I didn't get into photography until the film era was nearly dead, so this actually has very little to do with what I need, but is more for my dad. He has 2 or 3 shoeboxes of old photographs that he and his parents took that never get looked at anymore. He always talks about going through them someday and putting them in albums. For Christmas, I was thinking about getting him a scanner so that we can bring all those old images and memories back, as well as ensure that they are more secure for the future than they are in a shoebox or album.
I honestly don't know if he'd use the scanner himself or if it's something we'd do together. I would kinda prefer the latter so we can go through them together, and I think it's more likely, he's 64 years old and while decent with computers, not exactly tech-savvy. So I guess bonus points for a scanner that would be easy enough for him to use on his own, but I don't think it's absolutely necessary.
Would a flatbed scanner be the best route to go? I've been looking a little bit, and I see that the Epson Perfection V600 gets really good reviews. Most of the photos are 3x5 or 4x6, some larger 8x10s, a few Polaroids, and some negatives. Budget is about $200.
I know if we can pull it off he will love it.