ION OMNI SCAN Stand-Alone Image and Slide Scanner
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- Standalone slide & film scanner
- Scans all color or monochrome 35mm negatives &mounted slides
- Converts images to digital JPEG files to easily organize, view & share
- 9 megapixel & 5 megapixel modes for up to3648 x 2736 scans
- Full-color LCD screen for viewing converted pictures
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The instructions could be a little more clear, but it was easy to figure out the functions with a little trial and error. I would advise the scanner USB to computer hookup because of its ease of use. I found it faster to save the files to the SD card, remove it from the scanner and plug it into my computer, rather than loading from the Omni Scan. After getting the images off the SD card and onto the computer, I formatted the SD card and plugged it back into the scanner.Read more ›
Unlike some other reviewers, I have had very little trouble inserting slides into the device for scanning, even slides with heavy glass or plastic mounts. Dust is a problem unless one is careful to clean each slide before scanning, but I've had pretty good luck simply by blowing on both sides of the slides or rubbing them against a cloth. The intensity of the colors in the scanned images is also clearly less than in the original slides, but I have been able to correct the color using nothing more than color adjusting function available under Preview on my MacBook Pro.
I highly recommend this inexpensive scanner for anyone who just wants to preserve the images contained on their old slides which have been sitting for ages in some closet or for most other purposes which don't require professional quality scans.
1. A single negative is placed into a frame, or a strip of negatives is pushed through a frame. Each of the two frames are made out of two pieces of clear plastic. Think of the frame like a 35 MM slide frame, but with solid clear plastic over both surfaces of the film. It sandwiches the film between its two pieces. It acts to hold, guide and/or flatten the film for scanning.
That frame should be made of glass instead of plastic. The plastic scatches easily (and may have even been scratched when I received it). A simple manufacture change to glass would have caused me to make do with the product.
2. There is a thumb wheel to pull the film strip into the unit. It turns a single cogged sprocket. The single sprocket easily misaligns the film. Having two sprockets would have resolved the problem. I found it easier ti use my thumb and fingers to insert and manipulate the film position.
3. I found the scanned image to be too bright. I scanned the same image on a flatbed scanner using the film print and ended up with a much higher quality digital image than with the negative scanner, even though the print scan was a much smaller digital file. A simply brightness dial would resolve this issue.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my own fault for not reading the description closely. This is a used item. I actually bought 2, the first one didn't even turn on. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Eric C. Magro
This is easy to use and I almost have all my slides digitized. Have found some amazing treasures in doing so.Published 1 month ago by Tara E. Cloutier
Simple, easy to use stand alone or with PC. Pretty good images.Published 4 months ago by Workman320
Does not work very well, very slow process to convert slide with marginal results, Better than nothing, but there has to be something better out there. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mike Bishop
Went through my slide carousels and loose slides and transferred the enlarged photos to my computer iPhoto file. Used the built - in memory since I did not have a memory card. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Herb T.
I'm sure it works well. Returned it before opening the package. Got one as a gift.Published 6 months ago by David A Brown
I've been using this little gadget for over a year now to convert 35 mm slides to digital. I'm still very happy with it. Several reels of slides are over 50 years old. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Carol H.