Best Photo Scanners Windows Central 2019

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.

Great value: Canon CanoScan LiDE220

Staff pick

Canon's CanoScan LiDE220 flatbed scanner comes at a great price and has a feature set geared toward the average user. It scans quickly, it offers a max 4800 dpi resolution, and it handles documents up to letter size. Connect to your PC with USB and take control of operations with five physical buttons on the front of the scanner.

$123 at Amazon

On-the-go scanning: Flip-Pal

Editor's mobile pick

While the other scanners in this roundup are best suited for life in an office, the Flip-Pal mobile scanner is a compact, portable device that runs on its own battery power. It comes with a 4GB SD card, it scans up to 600 dpi, and EasyStitch software lets you piece together larger photos than the flatbed can fit.

$180 at Amazon

Premium scanning: Epson Perfection V800

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

$799 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 that makes it easy to touch up damaged documents.

$530 at Amazon

Funky design: Plustek Z300

This Plustek photo scanner has a neat design and the capability to scan up to 8x10 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

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 can fix damaged photos. If not working with photos, it's still an excellent option for your usual documents.

$190 at Amazon

If we're making some suggestions

Whether you need something that's cheap but gets the job done, something high quality that will genuinely represent your physical photos in the digital realm, or something in between, there's a photo scanner for you. If you're still wondering where to turn, we can make some suggestions. Unless you're looking for professional-grade scans of your photos — which something like the Epson Perfection V800 offers for a hefty price — the Canon CanoScan LiDE220 will handle just about everything other than film, and it's available for a great price. This is an ideal scanner for a lot of people, and its popularity reflects that fact.

If you'd rather not be tied to a PC and don't have space for a desktop photo scanner, the Flip-Pal mobile scanner is a proven and versatile option. It runs on battery power, it comes with SD card storage, and it includes software that helps deal with photos that are too large to be scanned in one pass. It's fast, it provides high-quality scans, and you can take it just about anywhere and not have to worry about a power supply or a connected PC.

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