You just pass a photo through the scanner. The image can be saved onto a memory
card, or you can connect the scanner to your computer and save the image there. All
of the scanners Consumer Reports tested come with a plastic sheath that helps protect
older, fragile photos.
The best thing about portable photo scanners is that you can use them anywhere and
they’re fast! At the lowest resolution, testers scanned 100 photos in 15 minutes. But
don’t expect picture-perfect results. Testers found a white line ran through some of the
images. And some of the scanners couldn’t handle photos with darker backgrounds.
The scanner over cropped and cut off part of the photos.
Testers says the $80 Kodak P460 didn’t over crop as much as the other scanners. It
can scan up to a 4x6-inch photo and can also scan negatives and color slides.
But to get a really good picture, Consumer Reports says you’re better off with a regular
scanner for the same price. You can scan at higher resolution, and the quality is usually
better. In fact, the $80 color scanner Consumer Reports used for comparison in testing
did a nice job on all of the photos. It’s the Epson Perfection V300 Photo.
Rather than buying a separate scanner, another option is an all-in-one printer, which
can also do a great job with photos. Consumer Reports says that the $140 Canon
Pixma MG6120 is a good choice for photos and you can print wirelessly.