Fast low-cost scanner that scan to an SD card or ftp/file server

Posted on 2011-05-01
Last Modified: 2012-06-22
I currently use a Brother DCP-540CN that scans to an SD card
but it takes abt 10 secs to scan in 300dpi & even longer for higher
dpi. This DCP 540CN just had a problem with its scan function &
is out of warranty.

I've seen Fuji Xerox or Canon photocopiers in the office that could
scan about 10 A4 pages in 10 secs (probably save into memory
before transmitting scan images) to a file server or to an email addr

Anyone know of any low-cost fast scanner (2 secs/page or faster)?
Ideally scan directly to SD card (so that I don't have to power up my PC
file/ftp server).  Budget is below US$300

Just wanted to digitize / manage my thousand over hardcopy documents

Just striked me that a good digital camera can take an image within 1
sec but it's difficult to hold the camera at the right position & some
background light may come into play
Question by:sunhux
    LVL 8

    Accepted Solution

    That's going to be a tough one. You have a major jump in price point and speed. Basically, single pass scanning is slow but cheap, and drum scanning (which basically takes a snapshot of the entire page), which is about 10 times faster, but more expensive (as well as larger).

    I'm unaware of any intermediate technology, or anything in your price point range other than the slower flatbed scanners. Many models nowadays have multiple slots for different types of flash memory. The only way to get a drum scanner would be to buy it used from some sort of manufacturer's (or foreclosure) sale.

    I've done a lot of purchasing for companies for scanners/printers, and there doesn't seem to be any middle ground.

    Author Comment


    What about using a digital camera but the problem is I can't possibly
    use my bare hands to hold it in certain position.  Today's digital cameras
    can be in the range of 14Mpixels in sub $200, just that holding them to
    take snapshots of the documents are simply inaccurate : any idea along
    this line?  Say a holder that holds digital cam & with good lighting but
    filter off background lights/noise?

    Author Comment


    There's quite a fair bit of discussion out there using digital camera to
    scan docs but what I lack is a good holding stand (tripod?) with something
    that blocks off background noise & good lighting :

    Author Comment


    Author Comment


    I still can't get it right, possibly I don't know how to use the macro
    settings yet on my camera & position the docs / book that I want
    to scan correctly.

    Anyway for benefit of other EE members, some good urls to scan doc :
    (but to macro focus in under 2 inches probably won't allow me to capture an
     entire A4 doc;  strange why this url recommend as such )
    (do I really need a super wide lens of up to 55mm ?)

    Digital cam lenses are not flat & esp scanning a book : book is not
    flat, so there's some challenges here

    Author Comment


    Looks like this thread is now focusing on digital photography :

    & using lightbox :!295426/turn-your-digital-camera-into-a-scanner-with-qipit

    My remaining question now is:
    what's the specs of a digital cam that I need?

    angle of lens?  5 to 55mm?

    What degree of macro? up to how many inches close-up

    Do I really need a DSLR or just a normal digicam?

    How many megapix min?

    Author Closing Comment


    Write Comment

    Please enter a first name

    Please enter a last name

    We will never share this with anyone.

    Featured Post

    Do You Know the 4 Main Threat Actor Types?

    Do you know the main threat actor types? Most attackers fall into one of four categories, each with their own favored tactics, techniques, and procedures.

    I. Introduction In a previous article ( (now deprecated), I discussed how to upgrad…
    This article was inspired by a question here at Experts Exchange ( The requirements stated in that question are (1) reduce the file size of a large number of…
    The goal of the tutorial is to teach the user how to remove a natural vignette your photos and how to add vignette to your photos.
    This video Micro Tutorial is the second in a two-part series that shows how to create and use custom scanning profiles in Nuance's PaperPort 14.5 ( But the ability to create custom scanning profiles a…

    758 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    10 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now