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.

No frills: Canon CanoScan LiDE120

Staff budget pick

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, but it will handle just about anything else you throw its way.

$96 at Newegg

On-the-go photo 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 4 GB 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 clear result. When handling large amounts of film, the V800 has the ability to scan up to 18 frames of 35 mm film, or 12 frames of 35 mm slides, in a single tray. Coupled with ICE technology, this scanner is the perfect tool for backing up your family's memories.

$799 at B&H

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 B&H

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

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.

$250 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 truly 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 LiDE120 will handle just about everything other than film, and it's available for less than $100. 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.

Those who'd like the ability to scan and print from the same device, be sure to check out our roundup of the best all-in-one printers.

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