Ion Photo and Film Scanner

Pics 2 SD/PC Photo & Negative Scanners

The Ion Pics 2 SD & PC scanners have the added benefit of being both negative film & photo scanners rolled into one and have the option of working without a computer. Using the built in colour digital screen you have the ability to view your slides once they are scanned and can then store them on the SD Card with the Pics 2 SD or with the Pics 2 PC version store them on your PC.

pics 2 sdPriced around the £120 mark the Ion photo and film scanner is worth well worth considering if you need both a film and photo scanner but would prefer another option to the traditional flatbed scanners. Both compact scanners feature auto exposure and colour balance and have pre bundled software although we always recommend trying other software options to get the best out of your negatives.

If you want to use this without a computer then this is where the Ion really stands out as the Pics 2 SD has the ability to store the images straight onto an SD card via the built in slot and view the results on it’s handy integrated 3.2 inch colour screen where you can view the images to make sure you are happy with the results achieved.

pics 2 pc

You can of course use the scanner with your computer as a way of processing negatives should you want to or take the SD card along to your local photo processing outlet where you can convert the files to images in full colour.


  • PICS 2 PC
    • Works with 35mm negatives, 35mm slides, and 3×5, 4×6, and 5×7-inch pictures
    • Comes with easy image transfer and editing software
    • High-resolution 5.1 Mega Pixel scanner with up to 3600 Dots per inch
    • Fast, one touch scanning takes just one to two seconds

    System Requirements:

    • Windows XP, Windows Vista (32-bit or 64-bit) or Windows 7
    • Not Mac compatible

    PICS 2 SD

    • Standalone picture scanner does not require a PC to use
    • Large 3.2-inch colour screen for viewing images
    • Works with 35mm negatives, 35mm slides, and 3×5, 4×6, and 5×7-inch pictures
    • High-resolution 5.1 Mega Pixel scanner with up to 3600 Dots per inch
    • Works with virtually any computer for optional transfer
    • Easy, single button operation with auto focus, auto exposure, and auto colour balance


    • Pics 2 SD and Pics 2 PC unit – approximately 22cm (W) x 15.5cm (H) x 20cm (D)

  • Scanjet 4010 Scanner

    HP Scanjet 4010 Flatbed Scanner

    The Scanjet 4010 or G4010 as it is also known is not a purpose built negative scanner like some of the other models we have featured on this site. It does however manage negative slides and being a standard flatbed scanner it also has the added advantage of being able to scan a variety of negatives regardless of the size and type. It also has the added bonus of being a very good flatbed scanner, perfect if you are looking for something that will complete a number of different tasks.

    scanjet scannerPriced around the £120 mark it places itself in a market with some tough competition although this is not a problem as HP have done a very good job in producing a quality scanner. The HP comes complete with a Transparent Materials Adapter (TMA) which is located on the underside of the lid and is capable of holding five 35mm slides or six negatives depending on what style you have although if you do have older versions or larger slide based negatives then the scanner should still handle these without the use of the TMA.

    The only slight downfall about the Scanjet (and this is more common with the flatbed scanners) is the pre bundled software that comes with it. Trying to use the scanner to copy negatives onto your PC is far from easy and as we have suggested in the past the best option would be to opt for some negative scanning software with more control.

    Overall though if you are looking for a good all round scanner with the ability to scan a variety of negative formats then you could do a lot worse than the Scanjet 4010 Flatbed Scanner from HP. Capable of 4,800 x 9,600dpi it’s no slouch in the quality department.

    The Zennox Slide Scanner is available from Amazon.

    Epson Perfection 4490 Photo and Film Scanner

    Epson 4490 Film Scanner

    The Epson perfection 4490 photo and film scanner is a great all round scanner.  It’s multi use features mean it can scan both photo’s and film perfect for those who are looking for a scanner that can perform a multitude of tasks and with a name like Epson it is a brand you can trust.  The Epson 4490 fits perfectly into the price range against purpose built scanner such as the Ion and as previously mentioned it is still able to scan other document or photos with ease and at a high quality you would expect from such a well known perfection 4490

    Priced around £120 it does put itself into the mid range of the market as far as negative scanners go.  The 4490 does come bundled with some good quality software and a technology called Digital ICE which automatically removes surface defects which may appear on your film such as dust, dirt and scratches although it does not stop you using your preferred software should you choose.

    With this being a traditional flatbed scanner it does have the advantage of being able to scan different types of slides such as larger lantern slides that would not be scannable with the purose built machines.  With some very good reviews on Amazon it’s certainly worth adding to your shortlist and another bonus feature is that it is Apple Mac compatable as many other scanners are not.

    Features / Specification:

  • Professional level 4800 x 9600 dpi resolution
  • 3.4 Dmax for wide dynamic range and greater image quality
  • Epson Easy Photo Fix to restore faded colour photos
  • Built-in transparency unit
  • Powerful software package for photo and document scanning
  • Max Supported Media Size: 216 x 297 mm
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 27.2 cm x 47.5 cm x 11.3 cm
  • Weight: 4 kg
  • Optical Resolution: 4800 dpi x 9600 dpi
  • Interpolated Resolution: 12800 dpi x 12800 dpi
  • Supported Media Type: Transparencies, plain paper, film
  • System Requirements: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition / Windows ME, Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional / XP Professional, Apple MacOS X 10.2.7 or later

    PlusTek OpticFilm 7200

    PlusTek OpticFilm 7200 Negatives Scanner

    The PlusTex 7200 Negatives Scanner is a dedicated film scanner capable of creating images upto 7200dpi (hence the name) which given the price means you get a decent quality scanner which is capable of high quality images for a very reasonable price.
    plustex 7200 scanner
    Plustek OpticFilm 7200 combined with SilverFast SE makes it an ideal film scanner for most users including home users, photographers and small office / workshop users.  The software provided is easy to use and has some great features / tools to get the best out of your scans.

    Manufacturers Specification:

      Type: Film scanner
      CCD image sensor
      Document Size: 36.8 x 25.4 mm
      35 mm slides
      Resolution: 7200 x 7200 dpi
      Connection USB 2.0
      Transparent: Negatives and slides
      Depth: 48 bit/pixel
      Speed: Previewing: 10s
      Scanning: 48s (with 3600 dpi)
      Computer Interface: USB 2.0Compatibility: Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, XP
      Pentium II or later
      128 MB RAM (256 MB recommended)
      160 MB HDD space (300 MB recommended)
      USB port
      CD driver
      Included Software: LaserSoft SilverFast SE 6
      NewSoft Presto! PageManager
      NewSoft Presto! ImageFolio
      NewSoft Presto! Mr. Photo
      Adobe Acrobat Reader
      Accessories: USB cable (1,5 m), power adapter, carrying bag, film holders
      Other Slide viewer located on top of the scanner

    High optical resolution and a fast scan speed means that the Plustek easily outperforms other film scanners in the same price range.  Pre scans take around 25 seconds to complete with a good quality scan taking around 40 seconds, however should you wish to use the best settings available on this scanner the time will increase.  When used with something like Polaroids free dust and scratch remover plugin the results can be improved further.
    The PlusTex OpticFilm 7200 is available from Pixmania priced at £129.00click here

    Ion Film 2 SD Negative Scanner

    Film 2 SD Negative Scanner

    What makes the Ion Film 2 SD Negative Scanner stand out from the rest in it’s price range is it’s ability to work on it’s own without the need for a computer.  Using the built in colour digital screen you have the ability to view your slides once they are scanned and can then store them on the bundled 1GB SD Card.ion film 2 sd

    Priced around the £120 mark the Ion scanner is worth a look for those wanting a basic but perfectly adequate film and slide scanner.  With neat little touches such as the ability to flip, mirror and rotate the images the Ion is worth considering for the additional £20-£30 over the likes of the Veho previously reviewed. 

    The great thing about the SD card included is that you can then use the digital images it produces to display on your computer or through a digital photo frame, with the 1GB of storage the memory is good for at least 500-600 images at 5 megapixels.  There is also the ability to upgrade upto 8GB of storage at a later date should you require.

    ion film scanner lcd screen

    You can of course use the scanner with your computer as a way of processing negatives should you need to.


  • Transfer 35mm negatives and slides to an SD card
  • Preview your image on the colour LCD screen
  • High-resolution, five-megapixel scanner
  • Fast, one-touch scanning takes just one to two seconds
  • Optional USB connection for Mac and PC
  • Portable design with ultra-small footprint
  • Auto-exposure and colour balance
  • Mirror, flip, and rotate controls
  • Scans colour and black & white slides and film negatives
  • Works with all SD and micro SD cards, SDHC cards up to 8GB
  • Includes 1GB SD card
  • The Ion Film 2 SD Scanner is available from Firebox – click here

    Zennox Slide Scanner

    Zennox 35mm Negative USB Slide Scanner

    The Zennox negative slide scanner will help inject new life into your old cherished film and slide negatives by transforming them into digital prints quickly and easily.  The Zennox is a simple compact negative scanner perfect for desktop use much like the Veho usb negative scanner.

    zennox slide scannerPriced around the £80 mark it also shares a similar price tag to the aforementioned Veho.  Ideal for use with 35mm negatives and slide collections, the plug and play operation gives simplicity allowing you to simply connect your PC / Laptop using the supplied USB cable.  It’s then a simple case of using the supplied software or opting for some negative scanning software with more control.  Although we are yet to try the Zennox from other reviews online the scanner is capable of clear and sharp high resolution images and the pre bundled software features automatic exposure control, fixed focus and colour balance.  An ideal starter slide scanner and perfect for those looking to experiment with negative scanning without the adding cost of some of the more expensive units. Featuring a 2.0 USB connection, the film scanner is compatible with PCs using Windows XP or Vista. Measures 16.5 x 9 x 9cm.

    The Zennox Slide Scanner is available from Clifford James below.

    Note about Windows 7 Support – there appear to be many reports that the Zennox Slide Scanner does not support Windows 7. Since Zennox do not have an official driver download page, we recommend you use a better supported scanner on Windows 7, such as a Veho negative scanner.

    If you’re having trouble with your negative scanner, please check out the Troubleshooting Negative Scanners page.

    Nikon 5000ED

    nikon 5000edThe Nikon Super Coolscan 5000ED 35mm negative scanner is the negative scanner for professionals.

    The Nikon 5000ED comes from a brand know for the finest quality of products and one of the largest brands in the photography industry used by professional photographers worldwide.

    The Super Coolscan 5000 ED offers film scanning at high speeds and is capable of transferring images in as little as 20 seconds which for negative scanning is almost unheard of. What it also achieves is true optical resolution at 4, 000 dpi, highly accurate color reproduction and representation of detail. The market the Nikon 5000ED targets is the business user such as photo finishers and professional photographers, who given the superb high speed scanning capability and image quality will appreciate the quality and benefits this product has over it’s competitors.

    Fast image transfer is capable thanks to the USB interface, the Super Coolscan 5000 ED is an extremely powerful, fast and efficient desktop film scanner.

    Features and Details:coolscan 5000ed

    • 4,000 dpi true optical resolution
    • 16bit A/D converter
    • New Scanner Nikkor ED lens
    • Amazingly fast 20 second scanning
    • Newly developed, high quality 2 line CCD sensor
    • New advanced image processing algorithm for colour negative film
    • Multi sample scanning
    • Quick AF & Quick Preview
    • Scan Image Enhancer
    • High-speed USB 2.0 interface
    • Digital ICE4 Advanced(TM) (Digital ICE Quad Advanced)
    • Optional SLIDE FEEDER SF-210 for up to 50 mounted slides
    • Optional ROLL FILM ADAPTER SA-30 for up to 40 frames from a film strip

    As detailed in the above specification there are also a number of optional extras available to buy for this scanner ranging from the single frame Film Holder FH-3 and Medical Slide Holder FH-G1 to the Slide Feeder SF-210 and Roll Film Adapter SA-30.
    If your an amateur or professional photographer looking to scan large amounts of negatives and slides then look no further, this scanner is perfect for you.

    The Nikon 5000ED is available from Amazon priced at £1,029.00click here

    Canon CanoScan 4400F

    canon 4400fFor a scanner that mixes quality with value for money look no further than the CanoScan 4400F from Canon.

    The CanoScan 4400F comes complete with a built in film adapter unit (FAU), allowing you to scan 6 x 35mm negatives or 4 slides in a single operation.  Included with the scanner is a bundle of imaging software with ArcSoft PhotoStudio, OmniPage SE and Presto! Page Manager, you are able to edit your images retreived from the 4400F easily, and best of all the Cannon 4400F negative scanner is compatible with both Windows and Apply Mac.

    The Canon gives brilliant results, with accurate exposures and colours although like many negative scanners in this price range the results can be slow with 4 slides at 2400 dpi taking around 8 minutes to complete.  It may be a time consuming process converting slides and negatives into digital images but if you are looking to recreate your fond memories then it is surely worth the time and effort involved.

    Canon are also a name you can trust. With cameras such as the EOS 1000D digital SLR and EOS 40D.

    Features and Details:

    • Canon CanoScan 4400F – flatbed scanner
    • Flatbed scanner – desktop
    • Max Supported Media Size: 216 x 297 mm
    • Dimensions (WxDxH): 25.9 cm x 47.4 cm x 8.3 cm
    • Weight: 2.8 kg
    • Input Type: Colour
    • Resolution: 16-bit (64K grey levels) / 48-bit colour
    • External Resolution: 8-bit (256 grey levels) / 48-bit colour
    • Optical Resolution: 4800 dpi x 9600 dpi
    • Interpolated Resolution: 19200 dpi x 19200 dpi
    • Max Document Size: 216 mm x 297 mm
    • Supported Media Type: Plain paper, slides, bulk objects (such as books), film
    • Media Feeder Type: Manual load
    • Interface Type: Hi-Speed USB
    • System Requirements: Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, Apple MacOS X 10.2.8 or later

    If your looking for a scanner to scan 35mm slides then look no further, this scanner is perfect for the job.

    The Canon 4400F is available from Amazon priced at £60.65click here

    Epson Perfection V350 Photo And Film Scanner

    Epson V350 scannerThe Epson Perfection V350 is a great piece of kit which not only scans film & slides very easily it also works well as a standard scanner.  User friendly, you should be scanning slides within 30 minutes of getting it out of the box.
    With an auto film loader it does make the process of scanning film very easy in deed provided the film is fed into the scanner with care.

    The only negative comment i would give on the Epson is scanning can be a little on the slow side but good things come to those who wait and the quality achieved is very good indeed, and using the bundled software you can tweek your images to achieve the desired results.

    Product Features Description:

    • Scan 35mm film at the touch of a button with the Auto Film Loader
    • Capture amazing quality with 4800dpi and 48bit colour
    • Handle positive and negative film scanning with the built in Transparency Unit
    • Restore colour and clarity with new Epson Easy Photo Fix

    For a more detailed specification list visit the official Epson V350 page on the Epson site here.

    Although it may not compare to a top of the range scanner i would recommend the Epson V350 to anyone wishing to scan old photos, slides or negatives with a view to acheiving decent results.

    The Epson V350 is available from Amazon priced around £105.00click here

    Veho USB Negative Scanner

    Veho USB ScannerThis USB film scanner from Veho is fairly reasonably and compact and is capable of scanning at the equivalent of 5MP (megapixels) in quality.

    The scanner is easy to use and plugs straight in via USB to your computer, once the bundled software and drivers are installed the device is ready to use.

    Included with the Veho are two holders for negatives and slides, along with the bundled software ArcSoft PhotoImpression which will help you edit and adjust any negatives uploaded via the scanner to your computer. Files can be saved in either JPG or TIF formats where you can then.


    Once uploaded you can edit photos and create slideshows through the ArcSoft software, which also has the ability to touch up the images and add effects to them. Read more