Super Scanners

You've made the move to digital photography, but what about all your old negatives and slides that are slowly deteriorating?

It's expensive to have them professionally digitized and scanners designed especially for film cost upwards of $400.

Consumer Reports' latest tests of scanners show you have a great new option.

Old family photos are a real treasure for Jessica Sweeney particularly after some were lost when her family's home was flooded. There's very few pictures of me as a baby because they got ruined. You know that photo album happened to be on the bottom. When the water came up it got ruined.

She wants to digitize the negatives from old family photos in order to make sure more memories aren't lost. Consumer reports just tested 18 flatbed scanners and found some that can help. It used to be that scanners were limited to printed matter.

A traditional flatbed scanner has been able to scan photos, something that was printed, a photo, a graphic, say an image from a greeting card or text, but Consumer Reports latest tests show some of these scanners can now do a good job with slides and negatives.

So these old negatives and slides that you've had stuffed in a drawer somewhere thinking that's that, I'm never going to be able to do anything with them. It kind of breathes new life into them.

Once you've scanned the negative or slide, you can improve it. It's possible to correct faded originals and reduce scathes.

If you want to digitize slides and negatives, Consumer Reports recommends the canon cano scan 4200. It performs very well and costs just $100. That can be handy if you like Jessica... Have hundreds of memories to preserve.

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