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That huge pile of old negatives and slides in your attic isn’t going to get any smaller, nor is it going to magically convert itself to digital without some help from you.
Fortunately, there are plenty of options these days for converting film to digital. In fact, there’s more choice now than ever, with a wide range of price points for any budget.
Below, I’ve listed some of the best film to digital converters you can find on the market today. With any of these rigs, you can clear out the boxes of negatives and slides in your attic, and enjoy old memories again in the digital age!
2019 Top Film to Digital Converters: Wolverine Data F2D Titan
What’s so great about the Wolverine Data F2D Titan is that it’s an 8-in-1 rig.
In addition to working with slides, 8mm movies, and Super 8 movies, the F2D Titan also works with 35mm, 110, 126, 127, and APS film.
It has a 20-megapixel sensor that turns your analog memories into high-definition digital files at up to 5472 x 3648 pixels.
The F2D Titan makes quick work of scanning, too. In just three seconds, the scan is complete thanks to its speed-load adapters that are perfectly sized to each format of slide or negative that you’re scanning.
You can view the results of the scan on the onboard 4.3-inch color LCD. You can even fine-tune the brightness and color balance settings/ If you prefer to see your newly digitized photos on a larger screen, simply connect the F2D Titan to a computer or a TV.
Saving the digitized images is a breeze, too. Just use its internal memory or add your own SD/SDHC memory card.
Better still, you don’t need a computer or external monitor or software of any kind, so this unit is totally self-contained. Just have a power source (via an AC outlet or USB) and you can digitize slides, film, and old movies anywhere you like.
If you’ve got a lot of old memories to digitize, there’s isn’t a better or faster way to do so than with this bad boy!
2019 Top Film to Digital Converters: Epson Perfection V600
What’s nice about the Epson Perfection V600 is that it isn’t just a negative and slide scanner.
Instead, you can scan medium format film, receipts, documents, and even three-dimensional items.
Epson has also engineered this scanner to create high-quality enlargements up to 17-inches by 22-inches at 6400 x 9600 DPI.
Likewise, the Perfection V600 has the ability to minimize the appearance of damage like tears and creases in photos. It’ll remove dust and scratches from film as well.
The unit has one-touch color restoration to bring old photos back to life. With the onboard Optical Character Recognition software, you can also convert scanned documents into editable text.
With four customizable buttons, the Perfection V600 is easy to use and easy to tailor to your specific needs as well.
2019 Top Film to Digital Converters: Hammacher Schlemmer 14MP Standalone Digital Image Copier
If you’re looking for a small, lightweight film to digital converter, the Hammacher Schlemmer 14MP converter shown above is a solid choice.
While the 14-megapixel sensor isn’t quite what you can get with the Wolverine Data Titan, it still provides decent resolution for creating quality copies of old negatives and slides.
The unit has white balance and automatic exposure controls, which helps you get final results that are spot-on in terms of color and brightness. Of course, that also means you don’t have to spend as much time processing the images yourself.
This scanner has a built-in 2.5-inch TFT color display so you can preview the digitized images quickly and easily. Again, the display isn’t as large as what you’ll find on other units on this list, but it still gets the job done.
On the downside, this Hammacher Schlemmer model doesn’t have onboard memory like others on this list. It also doesn’t convert Super 8 film. If you need to do that, the Wolverine Data Titan is your best bet.
2019 Top Film to Digital Converters: Kodak Digital Film Scanner
One of the most capable converters on this list, the Kodak Digital Film Scanner will take care of 35mm, 126, and 110 film, as well as Super 8 and 8mm film negatives and slides.
It takes just seconds for the 22-megapixel sensor to convert film to JPEG files, which you can view on the large, bright, 3.5-inch TFT LCD. The LCD has adjustable brightness and it tilts for easier viewing too.
The unit comes with multiple film inserts and adapters, that way you can set about converting your old negatives, slides, and films quickly and easily. Speaking of easy, the large, one-touch buttons on this unit make operation a breeze.
This particular device does not come with an SD card, so you’ll need to purchase your own. Though it does come with an HDMI cable, AC adapter, a video cable, and a Mac & PC compatible converter with a USB power cable.
2019 Top Film to Digital Converters: Magnasonic All-in-One High-Resolution 22MP Film Scanner
Like the Wolverine Titan unit and the Kodak unit discussed earlier, the Magnasonic All-in-One offers high-resolution conversion of a number of different mediums.
That includes slides, 35mm film, 126 and 110 film, and Super 8 film, though you can only generate still images from the Super 8 movies.
Regardless of what you’re converting, the Magnasonic does its thing in about five seconds per image. Operation is quick and simple as well with the touch of a single button to get things started.
The Magnasonic has 128MB of built-in memory, which is good for saving about 100 images. There’s an SD card slot as well, that way you can scan and save thousands of images that have been digitized.
The 2.4-inch LCD is smallish, but this unit has a video out so you can hook it up to a TV for large-screen viewing.
You can begin editing your photos with this rig as well with its easy plug-and-play interface.