Looking at scanners for genealogy research? I know everybody’s excited about handheld scanners these days, but I have to say I’m underwhelmed so far. If you’re determined to get a handheld scanner, you might want to consult this overview is written from a genealogist’s perspective.
What else is available in the scanning world? Nearly anybody with a multi-function printer has a scanner included on their desktop, but what if you want to travel?
Increasingly I use a small, lightweight, and very portable scanner I bought a couple of summers ago for a big research trip. It has all the functions of a desktop scanner and eliminates the need to knit together digital scans of larger images. Its portability makes it invaluable when visiting relatives and it also works nicely set on a coffee table so you can scan while you watch TV. The model I use is the Canon 4508B002 CanoScan LiDE210 Scanner – $80 at Amazon. It weighs three pounds and comes in its own little cardboard box with a carrying handle. I’m impressed with the quality it produces and it’s held up under many many trips at this point. For $119, there’s a faster, newer version of the scanner available – the Canon CanoScan 3297B002 LiDE 700F Color Image Scanner.
Compared to the popular handheld, it’s really inexpensive, has a scanning bed of 8×10 instead of 4×6, and produces excellent scans quickly with minimal image manipulation.
UPDATE: The price on the 700 has dropped to $89.