Epson states that their new Perfection V500 Photo scanner is designed to meet the needs of the advanced amateur photographer.

Boasting 6400dpi optical resolution and high compression PDF scanning facts-fans out there will be interested to note that it is the first CCD scanner to use white LED as a light source.

Its low power consumption has earned it ENERGY STAR compliance and it warms up within one second.

The Epson Perfection V500 Photo features a built-in transparency unit for positive or negative film up to medium format.

It scans 12 frames of 35mm filmstrip, four frames of mounted 35mm slides or 1 frame of 6x12cm medium format film at once.

Four easy access buttons are located on the front of the scanner that mean it can be used without a PC.

It comes with a full software package including Epson Scan 3.2, Epson Creativity Suite, Digital ICE, Adobe Elements 4 (PC) and 3 (Mac) and ABBYY FineReader Sprint 6 Plus.

The Epson Perfection V500 Photo will be £199.99, available in September.