Recently, boxes of 4×6″ and 3 1/2 x 5″ prints were discovered in a dark corner of a closet shelf. The prints easily numbered over 1000! Quite a few of them were easily over 55 years old! Wouldn’t it be nice to create an archive of these? Well, one option is to pull out the flatbed scanner. Of course, with this many photos it could take realistically take days. But, what if this could be done in mere hours? Option number two sounded good to us and out popped our Pandigital Photolink Scanner 4″ x 6″. This scanner is small occupying a mere 6.15″ x 1.8″ x 1.5″ and no computer is even necessary. Images are scanned at 300ppi (JPEG) and then automatically stored on the removable SD card (included.) Later everything can be transferred to your computer or storage device. Images are placed at the front opening where photos are gently fed into a twin roller system. It takes only a couple of seconds for the scan and the feeder is ready for the next photo. Cleaning is essential since there is no preview display included. It’s advised to clean the scanner every 150 prints or so. A built-in 5-in-1 card reader can also accept other memory card formats.
For us it’s also fun to use. Once you get started you just don’t want to stop. The Photolink Scanner is ideal for anyone involved in scanning photos when you visit relatives with your family tree in mind all the way over to someone interested in creating archives of old film snapshots. Everything is included for a mere $89.
Pandigital has just begun shipping a Personal Photo Scanner/Converter that accepts everything from 8 1/2″ x 11″ to wallet sized photos. Our review unit has just arrived and we’ll post something in the future regarding its performance. But, for now be sure to check out the Photolink Scanner. It’s a portable keeper!