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Imagelab FS5CO5 5 Megapixel Slide and Negative Scanner
- 5 Megapixel/3600dpi Resolution
- Save to an SD Card (store up to 2,000 photos)
- Exports directly to computer (USB Cable provided)
- No additional hardware or software required to export images
- High Resolutions images are capable of 20" x 30" enlargement
- High Resolutions images are capable of 20 x 30 enlargement
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Scanning slides on my illuminated flatbed scanner was a slow and tedious process, especially since they had to be loaded one at a time, and took several minutes to calibrate and scan. That was fine for a few slides, but not when doing stacks and stacks. I've been looking for something quick and easy that my parents could use to import our thousands of family photos into the computer. I had looked at these hand-held "scanners" before, and the high prices and lack of quality always kept me from springing for one. There are also scanners that can scan multiple images, and are automated, but they also cost significantly more.
There are some very nice design elements to the ImageLab FS5CO5 scanner which set it above the other quick-shot scanners. Its' design is clean and self-explanatory. The functions are clearly labeled. There's one button for slides, and one button for film negatives. It also has a very handy "live" screen so you can see what's positioned and ready to scan. It's very fast, and although the scans come out very contrasty, a couple of quick adjustments in iPhoto produce very nice results, considering for the speed and simplicity. If you don't have iPhoto, or some basic knowledge of adjusting photos in another program, you might not be happy with the images as they come straight from the scanner. Some of my slides produced blown out highs, and inky black shadows before I tweaked them in the computer.Read more ›
In spite of all these positives, I went with the ION because it was a few dollars cheaper. Unfortunately, the ION went back to the store because, even though the box and software instructions indicated it was compatible with Vista...it wasn't! (The software is from another company and you have to pay for support.)
So now back to why I'm so happy with the Imagelab. I had a variety of slides and negatives of various ages and conditions. It is very easy to use and once you get into a routine of loading, scanning, and unloading the trays you can zip through boxes of slides in no time! There's the flexibility to save pictures directly on the computer (no software needed) or on an SD card. If needed, there is limited space to save pictures on the Imagelab (and then transfer to the computer using the USB cable provided). Another plus of the Imagelab is the "Viewing Window" where you can see the image you're scanning and even review all the ones you've scanned.
I spent a couple hours a day for a few days and successfully scanned nearly 1000 slides and negatives.
The Imagelab is well-worth the couple extra dollars (as compared to other slide/negative scanners)!
As for the quality of scans, I think it depends on the condition of the slides. I have over 4000 slides to scan. I have found that the ones that are in prime condition scan just fine and need no tweaking later. The ones that have faded or color shifted will need a bit of work with an editing program, but they would with any scanner (except maybe the very high priced ones!).
What impressed me the most is the speed of the scan. Very fast. I also tried using it with batteries and it worked great but the battery life is not very long, about 60-100 slides, I think. If one needs to use it with batteries, I suggest you get a few rechargables, then you can swap the bateries and recharge while you use the new ones.
The ONLY thing I have against it is the holder that is limited to three slides. Once you have the slides in the holder, scanning three takes only seconds. Loading the tray takes longer than scanning the slides. I am thinking about altering the two to make one 6-slide tray from the two, but I can't find a place to buy extra trays and Imagelab says they don't sell them separately! Bummer!
Buy it, you'll like it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This item was returned since it didn't copy the whole slide.and not in the resolution that would have been nice.Published on November 1, 2013 by Charlie
I used this for about three days before I realized it's not what I wanted. The low, 5mp, resolution is not enough for what I wanted to do. Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by Channing Prothro
Supplier was very gracious and did not charge me for this item. It was an older Model than I thought and would not view the newer 35mm slides and negatives in full sixe. Read morePublished on December 15, 2012 by Ronald Woodhouse
I found this unit extremely easy to use and bumped into no glitches at all. The nice thing is that I do NOT have to hook it up to the computer. Read morePublished on March 13, 2012 by Rene
This is my first product review and I am forced to write the review due to my experince with this product. Read morePublished on January 9, 2012 by Dins
I can't believe that they finally made something so easy to use. I'm 71 years old, and I didn't think I could make my slides into a DVD. Read morePublished on August 20, 2011 by Joyce B
This is the first slide scanner I have ever used and it was simple to connect and start scanning. I purchased a basic one at this point to test the efficiency, I can see, with the... Read morePublished on July 18, 2011 by Bob