Limitations of Camera-On-A-Stick for Book Scanning

Book scanning is crucial for preserving and digitizing valuable literary works. However, using a cheap “camera-on-a-stick” proves ineffective. Cameras often lack the quality needed to capture fine details of a book’s pages.

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Image Quality:

When converting books to digital, image quality holds utmost importance. Budget-friendly “camera-on-a-stick” options often have lower resolution. Consequently, they produce poorer image quality. This drawback impacts the accurate capture of text and details. A low-quality camera results in blurry or pixelated scans. Therefore, reading content or capturing fine details becomes difficult.

Reflections and Glare:

Another challenge that arises is reflections and glare, especially when dealing with glossy pages. Using a “camera-on-a-stick” can intensify these issues, as the light source may cause reflections and glare on the pages. Dedicated book scanners like our most popular Bookeye Overhead Book Scanner series in Canada minimize these problems. Bookeye scanners incorporate specific lighting angles and sensors to detect page contours, reducing reflections and glare significantly. By using these advanced technologies, Bookeye book scanners ensure scans are free from unwanted reflections or glare, making it easier to read and work with the scanned documents.


One common issue with “camera-on-a-stick” setups is the lack of proper page flattening mechanisms. This issue often results in distorted or skewed scans. Conversely, professional book scanners, like Bookeye book scanners, use laser-assisted book fold correction measurements. Additionally, they employ glass plates or other techniques to ensure flat pages, producing accurate scans. These methods effectively reduce annoying shadows and distortions in the middle of scanned images. Consequently, operators scanning thick bound documents achieve perfectly flat scanned images.

Speed and Efficiency:

In addition to addressing distortion concerns, book scanners are designed for speed and efficiency. These scanners allow rapid page turning without disturbing the camera position, ensuring a smooth scanning process. Furthermore, some book scanners include foot pedals (Aka S2N-FSC or Foot Switch in Image Access terminologies) for hands-free page turning, enhancing scanning workflow speed and efficiency. Certain Bookeye models feature a motorized V-shaped glass plate for Automated High-End Digitization, guaranteeing gentle handling and distortion-free scans. Consequently, users can quickly digitize large volumes of books or documents, saving time and effort.

Software Integration:

When it comes to digitizing books, dedicated book scanner with integrated software offer numerous benefits. Bookeye scanners come equipped with specialized software that assists in image processing, optical character recognition (OCR), and PDF creation. By utilizing these features, the scanning workflow becomes more efficient and the quality of the final output is enhanced.

In summary, although a DIY approach using a cheap “camera-on-a-stick” may seem appealing, investing in a purpose-built book scanner is a wise decision. Not only does it save time, but it also improves image quality and provides overall better results. Therefore, if you are serious about digitizing books, it is recommended to consider one of the 12 different models of Bookeye scanners covering all types of originals up to A1+ in size such as books, magazines, posters, folders, bound or none bounded documents, can be digitized at high speed and a resolution up to 600 dpi using the Bookeye 5 Professional Book Scanners.

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