Wondering what to know before you shop for a photoscanner?
Here are some basics:
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What's a photo scanner?
Photo scanners allow you to change regular photographs or film into digital photos that can then be sized, enhanced and sent over the internet using a computer.
How do photo scanners work?
There are several different technologies and styles of scanners, but the most common scanner is called a flatbed. Flatbed scanners basically convert photons (units of light) into electrons (electrical charges).
In a flatbed scanner, you place the photo image on a flat glass bed (like a copier), close the lid and let the machine do its magic. Some flatbed scanners use what's called a CDD array to scan, and some use CSI technology.
In general, CCD scanners are more expensive, heavier and thicker than scanners with CIS technology. But CCD scanners provide better quality images with better resolution.
What should I know when shopping for a photo scanner?
Here are issues to consider:
What's the price range for a photo scanner and who makes them?
Photo scanners range in price from under $60 to thousands of dollars. Flatbed scanners are made by companies like Epson, Canon, Nikon and Fujitsu, Minolta and Microtek.