The best photo & image scanners in 2019

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Even with today’s digitized methods and online storage facilities, you still can’t quite beat holding a physical set of photographs, negatives or item of artwork. However it is very likely that in order to safely store and preserve them, they will eventually need to be scanned and saved onto a computer.

When digitizing photos, films and documents, most scanners will scan at various high and low resolutions along with the ability to also scan transparencies such as photo negatives and slides.

Aside from this, they also double up as excellent general photocopiers.

The short answer…

We’ve searched through all of the “best of’s” and “top 10’s”, “tops 6’s” and even the “top 8’s”! and can conclude that the below photo and document scanners are currently the best on the market for  2019…

For quick reference, our current two top photo scanners are the Canon CanoScan LiDE220 and the Epson Perfection V600

Best budget photo scanner

Canon CanoScan LiDE220

Best for – Scanning Photo Prints and Short Documents

Item dimensions –  9.9 x 14.4 x 1.6 in

Computer platform  Windows/Mac

Maximum resolution – 4800 pixels

Maximum scan area – 8.5 inches x 11.7 inches

Automatic document feeder – No

Pros:

  • Fast scanning

  • Easy to install and use

  • Can scan negatives

  • Powered by USB port 

  • Small footprint 

  • Both PC and Mac friendly 

Cons:

  • Some users may find software difficult to navigate

  • Average image quality

  • Mac users must have up to date OS

 

Best photo scanner overall

Epson Perfection V600

Best for – Scanning Photo Prints, Film, and Slides

Item dimensions –  19 x 11 x 4.6 in

Computer platform  Windows/Mac

Maximum resolution – 6400 pixels

Maximum scan area – 8.5 inches x 11.7 inches

Automatic document feeder – No

Pros:

  • Deals with light colours well

  • Compatible with artwork

  • Easy to install

  • Deals with negatives well

  • Mac compatible 

  • Plug and play

Cons:

  • Large footprint

  • Heavy

  • Software interface maybe be difficult for some users

Key factors to consider when buying a photo and image scanner

Design – As a general rule, we recommend that you aim for a flatbed photo scanner, as this not only provides more versatility when scanning a range of other documents, but most importantly ensures that physical photographs are kept damage free.

This is due to sheet-fed document scanners carrying a certain element of risk via their document feeds, however if you are all about speed then the Epson FastFoto FF-680W is one of the best sheet-feed photo scanners available.

Media – what will you be scanning? Some scanners are better for scanning negatives and others are better for scanning say art work.

Software – will it be easy to install, and more importantly is it easy to use? This becomes more important if you will be reliant on the installed software rather than say Photoshop to process your scans.

Speed – if you will be scanning lots of photos and documents at once, then this becomes very important.

Resolution – this is decided by how you want to use you scanned photos and documents. A lower resolution can be used for web and storage, however if physically printing, you will will want 3200dpi as the very minimum. The same can also be said for bit depth.

Round up of the best photo & image scanners for 2019…

- Epson Perfection V800 Photo scanner

Best for – Scanning Prints, Film, and Slides

Item dimensions –  10.2 x 24.8 x 17.8 in

Computer platform  Windows/Mac

Scanning options Reflective, Transparency

Maximum resolution – 6400 pixels

Maximum scan area – 8.5 inches x 11.7 inches

Automatic document feeder – No

 

Best portable photo scanner

- Doxie Flip Cordless Flatbed Photo Scanner

Best for – Scanning photos and small documents

Item dimensions –  10.2 x 6.5 x 1.3 inches

Computer platform  Windows/Mac

Scanning options Reflective

Maximum resolution – 600 dpi

Maximum scan area – 4 inches x 6 inches

Automatic document feeder – No

 

Best photo and negative scanner

- Canon CanoScan 9000F MKII

Best for – Scanning film, photos, slides & documents

Item dimensions –  10.7 x 18.9 x 4.4 in

Computer platform  Windows/Mac

Scanning options Reflective, Transparency

Maximum resolution – 9,600 pixels

Maximum scan area – 4 inches x 6 inches

Automatic document feeder – No

 

 Best basic scanner

- Canon LiDE110 Color Image Scanner

Processor (CPU) – Intel Core i5-7200U

Processor speed  2.5 MHz

Graphics Card – Intel HD Graphics 620

Screen resolution – 1920 x 1080

Memory (Ram) – 8GB

Storage – 128GB SS

 

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