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In photographic terms scanners are predominantly split into two kinds. Those which can scan printed photos and those which can scan negatives and slides.

Of course the latter will almost always be able to do the former but when considering which scanner to purchase, those fundamental differences will probably determine which type of scanner you consider.

Photo scanners will have a photo feed system whereas those which can also scan films and slides will be of the flatbed variety.


If you're looking for a device to predominantly scan printed photos then your key requirements are speed, quality and capacity.

Most photo scanners will come with some type of built-in software so it's worth taking a look at the features to decide which will be of use to you. Useful software features include automated enhancements such as red-eye removal, auto cropping and colour restoration of faded photos.

The quantity, shape and size of the photos the scanner can handle in one batch is also important. You don't particularly want to be sorting out your old photos into specific types. The beauty of a rapid print scanner is that it does the job quickly so look for a scanner which can handle multiple photos at the same time. The quantity of photos the scanner can handle at once will vary although the difference of taking 30 or 50 photos at a time for instance may not be a deal breaker. Speed often varies. For instance the Epson FastFoto Scanner will scan 30 photos in 30 seconds, whereas the Kodak Rapid Print Scanner will scan up to 50 in a minute.

Some also come with built-in Wifi capabilities which can bring additional benefits such as the ability to share images via email or upload to cloud storage.

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You should also take a look at which file formats the scanner will allow you to save files in. Jpeg is a standard format which will reduce the overall size of your files for easier storage and sharing. Some scanners will enable you to also store scanned files as Tiff files which will save files at maximum quality, often up to 600dpi.

There are other useful features which some models have which can be really useful such as the Epson FastFoto Scanner's ability to auto detect and scan any notes written on the back of old photos.

Finally, it's worth looking at the capability of the scanners software to scan documents and other files as well as photos.


When it comes to selecting a device capable of scanning film, negative and slides then much of the same requirements remain, such as speed, quality and capacity. Although in this case, capacity will mean the number of frames/slides you can scan in one pass of the scanner. This is usually linked to the size of the scanner plate and the software which accompanies the machine.

The optimum resolution can often vary between scanners. For instance, our Kodak PS13 Flatbed Scanner has a maximum resolution of 4800 x 4800dpi whereas the Epson Perfection V850 Scanner, also stocked by Tetenal, has a maximum scan resolution of 6400 x 9600dpi.

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Some of the other features to look out for are things such as the automated removal of defects and dust. The very nature of film means that it can often attract dust and fibers which can often go unnoticed but will show up on the finished scan. Having software can can auto detect and adjust for these blemishes can save valuable time in retouching or re-scanning.

With regards to capacity, take a look at the number of film holders the scanner comes with as this will directly affect the number of images that can be scanned at once.

A handy feature which can be overlooked is how far back the lid of the scanner will lift. Some scanners will have a removable lid which enables you to scan bulky items.

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