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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.

Short comparison

Adobe Scan is for those who already use Adobe apps. The app offers some handy tools, but it saves documents on the cloud. CamScanner is for busy people who want to scan and export documents without going through too much hassle.

Auto-detection and capturing

Adobe Scan Auto Capture

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 it manually.

Alongside the manual option, you find the flashlight and import photos and documents options. The app has a 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.

Related: Adobe Scan vs. Office Lens

Angle capture

Angle Capture of Adobe-Scan and CamScanner
Angle Capture of Adobe-Scan and 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 document’s quality 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

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. The cleanup 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 modified feature containing contrast, brightness, and detail options. Considering the features, CamScanner gives more control over how the document should look.

Related: Office Lens vs. CamScanner


Adobe Scan offers to save the document in PDF format, and you can enable the image format 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 in 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 it 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 it in Word format you need the premium version.

Other features

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

Adobe Scan

  • Dark theme
  • Completely free
  • Fill & Sign tool
  • Edit the document even after saving it
  • 5GB of cloud storage


  • Password feature
  • No account needed
  • Free for students and teachers
  • 200MB cloud storage


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

Adobe Scan vs. CamScanner video

Which one is for you?

Adobe Scan vs CamScanner
Which One Should You Use?

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

CamScanner, on the other hand, comes with a couple of options

  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

The app helps on-the-go users who want scanned documents in JPG or long picture formats.

Related: 7 Best CamScanner Alternatives for Android



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.


Sunday 10th of October 2021

Camscanner is the best BUT they say it's not safe, internal Trojan Horse may be used by hackers tracking etc.