flatbed scanners


This is a scanner that does not have a document feed. Photos or documents have to be put manually on the scanner glass.

Flatbed scanners are best for photo scanning.  Scanners with document feeders can damage old photos.

Basic hardware is the same for most scanners. Higher prices are usually based on the software included. Software like Digital ICE allows you to correct dust and scratches when scanning.

MAIN CONSIDERATION: Get a scanner that has enough resolution to do what you need.


There are three basic models of Flatbed Photo Scanners to choose from.

  1. Photo, Document, Film and Slide Scanners.
    • Pros:
      • Come with build in software.
      • Software corrects fine lines and dust.
      • Scans photos.
      • Converts negatives and film to printable format.
    • Cons:
      • You are paying for the software.
      • Better the software, higher the cost.
  1. Photo and Document Scanners.
    • Pros:
      • Lower cost.
    • Cons:
      • Cannot make corrections to before scanning.
      • Need additional software to do corrections.
      • Cannot scan negatives or slides.
  1. Printer Scanners
    • Pros:
      • No additional cost for scanner.
      • Only need one machine not two.
    • Cons:
      • Resolution may not be sufficient for photos.
      • Cannot make corrections before scanning.
      • Cannot scan negative or slides.

What Resolution Do I Need?


  • Can be scanned at 600 dpi (dots per inch).
  • Higher resolutions will give crisper images.
  • Higher resolutions take longer to scan.
  • Higher resolutions create large files.
  • You may run out of space on your hard drive.

Film negatives and slides:

  • Use 2400 – 4800 dpi.
  • Higher resolution required as negatives have more detail than photos.



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