Brother MFC-J6920DW Printer/Scanner poor scanning quality comparison with Epson 4870 Photo

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Charlie Croker, Jul 21, 2015.

  1. Charlie Croker macrumors member

    Charlie Croker

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    I have an Epson Perfection 4870 Photo (released 2004) at work which is not bad by today's standards but there are a lot better scanners out there now. I have also just purchased a Brother MFC-J6920DW Printer/Scanner (released 2015) and I am less than impressed with its ability to scan. I have provided two images so you can compare. Both were scanned at 600dpi with 24 bit colour.

    I was perhaps not quite expecting the same quality as a dedicated scanner but then I was expecting quite a lot more than this. After quite a lot of fiddling with the basic brightness contrast controls on the Brother supplied software, this was about as close as I could get the two images. I have also tried scanning with Image Capture and VueScan with no improvement. Also when the Brother scans halftone magazines or HQ brochures, most noticeably when there is no descreening, there are evenly spaced dotted lines in the scan as if it is having trouble with the halftone. Scanner noise seems to be quite prevalent throughout, and its colour rendition is quite poor.

    I would be interested to see if anyone thinks this is about as good as you can expect from a multi-purpose scanner/printer or that it isn't even up to that standard.
     

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  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    I take that you are unaware of scanner calibration.
     
  3. Charlie Croker thread starter macrumors member

    Charlie Croker

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    The printer did not come with calibration software nor a calibration sheet. Any software/target recommendations for this problem that don't cost a fortune? I am aware of this site: http://www.targets.coloraid.de
     
  4. Charlie Croker thread starter macrumors member

    Charlie Croker

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    I have been having some discussions with Brother. I think the overall opinion is that this scanner is working at the peak of its ability, and is limited by its multi purpose status of trying to be a jack of all trades master of none. Even though the Epson 4870 is 14 years older and the Epson v500 8 years older, they both out-perform the Brother. I wouldn't be surprised to see the v500 outperform it, but for the 4870 to be much more impressive was a bit of a shock. I am now looking at my options for returns.
     

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