Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Pandigital SCN02 Photolink One-Touch Scanner Review

Example of an image scanned by the Pandigital SCN02
After inheriting a number of photo albums belonging to my grand parents, my folks now have thousands of old photos tucked away in albums in various states of disarray. My siblings and I delight in looking through these albums whenever any number of us are visiting my parents. These things aren't going to last forever, though, so I wanted to preserve these memories digitally as quickly and as easily as possible. Using a flatbed scanner is far too time consuming, so I went looking for a portable scanner that I could use to get the job done.

For less than $50, I purchased the Pandigital SCN02 Photolink One-Touch Scanner which allows you to autofeed your photos into the mechanism and then scans the image to a memory card while feeding it through. The instructions tell you to use the included clear plastic sleeves to scan your photos, but I would not bother with them as they tend to either not catch properly on the unit or will create lines on the photo. I was fairly pleased with the results of my scans. You get a 300dpi 1.5 mega pixel jpeg for 3x5 and a 2 mega pixel jpeg for 4x6's. This is fine for displaying on a digital frame or posting on social media but not nearly high enough resolution to do any real editing to or print enlargements.

There is one rather pervasive problem with the Pandigital SCN02. There seems to be a tendency for scanned photos to start exhibiting scan lines after some time. I've had the issue myself and found that the problem was due to static holding dust on the scanning mechanism. This problem can be fixed by moistening the included cleaning pad with some anti-static screen cleaner. I hear, though, that the most effective solution is to simply fog your breath into the slot like blowing on an old Nintendo cartridge.

Overall, I'd say that the Pandigital SCN02 is a great item for the price, especially if you're willing to take good care of it. If you're looking to do a bunch of quick photo scans, I would recommend it. However, for extensive photo editing, you'll have to stick with the old flatbed scanner.

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