Silvercrest Photo Slide Scanner £24.99 Lidl From Monday 7th March
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Silvercrest Photo Slide Scanner £24.99 Lidl From Monday 7th March

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Found 3rd Mar 2016
Now this looks like an amazing deal, bring those old photos back to life!

From Monday 7th March

Digitises and backs up old negatives and photo slides to your PC

Suitable for 35mm film strips and 5 x 5cm small picture slides

High-definition CMOS 5 megapixel sensor produces exquisite 1800dpi scans with automatic colour balancing and exposure control

With one-button scan function for ultimate ease of use

Software CD, cleaning brush, photo slide cassette and 2 film-strip holders included
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What a cool machine, now where could I get some 35mm slides?
This is actually not bad. Certainly not professional quality but basic result is OK and better than the aldi one (which I returned).
Is this just a bad webcam in a box? Sadly I've another brand that's that, and the picture doesn't get evenly illuminated. The term 'scan' is very loosely used with these devices
I take it the same can't be achieved by a normal scanner?
cozzyman

I take it the same can't be achieved by a normal scanner?


No you need some light source shining through the negative/slide to get an actual image.
Normal scans rely on reflected light from the source.
This looks a good price - borrow something that looks very similar, and scanned 3 - 400 slides (it was all my Dad had them saved to in the 70s), and has been great putting the pics on a digital photo frame for him. Lots of good memories, so hot from me.
Oneday77

No you need some light source shining through the negative/slide to get … No you need some light source shining through the negative/slide to get an actual image. Normal scans rely on reflected light from the source.


Actually some flatbed scanners can do this, and with better results. Typically you need a negative holder but you can scan a full strip in one go. Don't want to put the deal down though - this is a very small amount of money for this kind of device!
Yes it is basically a webcam with an LED to illuminate the slide. These things do the job adequately to get old pictures onto a computer for viewing. But don't go thinking you can chuck out your best slides after copying them to the computer or you will regret it.

A proper slide scanner has a much higher colour depth and produces quality that you can get decent prints from.

I think the trouble comes when people have unreasonable expectations for such a basic product. I wouldn't go trying to use one of these to make high quality archives of important pictures in the same way as I wouldn't use a silverline drill to build the forth bridge.

A great cheap way to see old slides that otherwise would sit in a box unused though.
Edited by: "Going_Digital" 3rd Mar 2016
Going_Digital

Yes it is basically a webcam with an LED to illuminate the slide. These … Yes it is basically a webcam with an LED to illuminate the slide. These things do the job adequately to get old pictures onto a computer for viewing. But don't go thinking you can chuck out your best slides after copying them to the computer or you will regret it.A proper slide scanner has a much higher colour depth and produces quality that you can get decent prints from.I think the trouble comes when people have unreasonable expectations for such a basic product. I wouldn't go trying to use one of these to make high quality archives of important pictures in the same way as I wouldn't use a silverline drill to build the forth bridge.A great cheap way to see old slides that otherwise would sit in a box unused though.



What are the alternatives if you want decent quality? Do photoshops do this kind of stuff?
Jonnyblock

What are the alternatives if you want decent quality? Do photoshops do … What are the alternatives if you want decent quality? Do photoshops do this kind of stuff?

It's the sort of thing you might only need for one weekend, so you could buy a top quality home machine on ebay then sell again and your fees might equal the cost of the silvercrest.

Edited by: "hkhk" 3rd Mar 2016
I got one of these at the end of last summer to finally get all my old photos digitised. I rate it very highly. Once you get into a rhythm you can do a 36 negative film in 5 to 10 minutes. The bundled software gives you a fair amount of control, scan resolution, brightness etc. But don't expect it to improve bad photos
Does anyone know if it's compatible with an apple Mac computer?
Bought one last time they were in store. Took it back next day. It's fine if you are happy with basic snaps, fine. I found it burnt out the highlights in photos, so much so that it would obscure people's faces.
Jonnyblock

What are the alternatives if you want decent quality? Do photoshops do … What are the alternatives if you want decent quality? Do photoshops do this kind of stuff?



Depends what you want to spend - for example amazon.co.uk/Can…00f but there are cheaper options.
I bought one from maplin. scanned all my slides to the computer then returned it as an unwanted gift. not saying others should do it but it saved me £40 for the sake of 200 slides
Got one of these last year.Pictures were fine.What do you want for £25.
Scanning is the least of the work. Cleaning up the images afterwards is what takes time.
Just been, can't find it in my local store :-(
But it's hot!
Can't comment as not seen results. but. take a look on ebay for an older Minolta scanner or similar with built in infrared scratch remover. these are very professional and can save time removing dust etc.
can you use this on an apple mac
This is available again until Thursday. Amazon indicates things in the same sub £50 price bracket do the same job.

1800 DPI should be enough without getting too grainy, pay more for 3600 DPI.
Other benefits would be build quality and viewing the images as they're being scanned. but for sub £30...

I have just bought one fro £25 from Lidl. As has been pointed out it basically a camera system rather than a true scanner. However for £25 it is adequate for quick viewing of negs and slides. Off my Lomo cameras I do not think I am going to lose much over my flat bed back lit scanner, but with a decent lens it is not the way for prints.
It is quick though and I will use for first run throughs. also if the pictures are just wanted for on screen display it is probably good enough. The slide feature is certainly quicker tha on the flat bed so it means i can scan most of my old slides through at the same time noting those due the full scanner treatment.
You get what you pay for. Within its limitations it does what it says on the packet.
It runs completely off the USB so it means I can take it on holiday with my black and white developing kit and use it with the portable. Flat beds are a bit big to travel with!
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