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AIM ( is also known as "The Scanner Place

Because of our large range of document imaging & flatbed scanners including:

Flatbed Scanners for home or office use.

  • Flatbed Scanners are multipurpose machines that can be used to scan photos and images, documents, slides and negatives.
  • Our range of A3 and A4 flatbed scanners suit a variety of applications including design, photo restoration, X-ray scanning, film and technical graphics. Film Scanners to suit a variety of media sizes.
  • Our range includes the latest Document Scanners for "paperless" office use and Business Card scanners.
  • The POS market is also catered for with our range of Barcode scanners, printers & cash draws.

Focus Review on Epson scanners, the choice for Photography professionals.

If you search reviews on the Epson V700, now the V800 it's hard to find a bad one. Same for the lower cost Epson Perfection V550 photo scanner (documents too) which is similar. For heavy duty work loads consider Epson V800 film / photo scanner.
The new Epson V800 scanner it's basically the same as the V700 it starts up faster as the lamps don't need to warm up now they are LED. The box is now plain brown rather than the nicely printed one the V700 came in! People stop complaining about the packaging! That's how we get them and it does the job to protect the scanner, sure we've seen nicer packaging but not a better scanner in that price range than the V850

Popular flatbed scanners (all CCD)

If you're after a good low cost scanner that's still uses "CCD" sensors consider the new Epson scanner range.

Epson Perfection V550 vs canon 9000f, vs v600, vs V800 review. 

  "..It's not just the inbuilt power supply or the moving film backlight, not even the fact that the Canon 9000F-II is twice as fast* on A4 scans. It's all that plus 50% more film DPI for around the same cost as the very popluar Epson *V550.."  

The best scanners in the world, the best TV cameras etc. all use CCD sensors. Cheap fax machines use CIS sensors (LIDE) along with some low cost scanners. The lower cost canon scanner use the cheaper "CIS" sensors, V700 (last model) along with the Epson V800 use "CCD".

Epson V550

Epson V550 and V800 flatbed CCD scanners

CCD - Charge Coupled Device - is simply the best, it has a better depth of field too. That means you can scan items like watch faces in 3D. The Epson V550 photo scanner is right in the middle of Epson's scanner range and it's their best seller in the class. CCDs are also used in cameras that need quality HD images with a high pixel count and good low  light sensitivity.

CCD sensors are Low Noise so the images are more natural than other types of image sensors, including CMOS (Complimentary Metal Oxide Semiconductor).

The main reason manufactures use alternatives to CCD is to lower their production cost. As you'll see below all the best cameras are CCD and a scanner is basically a camera sensor that moves along a scanning bed taking pictures line by line.

CCD use in astronomy

Due to the high quantum efficiencies of CCDs, linearity of their outputs (one count for one photon of light), ease of use compared to photographic plates, and a variety of other reasons, CCDs were very rapidly adopted by astronomers for nearly all UV-to-infrared applications.


"CCD Imaging is the fastest growing segment in the hobby of amateur astronomy today.  Most amateur astronomers have at least dabbled with imaging in one way or another.  A large percentage of observers love it so much that imaging has all but replaced visual observations when they get out under the stars."  -Optcorp

Back to Scanners..

Another important thing to consider is the OPTICAL DPI forget all about the interpolated DPI for most uses. Interpolation as the name suggests is simply software adding (mathematically guessed) dots between the real dots or pixels. So once you scan above the H or Z optical DPI you're using the scanners firmware inbuilt interpolation to fill in the blanks. 

The scanners Vertical DPI is a function of the stepping motor, the finer it can move the sensor the higher the resolution. The Horizontal DPI is a function of the number of pixels on the sensor, normally the lower figure of the two, for example 4800 x 9600 DPI where 4800 is the actual CCD.

To scan to internet pages 150-300 DPI is more than enough unless enlarging, you'll end up resizing down to the equivalent of around 75 DPI (or screen resolution) if 1:1 zoom is what you're after. For personal www pages, Facebook etc. (if you have no film requirements) save money with a lower cost scanner.

To enlarge from 6 X 4 to A4 300 DPI is OK and to go to A3 from a normal photo 1200 DPI is fine.

You need higher DPI for 35mm film to A4, you can imagine the scale so 4800 DPI will do the job. All DPI figures quoted for enlargement are optical.

Scan Depth (Depth of field) for 3D items.

Left CCD (Charged Coupled Device) Scanner - Right CIS (Contact Image Sensor) Scanner

  • Note that not all films & photos are perfectly flat so depth of scan can help there also.

Converting / digitizing a lot of 35mm or medium format film? Pay the extra for the Epson V800 film / photo scanner and get it done quickly.

You can choose a higher DPI and get more dots per inch for your print when scanning however you can also do this with most photo editing programs like Adobe Photoshop after you've scanned the file.

If you require more information before you purchase please contact us (Australia only)

Epson Perfection V800 Photo Scanner - Review - Buy price $A

The Epson Perfection V800 Photo Pro is the ideal scanner for photo enthusiasts and advanced amateur photographers.

Featuring Epson's unique Dual Lens System combined with DIGITAL ICE Technologies it delivers exceptional quality film and photo scanning. Now the light source is LED it also starts up a little faster than the V700.

With the Epson Perfection V800 Photo, clear, detailed enlargements and superb tonal reproduction is guaranteed,thanks to Epson's exclusive Dual Lens System for 6400dpi film scanning and 4.0D Max optical density.

Not only can you scan your favorite images and then produce superbly detailed large-scale enlargements as you would expect, with greater power,faster speed and more flexibility, the Epson Perfection V800 is setting a new standard in flatbed scanning for professional-standard photographic reproduction.

If you want the best it's the Epson V800/V850

V800 / V850

Scanning quality is further assisted by a moving TPU light that ensures the brightest possible light source for smooth scan images and sharper definition. A moving blue Light Emitting Diode (LED) lets you visibly track the scanning progress.

The unique Epson Dual Lens System lets you scan various film formats at the extremely high resolution of 6400dpi, truly amazing for a scanner at this price. You can also do reflective and transparency scanning at up to 4800 dpi. That means you won't need to make any quality compromises on your scans, and when it comes to enlargements, even from 35mm format films, they will be highly detailed and crystal clear. 4.0DMax optical density also gives you superb reproduction of shadows and highlights so you needn't worry about losing the subtle shading that makes a good image great.

DIGITAL ICE Technologies automatically removes scratches and dust from old and damaged photos and film, saving you hours of post-scanning image editing. Epson Easy Photo Fix also allows you to restore faded colour photos in just one easy step.

The Epson Perfection V800 Photo is equipped with a range of powerful image editing software. Epson Creativity Suite provides you with an easy-to-use tool for retrieving and viewing images while SilverFast SE6 and Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 are also included to give you total creative control over your images.

A3 A3 Scanners & Printers

A3 Scanners start with home/small business models such as XT3030 while not as fast or well built as the heavy duty scanners they are very popular because of the price and do a great job for the occasional scan, especially music.

If you were scanning all day you'd soon wish you'd spent a little more as time is money.

A3 Scanners

The following image capture standards are used by the National Library in digitisation of its collection material. All digital master images are saved as uncompressed TIFF files.

Material type
Tonal resolution
(pixel depth)
Spatial resolution*
Colour reflective formats, including:
  • coloured maps
  • pencil sketches with wash
  • sepia or coloured photographic prints
  • printed music
  • manuscripts
  • objects
24 bits per pixel

Larger than A4: 300ppi
A5 to A4: 600ppi
A7 to A6: 1200ppi
Under A7: 2000ppi

Colour transparencies, including 35mm RGB
48 bits per pixel
2000 ppi
Colour negatives, including 35mm RGB
48 bits per pixel
2000 ppi
Note: two digital masters are created: colour negative and colour positive; derivatives are created from the colour positive.
B&W reflective formats, including:
  • photographic prints
  • black and white line art
  • black and white map
24 bits per pixel
Larger than A4: 300ppi
A5 to A4: 600ppi
A7 to A6: 1200ppi
Under A7: 2000ppi
B&W negatives 35mm Greyscale
16 bits per pixel
3000 ppi (TIFF master and derivatives positive)
B&W negatives larger than 35mm Greyscale
16 bits per pixel
2000 ppi (TIFF master and derivatives positive)
B&W microfilm masters of newspapers (for the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program) Greyscale and bi-tonal (image optimised for OCR) 400 ppi
Print publications RGB
24 bits per pixel
400 ppi at 100%

Print publications scanned for Copies Direct orders

Epson V800 Scanner specifications, photo & buy price.

Bi-tonal (or RGB where the copy would be illegible if scanned as bi-tonal image) 400 ppi at 100%
Multi-page TIFF format

NB* The resolution given is based on the optical capabilities of the scanning device, not interpolated resolution.

 AIM Popular flatbed scanners (all CCD)