Kodak slide scanner

I’ve had a lot of comments and questions about the small Kodak slide scanner. Keeping in mind that I’ve just used it for a couple days, I’ll share my initial thoughts.

I’m having some problems finding troubleshooting info – I can’t get the SD card to work but it’s not a big deal because I’m scanning to the internal memory and then transferring to my computer.

EDIT: after more research tonight, I found a comment on Amazon that said the SD card needed to be inserted upside down in the scanner … weird but when I tried it, it worked!

I think the slide scans are coming out better than the negative scans. Here’s one of the slides …

Here’s one of the negatives… the negatives seem to be more grainy and they seem to scan darker … it may be something I can tweak but it will take a little investigation.

The pros are that it wasn’t crazy expensive – about $130, it’s pretty quick to scan, and who doesn’t love the idea of getting those old slides into digital format and being able to share them with the whole family?! Keith’s younger brother Mark died last year and it means a lot to us to be able to see these photos of him that have been unviewable for years. Mark is the littlest boy on the left in the top photo.

The negative … I do wish the scans were a higher resolution but for now, I think it’s a good compromise between price, ease of scanning, and adequate resolution for viewing.

Do some homework, there may be better options out there and if you find one, be sure to let me know!!


  1. I think they both look great but the slide picture is definitely a little better. I have scanned a lot of really old slides, 60+ yrs old, on to my computer and was able to do some editing on them. They turned out much better then I thought they would and I was able to use them for picture books. With the Kodak scanner can you scan them directly on to the computer? I love the chat books and I think I will try them once I get some pictures together. Thanks for your help!!

  2. Thank you for sharing this information. I had some slides made into photos several years ago and they did not turn out very good. The scanner looks like it might do a better job.

  3. I’m pretty sure the quality of the image is because of the type of film(s) that were used. Slide film was a higher quality.

  4. Thank you for this info. I have hundreds, maybe thousands of slides that my family took over the years, they never got regular film, just the slides. All of my childhood pix are on there and my 2 siblings. Many people no longer with us are stuck “on those slides”! I considered having a company do it, but may I’ll try this instead.

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