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180 of 184 people found the following review helpful
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.
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110 of 114 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2012
I purchased this scanner with the idea of scanning all of the old slides my grandfather had (dating back into the 60's). We started scanning this weekend, and not only is this scanner quick and easy to use, it did a great job!! We weren't sure what we were going to end up with considering the slides had not been stored correctly and were beginning to deteriorate .... but even without any editing software, so many of the scans are just fantastic!!
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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2012
I bought this scanner in order to digitize the thousands of slides and prints that I've taken over the years - the ones that are snapshots, rather than the stuff I shot professionally. This scanner works just fine for archiving your photos.

The scanner's best feature is its speed. Each scan takes a short moment to complete and save to an SD card. It also produces a decent sized image. A 4x6 photo scans in at 3648 pixels by 2432 pixels. I can sit and listen to an audiobook or watch a DVD and scan in hundreds of images an hour. loading and unloading prints and slides is simple. (Negatives are a bit trickier.) When I fill up an SD card, I just plug it in to my computer and copy the files and I'm ready for the next batch. Operation is simple, with clearly marked switches for film or prints. The LCD has a fairly simple, menu-driven commands. It took me about a minute to run through the options and figure out how to scan and save an image.

That said, this scanner produces a basic quality image, suitable for archiving photos or putting on the internet. The quality is not good enough for high-end output. The images have a lot of digital noise - akin to grainy film. The images have a short dynamic range, with blown out highlights and featureless blacks - about the range I'd expect from a scanner in this price range. The scanner tends to reflect off of glossier prints, creating ghosting and, in some cases, recording a reflection of the lens. The focus can be a bit off when scanning slides or negatives, especially if your film has curled. For black and white images, you should scan them in color and ignore the black and white setting. The 3x5 print tray seems a bit too small to get many of my 3x5 prints in. I just stuck them in the corner of the 4x6 tray and scanned away - using post-processing to crop the image to size.

The instructions are poorly translated, but if you grew up like I did, during the time when the US first started importing electronics from Japan and Asia, you'll be able to take a quick trip down nostalgia lane while trying to fathom what the instructions are trying to say. Who reads instructions anyway?

The images clean up quickly in post processing. I use Adobe Lightroom as a pro photographer, and it can process (rotate, color correct, crop, and sharpen) a large number of images in a short time.

I would recommend this scanner for archiving your boxes full of snapshots into digital files. It does what it does. If you need higher-end scans, or if you expect perfection, this is not the scanner for you.
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86 of 94 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2011
I had previously purchased another system to transfer slides to the computer, but it didn't work at all, and required software which was very complicated. This machine is simple, doesn't require software and works well. The quality of the pictures is not perfect, but adequate. I have thousands of slides to reproduce so at 4 at a time it's going to take some time, but overall I'm happy with this machine.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2012
I recently purchased the PS9700 3-in-1 Digital Photo/Negative Scanner with built-in 2.4 LCD Screen with free 4GB SDHC Memory Card. I was extremely pleased with the functionality of this unit. It was easy to use and produced quality digital images of my old black and white negatives. It also produced quality digital images of old photographs. The fact that it saves the jpeg image files directly onto the memory card was extremely helpful and eliminated the problems sometimes encountered with compatibility issues with computer operating systems. I highly recomend this scanner.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2011
I have hundreds of slides from grandparents and have been looking for the perfect machine to transfer them digitally. The PS9700 Easy to use, great quality photos from slides and negatives. Definitely recommend!
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2011
bringing back all the old memories. very easy to use and works free of computer. everything goes on a sd card, then transfer that to your computer, or hook it up directly. I love it!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2012
I compared it to my cheap Cannon MX410. On the Cannon,I scanned the photo in at 600 DPI and compared it to the same photo on the PS9700. The quality is definitely better on the Cannon and you don't lose the edge of your picture either. The quality of my old photo's is more important to me than the speed of the operation or the amount of memory that would be used. It works fine with slides, but I'm not sure about the quality. I wanted the slides to be better, but they were 50 years old. I'm going the get them printed, and then scan them in.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2012
I have been using the unit for slide copying only. After getting past the Chinglish directions and doing some experimenting, I got it working properly. I was impressed with the speed of copying, since I have hundreds of slides to convert. A feature that I miss is a means to tweak the focus. Older slides tend to bow or warp in the frame and the focus suffers. Over all I feel that I am getting my money's worth and I am happy with the product. As an aside, the unit qualified for free shipping but I was charged for it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2013
Great for slides. Have scanned 1000 slides since receiving it. Would recomend it to any one . I Love it.
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