These are designed for 5 to many less years of use. And at under 200 you have moved right into consumer grade gear.
Are you that sure of your specs that you can't use that Canon?
I have a ton of prints that I want to get digitized and I'm looking for a good scanner to do the job. My most desired features are:
Sharp clean scan output, the higher the resolution the better.
Mostly automatic but with manual capability.
Ability to scan text documents.
Cost no more than $200.
Blazing fast scans not necessary but I don't want something painfully slow.
I've researched scanners and I'm leaning toward the Canon 8800F. A good choice or should I look at something else? Also, does anyone know at what point in the year most manufacturers introduce their latest scanners? If the 8800F is close to being discontinued for a similar but better model I would like to wait to see what Canon offers.
Regardless of brand are there any pitfalls or specific quirks I should watch out for? FYI, I'm using a PC with Windows XP and do my image post post processing with PS Elements 7.
I appreciate any help or suggestions!