Get the job done quickly with the right photo scanner. Here are our top performers in testing, along with our deep-dive reviews. Digitize Your Precious Photos Both photo buffs and family archivists often turn to photo scanners to digitize their prints and film. Most such scanners provide photo-friendly features, such as high resolution and the ability to scan transparencies such as slides and negatives in addition to photo prints. Many include software to help retouch scans and remove scratches. Though they are geared to photo scanning, most photo scanners can also be used for general-purpose scanning, and some include optical character recognition OCR software. This is a niche segment of the hardware market; you will see relatively few models of photo scanner on the market, and they tend to have very long shelf lives.