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Converting books, magazines, and photos to digital format is not the easiest and most accessible task. Of course, you can take a picture of the magazine page with the smartphone’s built-in camera. You’ll even be able to distinguish the text in the final image, but it won’t be easy to read. That’s why there are scanners – special devices that connect to a computer and allow you to digitize any paper document. It is about them that we will discuss in this article.

Budget (low-cost) scanners

Epson Perfection V37
It’s hard to call a device for 9,000 rubles a budget. But the dollar exchange rate forces you to do this – it is becoming increasingly difficult to find cheaper scanners. But for this money you will get a scanner with a CCD sensor that has a very high resolution (4800 x 9600 dpi). If you use it to digitalize a passport or banknote , you will immediately see even the smallest security features. And on the scanned coin, the logo of the bank where it was minted will be clearly visible, not to mention the smallest cracks and scratches. The lighting here is made using LED technology, which greatly reduces power consumption. Although the Epson Perfection V37 scanner still needs to be connected to a wall outlet, the USB interface is not enough for it. But the device will please with a high speed of movement of the carriage. It decreases only with a strong increase in resolution.Main advantages:High ResolutionPresence of buttons on the device bodyAcceptable noise levelFairly good scanning speedMinuses:Dust is clearly visible on the black plasticSoftware incompatibility with some antivirus programsPoor power cable placement and bulky power supply
9.8 / 10RATING
Canon CanoScan LiDE 120
Like all other devices in this category, the Canon CanoScan LiDE 120 scanner belongs to the tablet type. This means that to digitize a document, you must attach it to the scanner glass. As much as possible, the device supports scanning pages with a size of 216 x 297 mm. The main feature of this model is that there is no need to look for a free outlet. The fact is that the scanner receives power from the USB interface. This is enough for him to digitize documents with a resolution of 2400 x 4800 dpi. The device makes almost no noise, which also makes it stand out from even more expensive counterparts. But the ideal scanner can not be called yet. It is intended only for those people who are going to digitalize opaque documents. If you have a large number of photographic films and slides lying around, then you will have to look in the direction of more expensive models.Main advantages:Powered by USBSmall size and weightMinimum noise levelMinuses:Slides and film cannot be scannedComplexity of running under LinuxLow reliabilityFar from ideal software
9.4 / 10RATING

Mid-price segment scanners

Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II
If you still keep negatives, film clips, and slides, then you should consider buying a Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II. This scanner will help you convert all these materials to digital format, and then you can safely throw them away. However, it should be noted that this is not a professional, but an amateur device. Therefore, the quality of the scanned films will be far from ideal – there may be flashes in the center or along the edges of the frame. But usually such problems are observed only with slides. As for paper documents, they are perfectly digitized. The maximum scan resolution is 4800 x 4800 dpi. The process involves a CCD sensor, familiar to us from budget cameras. As for the design of the device, the most pleasing thing is the power supply-the creators guessed not to take it out, it is located somewhere inside the device.Main advantages:Availability of an adapter for film slidesHigh scan resolutionCute appearanceHigh enough scanning speedMinuses:Fairly high noise levelDoesn’t scan slides very wellDecent size
9.8 / 10RATING
Epson Perfection V370 Photo
As the name implies, this scanner will allow you to easily convert any photo materials to digital form. These can be either the usual paper photo cards or film slides. The device operates using a CCD sensor. The scan resolution, even without software improvements, is 4800 x 9600 dpi. This will allow you to see even the hair-like security elements on a passport or banknote! Surprisingly, with such characteristics, the device weighs only 2.8 kg. In short, it could be an ideal option for home use, if not for the problem with hardware keys. They simply don’t work if you have a 64-bit Windows 7 operating system installed on your computer!Main advantages:Availability of an adapter for film slidesHigh scanning speedHigh scan resolutionClear and convenient softwareMinuses:Bad placement of power and USB cablesSlide scanning is far from idealButtons on the case may not work in conjunction with some operating systems
9.6 / 10RATING

Top photo scanners

Epson Perfection V700 Photo
This is not yet a professional device, but it is close to this definition. He even looks quite formidable. The buyer is waiting for a large size and 6.6-kilogram weight. The device uses a CCD sensor and a lens, with which the scanning process takes place at a resolution of 6400 x 9600 dpi. However, this lens is only used when digitizing slides or photographic films! If the process of scanning paper materials begins, the device immediately switches to a smaller, but much lighter lens. This allows you to significantly speed up your work. Only the cost of this monster can confuse the buyer – for such money you can buy three not-so-bad scanners, which we described in the previous category.Main advantages:FireWire SupportStable operation under LinuxHigh scanning speedAvailability of an adapter for film slidesUser-friendly and intuitive softwareSoftware-based removal of dirt and scratchesMinuses:Supported format is limited to A4Very high price
9.9 / 10RATING
HP ScanJet G4050
The HP ScanJet G4050 scanner is equipped with a high-quality CCD sensor. The lens included in it allows you to conduct the scanning process at a resolution of 4800 x 4800 dpi – this is a very good, but not a record parameter. But the device received, if not modest, then quite sane dimensions. Perhaps the main advantage of the device is the support of 96-bit color depth. You can be sure that the digitized photos will be absolutely identical to what you are holding in your hands! Especially if you use a high-quality monitor. The software included in the kit is able to independently eliminate scratches and dust detected during the scanning process. The slide adapter is designed for 30 frames – this is also good news.Main advantages:Availability of an adapter for film slidesHigh scanning speed96-bit color depthSoftware-based removal of dirt and scratchesReasonable priceMinuses:Not a record scan resolutionDoesn’t work well with scanning slides
9.8 / 10RATING

Broach scanners

Fujitsu-Siemens ScanSnap iX500
This extended scanner differs significantly from its cheaper counterparts. First, it has rather large dimensions, which makes it much more difficult to move it from place to place. Secondly, it includes a sensor that scans with a very good resolution of 600 x 1200 dpi. The performance of tablet models is still far away, but it is already better than that of previous developments of the Japanese-German alliance. Third, the device unexpectedly received a Wi-Fi module, thanks to which digitized documents are sent to the computer wirelessly. Fourth, this model is able to connect to USB 3.0, which allows you to forget about any delays. To summarize, this is an excellent office device that allows you to scan at a speed of about 25 pages/min. It’s a pity that the cost of the device is comparable to much better photo scanners.Main advantages:Two-way scanningAvailability of an auto-feed deviceHigh scanning speedNot the lowest scan resolutionAvailability of Wi-Fi and USB 3.0Minuses:High costLack of TWAIN driver support
9.9 / 10RATING
Kodak ScanMate i940
The Kodak ScanMate i940 laser scanner is intended for office use only. Low resolution (600 x 600 dpi) does not allow you to create high-quality digital copies of photos. But with the usual documents, the device copes perfectly – for this you should thank the auto-feed device and two-way scanning. The staff will also be pleased with the high scanning speed, which tablet models cannot boast of. And compact dimensions and a minimum weight (1.3 kg) allow you to rearrange the device, if such a need arises. In the case of the Kodak ScanMate i940, you can only complain about the autofeeder of originals – it can only fit 20 sheets, which sometimes seems insufficient.Main advantages:Small dimensionsAvailability of an auto-feed deviceTwo-way scanningHigh scanning speedMinuses:Minimum capacity of the auto-delivery deviceHigh cost
9.7 / 10RATING
Canon P-215
This device differs from the usual flatbed scanners in its design. The Canon P-215 will not be able to scan a coin or other solid object. It is designed only for paper materials – not even for film materials. A sheet of paper is passed through the draw mechanism, after which you will see its digital version on the monitor screen. The scan resolution is 600 x 600 dpi. This allows you to finish the process very quickly, but the quality of the final result will be far from ideal. Canon P-215 should be used only for digitizing some paper documents, but you will have to forget about photos or magazines.Main advantages:Two-way scanningHigh scanning speedMinimum dimensionsAvailability of an auto-feed deviceNo need to install additional softwareMinuses:High cost for such characteristics24-bit color depthNot very high scan resolution
9.5 / 10RATING

Slide Scanner

Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE
Photo labs rarely use our usual flatbed scanners. Usually, in addition to them, they also use slide scanners. Such as the Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE. This device has a narrow specialization, but it perfectly copes with the tasks assigned to it. It is designed for scanning photographic films and slides. For this purpose, a high-quality CCD sensor is used, which provides scanning at a resolution of 7200 dpi. One slide (its size should not exceed 37 x 25 mm) is digitized in 113 seconds. If you lower the resolution by half, the scan time is reduced to 36 seconds.Main advantages:High scan resolutionNot the highest costCompact dimensions and minimal weightMinuses:Narrow specializationLong scan at the highest resolution
9.8 / 10RATING

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