Plustek ePhoto Z300 review: sheet-feed scanner for digitizing old photos, fast

If you have a ton of family photos you need to scan quickly, this scanner is here for you. But is it up to the job? Our Plustek ePhoto Z300 review answers that question.

Plustek ePhoto Z300 on desk
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Digital Camera World Verdict

This scanner has a very specific use-case: making it easy for people to scan lots of photos very quickly. The reproduction is only 300dpi at speed, but it's easy to set up and use, very reliable in operation, and grandparent friendly. Overall, this is a great option for wishing to digitise large numbers of personal photos without fuss, as long as you're willing to take a small hit on the quality.


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    Works fast

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    Scans documents too

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    Easy to set up

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    Easy to use


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    Only scans fast at 300dpi

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    Can't feed multiple prints

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    Only good for large volumes

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    Requires USB-A port

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Do you have an attic full of thousands of photos, which you want to digitize without it taking forever? Then you won't want a flatbed scanner: that will take far too long. A sheet-feed scanner will be much faster, and this one promises to convert one 4x6 photo in two seconds and one 8x10 size photo in five. That means, theoretically at least, you could turn 1,000 family snaps into pixels in under an hour.

More broadly, Plustek is one of the best-known brands in scanners and has produced some of the finest film scanners of recent times, including the Plustek OpticFilm 8200i and the Plustek OpticFilm 8300i SE. So I had high hopes for this cheap and cheerful photo scanner.

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Tom May

Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specializing in art, photography, design and travel. He has been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. He has also worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, T3, Heat, Company and Bella.