What are the best scanners for archiving photos?
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With a maximum optical resolution of 4800 x 4800 dpi(dots per inch), this model is designed to scan and capture high resolution photos and documents - you can expect to get very vivid results. Compared to other competitors' models, the colors of your scanned images look more like the original document. If you wish to scan a photo, you have an additional option to restore the color and remove the dust to enhance the image. This makes the scanned photo more clear and life-like. See More
The Canon LIDE 220 is a fairly fast scanner, even at higher resolutions. Scan quality or resolution is measured in dpi - dots per inch. It takes more time to scan at higher resolutions. According to ExpertReviews, it takes 15 seconds to scan a A4 document at 150 dpi and 18 seconds to scan the same document at 300dpi. Scanning a 6 x 4 inch photo at 600 dpi takes 21 seconds, at 1,200 dpi it takes 68 seconds. These are very decent speeds for such high-quality scans. See More
The Canon Lide220 does not have an automatic document feeder, so you have to do it manually. This makes scanning large piles of documents extremely time- and energy-consuming. When scanning photos at high qualities, one usually checks the quality after each scan, adjusts the settings etc, so the Lide 220 being a flatbed scanner with no document feeder is not a big deal. See More
The scanner has 6400 dpi(dots per inch) scanning resolution. The scanned image is very sharp and clean. It also renders tones accurately. The image correction/enhancement software(Digital ICE Technology) that comes with the V550 cleans the image of any dust and scratches, adding to the quality. See More
The scanner has 4 different modes that make creating a perfect scan extremely easy. There's the Full Auto, Home, Office and Professional modes. Full Auto determines what's being scanned and then scans it. Home mode allows some extra settings. Office mode is great for text documents. Professional mode allows for a lot of settings to be changed. See More
Using the software on this Epson requires a lot of learning - reading the manual and watching the embedded videos. Getting the cheaper Epson Perfection V800 and acquiring color-calibration software like the SilverFast Ai Studio 8 in addition is a great alternative. See More