Adobe Scan vs. CamScanner | The Final Comparison (2020)

Last updated: 21 May 2020 | Reading time: 4 minutes | Watching time: 5.5 minutes

Adobe Scan vs CamScanner
Adobe Scan vs. CamScanner

Document scanning has become digital now. With the help of apps, we can scan business cards, documents, and even pictures. Two apps Adobe Scan and CamScanner offer great tools. The blog post examines the two and covers Adobe Scan vs. CamScanner (2020).

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Auto-detection and capturing

Adobe Scan comes with the auto-detection feature (above video). It comes with auto-detect and capture technology to scan the documents automatically. The feature comes in handy while scanning multiple pages. You can turn this off if you want to capture manually. Alongside the manual option, you find the flashlight and import photos and documents options. The app comes with whiteboard, form, document, and business card options to scan the document properly.

CamScanner does not auto-capture for free, but it crops the document automatically after capturing the photo. The offers to

  1. change image resolution
  2. enable grids for a better angle
  3. flashlight
  4. adjust the rotation

Moreover, you find options, including, PPT, ImageToExcel, ID Photo, OCR, Docs, ID Card, Book, Question Book, Greeting Card, and QR Code scan modes. A couple of features such as OCR and book are premium. The app shows a tutorial screen for the first time in each mode to help you take good pictures. You can also import images from the gallery.

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Angle capture

Angle Capture - Adobe Scan vs CamScanner
Angle Capture – Adobe Scan vs CamScanner

Both offer to capture at angles, but to find the ultimate app, a test was conducted. After testing both on a business card and a document, the quality of the document scanned with CamScanner was better than Adobe Scan. The document scanned with Adobe Scan is stretched and does not show the actual size of the document. Also, the quality of the text was not promising.


Document quality

Document Quality of Adobe Scan and CamScanner
Document Quality of Adobe Scan and CamScanner (Original filter)

Depending on the document, one app can give better quality pages. Adobe Scan comes with options, including rotate and crop, while it also comes with four filters and a cleanup option. Clean up option allows cleaning the dark edges with a brush.

CamScanner contrarily comes with rotate and crop tools. It also comes with six filters, and a modify feature, which contains contrast, brightness, and details options. Considering the features, CamScanner gives more control over how the document should look.

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Adobe Scan offers to save the document in PDF format, and the image format can be enabled in the preferences. A significant issue with Adobe Scan is that it does not offer to save the documents straight on the phone. All the scanned documents are stored on the cloud. You can send the material as a copy or download it from your Adobe account.

CamScanner offers to export in JPG, long picture, and PDF formats for free, but the PDF formats leave a watermark on the document. The app also offers to generate a doc link, send to PC, and export in word formats, but for the link and send to PC option, you need to create an account and sign in, and to send in Word format, you need the premium version.

Other features

The last round in Adobe Scan vs. CamScanner is about a few features which might change someone’s mind about an app.

Adobe Scan

  • The app comes with a dark theme.
  • The app is completely free.
  • Adobe Scan provides the fill and sign tool.
  • You can edit the document even after saving it.
  • Even though the documents are automatically saved on the cloud, you get pretty generous 5GB cloud storage for all Adobe apps.


  • The app offers the password feature to protect the documents.
  • CamScanner can be used without an account.
  • The app is free for students and teachers.
  • The app offers 200MB cloud storage to sync documents and allows managing on other platforms as well.


Still, confused about the two? Let’s watch this Adobe Scan vs. CamScanner video and see both in action.

Adobe Scan vs. CamScanner Video
Adobe Scan vs. CamScanner Video

Which one is for you?

Adobe Scan or CamScanner
Which One Should You Use?

Both offer some great tools. Adobe Scan saves on the cloud which is the downside, but for a person who uses other Adobe apps and needs to fill and sign the documents, then Adobe Scan is for them.

CamScanner, on the other hand, comes with a few options such as

  1. OCR which converts the document in .txt and word formats to edit the text on the go,
  2. e-signature to sign the documents,
  3. more storage, and lot more in its premium version.

The app is helpful for on the go users, who want the scanned documents in JPG or long picture formats.

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Adobe Scan vs. CamScanner covered the essential topics. I hope the comparison was helpful. Please share your thoughts and which app you will be using to help others decide. Also, subscribe to the newsletter if you want future updates.

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