For this post, I have put together a collection of the best photo scanners currently available.
UPDATED: August 20, 2019.
Keep your valuable photos archived and safe forever with a quality scanner. Not only does storing your photos digitally allow you to prevent the loss of the images, but also makes it easier to find, send and share memories with others.
The following photo scanners use the latest innovative components to meet your needs and help to ensure you do your best work.
So here is my list of The 10 Best Photo Scanners.
1. Epson FastFoto FF-680W Wireless High-Speed Photo Scanner
The Epson FastFoto FF-680W Wireless High-Speed Photo Scanner offers ultra-fast scanning up to one photo per second at 300 dpi.
Features SafeTouch Technology for worry-free scanning up to 8.5" wide, plus postcards, Polaroid photos and panoramas.
Features a variety of modes for quick sharing, archiving and enlargements.
Single-Step Technology for 2-sided scanning.
Offers modes for easy sharing (300 dpi), archiving (600 dpi TIFF) and enlarging (1200 dpi).
Single-Step Technology to capture both the image and any handwritten notes on the back in a single scan.
Includes both USB and wireless connectivity for flexible placement.
Second-generation Epson® FastFoto Software makes everything easy, with convenient photo editing and smart file organization tools.
Check out this quick video overview of how to scan photos with the Epson FF-680W:
2. Fujitsu PA03656-B005 Photo Scanner
The Fujitsu PA03656-B005 Photo Scanner features a newly-developed GI processing engine that can wirelessly operate the scanner via your smart phone.
Generates password and digital ID attached PDF files for protecting personal information.
Offers the paper feeding performance of high-speed, high-volume devices.
Wi-Fi connectivity to a PC or Mac.
Automatically synchronize scanned documents between your computer and mobile device.
ScanSnap Receipt allows users to easily scan and extract information from receipts.
Bundled with searchable PDF creation software.
Link directly with your iPad, iPhone, and Android devices via a Wi-Fi connection.
3. Canon CanoScan LiDE220 Photo Scanner
The Canon CanoScan LiDE220 Photo Scanner provides a maximum optical resolution of 4800 x 4800 dpi.
Five EZ Buttons that enable you to scan, copy, Send to Cloud, or create a single or multipage PDF quickly.
Creates letter-sized color scan in approximately 10 seconds.
Included stand to enables vertical scanning.
Z-LidTM Expansion Top extends up approximately one-inch and over the platen to let you scan large items, such as textbooks or other thick documents.
Automatically employs area-by-area correction for beautiful, easy-to-view scans.
Automatically recognizes the type of original, then scans and saves with suitable settings.
Easily send all your data or attachments to Dropbox or Evernote with a single button.
4. Doxie Go SE Portable Photo Scanner
The Doxie Go SE Portable Photo Scanner features a rechargeable battery allows you to scan anywhere without a computer, up to 400 scans per charge.
Simply charge and insert your documents to scan, archive, and share.
Simple to use: no special drivers required.
Compact, efficient design goes anywhere.
Auto Adjust applies smart cropping, de-skew, and automatic contrast to make every scan look amazing.
Included software makes it easy to organize, create searchable multi-page PDFs, save as JPEG/PDF/PNG’s.
Doxie integrates award-winning ABBYY OCR technology that recognizes the text in your documents and creates searchable PDFs.
Included memory stores up to 4,000 scans before needing to sync.
5. Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner
The Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner provides a complete photo restoration solution One-touch color restoration and Arcsoft Photostudio.
Features 6400 x 9600 dpi resolution, up to 17" x 22".
Built-in Transparency Unit to scan slides, negatives and medium-format panoramic film up to 6 x 22 cm.
Features DIGITAL ICE for both film and prints.
Includes Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to easily convert scanned documents into editable text.
Features Epson's exclusive ReadyScan LED technology for increased productivity and energy efficiency.
Four customizable buttons to instantly scan, copy, scan-to-email and create PDFs.
6. Brother DS-620 Mobile Photo Scanner
The Brother DS-620 Mobile Photo Scanner measuring less than 12” long and weighs less than one pound making it is easy to carry around and is powered by USB.
Scans up to 8 pages per minute.
Resolution up to 1200 × 1200 dpi interpolated and 600 × 600 dpi optical, in color or black and white.
Includes multiple software solutions:
Desktop document management,
Business card management.
Also compatible with receipt management software solution, BR-Receipts for organizing scanned receipts.
Compatible with Linux, Windows, and Mac.
7. Flip-Pal Mobile Photo Scanner
The Flip-Pal Mobile Photo Scanner features software to record audio and combine it with the scan into a High Definition video file to add more information to the image.
Includes EasyStitch software that automatically stitches together multiple scans of photos, documents, maps and more.
Only requires seven seconds to scan at 300 dpi.
Easy to use: no software to install, no cables to connect.
600 and 300 dpi resolution settings.
8. Plustek ephoto Z300 Photo Scanner
The Plustek ephoto Z300 Photo Scanner is specifically designed for quickly scanning photos by using a special soft roller single sheet feeding design to protect old photos.
Faster option relative to a traditional flatbed scanner.
Scanning a 4 “x 6” photo takes only two seconds.
CCD sensor has the highest degree of reproduction for color images.
Software automatically detects paper size, crops blank area and rotates.
Auto deskews and auto crops the photos so you don't need edit each photo yourself.
Saves scanned images under various file formats (Jpeg, PDF, TIFF, etc.).
OCR technology creates scanned files as searchable PDF file format.
Scan area varies from 1" x 1" to 8" x 11.5" size and can hold up to 0.24" thick paper or card.
9. Avision IS15+ Portable Photo Scanner
The Avision IS15+ Portable Photo Scanner is a small, light standalone scanner that can operate without a PC.
5 x 7 photo scanned in color mode at 300dpi completed in less than 10 seconds.
Resolution of 300dpi with an automatic document feeding mechanism.
Simply plug in any storage to save the scans to a USB flash drive or a memory card (SD/SDHC).
Images are cropped and deskewed automatically.
Works for photos, business cards, receipts, or small memos and notes up to 5” x 7”.
10. Vupoint ST470 Portable Photo Scanner
The Vupoint ST470 Portable Photo Scanner is lightweight and portable, making it easy to take anywhere.
Included docking station turns it into a single-sheet auto-feed scanner.
Scans all flat media including photos, receipts, patterns on fabric, books, etc.
1.5 inch color LCD preview screen allows you to review scanned images.
Auto color/white balance.
Power saving feature turns power off after 3 minutes.
Use the included adapter to insert the SD card into your computer to transfer.
Maximum scanning resolution of 1,200 dpi when it is docked in base.
I hope this list of the best photo scanners was helpful.
If you think I left out one that is important or have a suggestion for a future article, let me know in the comments below.
Brandon Hubbard, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C