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Learn the differences between photo scanners, general office scanners, and scanners that specialize in document management. When you’re done reading, you should have enough information to choose the perfect HP scanner for your needs.
Photo vs. document scanners
HP scanners like the HP Scanjet 3110 photo scanner can automatically correct your pictures or restore faded colors in old pictures.
The HP Scanjet 7000 sheet-feed scanner can handle up to 2,000 pages a day and scans up to 40 pages/minute, 80 images/minute.
HP makes both photo scanners and document scanners. Each has distinct features that allow them to excel at one job or the other:
- Include photo-editing software
- Often have a TMA (Transparent Materials Adapter), which allows the scanning of film negatives and slides
- May include built-in HP technologies such as Auto Red-Eye removal, Adaptive Lighting, Image Restoration, and Photo Brightening, all of which can enhance image quality
- May include one-touch buttons for photo fix or scratch and tear removal
Visit our photo scanner buying guide to learn more.
- Often include an automatic document feeder (ADF)
- Often include two-sided scanning capabilities
- Often include Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software
- Are common in home and small office environments
General office vs. document management scanners
General office scanners, such as the HP Scanjet Professional 3000 sheet-feed scanner are most valuable to home- or micro-businesses that need to scan images as well as documents
The versatile HP Scanjet 5590 digital flatbed scanner is a document scanner that does it all, scanning photos, slides, and negatives, as well as documents with the 50-sheet ADF.
HP offers two primary types of office scanners to organize documents in the workplace—general office scanners and document management scanners.
General office scanners and document management scanners can both scan documents, but here are a few other strengths of each:
General office scanners
Capable of scanning up to 2000 pages per day, these scanners are best suited for home- or micro-businesses with scanning needs that include scanning images (such as photographs) as well as documents.
- May be more versatile and may even include a TMA for scanning negatives and slides.
- May also include basic document management software and capabilities.
Document management scanners
Document management scanners, as their name indicates, have a greater focus on documents. They often feature lower resolution and are designed for text-only scanning, though some newer models feature higher resolution for photos as well.
Capable of scanning up to 5000 pages per day, these scanners are an ideal choice for businesses that need to scan and distribute a high volume of documents across a network.
- Have features designed to handle, share, and organize larger quantities of documents quickly, either directly from the scanner or using included software.
- Options may include scanning directly to a network or e-mail, ultrasonic double-feed protection, and higher duty cycles allowing for a greater number of scans per day.
HP All-in-Ones and multifunction printers
HP also offers All-in-Ones and multifunction printers (MFPs) that include scanning capabilities along with printing, copying, and, on some models, faxing.
- HP Officejet All-in-One printers have business-focused features such as document management and models with legal-size scanning glass.
- HP Photosmart e-All-in-One printers feature special photo scanning capabilities plus red-eye removal and cropping without a PC.
- HP LaserJet multifunction printers offer high-volume printing capacity and document management skills. And, with the HP LaserJet Pro 200 Color MFP M275nw, you can even scan images of 3D objects and post them directly to the Web!1
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- Scans photos and documents in 4800 x 9600 dpi, 48-bit color
- Dust and scratch removal, red-eye removal, faded color restoration
- Built-in adapter for scanning slides and negatives
- High-quality scans (2400 dpi) with 48-bit color
- Scans photos, slides, and negatives, as well as documents
- 50-page duplexing ADF
- Scan both sides of a page at speeds up to 20 pages/minute
- Scan and organize business cards and embossed cards with the NewSoft Presto! Software
- OCR software for scanning and archiving/editing documents
Learn about media handling options, image quality terms, and other scanner features.
- Scan business cards on the go with an HP mobile scanner.
- Demo: See how to use OCR (Optical Character Recognition).
- Use software to scan straight to e-mail.
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- 1 Requires a wireless access point and an Internet connection to the printer. Services may require registration. App availability varies by country, language, and agreements. For details, www.hp.com/go/eprintcenter.