Most helpful critical review
157 of 164 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2010
First, I have been using scanners and photography equipment for many years and like to think that I have realistic expectations when it comes new products coming on to the market. After receiving this unit, I promptly followed all of the directions for setting the unit up and scanning my first batch of photos. After numerous trial scans and several calibrations, I have come to the conclusion that this unit will not meet any of my needs. Some of the problems that I have noted include:
1. Odd color shifts appearing in the resulting scans.
2. Very noticeable noise in resulting scans at both 300 dpi and 600 dpi.
3. It is very difficult to obtain a properly cropped photo. The auto-cropping function is particularly annoying and there are no user settings to adjust how it acts. The whole point of having a scanner like this one is minimize the post production work necessary.
4. The instructions provided leave a lot to be desired.
Some redeeming qualities include the speed at which the unit scans, which is fairly fast. The size and weight also is very appealing. Most of the descriptions of this product fail to mention that it will also work on battery power which is a great selling point if only the quality of the output was acceptable.
In conclusion, while no scanner in this class and size is going to produce the kind of scans available from a flatbed scanner, this scanner leaves of lot to be desired with the scan quality. I expected better from Kodak. I will be returning the unit and spending my money on a different option.