Deciding on your next office equipment upgrade means weighing all the pros and cons of your choices, and scanners are no exception. The right scanner can bring your work to the next level, but what that work actually is will change the choice that’s best for you. In today’s market, you’ll find that the two big categories for scanners are photo-optimized units and document-optimized units.
When it comes to the software that is used to parse scans, you can find high-end options that will work with any scanner. As a result, both scanner types can conceivably be used for the other’s purpose. The difference is in the quality and efficiency of the work they do under different circumstances. Keep this in mind when you are considering your options for a new Fujitsu scanner.
Benefits of a Photo Scanner
Photo scanners are built for the highest quality scans possible. That means they typically offer higher resolution options, but it also means they are a bit slower than they could be if scanning at a lower quality. Some have built-in color enhancement features that work to encode digital images with the best possible color depth as well, which is a feature that goes beyond the basic mechanics of resolution and photo size.
When it comes to creative applications like designing marketing materials, putting together presentations, or anything else that requires art and photography to be digitized for use in your company’s materials, a photo scanner is usually the best option. This is especially true in creative industries, because the better your digital copies of source materials are, the more detailed your final product can be. If you’re planning on a print project that involves high quality art, matching the quality of your scanner to the quality of your printer is especially important. For those applications, a Fujitsu fi-8000 is a great option.
Benefits of a Document Scanner
Document scanners tend to work more quickly than photo scanners, in large part due to their more streamlined scanning options. While you can lower the resolution on photo scanners to speed them up, they still take more time to process than a scanner that was designed for text. Document scanners also tend to be bundled with software that helps digitize the contents of those documents in editable formats more often than photo scanners, so there is less legwork to do if you need an application to help with your document archival or editing.
Fast, efficient document scanners like the Fujitsu Scansnap series are also usually priced to be more accessible than high-quality photo scanners, which makes them easier to budget when you do not need the high-quality photo processing available from photo scanners. On top of that, they have designs that support faster scanning with features like faster page feeds to really optimize your workflow. If you are not planning on digitizing image files, you really can’t go wrong with a good document scanner. It can handle text and simple figures like those contained in graphs very competently, with a wide range of outputs.