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Best Photo Scanner 2015 Review

Updated on January 12, 2015

To Save Those Important Photos and Documents

When it comes to buying a scanner, there are some things to consider before you spend your hard earned dollars. Pay attention to how much DPI is included with each scanner you are considering. Most decent scanners for average users are going to be around 600 DPI.

One thing you will want to look for is a dirt and scratch removal feature referred to as ICE, or automatic film cleaning features. It can take longer to scan this way but it will be well worth it. As far as scanning time is considered, a scanner that takes an average of 10-20 seconds to scan an 8x10" image is usually pretty good for most people and most jobs.

5 stars for the CanonScan LiDE110 Image Scanner

Best Budget Photo Scanner Under $50

Canon CanoScan LiDE110 Color Image Scanner

My favorite budget option is the CanonScan LiDE110. The Canon CanoScan LiDE110 Color Image Scanner is a workhorse and is great for scanning anything, not just pictures, and is a favorite of office professionals as well as those looking for simple scanning.

One reason office personnel like this scanner are so popular is because they are so compact and easy to transport. Granted, it isn't as small as some of the others on the market, but this unit is still easy to carry around.

I personally like the Z-lid which makes it very easy for me to scan big textbooks for school or other large items.

Another thing I like is the ability to set it up in three different positions to make my scanning easier based on the space I had available to me. The unit is powered by USB and does not come with a power cable; users should be aware of that. Set up took a bit longer than I would have liked, but once I had educated myself, using it was kind simple.

Epson Perfection V370 Photo Scanner

With LED Technology to Use Less Power

This Epson Perfection V370 Photo Scanner is easy to use with only four scanning buttons to keep track of - Scan, E-Mail, Copy and PDF, with four other scanning modes to accommodate beginners to experts. The 180 degree lid made it easy for me to scan some big books and photo albums. This scanner has a Transparency Unit that will help you get very nice looking enlargements.

LED technology is incorporated into this machine to have it use less power, give you more out of your scanning projects and puts out no mercury. I really liked that there was no warm-up time at all to this scanner; just turn it on and start scanning!

Buyers must be aware that they need to check if the scanner is compatible with your operating system. This was not as fast of a scanner that I have been used to in the past, but it does pretty good for the money and will be a great device for people who have average sized scanning projects.

Kodak P811BK Scanner

With Kodak EasyShare Software

The Kodak P811BK Scanner is a handy little machine that will scan any printed photo from wallet size to 8x10 inches. I liked that this scanner also does negatives that come out pretty clear and sharp. I have to admit, I was skeptical of the size of this machine, thinking that it wouldn't hold up. It has a 5 in 1 card reader and comes with a 4GB MicroSD card and adapter so there is plenty of storage space for pictures.

The Kodak EasyShare Software makes it easy to organize, share and print all scanned photos. Having this software is a nice convenience and I loved being able to tag and rate my photos; also, quick editing was a breeze with this software.

I did notice some things about this scanner that were frustrating; first, I would have to babysit the feed for a little while at first to make sure the pictures went in straight. Then, after I would scan for a while, white lines would appear. Cleaning the machine made it go away but it does seem to be a problem with this particular scanner. However, aside from these occasional issues, I love how small the scanner is; with battery operation capabilities, it is easy to transport. It is also a very fast scanner which is a huge plus for me and my many projects.

Pandigital Photolink One Touch PANSCN06

Portable for a Paperless World

The best feature to this Pandigital Photolink One Touch PANSCN06 scanner is the fact that it can work with or without a computer, so scanning projects can be easy and portable. The SD memory card makes this possible. This scanner will do up to 8 by 11 inch photos.

I did not like how there was no document carrier for full size documents, but most of what I scan is pictures anyway. One drawback that many have found is that the last bit of scanning produces lighter color than the rest of the picture. I did not have this problem on my device, but it does seem to be a concern. I love how it saves without stopping, and it is also a fast scanner.

I loved that this scanner was also very small for portability. I often need to take it with me to help my mom scan her many boxes of photos, and it is nice to just sit on the floor with this thing instead of being tied to a computer. This is recommended for the traveling businessman/woman because it makes scanning notes from meetings or business cards from contacts a breeze; there is no need to hang onto endless pieces of paper.

Kodak 4x6 Personal Photo & Negative Scanner

Great for Smaller Scanning Jobs

For smaller scanning jobs, this little Kodak 4x6 Personal Photo & Negative Scanner unit is a great scanner. This device also has a MicroSD card and adapter so you can use it without a computer. Again, the EasyShare software is a favorite of mine. Even though you can only do one picture at a time, it scans pretty fast.

I would recommend getting the 600 dpi version of this scanner because the 300 dpi version did not have the quality that I was going for. I did notice that this machine needed to be cleaned a lot more frequently than some of the others. Scanning negatives on this device was simpler than I originally thought but they went through just fine with great resolution.

© 2012 Brandon Hart

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