5 Best A3 Document Scanners you can buy in 2020

What we would call as the best A3 document scanner is a scanner that outputs good image quality, has rare paper jams, can handle a large amount of papers every day and offers good value for money, especially in terms of features

Given that we have been working in the scanning industry and we have scanned millions of documents up until now, we thought it would be a good idea to do the research for you and help you find the best A3 scanner for you

We looked at the specifications, performance and features of over 200 scanners. Here is our definitive list of the best A3 scanners that you can buy, some which are A3 flatbed scanners with ADF included

The machines will vary from professional business products that specialist scanning bureaus use, to devices that can be used at home or at a low usage consumer site.
5 Best A3 Document Scanners you can buy in 2020
ProductFormatScanning areaConnectivitySheets per minuteImages per minuteADF SizeDaily Duty CyclePrice

Epson DS-50000

Epson DS-50000
A311.69 in x 16.53 inUSB 2.0 Type B, Wired Network (optional)15N/AN/AN/AClick for more info

Canon DR-M1060

Canon DR-M1060
A311.69 in x 16.54 inUSB 2.06012060 sheets7,500 sheetsClick for more info

Panasonic KV-S5055C

Panasonic KV-S5055C
A311.69 in x 16.54 inUSB 3.080160200 seets300 sheetsClick for more info
Our choice

Canon DR-G1100

Canon DR-G1100
A311.7 in. x 16.5 in.Hi-Speed USB 2.0100200500 sheets25000 sheetsClick for more info

Canon DR-6030C

Canon DR-6030C
A311.69 in x 16.54 inUSB 2.0 SCSI-360120100 sheets10,000 sheetsClick for more info


Let’s have a look at each product in particular.

Epson DS-50000

ProductFormatScanning areaConnectivitySheets per minuteImages per minuteADF SizeDaily Duty CyclePrice

Epson DS-50000

Epson DS-50000
A311.69 in x 16.53 inUSB 2.0 Type B, Wired Network (optional)15N/AN/AN/AClick for more info
The Epson DS-50000 document scanner only makes our list because we wanted to feature also an exclusively an A3 flatbed unit. While it is a good scanner, you can’t really do document scanning without having an ADF.

That is why, for this kind of A3 flatbed scanner you should focus on niche applications, such as very thin or very thick paper, fragile documents or just about any paper document that can’t be run through an automatic document scanner.

It would be interesting also to get an automatic document feeder adf device that also can be fitted with an optional A3 flatbed attachment.

This factor would increase its versatility from scanning documents for the office to being a full on photo scanner. Practically it will offer the best of both worlds, a really good scan quality and also fast scanning.

As you see, this makes it perfect for A3 scan sizes, so it fits into that niche. Still, it’s not the cheapest flatbed scanner, so don’t expect paying a low price for it.

Why I would recommend this scanner is that it comes with a bulletproof warranty. Practically you can find an Epson dealer to fix or swap your machine, just about anywhere on this planet.

All in all, it’s a nice scanner, but it’s missing the key feature of a great A3 document scanner and that is an automatic document feeder. You can also check the Plustek Opticpro A320 as an alternative, or Canon Canoscan Lide models, they could also do the job. All of them, including some Epson Perfection or Epson Expression models would be a much cheaper option.

Canon DR-M1060

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Canon DR-M1060

Canon DR-M1060
A311.69 in x 16.54 inUSB 2.06012060 sheets7,500 sheetsClick for more info
Now it gets serious. The Canon DR-M1060 device is what I would call an interesting A3 document scanner. It’s a small document scanner for PC which can easily scan paper size of up to A3.

With an estimated scanning speed of 60 A4 sheets every minute and a duty cycle that is expected to be around 7000 sheets on a daily basis, it’s good enough for most office work. Remember, this is a color duplex document scanner, so both sides of the document will be captured at once.

Out of our selection, this scanner is quite compact to say the least. It’s outside dimensions are significantly lower than most other devices we feature, especially for an A3 document scanning device.

The scanner has a good scanning software, because they updated the old Capture Perfect bundled app. Now it’s called Capture on Touch. While it’s nowhere near as good as Kofax Express or even the Fujitsu Paperstream Capture software, it does come for free, bundled which each Canon document scanner.

All in all, this is a great A3 scanner, especially if you want one that is really small and compact. It’s not my personal favourite, but I would trust it over an HP scanjet scanner any day. For example, the F1 flatbed OCR scanner is a million years behind it and it’s only an A4 in size.

Panasonic KV-S5055C

ProductFormatScanning areaConnectivitySheets per minuteImages per minuteADF SizeDaily Duty CyclePrice

Panasonic KV-S5055C

Panasonic KV-S5055C
A311.69 in x 16.54 inUSB 3.080160200 seets300 sheetsClick for more info
This Panasonic A3 scanner has never been one of the most popular models from this manufacturer. I always considered this model to be more of a marketing tool, rather than a model they wanted to base their sales on.

For example the most important aspect of it is the scanning sensor. It uses a CCD sensor, which is different to just about any other Panasonic scanner. That is why I think they released this scanner, to stack it up against other CCD scanners from time to time. What I do like, is that with this image sensor you can really do color photo scanning, and results will come out great.

The color depth is amazing, when comparing it to a CIS scanner, and even though the dpi resolution is identical to a counterpart with CIS. Your photo and documents will come out really great, and I think this is one of the excellent choices to make when buying a device for A3 format scanning.

You can get 1200×1200 dpi with this scanner, but only as an interpolated resolution, not as an optical one, as would be the case with a Fujitsu scanner. What you can try is the flatbed attachment though, this could help for more pretentious work.

Anyway, this is a really good scanner, especially for entry level A3 scanning. It’s more expensive than let’s say a Canon DR-M1060, but it has a bigger ADF and can also be used for low volume production.

What I like about it, besides the 80ppm scanning speed is that it scans face up, meaning it can hold around 200 sheets.

Scanning face down is not so simple, especially when scanning A3 documents. You constantly need to see how the paper moves through the scanner to make sure scans come out clear.

The software bundle also includes the Image Capture Plus, which is quite a decent capture software. Also, being included in the bundle, it comes for free. So you will also be saving money on the software side.

Canon DR-G1100

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Canon DR-G1100

Canon DR-G1100
A311.7 in. x 16.5 in.Hi-Speed USB 2.0100200500 sheets25000 sheetsClick for more info
What can you say about the DR-G1100… While you would expect it to be a little outdated because of its age, you’d be surprised. But it’s still one of the best light production scanners that are currently available on the market.

This A3 scanner can go against many more expensive document scanners on the market. Let’s take the scanning size for example. It will go a little above A3 in width but it also features a long document scanning mode.

The scanning speed is around 100ppm which is enough for production work. I have seen this scanner used in offices where they’d be scanning 10-15 thousand sheets everyday.

The driver has a lot of productivity features that you will like, from the blank page skip, hole punch removal and other small features that add up when you are doing large volume scanning.

The software bundled with the scanner was initially the Capture Perfect software. I never like that software. For me it seemed outdated and sometimes we had really bad errors when scanning.

Now though, Canon has fitted this scanner with a new software called CaptureonTouch. This is a great scanning up and while it may not be up there with more expensive capture software, it will do its job quite well.

A thing I really love about this A3 Canon scanner is the price. Especially now that a newer model has been launched, this device can be found discounted at a really great price.

Canon DR-6030C

ProductFormatScanning areaConnectivitySheets per minuteImages per minuteADF SizeDaily Duty CyclePrice

Canon DR-6030C

Canon DR-6030C
A311.69 in x 16.54 inUSB 2.0 SCSI-360120100 sheets10,000 sheetsClick for more info
The Canon DR-6030C is the middle ground between the DR-M1060 model and the DR-G1100 model. It sits right there price wise and performance wise.

It has a daily duty cycle of around 10.000 sheets, but if you’re scanning that much, you are way better of with the DR-G110 model. These scanners capture only low volumes of documents on a daily basis, and even though it has the ability to scan A3, we would not suggest you use it for production purposes.

One thing I would use it for is if you are scanning A3 exclusively. For that, the scanner has a decent scanning speed and the 100 sheet ADF is good enough. It connects through an USB cable, so if you’re scanning really high resolution documents, it might take a while for the transfer.

What also helps is the straight scanning path, which is especially good for A3 documents. The scanners that have a U shape paper path do not help, especially when documents are longer, thiner or damaged.

Still, the faster and more expensive DR-G1100 is a superior sheetfed scanner to say the least. But the DR-6030Cis good enough for office jobs and also for smaller projects you might have from time to time. It’s also a bit closer to a portable document scanner, but we insist that you should not buy it to include it in your portable scanners fleet.


Which is the best a3 document scanner?

Let’s analyze which of these scanners should you buy.

Well, I’d personally go for the DR-G1100 Canon document scanner. It is built for production and currently, being phased out by Canon, you can get it for a really good price.

The other model which I really like is the Panasonic KV-S5055. I love the fact that it has a CCD sensor, which means it is the only one out of these models that can scan images in really high quality.

Last but not least, we have the Canon DR-6030C. This is sort of like the cheaper alternative. It’s good enough to scan most of your office documents, but it does not have the quality of the Panasonic KV-S5055 or the production capability of the DR-G1100.

Still, it is a good scanner and costs less than the other two. So in no particular order, for a bigger volume go for the Canon DR-G1100, and for an entry level, the DR-6030C is the one to go for.

As a middle ground, the Panasonic KV-S5055 is also a good choice which I would take into consideration. You can also find some Panasonic models rebranded as Xerox Documate scanners, but they will come with different drivers, software and manuals.

Which are your best A3 document scanners and have we missed some models you think should have made this list?

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