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