Should I purchase a scanner or digital camera?

Question

I want to buy a scanner....don't need the best but want to make sure it's got what I need. I see tham all the way from $69 to $400+. Somebody said they bought one for $39 (after rebate) and love it. I only plan to scan in pics, etc., to send to kids and grandkids. Nothing fancy.

Suggestions? I assume I can get an appropriate scanner from you? Price range? Or do you suggest a low end digital camera instead?

Thanks.

Answer

This question was answered on October 21, 1999. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

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The very inexpensive scanners would probably require some extra software Be sure to ask before you purchase You may want to buy something in the $100 range A USB scanner (if your machine has USB ports) would probably run around $130 and this would probably be a good investment since you would not have to install any drivers.

A digital camera would be more expensive than a scanner even for a cheaper model camera That is a decision I would have to leave to your discretion, however.

Another option is to take your film to a local developer and request they place the photos on a cd rom Check for price ranges.

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Posted by Ken of Data Doctors on October 21, 1999