as well. I'm getting superb, accurate scans of the artwork; larger works obviously have to be done in several passes, then merged together with other software, but the color reproduction is great. The only problem I've had is that the current version of the copying software shuts down after three or four pages, but I haven't taken the time to look for an update yet. September 2, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by Amazing machine I am THRILLED with this scanner. I just finished scanning over 1000 slides- some over 50 years old- but the resolution was incredible. Yes it took 45 minutes to scan 16 slides in order to get the highest resolution possible. The software is so easy to use- my only confusion when I downloaded the software was that I needed to download the Vista version instead of the XP version. Once I got it loaded correctly- I was thrilled with the results. I have no regrets having purchased this machine and would recommend it to anyone. June 8, 2009
Rated 1 out of 5 by Worst HP product I've ever had! Software will not work. Scanner does not scan color slides at all. That's the main reason that I bought it. What a big disappointment! May 19, 2009

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Owner support

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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