You won’t have to scan picture prints one at a time, and you won’t have to worry about them getting torn in the document feeder of your scanner. The Epson FastFoto FF-680W ($599.99) is a good replacement for the Epson FastFoto FF-640, which was the first sheet-feed scanner that could quickly scan a stack of photos without tearing, creasing, or otherwise damaging them.
The FastFoto FF-680W scans papers much better than the FastFoto FF-640. The FastFoto FF-680W is mostly for people who want to digitize and store their photo print collections, like shoeboxes full of snapshots. This makes it a much more useful home scanner that will still be useful after you’ve scanned all of your photos.
Epson FastFoto FF-680W SPECIFICATIONS
|Scanning speed||Up to 1 photo per second (300 dpi)|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi, USB 3.0, Ethernet|
|Maximum resolution||600 dpi|
|Automatic feeder||Holds up to 36 photos at once|
|Compatible media||Photos, Polaroids, postcards, and panoramas up to 8.5 x 120 inches|
Epson FastFoto FF-680W review: Scan Quality and Speed
. Most of the prints were at least 20 years old, and their quality and state of preservation were very different. Most of the time, we let FastFoto do its thing and save both the raw scan and the version that FastFoto improved. The scanner did a good job of digitizing these pictures. In general, the enhanced copies were better than the originals.
This was because the software changed the contrast, brightness, and saturation. The changes didn’t make a huge difference, but they were good as a quick fix. Most of the shots we scanned were 3-by-5-inch or 4-by-6-inch prints, but we also scanned a group of 4-by-11.5-inch panoramas.
Epson FastFoto FF-680W review: PERFORMANCE
Even though the name “FastFoto” gives it away, we were still amazed at how quickly the Epson FF-680W scanned by big groups of prints. Compared to scanning on a computer, this is a big surprise. We scanned hundreds of 6×4 prints, Polaroid prints, and Instax Mini prints in just a few minutes, and each scan only took a few seconds. After you put your stack of photos in the in-tray, you can put your feet up and wait for everything to be done.
Depending on how many scans are in a batch, the processing on the computer after each scan takes a little while, but the whole process is automatic. Each scan can be turned into three different images: the basic scan of the front, the scan of the back, and a software-enhanced scan. Epson’s automated color and lighting corrections, as well as the ability to remove red eyes from flash shots, are used to improve photos. You can buy this printer from its official website
Epson FastFoto FF-680W review: Software
The software isn’t on the website listed in the (confusingly multi-language) one-sheet start guide, and there are actually two different pieces of software: Epson FastFoto and Epson ScanSmart. ScanSmart is used to scan papers, and FastFoto is used to scan photos. We didn’t know there was a separate version of ScanSmart that could be downloaded until I couldn’t find any settings for document scanning in the FastFoto program.
The Epson FastFoto FF-680W is a great way for people who love to keep family photos or old videos. It costs $549.99, which is more than most scanners. For that price, you get a very powerful tool that will speed up your work very much. If you feel truly that time is money, then buying a FastFoto is a good investment.
Epson FastFoto FF-680W review: THE GOOD AND THE BAD
- Scans to searchable PDF.
- Solid OCR performance.
- Somewhat pricey.
The automatic reader on the Epson FastFoto FF-680W can scan up to 36 prints at once. The ClearClick QuickConvert 2.0 can only scan one picture at a time, but it is portable and can scan prints, slides, and negatives.
Epson’s V600 is perfect. Overall, this is the best picture scanner.
Plustek ePhoto Z300. The best picture scanner for the money.
Epson FF-680W FastFoto. The one that scans photos the fastest.