More cheap scanner reviews.

In December last year I made a short review of the “Reflecta RubyScan” now I got my hands on one more of these cheap scanners, and I thought why not make a review of it as well. So here we go.

:Zolid Filmscan 35-II-2.4

Is – I guess – the name of the this scanner, and right of the batch the design and build quality, looks and feels better then the Ruby scanner, but that isn’t saying much, because the Ruby was really crappy.
:Zolid scans 35mm negatives and slide film – Ruby also did 110 – and setting up the scanner is really easy, you just plug-in the power, insert a SD card and your ready to go.

Stand alone

When your using the :Zolid scanner, you don’t need a computer, it saves the scans to the SD card. And as with the Ruby, you just put your film in one of the film holders, slide that into the side of the scanner and your ready to scan your first photo.

But this is where the headache starts, because the software for controlling the scans really sucks. There are three buttons at the top of the scanner – Mirror – OK – Flip – they are use for, according to the manual, mirroring and flipping the photo, and entering the menu. But no matter what I try I couldn’t get the buttons to work with flipping and mirroring. I also wanted to rotate one of my photo’s but that didn’t work either, here you have to go into the menu rotate and saved it, but it was still turning the wrong way, when I exited the menu. I ended up just scanning the photos as they where, and then flipping and rotating them in Lightroom, faster and easier.

Saving

When you want to save a photo/scan you have to push the OK button, wait for the menu to appear – it’s only a few seconds, but still – then push the OK button again, then it saves your scan. Why isn’t there just a save button on the outside of the scanner?

Adjustments

You can actually make some minor adjustments to you photo, before scanning it. you can adjust the brightness, and the color with an “RGB” adjustment, where you set the colors – Red, Green & Blue – individually to get the color tone you want on the photo.
But it wouldn’t be wise to start making adjustments when all you have to go by is a very small and properly not very accurate LCD screen.

Camera not scanner

As it was with the Ruby scanner, this one dosen’t scan, it just makes a photo of your photo.
Now with a camera that’s way better then the one in the Ruby scanner, but still not good enough.

Photo quality

We are way above what the Ruby scanner could delliver in quality. the photo’s from the Ruby scanner where useless, the ones from the :Zolid are almost usable. But not for anything serious, for that the quality is still to bad.

Am I gonna use it? Hell no 🙂

Another thing I find a bit annoying about this scanner is that it adds a titel and a caption to you photo, that both says “My beautiful picture”, stop it! now you have to manually remove those, if you don’t want it to pop-up – almost – everywhere you use the photo online. I know it’s a minor thing but still annoying.

My father actually also gave me a “EnVivo” scanner, but I wasn’t able to finde a driver for Windows 7. and therefore wasn’t able to test it.

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