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Canon ImageFORMULA P-208

Canon ImageFORMULA P-208

From £114
  • Style: Portable
  • Functionality: Slide scanner
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Canon ImageFORMULA CR 190i

Canon ImageFORMULA CR 190i

From £2,303
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Professional image scanner
  • Max Grey depth: 4-bit (16 grey levels)
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Canon imageFORMULA DR-6010C

Canon imageFORMULA DR-6010C

From £917
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Sheetfed scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 24-bit (16.7M colours)
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Canon DR-4010C

Canon DR-4010C

From £75
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Sheetfed scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 24-bit (16.7M colours)
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Canon ImageFORMULA DR M160II

Canon ImageFORMULA DR M160II

From £665
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Document scanner
  • Interface type: USB 2.0
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Canon DR G1130

Canon DR G1130

From £4,408
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Document scanner
  • Interface type: USB 2.0
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Canon Flatbed Scanner Unit

Canon Flatbed Scanner Unit

From £723
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Flatbed scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 24-bit (16.7M colours)
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Canon ScanFront 330

Canon ScanFront 330

From £55
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Document scanner
  • Interface type: Ethernet, USB
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Brother DS820

Brother DS820

From £136
  • Style: Portable
  • Functionality: Document scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 24-bit (16.7M colours)
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Canon CanoScan LiDE 220

Canon CanoScan LiDE 220

From £67
  • Style: Stationary
  • Functionality: Document scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 48-bit
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Canon DR-M1060

Canon DR-M1060

From £1,335
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Document scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 24-bit (16.7M colours)
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IRIS Card Anywhere 5

IRIS Card Anywhere 5

From £116
  • Style: Portable
  • Functionality: Sheetfed scanner, Business card scanner
  • Interface type: USB
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Fujitsu ScanSnap SV600

Fujitsu ScanSnap SV600

From £556
  • Style: Portable
  • Functionality: Document scanner
  • Interface type: USB 1.1, USB 2.0
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Canon DR-X10c

Canon DR-X10c

From £8,499
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Sheetfed scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 24-bit (16.7M colours)
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Plustek OpticBook A300

Plustek OpticBook A300

From £1,559
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Flatbed scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 48-bit colour
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Hp ScanJet N6350

Hp ScanJet N6350

From £1,017
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Sheetfed scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 48-bit colour
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Fujitsu Siemens S1100

Fujitsu Siemens S1100

From £319
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Sheetfed scanner
  • Interface type: USB
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Epson Perfection V370

Epson Perfection V370

From £129
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Flatbed scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 48-bit colour
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Epson Perfection V600

Epson Perfection V600

From £239
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Flatbed scanner, Slide scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 48-bit colour
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Lindy 20772

Lindy 20772

From £78
  • Style: Handheld
  • Functionality: Barcode scanner
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Fujitsu Siemens S1300

Fujitsu Siemens S1300

From £196
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Sheetfed scanner
  • Interface type: USB 2.0, USB
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Fujitsu FI-6800

Fujitsu FI-6800

From £9,303
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Flatbed scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 24-bit (16.7M colours)
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Fujitsu SP 1425

Fujitsu SP 1425

From £342
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Flatbed scanner, Image Scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 24-bit (16.7M colours)
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Plustek SmartOffice PS286

Plustek SmartOffice PS286

From £337
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Sheetfed scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 48-bit colour
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Xerox DocuMate 3125

Xerox DocuMate 3125

From £337
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Sheetfed scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 24-bit (16.7M colours)
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Brother ADS1100

Brother ADS1100

From £222
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Document scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 24-bit (16.7M colours)
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Honeywell Voyager 1202g

Honeywell Voyager 1202g

From £262
  • Style: Handheld
  • Functionality: Barcode scanner
  • Interface type: USB
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Rollei DF-S 100

Rollei DF-S 100

From £74
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Film scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 48-bit colour
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Panasonic KVS4085

Panasonic KVS4085

From £5,146
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Sheetfed scanner
  • Interface type: USB
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Honeywell MS5145

Honeywell MS5145

From £76
  • Style: Portable
  • Functionality: Barcode scanner
  • Max Grey depth: 1-bit grey
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Panasonic KV S8127

Panasonic KV S8127

From £5,829
  • Style: Handheld
  • Functionality: Document scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 24 Bits Colour
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Intermec SF 61 B

Intermec SF 61 B

From £700
  • Style: Portable
  • Functionality: Barcode scanner
  • Interface type: Bluetooth, Wireless
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Panasonic KV S 1057 C

Panasonic KV S 1057 C

From £516
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Document scanner
  • Interface type: USB, USB 3.0
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IRIS Anywhere 3

IRIS Anywhere 3

From £142
  • Style: Portable
  • Functionality: Sheetfed scanner
  • Interface type: USB
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Honeywell Orbit MS7120

Honeywell Orbit MS7120

From £145
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Business card scanner
  • Max Grey depth: 8-bit (256 grey levels)
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Datalogic PowerScan PD7100

Datalogic PowerScan PD7100

From £254
  • Style: Handheld
  • Functionality: Barcode scanner
  • Interface type: USB, Serial
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Brother PDS 5000 F

Brother PDS 5000 F

From £1,045
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Flatbed scanner, Document scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 24-bit (16.7M colours)
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Zebra RS419 HP2000FSR

Zebra RS419 HP2000FSR

From £612
  • Style: Handheld
  • Functionality: Barcode scanner
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Datalogic Magellan 2200vs

Datalogic Magellan 2200vs

From £291
  • Style: Stationary
  • Functionality: Barcode scanner
  • Max Grey depth: 1-bit grey
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Plustek OpticBook 3900

Plustek OpticBook 3900

From £172
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Flatbed scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 48-bit colour
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Honeywell Voyager 1200g

Honeywell Voyager 1200g

From £126
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Barcode scanner
  • Interface type: USB
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Opticon L 46 X

Opticon L 46 X

From £150
  • Style: Handheld
  • Functionality: Barcode scanner
  • Interface type: USB 2.0
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Honeywell MK9540

Honeywell MK9540

From £109
  • Style: Handheld
  • Functionality: Barcode scanner
  • Interface type: Keyboard wedge, USB, RS-232
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Konig CSFILMSCAN200

Konig CSFILMSCAN200

From £36
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Film scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 24 Bits Colour
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Hp Scanjet Enterprise 8500

Hp Scanjet Enterprise 8500

From £2,750
  • Style: Stationary
  • Functionality: Flatbed scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 24-bit (16.7M colours)
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Xerox DocuMate 152

Xerox DocuMate 152

From £252
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Sheetfed scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 48-bit colour
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Penpower WorldPenScan X

Penpower WorldPenScan X

From £121
  • Style: Handheld
  • Functionality: Pen scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 24-bit (16.7M colours)
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Plustek MobileOffice AD450

Plustek MobileOffice AD450

From £185
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Roll fed scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 48-bit colour
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Fujitsu fi 65F

Fujitsu fi 65F

From £264
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Document scanner
  • Interface type: USB 2.0
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Motorola LS 1203

Motorola LS 1203

From £104
  • Style: Handheld
  • Functionality: Barcode scanner
  • Interface type: USB
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Panasonic KV S7077 C A3

Panasonic KV S7077 C A3

From £3,455
  • Style: Portable
  • Functionality: Document scanner
  • Interface type: USB 2.0, USB 3.0
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Plustek SmartOffice PS 456

Plustek SmartOffice PS 456

From £483
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Document scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 48-bit
Currently no offers >
Plustek SmartOffice SC8016

Plustek SmartOffice SC8016

From £1,396
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Document scanner
Currently no offers >
Honeywell Xenon 1902

Honeywell Xenon 1902

From £661
  • Style: Handheld
  • Functionality: Barcode scanner
  • Interface type: USB
Currently no offers >
Datalogic Gryphon I GM4130

Datalogic Gryphon I GM4130

From £410
  • Style: Handheld
  • Functionality: Barcode scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 8-bit (256 colours)
Currently no offers >
Hp ScanJet Pro 3000 s 3

Hp ScanJet Pro 3000 s 3

From £366
  • Functionality: Sheetfed scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 24-bit (16.7M colours)
  • Interface type: USB 2.0, USB 3.0
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Panasonic KV S 1027 C

Panasonic KV S 1027 C

From £332
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Document scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 24-bit (16.7M colours)
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Kodak LARIS S2060W

Kodak LARIS S2060W

From £1,040
  • Style: Desktop
  • Functionality: Document scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 24 Bits Colour
Currently no offers >
Brother DS600

Brother DS600

From £129
  • Style: Handheld
  • Functionality: Sheetfed scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 24-bit (16.7M colours)
Currently no offers >
IRIS IRIScan Anywhere 2

IRIS IRIScan Anywhere 2

From £167
  • Style: Portable
  • Functionality: Flatbed scanner
  • Max Colour depth: 48-bit colour
Currently no offers >

Buying Guide - Scanners

Types

Flatbed scannerMost scanners on the market today are flatbed scanners, usually for scanning documents of A4 though A3 paper sizes.  There are two of types of flatbed scanner types available: reflective scanners and transparent scanners.

When you place an item such as a book or piece of paper on the glass plate of a flatbed scanner, the document is illuminated from underneath, and the scanner users mirrors to copy an image of the document on the plate to a digital file.  This is known as reflective scanning.

Transparent scanning is used for items that are see-through, for example slides, and these need to be placed in a special box that clips onto the glass of a flatbed scanner.  A special light then illuminates these items inside the lid, and the item can be slowly scanned.

These transparency adapters can either be built into the top of a flatbed scanner or come as separate attachment.  This is not a standard feature on flatbed scanner models though, so if scanning transparent items is important to you, make sure you verify that your chosen scanner can accommodate this.

Flatbed scanner models will use either CCD (charge-coupled device) or CIS (contact image sensor) sensor technology.  The former is slightly older technology, and CIS is becoming more prevalent.  Even though CIS tends to produce a slightly lower quality scanned image, it allows for smaller devices and uses less power than a CCD scanner, and so CIS scanner models can be powered via a USB cable and do not need an additional power source.

There are other types of scanner available.  Handheld scanner models can be useful if you travel and need to scan documents frequently, as these are portable and save images to a memory card rather than needing to be attached to a PC.  These are often used by students, or professionals who frequently need to take many notes, as they can be used to scan books or periodicals easily.

Sheetfed scanner models, which used to be very popular, are still available. These require users to feed an item individually through a narrow feeder slot, and are thus are only suitable for flat documents.

Film scanner models are primarily designed for professional use; these are specifically designed to scan film negatives, slides, or APS film.  Most will focus on one type of film, so if this is what you need, take care that the scanner you choose can cope with the film you are using.

You can also buy multi-feature or 'all-in-one' machines that combine a printer, scanner, and fax machine, which often appeals to small business owners, as they are a more efficient use of office space than a number of separate items.

Quality

Wand scannerThe quality of an image produced by a scanner will be affected by the resolution of the scanner.  The resolution of a scanner is normally expressed in dpi, or dots per inch.  Generally, the higher the dpi, the clearer and crisper the final scanned image will be.  Sometimes you will see manufacturers quoting both the actual and ‘interpolated’ dpi; the former is the more interesting, as the latter effectively illustrates what can be achieved using image-editing software.  'Interpolation' refers to a method of improving photos by using software to fill in more pixels in a photo by guessing what that pixel should look like based on the pixels around it.)

Scanner models suitable for the home may have maximum optical resolutions of up to around 4800 dpi (dots per inch), with the option for reducing this if you wish.  For most home purposes, a resolution of 1200 dpi is usually fine.

For scanning photos for uploading to the web, you will not need anything close to 4800 dpi resolution, but it is good to have the capability in case you wish to do something that requires a better resolution, such as enlarging a small section of a picture or scanning 4" x 6" pictures to print as 7" x 10" prints.  Prints from a scanner of this resolution would be largely indistinguishable from something you could have printed at a high street photography studio - as long as your printer is capable of producing prints of the same dpi as your scanner, of course.

Generally, the higher the resolution of the scan, the more memory the saved image will take up on your computer; scanning a photos at a few hundred dpi should result in a file of around 1Mb.  Scanning at the higher resolutions will also take longer and increase the file size.

You will also normally see a measure called bit depth on most scanner models.  This indicates the colour depth; the amount of information that the scanner can capture about each individual pixel of colour when scanning.  The higher the bit rate, the better the scanner will be at producing nuanced colour.  For most simple home use, a scanner with a bit rate of 24 should be fine, though if you plan to scan numerous slides, you may want to look for something more in the 48-bit range.

On the specifications of higher end scanner models, you may see a specification for Dmax, or dynamic range.  The measures how well the scanner will reproduce the lights, darks and shades of a document or image.  The higher the Dmax number, the better the scanner will perform on this scale.  This is not of huge importance for a personal home scanner, but if you are looking for a business scanner to produce high-resolution documents or images, it is worth bearing in mind.

Specifications

Scanner models today are generally very versatile and flexible, allowing for easy scanning of individual documents as well as book pages or photographs.

Ready to choose a scanner?  Picking the right scanner for you is a case of balancing the varying features of different scanner models: quality, speed, software, and hardware specifications.

Most scanners offer a maximum scan size of A4.  If you need to occasionally scan something larger, look for a scanner with 'folio mode' which can scan two halves of an A3 document and then piece the digital images back together to give you one final image.

Most scanners will come with some software to let you edit and enhance your scans, if you want to crop an image, or remove redeye in photos, for example.  If you wish to edit photos, make sure the scanner includes software that allows you to do more sophisticated adjustments such as changing the colour balance or removing blemishes, or to optimise a photo for sending via email.  Scanners that are more expensive may come with reduced versions of established software such as Adobe's Photoshop Elements or Ulead's PhotoImpact software, both of which allow for extensive editing.

Other features to look for include one-touch scanning, which allows you to scan an item as a PDF and attached it directly to email via the scanner without having to use your computer, useful if you send many photos to relatives for example.

If you are going to scan documents frequently, the speed of the scanner will be important.  It should be noted that the resolution at which you scan documents will affect the speed; higher resolution images take longer to scan.

For those of you who will need to scan unusually long items, say artwork or banners, an automatic document feeder tray may come in useful.  A scanner can either be bought with one of these or sometimes it can be purchased as an accessory afterwards, though it is normally cheaper to buy a printer with this already installed.

If you need to scan text documents as editable files, then you will need a scanner with an optical character recognition program, or OCR.  This can be useful, for example, for editing handwritten notes, or for keeping a safe copy of old typed or handwritten documents with your own notes added.

One other thing to keep in mind is the interface between your scanner and your printer.  Scanners today usually come equipped with a USB 2.0 port, and your PC needs to be compatible with this.  If your PC or Mac is older and only has a USB 1.1 port, the scanner should work (though double-check this) but it will be slower than it would be if plugged into a USB 2.0 port.  Some scanners will also work with FireWire or Bluetooth, thought those are usually more expensive, and aimed at business users rather than the home user.