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Whether you're looking to digitise your printed photo collection or have other uses in mind for an image scanner, this test will help you find the photo and slide scanner that's best for your needs. Our buying guide to scanners will help you decide if a dedicated photo and slide scanner is for you.
Our test covers flatbed, sheet-fed and upright scanners. Our expert testers give every scanner a thorough workout to help find the models that:
Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which models are Mac and PC compatible, and which offer OCR text recognition.
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Recommended retail, as of July 2012.
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Quality of scans is assessed by an expert user panel, looking at overall quality, detail, colour balance, sharpness and colour accuracy.
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The overall score is made up of ease of use score (50%) and quality score (50%).
Installation of hardware and software, including assessing any built-in help, tutorials and reference material. The score also includes looking at the user interface, software default settings and the ease of using the hardware, including any photo/film guides supplied.
Average time taken to scan four negatives/slides.
Average time taken to scan two 4 x 6 inch prints.
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