"The Pandigital Personal Photo Scanner/Converter, 8-1/2-by-11-Inch lets you convert all your traditional photos into digital files with a single touch. The scanner can scan photos up to 8-1/2 by 11 inches at a resolution of 600 dpi, so you can keep a permanent archive of all your favorite images. The scanner works with or without a computer, saving scanned files either directly to the included SD memory card, or to a computer via the included USB 2.0 cable.."
One-Touch Photo Scanning
At the touch of a button, the Pandigital Personal Photo Scanner/Converter scans any printed photo from wallet size up to 8-1/2 by 11 inches at a resolution of 600 dpi, providing a digital file that won't degrade over time.
Scan Directly to Memory Card or Computer
The Pandigital Personal Photo Scanner/Converter works with or without a computer. The scanner has a built-in memory card slot, letting you save scanned photos directly to a memory card that you can then easily transfer to a digital photo frame or a computer (SD memory card included). The scanner supports SD, XD, MS, MS Pro, and MMC memory card formats. You can also save scanned images to a computer using the included USB 2.0 cable.
Easy Photo Archiving, Emailing, and Printing
The scanner returns industry-standard JPG files that you can easily archive, edit in your favorite photo manipulation software, email to friends and family, and print.
Ultra-Portable Design for Use Anywhere
The scanner is so compact that you can take it with you wherever you have photos to scan. Use it at home or at the office, or take it with you when you visit your friends and family so you can scan and copy their photos as well.
The Pandigital Personal Photo Scanner/Converter is backed by a one-year warranty.
What's in the Box
Personal Photo Scanner/Converter, SD Card, calibration card, sensor cleaning swab, power adapter, USB cable, user guide, quick start guide, and Scan2PC software.
printed photos, up to 8.5x11. Designed for ease of use, scanned images are saved directly to SD card for quick and simple transfer to your digital photo frame or PC. Images are scanned as 600dpi full color JPEGs for incredible clarity and quality
|Photo Size||up to 8.5 x 11"|
|Scan Resolution||up to 600 dpi|
|Memory Card Supported||SD/XD/MS/MS Pro/MMC|
|Feed System||Twin Roller|
|Power||AC Adapter (included)|
|Product Certifications||FCC, CE, UL|
|Enviornmental Compliance||RoHS, WEEE|
|AC Adapter Certifications||UL, CEC, CE|
This is in the same category as the Canon imageFormula P-150 Scan-tini but at a much lower cost point. One that is closer to this price is the Apparent Doxie but probably the closest would be the IRIScan Anywhere. They both allow scanning directly to a harddrive.
One of the more beneficial aspects of this scanner would be its portability, however since it is manual-feed that means you should take care when it comes to older photos that you may want to archive.
The scanner offers a typical size and weight for a portable manual sheetfed scanner, at 1.7 by 10.6 by 2.3 inches (HWD) and about 14 ounces for the scanner itself or 1 pound 2 ounces with the power cable included. However its portability is limited, since it runs only from AC power, with no battery option. Basic setup consists of plugging in a memory card and power cable. The scanner comes with a 1GB SD card, but according to Pandigital, it will also work with XD, MS, MS Pro, and MMC cards.
With the card and power cord in place, you can turn the scanner on, press the one button to choose between 300 and 600 pixel per inch (ppi) resolution, and then scan by inserting a photo in the input slot. The photo will be saved to the memory card. When you're ready to move the files to your computer, move the card and copy the files, or you can plug in the supplied USB cable. Any recent version of Windows or Mac OS X will recognize the card in the scanner as a USB drive, so you can copy the files to your system.
The software is supplied to you via included SD Card ("Scan-2-PC"). This software has been tested on Vista and according to Pandigital works also with Window 7 and XP (MAC versions are also availible).
Also an added feature here would also be the ability to scan business cards, text docs, or anything else that you would normally scan.
The PANSCN06 comes with a cover that will protect photos up to 8.5X11 inches. While the company suggest to only use this with older folders it is noted that you should use them with all photos you care about. The only thing of not to consider when using the sleeve is that the auto-cropping feature cropped one photo, because it had trouble telling where the dark background in the photo ended and the black backing in the sleeve began.
Speed and Quality
Scans for 4x6 photos both with and without the plastic sleeve, from the moment I put the photo in the slot to the moment the scan finished. At 300 dpi I got a low of 7.2 seconds scanning in landscape mode without the sleeve, and a high of 20 seconds in portrait mode with the sleeve. The times at 600 ppi ranged from 18.7 to 34 seconds. None of this will qualify the PanScn06 as a speed demon, but it's easily within a tolerable range.
Image quality overall was good enough for snapshots that you want to give to friends or relatives, either as files or reprints. However, it's not good enough to satisfy a serious amateur photographer. I saw a slight but unmistakable shift towards red in most photos, a slight darkening that translated to lost detail in shadows, and increased graininess compared with the originals.
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PROS: This model will handle up to 8.5 by 11 inch photos. There is an adjustable guide to help you feed pictures into the slot, but I found I didn't really even need to use it as long as I positioned the photo up against the left edge of the scan path.
Scans are very quick. At the default setting, a 4x6 photo takes approx. 20 seconds to scan and save. Everything is automatic. You put a picture in the slot. The scanner feeds it through - fast! When the light stops blinking, you scan another. I sat there watching TV, feeding one shot after another through the unit without a hitch.
One of the best features is that you don't have to be connected to a computer; photos can be saved onto an SD card. (The unit comes with a 1GB card, which hold hundreds of photos. HINT: After you install the scanning software from the SD card during setup, you can delete the scan software from the SD card. You'll free up lots of room for more photos, and you can always download the software from the manufacturer's Web site should the need arise.) You could take this unit to your family reunion, sit at a table with the relatives, and scan in photo after photo. When you get home, you can transfer the photos to your computer, or just pop the SD card into your digital photo frame. (I scanned about 350 photos and had them uploaded and posted to Facebook photo albums in about 3 hours.) Of course, if you'd prefer to connect and scan directly to your computer via USB cable (included), that is easy to do as well.
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We scanned a family album of 50 various size snapshots from the 1950s and 1960s by placing the scanner in front of the keyboard with the usb cord attached to the computer. Then we got going and placed photo after photo into the scanner slot, with the dual rolls of the scanner doing the work by pulling each photo through the front and out the back. The scanning of 50 photos required less than half an hour. Most of the time was spent removing the photos, then reinserting them back into the family album once scanning was complete.
Because we elected to scan directly to the computer rather than the SD card, we got immediate feedback by observing each scan on the monitor screen in near real-time. Thus we could tell if a photo had been scanned to our satisfaction, or needed to be re-scanned due to cockeyed orientation or some other reason.
As others here have observed, there are two scanning resolutions, 300dpi and 600dpi. We have only used the lower resolution, but have no complaints. The scans on the computer screen are at least four times larger than the original photos, which renders detail sufficient to blow us away.
There has been an issue with Pandigital scanners regarding lines appearing in the scanned image. We experienced no such problem after 50 scans. Reviewers on other websites have suggested opening the scanner case to clean the scanning glass of baked-on dirt or debris which cause the lines. We are prepared to attempt this remedy if needed, but only after the warranty expires.
There is one important issue about old photo scanning that needs to be brought to light here. This scanner is proficient at revealing details, some wonderful and some not, which are not obvious in the original photos. Thus, that hairy facial mole on Aunt Matilda's..................................<<<Click Here To Read Full Review>>>
They are all terribly S-L-O-W. And they all require a remarkable amount of attention -- if you are going to use a flat bed scanner or a film scanner, you have to load the device, get it up on your computer, scan, and save the file. It takes a few minutes per image, and it's nearly impossible to do anything else at the same time.
Enter the Pandigital scanner. I'm watching the ball game. Or a movie. I plug in and turn on the scanner (the person who said it is about the size of the tube from paper towels is correct). I get one of my boxes of photos, and I start leafing though them. I find a photo I like and hold it up against the scanner's "slot". The photo is smoothly taken from my hands and starts it's progress through the scanner. It all takes about 5 to 8 seconds, and the photo emerges on the other side. Scanning time, and convenience, is about the same, whether it's a 2 by 3 or an 8 by 10, or anything in between (most of my photos are 3-1/2 by 5 and 4 by 6).
About two seconds after that, the light on the scanner stops flashing, and I insert another photo. If I'm watching the terminally slow Boston Red Sox, I will probably start to scan a second photo before the pitcher throws another pitch! One morning, while watching the Sunday news shows, I scanned over 130 photos. Finally, I got to my computer and upload all of my images from the included memory card.
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This review is from: Pandigital Photolink One-Touch PANSCN06 8.5-Inch x11-Inch Photo Scanner (Electronics)
This scanner works very well for document archival. This becomes even more true when you have a large volume of papers to scan. Here's a common workflow:
1) Receive and open mail,
2) Separate "keep" and "recycle" portions,
3) Scan all items in "keep" pile,
4) Recycle items in "keep" pile.
In a matter of minutes I'm able to process any amount mail I received that day (home use). The same applies to receipts and similar documents.
Scan quality is above average, especially considering the speed of the scans and the cost of the unit. I've used flatbed and sheet-fed scanners three times this price and had inferior results. Photographic images I've scanned have reasonable color accuracy. Graphite (pencil), ink, charcoal and pastel drawings I've scanned are also of very reasonable quality. Note that in this use of "reasonable" I am saying it is satisfactory for normal use and do not imply any hesitation of recommendation.
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A single 4X6 photo in the default 300 dpi mode takes about 3 seconds to scan in, the 600 dpi takes about 10 seconds. A full sheet of 8.5X11" paper takes about 7 seconds at 300 dpi to scan but, since the paper is constantly moving so you get the sense that it's going as fast as it can.
The Picture quality is quite acceptable for the photos I tested. I do not have any high resolution photos on hand to compare the two scan settings. Either way this scanner is not going to be able to compete with flatbed scanners having a density of 9600X4800 dpi. It's not for that! In other words, the scanner is not going to magically "sharpen" 3X5 or 4X6 photos over and above the resolution they were taken with. However, the picture on the computer screen (1920X1080) look very much like the original photos. I did not notice much difference comparing a 300 dpi scan with a 600 dpi scan. This isn't because the 600 dpi isn't working, it was because the orignial photos were not so sharp themselves that higher resolution waranted any further rsolution. If the original photo was taken with a shakey holder of the camera then digitizing that event isn't magically going to make it dissapear. For that kind of Magic, You need artistic photoshop skills.
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