Best Portable Scanner For Photos?
The most common question which comes up when it comes to scanning your photos is: “Which portable scanner for photos?”
There are several factors that determine the answer to this question. The first factor is the type of photo you want to scan. If you have taken many pictures with different camera, then there will be no problem if you use a digital camera or even a point and shoot. However, if you have only taken few photographs with one particular camera, then you may need to consider using a more expensive device.
Another factor is the size of the images that you wish to scan. If your goal is to scan all of your family’s holiday photos from last year, then a small format camera like a compact digital camera would be better than a large format camera such as an SLR (single lens reflex) or mirrorless cameras.
Last but not least, there is the price tag of the device. A high quality digital camera costs around $1000 while a low cost digital camera such as a point and shoot costs less than $100.
In general, if you are looking for a cheap way to get professional results from your photos, then you should go for the cheapest option available. However, if you want to save money and still have good results at home then you should consider buying a higher end device.
It’s worth noting that if you need something to do double duty and can’t decide between a traditional scanner and your digital camera, then you should probably go for a dedicated portable scanner. A portable document scanner is typically a flatbed scanner which has been condensed into a more compact design.
These compact designs are usually slightly more expensive than a traditional flatbed scanner although they have the advantage of being able to be carried around without the need for a computer or laptop.
The best portable scanners for photos on the market include the Doxie Go, Doxie One, and the Epson FastFoto.
Doxie Go – The Doxie Go is one of the smallest portable scanners in existence designed for taking high quality photographs of documents. It has a rechargeable battery which can be charged using a USB cable. The size of this device is around the same size as an iPhone and it is small enough to fit in your pocket. It can also store up to 35 images in internal memory and can be connected to a computer using a USB cable.
It uses a 2.4 inch color display and comes pre-loaded with ABBYY FineReader OCR. This is one of the cheapest portable scanners on the market but it does not have many advanced features.
Doxie One – The Doxie One is designed to be a portable scanner that can easily be carried around in a pocket or small bag. It requires a USB cable to be connected to a computer but does not need to be recharged using a power outlet. It can store up to 100 images in its internal memory. The Doxie One has a 1.4 inch color display and uses a trigger button rather than a touch screen.
It has a fixed lens and uses an ADF (automatic document feeder). The Doxie One can scan both sides of a page using automatic duplexing and the built in storage can hold around 35 sheets of letter size paper.
Epson FastFoto – The Epson FastFoto is the most expensive but also the most advanced portable scanner on the market. It has a small 2.5 inch color display and uses a touch screen interface for controlling its various functions. The Epson FastFoto is around the same size as an iPhone and it is one of the lightest designs on the market at 7.7 oz.
The maximum resolution is 300 dpi but it can also be set as low as 57 dpi. There is no internal memory and all images are stored on a SD memory card. The Epson FastFoto can hold up to a 16 GB memory card and does not need to be connected to a computer to operate. The FastFoto has a rechargeable battery and comes with a USB power cable.
Other Types of Scanners
While dedicated portable scanners are the most popular on the market, there are other types of scanners which can be used for digitizing photographs and documents. All of these devices require a computer to be operated. A flatbed scanner can be used to scan photographs or bulky documents that cannot fit inside a normal dedicated portable scanner. A camera or mobile phone can also be used to take a photo which can then be used as an input for a document scanning software.
Multi-function printers with built in scanners can also be used to scan photographs as long as your printer is connected to your computer. Some printers include an automatic document feeder which makes it easy to scan multiple photographs without doing it one by one.
The main advantage of using a dedicated portable scanner for digitizing photographs is that it is specialized and optimized for this task. Photo scanners are smaller and more portable than flatbed scanners and they also do not require you to manually adjust the position of the photograph to prevent it from getting cropped. Some photo scanners come with special modes for capturing photographs which have text on them or are part of a bound book.
The main disadvantage of a photo scanner is obviously the price. Most dedicated portable scanners cost between $50 and $200. Unless you have a lot of photographs or old documents that need to be digitized, it might be simpler and cheaper to take them to a local retail store or copy center where they can be scanned for a low fee.
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