Newbie Question - Scans vs Digital Photos

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Nozama, Jun 10, 2006.

  1. Nozama

    Nozama Guest

    I just have a very basic scanning question to ask, and I really hope
    someone can help.

    Well to start let me say I went to a tech school for graphic design, and I
    know photoshop fairly well. And I did have an older visioneer scanner till
    I just got a new Canon CanoScan 8400F. I am basically wondering if it is
    even close to possible to be able to scan a 4x6 photo (or a film negative
    which I haven't tried yet) and have it be as clear and sharp as taking a
    photo with a digital camera (mine is a Canon Powershot 4mp)?

    Because after using both scanners now I am unhappy with how fuzzy and
    unclear the scans still look. Not even close to a digital photo, and they
    still look pretty fuzzy when printed. Maybe I am expecting too much from
    the scanner? That's what I'm really looking to get an answer to, because
    from what I have read the 8400F is a decent scanner. Or would a more
    expensive scanner produce scans closer to that of a photo from a digital

    I could post a sample scan & digital photo to see the difference I'm
    talking about if needed.

    Thanks so much if anyone can help
    Nozama, Jun 10, 2006
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  2. Nozama

    hummingbird Guest

    I have compared my scanned 4x6 photos with digital images taken on my
    Canon Powershot S70 (7.1mp) and there is little comparison. The camera
    wins out every time and lend themselves more easily to cropping.

    To some extent it must depend on the resolution setting used for the
    digital pictures and the resolution used for scanning but even then I
    can't get the scanning close to the camera pix. Basically I've given
    up on using film cameras - anybody want a Canon EOS with two zoom
    lenses (35-105mm + 100-300mm) ? ;-)
    hummingbird, Jun 10, 2006
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  3. Nozama

    hummingbird Guest

    Sorry, no pay, no way!
    hummingbird, Jun 16, 2006
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