Adobe Scan vs Office Lens – Which One is Better in 2019?

Adobe Scan vs Office Lens
Adobe Scan vs Office Lens

There are many scanning apps, but Adobe Scan and Office Lens are one of the popular. Microsoft released Office Lens before Adobe released Adobe Scan, and it has more reviews, but downloads and reviews do not mean that Office Lens is better.

Putting everything together, in this blog post, we are going to cover the comparison of Adobe Scan vs Office Lens.

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Adobe Scan vs Office Lens

Auto-detection and capturing

The auto-detection feature is enabled in both apps. Adobe Scan allows you to point the camera and wait for it to auto-detect and capture the photo. Office Lens detects the document, but you have to tap on the button to take the picture. Regarding the AI, Adobe Scan does a better job of finding the edges. Office Lens is slower, and it’s not that accurate as Adobe Scan, but you can adjust the crop later after taking the photo.

Adobe Scan supports scan types, including document, business card, whiteboard, and form. Office Lens, on the other hand, supports document, business card, whiteboard, and photo.

Multi-Page capture

We have already talked about Adobe Scan’s auto-detect and capture feature. This feature comes in handy when you have multiple pages. Your job is to put the object in the front, and the app will do the rest. Office Lens also offers to take multiple pages at once.

Angle capture

Both offer to capture the photos at an angle. Take a look at the comparison photo to see how both perform the angle operation. The problem with Adobe Scan is it takes a lot of time to find the document and sometimes it does not find it at all. But, if you manually take a picture, the app will detect the material and show you the photo. In the above photo, the document in Adobe Scan is manually cropped, so there are some crop issues, however, regarding the document quality, both did an excellent job.

Document quality

Adobe Scan vs Office Lens - Business Card Scan
Adobe Scan vs Office Lens – Business Card Scan

After scanning business cards and documents at the same distance, I found out the Adobe Scan is brighter than Office Lens (by default). Adobe Scan app adds additional light to documents and gives them a scanned document look while you have to browse through filters in Office Lens to find the perfect colour as the default colour is not promising most of the times.


Both offer the same exporting features, but not all the time. Adobe Scan exports in PDF format, while saving as an image option is disabled by default in the preferences menu. One thing I don’t like about Adobe Scan is, all the files are stored on the cloud. There is no option to save the document straight in the phone. You also need to log in before using the app.

Depending on the document, Office Lens shows the export formats. For example, if you scan a business card, you will see options including save as image and save in OneNote (login may require), and scanning a document shows save as PDF as well. If you are logged in, then documents are kept in the cloud by default. You also get an option to save in Word and PowerPoint formats. Both offer to detect and save contact details automatically while scanning a business card.

Extra features

Here is the list of the additional features which both provide.

Adobe Scan

  • The app offers an option (clean up) to clean the documents. Helpful for edges.
  • Adobe Scan has an option to fill and sign the document.
  • You can edit the document even after saving it.
  • The app comes with a dark theme.

Office Lens

  • You can draw on the document before saving.
  • You can add text on the document before saving it.
  • Immersive Reader is an option which reads the document text (you must be logged in).

App Details

Both are available for iOS and Android. The iOS Adobe Scan app is 129 MB with an average rating of 4.9, while Office Lens takes 48 MB of storage and has an average rating of 4.5 in the US.

Adobe Scan on Android occupies about 77 MB of storage and has an average rating of 4.7. Office Lens takes 97 MB of storage and has an average rating of 4.8.

Adobe ScanInstallInstall
Office LensInstallInstall

Which one is for you?

Both offer pretty much the same tools. At last, the extra section features make a difference. If you do not care about the additional features, then you should go with the app, which takes less storage.

In conclusion

The tech business is tricky. It’s hard to pick one and stick to it, but a comparison can clear the doubts. I hope the comparison Adobe Scan vs Office Lens helped. Thanks for having a read and please feel free to share your views in the comments below. You can also subscribe to the newsletter for future updates.

The post was last updated by Madhsudhan on 24/Nov/2019.

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