There's an abundance of photo scanners currently on the market, each promising to give you what you want: clear images, quick scan time, and a reasonable price. But what works best for you? Size, price, and quality all come into play in this roundup of the best options available now.

No frills

Canon CanoScan LiDE120

Perfect if you don't want to pay extra for unneeded features, Canon's LiDE120 is cheap but well made. Use an auto-scan feature for extremely simple scanning of your photos and documents, or tweak settings as you see fit; remember, this scanner doesn't deal with film.

$59 at Amazon

Vertical scanning

Canon CanoScan LiDE220

The LiDE220 adjusts its settings automatically depending on what type of document you're scanning, it produces excellent quality scans, and you won't have to sit around waiting for it to work. It will handle just about anything you throw at it save film negatives, and a handy stand lets you prop it up vertically to save space.

$76 at Amazon

Premium scanning

Epson Perfection V800

This device can scan your positive and negative film, and will deliver a clear result. When handling large amounts of film, the V800 has the ability to scan up to 18 frames of 35-millimeter film, or 12 frames of 35-millimeter slides, in a single tray. Coupled with ICE technology, this scanner is the perfect tool for backing up your family's memories.

$731 at Amazon

Multipurpose scanning

Epson Perfection V600

Coming from the same line as the V800, the V600 is far cheaper but still offers a variety of scanning functions. Your old slides, negatives, and panoramic film can be scanned, and included software is able to fix damaged photos. If not working with photos, it's still a fine option for your usual documents.

$190 at Amazon

Funky design

Plustek Z300

This Plustek photo scanner has a neat design and the capability to scan up to 8 x 10 photos and standard A4 paper. It's fast, it has a pull-through scanner rather than a flat-bed build, and it won't take up much space on your desk. Imaging software is included that helps with retouching old photos.

$199 at Amazon

Fast scanning

Epson FastFoto FF-680W

Able to scan photos at a pace of one per second at 300 dpi, Epson's FastFoto is for people who have a lot of photos to get through in a short time. It handles new photos, old photos, Polaroids with its pull-through scanner, and included software makes it easy to touch up damaged documents.

$600 at Amazon

If we're picking a photo scanner

Whether you need something that's cheap but gets the job done, something high quality that will truly represent your physical photos in the digital realm, or something in between, there's a photo scanner for you. If we're picking a couple specifically from this list, go with the Canon CanoScan LiDE120 for a cheap, multipurpose option, or go with Epson's Perfection V800 for the best quality scans possible.

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