The 8 Best Large Format Scanners

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This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in June of 2018. If you have any outsized items that you need to digitize, like maps, blueprints, books, or photography collections, you can get it done with one of these large-format scanners. They come in a variety of sizes to suit different needs, but there's sure to be something here that will meet the task before you. We've included both inexpensive choices as well as more robust options for professional use. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best large format scanner on Amazon.

8. Xerox DocuMate 3220 Duplex

7. CZUR ET16 Plus

6. Plustek OpticSlim 1180

5. Graphtec America Full Color Image

4. Colortrac SmartLF SC 36

3. Plustek Opticpro A320L

2. Epson Expression 12000XL-PH

1. Contex SD One+ Sheetfed

Special Honors

Contex IQ Quattro ScanStation Pro The Contex IQ Quattro ScanStation Pro features a 21.5-inch touchscreen monitor that can show you previews of your scanned documents, and its USB interface gives you the ability to save your work to any hard drive without having to use a connected PC. contex.com

Epson DS-70000 If you need a compact option that can handle a large daily volume of outsized documents, look no further than the Epson DS-70000. Its duty cycle is good for up to 8,000 pages a day, and its automatic document feeder boasts a 200-page capacity.  epson.com

Editor's Notes

June 28, 2019:

If you have a business that relies on high-quality scans of crucial documents, we still think you can rely on the Epson Expression 12000XL-PH and the Contex SD One+ Sheetfed. They combine dependable output with ease of use, making them handy in a wide variety of environments, from healthcare firms to photography studios. But because we know that some users out there don't have the budget for these robust solutions, we added a couple of less pricey models. These include the Xerox DocuMate 3220 Duplex and the Plustek OpticSlim 1180. Although the scans they produce aren't as crisp and don't provide exceptional color fidelity, they are more than adequate for scanning books, newspapers, and more. If it is books you need to scan, specifically, you might look at the CZUR ET16 Plus. It boasts OCR software to produce editable, searchable scans for your convenience.


Melissa Harr
Last updated on July 03, 2019 by Melissa Harr

Melissa Harr is a language-obsessed writer from Chicagoland who holds both a bachelor of arts and master of arts in English. Although she began as a TEFL teacher, earning several teaching certificates and working in both Russia and Vietnam, she moved into freelance writing to satisfy her passion for the written word. She has published full-length courses and books in the realm of arts & crafts and DIY; in fact, most of her non-working time is spent knitting, cleaning, or committing acts of home improvement. Along with an extensive knowledge of tools, home goods, and crafts and organizational supplies, she has ample experience (okay, an obsession) with travel gear, luggage, and the electronics that make modern life more convenient.


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