Slide scanner reviews

Scanners are bringing old slides out of the cupboard. But perfect pictures require patience.
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  • Updated:1 Nov 2011


You can take superb quality pictures with most digital cameras, even the ones built into many smartphones. Digital pictures are versatile – print them out large or small as happy snaps, cards, calendars, even posters or canvas prints. You can also share them via email and post them online for all to see. But what about good, old-fashioned print photos?

Go back a few years, before digital cameras were high quality, ubiquitous and cheap, and you’ll find much of your photo history stored as prints or slides. The only way to preserve those precious pictorial memories kept in albums, boxes and suitcases is to scan them.

But how best to convert your old pictures for a digital world?

In brief

  • Not all scanners handle all media or sizes.
  • Claimed resolution is not a good guide to quality.
  • It may be better to use a scanning service.

Products on test

  • Canon CS9000F
  • Canon LiDE210
  • Epson Perfection V33
  • Epson Perfection V500 Photo
  • Kaiser Baas PhotoMaker
  • Kaiser Baas Photo and Negative scanner
  • Kaiser Baas PhotoMaker Pro
  • Kaiser Baas PhotoMaker Touch
  • Microtek S480
  • QPIX PS970H
  • QPIX PS989




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