Epson FastFoto FF-680W review

The best device for quickly scanning photo prints and instant film at home, but at a price that might be too much for many

Epson FastFoto FF-680W photo and document scanner
(Image: © Gareth Bevan)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Epson FastFoto FF-680W is beyond expectations for how fast and easy it is to scan large batches of photo prints including instant film such as Polaroid and Intax, with good quality 600DPI scans being completed in mere seconds. The FF-680W also packs in clever features like scanning the back of images at the same time if the software detects writing. What’s more, it can also scan documents up to A4. Defying the usual clunky bundled scanner software, Epson’s FastFoto software is a joy to use. However, the scanner does have a cost that is hard to recommend, with most people not having enough recurring batches of photo prints to justify the costly investment.


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    So very fast

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    Excellent software experience

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    Small and compact


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    Pricey for how much it might get used

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    Some scanning artifacts

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    Hit and miss image 'corrections'

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There is a seemingly endless list of different types of best document and photo scanners you can buy to copy and archive old photographs, from the best compact scanners to the best flatbed scanners, each device type has its pros and cons.

Compact scanners tend to be light, easy to use, and fast, but suffer from low resolutions that might not bring out the best in your images. Flatbed scanners usually offer much higher resolutions but are very large, slow, and cumbersome to use. What's more, both these types of scanners require you to manually feed and scan each individual photo.

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.