Reflecta x5-Scan – Film/Slide Scanner

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The Reflecta x5-Scan – Film/Slide Scanner is a stand alone scanner that can convert your 35mm negatives and slides into digital images quickly and efficiently. The scanner uses a CMOS sensor with a 30-bit colour depth to provide you with 1800x 1800DPI resolution.

The Reflecta x5-Scan has a 2.4 inch LCD display to allow you to view the pictures straight away, you can also connect it to a TV, or to a monitor if you wish. The scanner features an integrated storage capacity of 32MB, but does have an SD/SDHC card slot to allow you to expand this memory. You can take this small scanner with you, to maybe a friends or relatives, to scan the negatives or slides. All you need is access to mains electricity.

This scanner does not produce the high quality images of higher end scanners, but this is reflected in its price. Many in this age of clear digital photography may find its scanned results a little disappointing. It does come bundled with ArcSoft PhotoImpression software to help you make the most of your digital images.



Agfa DuoScan 100

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The Agfa DuoScan 100 can scan 35mm negatives, framed slides or even 110mm negatives in seconds. It is supplied with film holders for each type, allowing you to simply slot them in to start turning your pictures into digital images quickly and easily with the touch of one button. The scanner provides you great quality images due to its 5MP CMOS sensor which features a 24-bit colour depth and a resolution of up to 1800DPI (or 3600DPI interpolated).

The Agfa DuoScan 100 is powered by a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery, allowing it to work totally independently of any electricity supply or computer. All the digital images are stored directly to an SD/SDHC memory card in JPEG format, you can then simply put the memory card into your PC or connect the device through its USB 2.0 cable. This means you can take the scanner with you up into your attic to go through your negatives, or to a friend or family members to help you recover those images that would otherwise sit untouched and bring them home and into the digital world.

The DuoScan 100 features a fold-out 2.4″ TFT LCD display to allow you instant picture control, you can also connect the device to an external TV (PAL) or a PC monitor if you so desire. Exposure control and colour balance are both fully automatic, and the pictures can be rotated if you want them to be, or displayed as a negative. The scanner comes bundled with ArcSoft PhotoImpression software, allowing you to edit the pictures to obtain the best results possible.

Kodak P461 Photo and Negative Scanner

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Kodak are well known in the photography world as being one of the age-old pioneers in field. The Kodak P461 Photo and Negative Scanner is a really useful gadget as it makes scanning in 6″x4″ photos really quick and easy. You could even try scanning in smaller photos (e.g. 3″ x 5″ or smaller). In addition to scanning in your photos, the scanner will also scan your negatives and slides too.

The scanner supports a large number of memory card formats, including SD, XD, MS, MS Pro, and MMC memory cards. A 2 GB Micro-SD card and adapter are included in the kit, giving you everything you need to get started immediately. You can also save scanned images directly to a computer using the included USB 2.0 cable.

Unfortunately, the specifications for this scanner do not tell us what versions of Windows or Mac OS X it is compatible. However, since this scanner can scan directly to a memory card, the scanner is very compatible with most computers, since you can get memory cards to work on most computers as a small drive.

Kodak are renown for their quality, so this looks to be a top-notch scanner.