A4 Portable Photo Scanner
The new SVP PS4200 A4 size portable scanner was the most popular portable scanner on Amazon for Christmas 2012
If you have a collection of photos from the pre-digital camera age, or need to keep copies of fading receipts for tax purposes, or would like to scan your certificates, diplomas or degrees, then you need to have a scanner.
Many photo scanners only handle sizes up to 8 x10 inches or less, but if you want to scan documents too then it is best to get one that handles A4 size products. I have looked at what is available and my top pick for an affordable A4 photo scanner is the SVP PS4200. It is selling very well on Amazon and has excellent feedback. A portable scanner is best if you might want to scan photos from relatives or friends while visiting.
There are three main types of scanners: flatbed, portable and wand. The flatbed scanner is one that sits on your desk and you can scan pages of an open book if you would like to, in much the same way you use a photocopier. They are expensive and are best left in one place. The portable scanner feeds the document through automatically, while a wand scanner requires you to move the wand down the image you are scanning at a constant rate, and can be a difficult art to master. My preference is the portable scanner which you can take with you and don't need special skills to use.
The SVP PS4200 is Great Value for Money
This model represents excellent value. It can scan up to A4 size documents or photographs, is portable, saves files in JPG format to a MicroSD card, and has a USB port to link to your PC. It has an optical resolution up to 1800 x 1200 pixels, is powered by 4 AA batteries and is compatible with Windows 7/Vista/XP and Mac OS 10.4 or above. It is as good as scanners that cost three times the price and once you get one you will wonder what you ever did without it.