Plain And simple..if you are looking for a good scanner for a good price for any type of picture, this is it. I bought this after a death in the family. I saw a lot of old picture albums And tried to figure out the best way to scan all of them. The printer was too cumbersome, scanning each picture under the glass. Way too slow. After looking at reviews, I thought what the heck And tried this one. I was glad I did. A very nice, easy to work scanner. People have written reviews And said it eats batteries. I have scanned up to 300 pictures of all sizes on the best quality 1200 DPI setting on one set of three AA batteries. The battery life seems okay to me. Sure, you'll have to replace the batteries, but I have found it to be much easier than plugging into an electric plug. I just went to WalMart And bought an inexpensive pack of AAs. If you travel And plan to scan family pictures away from home, definitely carry extra batteries. I have scanned a lot of different types of old picturesold Instamatic Polaroids, wallet sized pictures, 8 1/2""x11"", even some of my dad's old Navy pictures that for some reason can be fatter than the Polaroids. They all have scanned very well. You will have to get used to the pictures sliding through. At times, some have caught And stopped. When that happened, I just pull the picture out And re-do it. The only complaint I would have with this scanner would be the very small window that shows the picture right after you scan it. It can be kind of tough to see how the picture turned out. If I had a question about the picture, I just rescanned it. You can look at it once you transfer it to your folder And delete it then if needed. This scanner is very compact And it would be very easy to carry with you if you ever traveled to visit family. It even comes with a cloth carry case with a drawstring. Just turn it on And scan pictures. It saves on a very small memory card. People have written that it is very hard to get the card out. I really didn't see this as any different than other memory cards. It is spring loaded. Yeah, it's smaller but I had no problems with it. You don't need to. Just plug the USB cord into the scanner And computer And it shows up under your computer file folder. Just highlight what you want to transfer over And click And drag to your desktop. I have clicked And dragged up to just shy of 500 pictures, no problems. One thing to note though..you should make numerous folders on your laptop, I name them Album 1, Album 2, etc. Whenever you transfer your pictures to a folder And then delete your images on the scanner's memory card, then start over, don't save them to the same folder unless you have already named the pictures. Otherwise, every time you start again, it names the images IMG0001, IMG0002, etc. It will then ask if you want to overwrite IMG0001, etc. This is a very small inconvenience for the overall performance of the scanner.Trust this old school guy.I am a very skeptical person and I read a lot of reviews before I buy anything. You will not be disappointed for the price you pay for this scanner. I am an old school guy who can at times have problems with this digital stuff. I was quite surprised as to how easy it was to take out of the box And set the settings (very easy) and start scanning all of my old family pictures.