About $120 ... basically any entry level scanner can do what you ask especially if for photos you mean scanning in a snapshot to send to someone..
Here's one quick link that suggests some scanner reviews: http://review.zdnet.com/4566-3136_16-0.html?filter=500200_5314722_.
But if you go to whatever local big box store and buy an established brand ie. Canon, HP, Epson you should be fine. Heck Comp USA has an entry level Epson on it's web site for $59 after you get the $40 mail in rebate (though it is sold out at the moment..
'Nice pen, bet you write good stories with it.'..
1 - USB 1.1 or USB 2.02 - Dedicated power supply or powered by USB cable..
3 - Features you may not need: Slide scanning, slide templates, hand scanner, etc.4 - Compatibility with your OS. Many aren't or won't be compatible with Vista..
Get a Canon 8600f. you can scan 35mm and medium format slides with it and it has fare3 - an optional and handy optimization routine to remove dust and -more important- to brighten shadows prior to the actual scan. There are some scans in my flickr here:http://www.flickr.com/photos/ollivr/sets/72157600083975004/.
Doesn't that cost above the original poster's $120 max?'Nice pen, bet you write good stories with it.'..
2 - Dedicated power supply or powered by USB cable..
Hmmm, I'm looking for a scanner too. Never really thought about this. What do you recommend, power supply or USB, and why?.
4 - Compatibility with your OS. Many aren't or won't be compatiblewith Vista..
I think that is one of the drawbacks of buying an inexpensive scanner. When I upgraded to XP years ago, my previous HP scanner no longer worked. I recently started using Vista, and once again have to get a new scanner because my current one doesn't work..
Both of the scanners are made by HP, so maybe I should avoid that brand???? Or do other brand scanners have the same OS compatiblity problem?.
Thanks.gail ~ http://www.pbase.com/gailbMy digital camera BLOGs: Pany TZ3, Canon SD700, A570 & S2, Nikon 5400http://www.digicamhelp.com/camera-logs/index.php..
I ended up buying a Canon. Works good for me! Both Vista and USB 2.0 compatible..
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