Please note:  Effective 10/25/2010 we decided to stop offering Economy Print Scanning with the Kodak s1220.  The scanner just didn't produce acceptable results for us and we would frequently rescan jobs on a different scanner to keep from putting out a poor product.  Many other photo scanning companies continue to use these scanners so if you're considering another service, you may want to verify that they aren't using these machines (unless you're ok with the poor quality scans they produce).  Please see our Archival Quality Photo Scanning page.

THIS SERVICE HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED.  Please see this page instead. Photo Scanning

Economy Print Scanning Service

Why Does It Cost Less?
Originally designed to scan paper office documents, Kodak has released the 1220 scanner series as a new way to scan printed photos. These scanners can process a large number of photos very quickly. Using document scanners isn’t a new idea, and you can find a number of services offering to run your photos through a document scanner to inexpensively capture your images. Using a document or sheet fed scanner to scan photos has two major benefits. It's a lot faster and it's less labor intensive than other scanning processes.   See Full-sized s1220 Samples

Kodaks s1220
Why does DigMyPics even offer this service?
We have long resisted using document scanners to scan our customer’s photos because the quality is substantially inferior to our various traditional archival techniques of scanning print photos. However, nearly all of our competitors use this scanner as their only print scanning option and then promote a very low price.  They just don't  promote that they're using a document scanner.  That's just not our style.  We want you to know what you're paying for and what you should expect. 

DigMyPics is offering this service for customers who want a more cost effective scanning solution and archival quality isn’t as important. If you are looking for a quick, inexpensive way to get your photos on to a digital picture frame, for example, this service may be for you..

Important Differences Between DigMyPics' Economy & Archival Print Scanning
Economy Scanning Archival Scanning
Best For Situations where archival quality is not necessary and costs need to be kept low. Ideal for Digital Picture Frames. Those who are looking for the flexibility of archival quality images. They can be used for making reprints, photo gifts, or simply preserving your legacy with quality digital images.
Print Sizes Can accommodate 3x4 up to 8x10 Up to 8x10 are considered Standard*
Print Condition Photos must be in excellent condition (No curled, sticky, torn, odd shaped, or fragile prints) Photos in most any condition can be scanned (Curled, sticky, torn, odd shaped, or fragile prints may be considered Non-Standard*)
Print Thickness Photos must be no thicker than a Polaroid (No Mounted or Matted prints) Photos in most any condition can be scanned (Mounted or Matted Prints are considered Non-Standard*)
Color Correction Automated on the scanner Image-by-Image in Adobe Photoshop
Cropping Automated Image-by-Image in Adobe Photoshop
Rotating Yes, DigMyPics technicians will manually rotate each image Yes, DigMyPics technicians will manually rotate each image
Prints In Albums No, loose prints only Yes, but there is a small fee for
removing prints from albums
Image Quality Automated process: Lines, streaking, and discoloration may occur (See "Potential Scan Quality Issues" below) Since this is a manual process, our technicians will rescan any images that have issues due to scanner malfunction, and color correct images with color casts due to fading.
PLEASE NOTE: Economy Print Scanning is a high volume, automated scanning process. We cannot guarantee image quality or individual evaluation of your images based on this process. We have openly provided you, the consumer, the pros and cons of using an automated, sheet fed scanner for photo scanning at a lower price point compared to a manual, individually evaluated process at a slightly higher per image cost.
*Please visit our Print Scanning FAQ for Non-Standard Print Pricing

About Document Scanners
Consumers need to understand that the Kodak s1220 scanner, like any document scanner, suffers with some serious quality issues so we aren’t considering the scans originating from these devices as archival quality. This page gives some examples of the differences between a scan from the 1220 and our traditional archival quality scans.  These problems aren’t just problems with the Kodak i1220 and s1220; they’re inherent in the design of all sheet fed type scanners. Kodak uses some software techniques to try and compensate for some of the problems but there's only so much software alone can do.

The only difference between the i1220 and the s1220 is the software that Kodak bundles with the device.

How The Kodak i1220 and s1220 Scanner Works
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Prints are fed through at the top of the scanner.
(Top View)
It then pulls photos through rollers then over plastic and the glass covering the sensor. (Inside View) It stacks the photos at the bottom when done. It's pretty fast! (Front View)

Potential Scan Quality Issues
Because prints are dusty and the paper they are printed on sheds there's an issue with the dust becoming stuck to the piece of glass covering the sensor. When dust lodges itself on the glass it blocks light from striking the sensor on that pixel. Because the print moves over the sensor the dust's effects are felt all the way across the picture in the direction of travel resulting in thin red, green or blue lines spanning the entire length of the scan and every scan that follows. Cleaning the glass between batches helps, but it's impossible to eliminate the problem. You can see the lines when you zoom in on the image. If you are using your photos for viewing on a TV or Digital Picture frame, you most likely will never notice the lines.

There is also an issue with the scanner occasionally leaving "streaks" (wide colored bands) on the scan. These are most obvious in light areas, like in sky or snow as well as in dark areas and shadows. You would probably not notice the streaks on a TV or computer monitor (until you zoomed in).   See more examples...

Samples of Scan Quality Issues That Occur with this Scanner
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The green line in the scan is not in the original print. Streaking in the scan is not in the original print.
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Green Line in the scan is not in the original print Streaked lines in the scan are not in the original print.
See more Kodak s1220 Samples.

These scanners typically capture less detail than we can achieve with our traditional print scanning techniques. This results in having less "information" to work with while making edits and color corrections. It also affects the crispness of the image, resulting in artifacts in the scanned images.  See and download full-sized Kodak s1220 examples.


Visit our Print Scanning FAQs for more information...

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