If I ask you to pick up the best flatbed scanner for me, then what would you do? Let’s forget about the scanner, let me ask you to pick up any gadget, but I need the best one. How will you choose the best one?
Many people always face this problem; even I do face the same. The problem is that each and every product these days call them as the Best, and it increases confusion among the users. Basically different people have different views and needs, so depending on their need and views they choose the Best from all the options.
One of my friends asked me yesterday that do you know the best flatbed scanner. I said no, but I can help you to choose the best one for you. I simply asked her about her preferences and then I compared different available options and choose the so called best for her.
Basically there are a few criteria’s through which you can judge the scanner for yourself. These include a bit of the knowledge of DPI, speed, bit color etc. Let me give you a small bit of idea of these terms:
The unit of the resolution of the scanner is the DPI, popularly known as Dot Per Inch. The higher the value of the DPI, you will get the better image quality. Normally a 4800 DPI scanner will give you the best image quality, but then if you have more budget you can opt higher resolutions too. Normally a canon flatbed scanner of 4800 DPI can be good for you.
Then you have the option of bit value for your scanner, like 48-bit scanner etc. This is a bit complicated term but in fact its meaning is that it counts how much detail of the image is captured with each pixel. Normally the higher the bit value, means more detail and depth is captured, that means overall you will get a better quality of picture.
If you ask me then speed is not much important as DPI and bit values are. It completely depends on your requirement. If you want to do a lot of scanning throughout the day then you must need a faster scanner. Basically, a scanner which can scan four images in a minute is a good one.
Another criterion on which you can select a scanner is of the types of paper which it can scan. The most commonly used size for brochures these days are A3, so you should make sure that you are choosing the A3 flatbed scanner for yourself.
I am sure that you are confused with these terms. But let me tell you that these factors are not that much important for you, you can choose the scanner depending on the types which the scanner can scan, like if it is made for photos, documents or for film. Check what the scanner can do with the scanned images, whether it can enlarge the captured image or can perform photo retouching. The most important aspect is checking the software of the scanner. You need to have information about what this software can do for you, like whether it can enhance the captured image or provide you the editing option. Depending on these criteria’s you can select the best flatbed scanner for yourself.