5 Best Photo Scanners for 2024

As we step into 2024, the technology behind photo scanners has reached new heights, offering unparalleled quality and efficiency. 

Whether you’re in the photography profession or you have a love for creating and developing photos, our photo scanners can take your work to the next level.

At The Scanner Shop, we have compiled a list of our best photograph scanners to help you find the perfect fit. From high-resolution scans to user-friendly interfaces, these scanners have made the list for their exceptional capabilities.

What to Look for in a Photo Scanner

Living in the modern world means that we need to keep up with the latest tech. Nowadays, most things can only be accessed digitally. 

Circumstances where we need to have a digital copy of our passport, licenses, bank letters, and signed documents are increasing. A reliable photo scanner can make this process much simpler whilst producing high-quality scans, ideal for both business and personal uses. 

To ensure that you invest in a high-functioning photo scanner, there are a few things you need to look out for: 

  1. Resolution: A higher DPI is essential for capturing fine details, enlarging photos or scanning negatives.
  2. Speed: Look for a higher scanning speed if you have a large volume of photos to process. Some scanners offer faster speeds without compromising on quality.
  3. Ease of use: Look for scanners that are easy to set up and operate, with software that offers editing and organisation features.
  4. Size and portability: Compact scanners are great for small spaces or mobility issues, while larger scanners might offer more features.
  5. Colour depth: A higher colour depth allows for more accurate colour reproduction. This is vital for high-quality photo scans, especially for offices.
  6. Connectivity: For ease of transferring files to your computer or cloud storage, look for USB, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth connectivity.

The Top 5 Photo Scanners

At The Scanner Shop, we sell a wide range of scanners for various needs and purposes. Our photograph scanners are manufactured by leading brands, ensuring quality scans and durability. 

Some of our best photo scanners include: 

1. Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner

The Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner is versatile, designed to cater to both photography enthusiasts and professionals. 

With a high resolution of 6400 dpi for film scanning and 4800 dpi for photo scanning, this has many benefits compiled into a compact design. This makes it ideal for homes or small offices, for artists or photographers.

This can scan documents up to A4 in size, and is a 35mm negative scanner, 35mm slide scanner, and 120mm negative film scanner in one.

Some other key features include:

  • Digital ICE technology: This removes dust and scratches from film and photos
  • Colour reproduction: Ensures accurate colour representation in scans.
  • Optical character recognition (OCR): Built-in software for photo editing and organising.

2. Canon CanoScan LiDE 400

The Canon CanoScan LiDE 400 is a compact scanner with high-resolution capabilities and fast scanning speeds. 

It's user-friendly and affordable, and its compact design is ideal for fitting in small spaces. With a high resolution of 4800 x 4800 dpi, it expertly produces copies of any document, book, or photo. 

This device can scan a letter-sized document in 8 seconds, reducing task time and increasing productivity. Its streamlined design and USB connection eliminates the need for a separate power cable. Simply plug it into a Windows or Mac device for instant connection. 

Some other key features include: 

  • Advanced Z-lid: The lid can raise one inch to scan thick documents or books.
  • Ease of use: This is suitable for both beginners and experienced users as it has an intuitive interface.

3. Epson FastFoto FF-680W

A wireless high-speed photo scanning system, the Epson FastFoto FF-680W is ideal for scanning a large amount of photos at once. 

If you are a photographer with a high workload or you need a fast and reliable scanner for your office, this is the best choice for you. Our Epson Fastfoto scanner can scan up to 30 photos in 30 seconds. 

It then creates shareable JPEGs and TIFFs for great image quality, and with wireless connectivity, you can scan your photos to the cloud services, mobile devices, or computers. 

Some other key features include:

  • Versatile media handling: This can scan various types and sizes of media, including postcards, photos, and panoramic images.
  • Auto-enhance and colour correction: This has a built-in editing system that enhances and corrects colours in scanned photos.
  • Easy organisation: This scanner includes software for organising and storing scanned images.

4. Canon ImageFormula R40 A4 Document Scanner

The Canon ImageFormula R40 is an A4 document scanner designed for at-home use and small offices. 

This is capable of scanning receipts, photographs and passports easily at a low cost, perfect for those on a budget. It offers accurate and consistent scanning, high-resolution scans, and compatibility with Windows 11Windows 10Windows 8Windows 7, and Mac OS

It has a 60 sheet feeder capacity with a 40ppm scan speed, ideal for scanning a large amount of documents in a small amount of time. It’s also equipped with Capture on Touch, an intuitive software that simplifies the process and enhances document management.

Some other key features include: 

  • Versatile document handling: This accommodates different sizes and types of documents.
  • 600 dpi resolution: Provides clear and detailed scans for various documents.

5. Epson FastFoto ff-680W Photo Scanner

If you’re looking for a high-quality scanner that can produce up to 30 photos in 30 seconds, the Epson FastFoto ff-680W Photo Scanner is the right choice for you.

This scanner is designed for large photography projects, perfect for installation in an office or for creating a digital scrapbook of your old family photos. Scan square, panoramic, standard and instant photos with sizes from 9x13cm up to 21x91cm.

The Epson FastFoto offers wireless connectivity for easy transfer of scans to computers or cloud services. It's also adept at handling various photo sizes and has built-in colour correction and photo enhancement for scanned images.

Some other key features include:

  • Mobile scanning: This allows you to scan and save photos directly from your mobile device for efficiency. 
  • Touchscreen interface: A user-friendly touchscreen includes easy operation and navigation.
  • PC-free scanning: With this, you scan directly to a USB drive, eliminating the need for a computer.