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Good for slides and negatives; pictures, not so much
on June 22, 2012
This product captures images using a video process like in your digital camera (as compared to a flatbed scanner which is a different type of process.) So with this product you can get many of the image artifacts that you get in low-end digital video - graininess, banding, poor results on dark pictures, washed out detail, etc. Also, you will not get the sharpness that you may be used to if you have used flatbed scanners in the past.
I felt the results for slides and negatives were good for the price of the product. We are going to use it for capturing a large number of my wife's parents slides from back in the 50's and 60's. (The process for loading/unloading slides and negatives is a little clunky, but we are in no hurry, so not a show stopper.) Over all the system is very simple to use, although the menu can be slightly confusing on first use.
However the results for scanning photographs is very disappointing. The graininess is very pronounced on any picture that is under exposed. All pictures lose most of their fine detail, even though the scanning resolution is 300 dpi (something that doesn't happen with flatbed scanners.) And worst of all, the ugly picture holder (holds the picture as you slide it into the back of the scanner) shows up along all four edges of each picture scan. This requires that you manually crop each and every picture using software on your computer. DEAL-BREAKER! We've purchased a separate pull-through photo scanner and are much more pleased with the results.