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Imagelab FS5CO5 5 Megapixel Slide and Negative Scanner

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  • 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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Product Description

Streamlined efficiency was our goal, and the FS-C05 does not disappoint. The ImageLab FS-5C05 Slide and Negative Scanner was designed with the user in mind. Gone are the days where scanning was dependent upon a lengthy process requiring the use of your personal computer. The FS-5C05 is a standalone unit that can scan your most precious memories, then save them directly to an SD memory card in seconds - no software required. Then take that SD Card to a commercial print kiosk, or your favorite imaging site and easily upload your archived images. You may even export to your computer for further editing options, should you choose via the included USB cable. Whether it be 35MM film or a stack of your treasured slides, the FS-C05’s 5 Megapixel Resolution will be sure to transfer them to the highest digital quality. To make it even more convenient, you may preview your progress after each and every scan on the Built-in LCD Screen. Using battery power, feel free to scan your negatives in the middle of your living room or the like, with no wires or messy cables to deal with. The ImageLab FS-C05 will allow photo archiving to be a fast and reliable tool that delivers the highest quality.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B001TDL2BI
  • Item model number: FS5C05
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at January 9, 2007

Customer Reviews

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505 of 509 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Morris on April 15, 2009
I've worked in the film industry for over twenty years, and helped develop scanning technology for negative/digital conversion of motion picture film. For this price, and the convenience, the ImageLab FS5CO5 scanner is a good choice for home-quality slide conversions. However, it is not without some definite shortcomings...

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.
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126 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Crazy-Traveler on June 7, 2009
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While researching slide scanners, my gut told me to go with the Imagelab because it stood alone from the computer, no software required, could operate on batteries, came with 2 trays each for slides and negatives, could save images on an SD card and was compact.

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 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)!
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100 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Daniel R. Wells on April 20, 2009
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The scanner is quick. Loading film is a bit of a problem: the trays are just too shallow. Also, the resutls are contrasty and there is no built-in software for removing scratches. Before I bought this product, I was using a Canon flatbed scanner that was capable of processing negatives and slides. It took forever to do a roll of film, but it did produce much, much better results. Still, this isn't bad for the price.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Robert S. Davis on June 23, 2009
I read most of the reviews before I bought this scanner, including the one star reviews. I bought it anyway!

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!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By R. K. on July 13, 2009
The device worked as described right out of the box. No special software is required and none needs to be downloaded to your computer. The scanning of 35 mm slides is good but not quite as good as a high quality flatbed scanner. The color is slightly off and they are a bit dark. The better the quality of slide you are acanning, the better the scan will be. I use the Windows Photo Editor on my computer to quickly lighten up the scans. The Imagelab FS5CO5 scanner does a very good job of scanning 35 mm color negatives. The scan is quickly accomplished but as with the slide scans the color is a bit off. Also, the slide and negative holders are a bit undersized. By that I mean a small portion of the original slide or negative on both the right and left side of the view is not captured by the scanner. I am very pleased with the device. If you are looking for a quick and reasonably low cost way to transfer over all of those treasured slides and negatives to digital format, this is the device to purchase.
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