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PhotoSmart S20 Film Scanner


HP (Hewlett-Packard)

Categories: Reviews: Equipment : Digital Accessories : Scanners : Film Scanners

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Scan in and digitise any image from a mounted positive, negative, or panoramic film to a fragile, treasured photo. With the HP s20 Photo Scanner, you'll be amazed at all the things you can do with your images.


3 Reviews  

Average Rating: 2 out of 5

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Paul Streeting

member since: 9/8/2004
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Rating: 0.5 out of 5
The idea of this scanner was good but like another reviewer here mine was always going wrong. I had mine replaced three times under warranty! When that run out HP said they could not repair it for me again so it is now in bits at a friend who tried to fix it. In short what seemed good is an expensive piece of junk. Stay clear of them if you find them s/hand
9/8/2004 1:47:47 PM
 
doug Nelson
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member since: 6/14/2001
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Rating: 1 out of 5
I must update my review of this product. Don't be lured by the present $150 purchase price. My S-20 has been replaced twice. I still don't have one that works. The replacements work for a few months. The design is faulty to begin with, and the build quality is a joke. Expect lines across scans, and banding in sky areas that looks like corduroy cloth. You'll have to spend more for a Nikon, Minolta,Polaroid, Microtec or Canon film scanner.
8/29/2003 7:24:04 AM
 
doug Nelson
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member since: 6/14/2001
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Rating: 4 out of 5
The S20 may be one of the best buys (less than $500) among film scanners, once we understand its limitations. It does a superb job on negatives, color and B&W. It can scan slides, IF they are in the standard Kodak style cardboard or thin plastic mounts. It does not cope well with dense slides. The shadow areas of positive film are quite dense, and only a much more expensive scanner can handle such film.

That said, the scanning software is quite good and easy to learn. You can even add a dust spot clean-up feature by using Hamrick's VueScan, only $40 at hamrick.com. The HP can be set to scan at a 12 (16?) bit color bit depth, useful because you can import the scan into Photoshop at the max color information, and THEN tweak your brightness, contrast and color balance. HP does a decent support job on their photosmart.com web page.

Scans from this little scanner have to be seen to be believed. Try scanning Kodak Supra film or properly exposed slides without deep shadow areas. You'll be amazed.

HP should have done a better marketing job. People my age (55) who have been shootiing 35-mm for many years would like to be able to digitize all or most of their shots without it costing an arm and a leg.
Learn more about the HP scanners at sphoto.com.

8/20/2002 6:58:18 PM
 

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