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Photo, Slide, and Film Scanners

Whether you are an artist, graphic designer, or simply someone who wants to digitise your old hard copy photos for posterity, you can achieve great results with a photo, slide, and film scanner. These devices come with loads of features, and they can all capture photos and printed artwork and convert them into a digital format so that you can view and edit them on a computer. However, not all photo scanners are the same, so choosing the right one depends on how often you plan to scan photos, your required scan quality, and what you plan to scan.

Brands

Multiple brands of photo scanners are available, with a popular option being Epson photo, slide, and film scanners. When choosing a scanner brand, consider its compatibility with your computer as well as the quality and complexity of the software that comes with the scanner. You should also make sure you can find scanner parts and accessories for your machine with ease. Some scanners offer users the possibility to print photos directly via Wi-Fi, so make sure your printer is compatible if you want to use this function.

Resolution

Whether you choose to buy an Imacon or Epson scanner or another brand, have a look at the resolutions supported. The higher the resolution, the crisper your images will be. Scanner resolution is measured in pixels per inch (ppi) or dots per inch (ddi). As a rule of thumb, an optical resolution of 600 dpi is enough for photos that you want to store or post online. However, if you're looking to print the photos, a resolution of 1200 dpi or higher would be a better choice.

Portable Scanners

If you need to scan photos on the go, whether for business or personal reasons, a portable scanner is a good solution. These battery-powered devices offer average resolutions, but they often come with Wi-Fi connectivity so you can easily transfer your scans to your laptop or mobile device. Some models come with an app so that you can operate them with a couple of taps on your smartphone.

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