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12 Days of Holiday Scanning to Clear Your Clutter: Day 5 – Photos

On the fifth day of scanning what did I discover … an easy gift and a great way to share treasured memories – photo scanning!

Every year in December, my extended family has a big get together to celebrate the season. This year my grandfather, who is in his 90s, wanted to share some of the many pictures he has from over the years with the family. As he talked to me about lugging all his photo albums to the family celebration I found myself sighing heavily.

What a lot of work!

Then I thought about the SV600 and how it would make more sense to digitize the images. If we simply used the scanner the pictures would be preserved, easily sharable, and I would get out of hauling piles of photo albums back and forth!

Through my years here at ScanSnap I have gotten very familiar with the question – “Can I use my ScanSnap to scan photos?” My standard answer is, “Yes you can, but the ScanSnap was designed to scan documents. The photo will pass across the rollers so we recommend using the carrier sheet to protect the image, etc.”

Now that we have introduced the SV600, scanning pictures has gotten much easier from a process perspective.  I was a little cautious about the quality of the scanned images, especially considering the age and condition of some of the original pictures. I figured that I might as well give it a shot. Taking the originals into consideration, I was really happy with how the pictures turned out, check them out below.

I loaded the scanned images onto my iPad and now my grandfather can proudly share the photos with everyone without having to physically bring all of them. I can also send off the Dropbox link to any family members that want to download them for themselves later.


This is a black and white snapshot from 1937. This image has been framed and so has faded a bit from the light exposure.


This is a color snapshot of a snowy day from the early 1960’s.


This is a color snapshot from 1978.

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Jordyn Russell
Marketing Communications Manager
Fujitsu Computer Products of America

**All of these photos were scanned and jpeg images at 600dpi.