12 best scanners

Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

Scanner is a device designed for digitizing paper documents, photographs and other originals. And not only the quality of “electronic” copies directly depends on its characteristics, but also the usability, speed of work, and other operational parameters.

We have compiled a rating of the 12 best scanners that will be used in home and office conditions, as well as in archives, photo labs and other organizations that require high quality digitization.

Rating of the best scanners

Nomination a place Name of product price
Best inexpensive scanners 1 Epson Perfection V19 RUB 5,190
2 Canon CanoScan LiDE 120 RUB 3,919
Best flatbed scanners 1 Epson Perfection V600 Photo RUB 20,590
2 Mustek A3 2400S RUB 19,570
3 Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II RUB 14,990
4 HP ScanJet 2400C RUB 61,090
Best Broach Scanners 1 Canon P-215 RUB 16,940
2 Fujitsu ScanPartner SP1130 RUB 30 114
3 HP ScanJet Pro 3000 s3 Sheet-feed RUB 28,509
4 Brother ADS-1600W RUB 21,060
Best slide scanner 1 Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai RUB 33,380
Best professional scanners 1 Canon LF Scanner M40 RUB 299,000

Best inexpensive scanners

Epson Perfection V19

Rating: 4.8

Epson Perfection V19

Why First Place: High resolution and easy-to-use scanning software.

Who's it for: For office professionals and librarians digitizing thick books.

Description: This flatbed scanner is a good solution for most everyday digitizing tasks. The device features a high native resolution of 4.8K × 4.8K dpi, fast processing speed (it takes about 10 seconds for an A4 original) and deep 48-bit color. The cover is removable, which is suitable for digitizing thick documents such as books.

The complete scanning software is capable of digitizing documents without re-encoding to JPEG, single and multi-page PDF, and lossless TIFF format.

Advantages

  • Low power consumption;

  • There is a quick scan mode with a button on the device itself;

  • Fast scanning;

disadvantages

  • In high resolution (from 1200 dpi) scans slowly;

  • Not compatible with all versions of the operating system Windows, very new or very old require additional software;

  • Noisy enough;

Canon CanoScan LiDE 120

Rating: 4.7

Canon CanoScan LiDE 120

Why runner-up: Lower resolution than the leader.

For whom: Primarily for office use.

Description: This scanner is suitable for digitizing documents, including color and with high detail. The extrapolated resolution is 19.2K × 19.2K dpi, but requires multiple lamp passes. Native – 2.4K × 4.8K dpi. The main advantage of the device is a very high speed of work – it takes about 16 seconds to process A4 with a resolution of 300 dpi.

The scanner is equipped with a lift-up pressure cover so it can scan thick originals such as magazines. The bundled software scans to JPEG or multi-page PDFs.

Advantages

  • Fast, low noise work;

  • Connection without settings and installation of drivers;

  • USB powered;

disadvantages

  • Inconvenient bundled software;

  • Noises when turning on the computer;

  • Marked glass and body;

Best flatbed scanners

Epson Perfection V600 Photo

Rating: 4.9

Epson Perfection V600 Photo

Why First Place: High native resolution, CCD sensor, film digitization.

For whom: For people who need to scan photos, including those taken with analog cameras.

Description: Professional high-end scanner. The CCD sensor provides deep 48-bit color and optical density up to 3.4D. The native scan resolution is 6.4K × 9.6K dpi, and can be extrapolated to 12.8K × 12.8K dpi in multiple passes. It works quickly, it takes 4 seconds to digitize the original in A4 format.

The scope of delivery includes frames for film and non-standard originals. The bundled software not only configures the scan, but also allows presetting. There are also intelligent modes for determining the content of the original.

Advantages

  • Very fast in standard mode;

  • Automatic modes for improving scan quality;

  • A high resolution;

disadvantages

  • Slow scanning in infrared mode;

  • Poor fastening of frames on the contact surface;

  • Pre-adjustment is required almost before every original;

Mustek A3 2400S

Rating: 4.8

Mustek A3 2400S

Why the second place: Lower scanning resolution than the leader of the rating.

For whom: For people who need to scan documents up to A3.

Description: The scanner is intended primarily for processing large originals, as it is compatible with sources up to A3 size inclusive. Native resolution for digitizing is 2.4K × 2.4K dpi, extrapolated – up to 9.6K × 9.6K dpi. The scanner is equipped with a traditional CIS-sensor, so the speed is average.

The bundled software scans to JPEG and PDF. The scanner uses the TWAIN interface, so it can work with other programs.

Advantages

  • Support for large sizes of originals;

  • Sufficiently high scanning speed in low resolution (up to 300 dpi inclusive);

  • High quality and clean scanning;

disadvantages

  • Poor scanning quality through third-party software;

  • Low strength, do not press hard on the cover;

  • Inconvenient software requiring detailed configuration before each run;

Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II

Rating: 4.8

Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II

Why third place: Comparatively low quality of photo scans.

For whom: For people who need to scan color and black and white documents.

Description: Although this scanner is designed for scanning photos, it is best to use it for digitizing documents. The device drastically reduces detail, which can damage gradients and midtones.

And in terms of scanning documents, the device copes with its duties perfectly. It is equipped with a CCD sensor for high speed operation. Native scanning resolution is 4.8K × 4.8K dpi, extrapolated – 19.2K × 19.2K.

Scans quickly, at a resolution of 300 dpi it takes about 10 seconds to digitize an A4 original. Color mode uses 48-bit depth.

Advantages

  • Fast and high-quality scanning of opaque pages with relatively low detail;

  • Three frames for digitizing photographs included;

  • High-quality assembly;

disadvantages

  • Doesn't scan photos very well;

  • Does not save documents to PDF;

  • Poorly scans film;

HP ScanJet 2400C

Rating: 4.7

HP ScanJet 2400C

Why the fourth place: The most expensive model in the ranking.

Who's it for: For users looking for a professional-grade scanner.

Description: Professional grade scanner – and that says it all. The CCD sensor has a native resolution of 1.2K × 2.4K dpi, but it can be extrapolated limitlessly – up to a million dpi! Since the scanner is aimed at providing the highest detail, it is not very fast – it can take up to 45 seconds to digitize A4 with 48-bit color.

High resolution is suitable not only for increasing detail, but also for scaling – from 10% to 2000%. Scans the device in all possible image formats, as well as PDF with multi-page support.

Advantages

  • Reliability;

  • Compact;

  • Separate quick scan button on the body;

disadvantages

  • High noise level when scanning with DPI above 1200;

  • Poorly compatible with modern operating systems;

  • Heats up for a long time after switching on;

Best Broach Scanners

Canon P-215

Rating: 4.9

Canon P-215

Why # 1: Low cost and optimal performance for most users.

Who's it for: For those who don't need to scan a lot of originals, but free desk space is important.

Description: A portable scanner for those who do not need to process a lot of originals. The device is powered by USB and can work with both Windows and iOS. The scanner uses LED-backlit originals and a CIS scanner, so it has fairly average specifications.

Specifically, the native resolution is 600 x 600 dpi. Not extrapolated due to the impossibility of multiple runs. Scanning speed – up to 15 pages per minute. The automatic document feeder is foldable, two-sided, nominally 20 sheets, but actually 5-10 sheets.

The bundled software automatically recognizes text and improves image quality by flattening the background. Saves to JPEG and PDF.

Advantages

  • Excellent work with text (recognition, auto-flip, background alignment);

  • Compatible with mobile and desktop operating systems;

  • Work without drivers, utilities do not require installation;

disadvantages

  • Small capacity of the automatic feed tray;

  • Unreliable USB ports;

  • Control over feeding is required (it does not always correctly captures, for example, once bonded sheets);

Fujitsu ScanPartner SP1130

Rating: 4.8

Fujitsu ScanPartner SP1130

Why the second place: High scanning speed and functionality, but more expensive than the previous model in the ranking.

For whom: For office professionals.

Description: Desktop scanner with the ability to customize digitizing in detail, designed to process a large number of originals. Uses a CIS sensor. The resolution for digitizing is 600 × 600 dpi, the maximum format is A4. Speed ​​- up to 30 pages per minute.

The scanner offers advanced functionality. Among the possibilities – auto-recognition of format and color, alignment, skipping blank pages, automatic image selection and work with them, and much, much more. It can also scan plastic cards.

Advantages

  • Professional, detailed scan settings;

  • Fast;

  • Many scanning modes;

disadvantages

  • No automatic duplex scanning;

  • High cost;

  • 4-bit color depth, not the best for photos;

HP ScanJet Pro 3000 s3 Sheet-feed

Rating: 4.7

HP ScanJet Pro 3000 s3 Sheet-feed

Why the third place: The scanner is practically professional grade, but it has a high price.

Who's it for: Office professionals who need a device for high-quality digitization of documents.

Description: This scanner is designed for high-quality, professional scanning of documents. It is designed to work with originals up to A4 size inclusive. When scanning, the resolution is 600 × 600 dpi, the maximum speed is up to 35 pages per minute, and the ADF can hold up to 50 sheets.

Scans into almost all possible image formats. Additionally, it automatically detects the format, crops, flips if necessary, removes margins, hides hole punch marks, aligns, recognizes text and much, much more. Automatic duplex scanning is also supported.

There is an automatic sending of scanned copies to the 'cloud' or by e-mail.

Advantages

  • Fast and accurate scanning;

  • Automatic sending of documents to the 'cloud';

  • Support for most formats of digital copies;

disadvantages

  • Minor software problems (solved by firmware update);

  • High cost;

  • Wakes up for a long time after exiting sleep mode;

Brother ADS-1600W

Rating: 4.6

Brother ADS-1600W

Why 4th place: The lowest in the ranking in the capacity of the sheet feeder among desktop scanners.

For whom: For people who need to digitize highly detailed images or photographs.

Description: The only broaching scanner on the list that supports extrapolation of resolution when digitizing. The native is 600 x 600 dpi, but can be increased to 1.2K x 1.2K dpi. Supports automatic two-sided scanning, speed – up to 18 pages per minute, up to 20 sheets fit into the tray. A CIS sensor is used.

The scanner is designed to work wirelessly over the cloud. You can automatically upload copies to a connected USB flash drive, send over the network, to a remote storage, to social networks and other services. A 6.8 cm touch screen is used for control. The scanner software saves copies in JPEG or PDF without an OCR layer, but the TWAIN interface allows third-party programs to recognize text.

Advantages

  • Extended internet functionality;

  • Resolution extrapolation support;

  • There is a web interface for management;

disadvantages

  • Small tray for originals;

  • 24-bit color;

  • Sensitive to dust;

Best slide scanner

Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai

Rating: 4.9

Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai

Why first place: One of the highest resolutions in the ranking and support for infrared scanning in two passes.

For whom: Professional photographers digitizing the archive of photographic films.

Description: One of the most upscale slide scanners. When digitizing, it uses all the capabilities of the CCD sensor, including infrared illumination to remove dust traces on the original from copies. The native resolution is 7.2K × 7.2K, which, at the same time, is extrapolated, since the scanner always processes the film in two passes. It takes 113 seconds to digitize a slide at maximum resolution – and 36 seconds at optimal resolution.

The maximum optical density of the device is 3.6D. The set includes frames, the maximum size of the original is 37 × 25 mm. An IT 8 calibration slide is also supplied with the device.

Advantages

  • Support for special technologies to improve image quality;

  • Convenient complete software with presets for different types of film;

  • Fast scanning;

disadvantages

  • Very high sensitivity to dust;

  • The software requires lengthy preliminary configuration;

  • Some image enhancement technologies are useless or even harmful for black and white photographs;

Best professional scanners

Canon LF Scanner M40

Rating: 4.9

Canon LF Scanner M40

Why first place: Large format scanner with a large, easy-to-use touchscreen display.

For whom: For professionals in the field of printing, working with originals up to A0.

Description: The scanner is designed primarily to work with huge originals. The maximum compatible format is A0. A broaching mechanism is used, which is why the thickness of the original should not exceed 2 mm. The scanning resolution is 1.2K × 1.2K dpi and the speed is up to 330 millimeters per second.

The scanner is compatible with branded plotters. Saves copy in JPEG and PDF formats as well as lossless TIFF. A 22-inch touch screen is used for control.

Advantages

  • Optimal resolution and high image quality;

  • Fast scanning;

  • Convenient LCD display;

disadvantages

  • Works only with branded plotters;

  • Poorly compatible with third-party software;

  • Needs maintenance;


Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

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