Revisit Old Memories With The Digital Slide & Negative Converter
No one looks at slides from a slide projector anymore. If photos aren't digitized and we can't see them on our computers, they might as well not exist. But the old pictures, the ones taken when we were young and our parents and grandparents were younger, when slides were the medium for our memories... How can we just toss them out?
We don't have to. Hammacher Schlemmer carries an easy-to-use digital gadget that converts 35mm slides to digital photos on your computer. From there, you can do pretty much anything with it, but if you don't have Photoshop® or other photo-editing software, the Digital Picture Converter comes with its own software that lets you use fixed corrections - auto exposure, contrast, and color balance.
One thing I've noticed is that many of my old paper photos have lost their color and sharpness, and they've yellowed too. I could scan them and try to fix them up with editing software or, with the Digital Picture Converter, I could print them from their original negatives and they'll look like they're newly minted!
The Digital Picture Converter lets you store your old memories on your computer where you can view them anytime without a special projector... and you can print copies of them whenever you want.
The device has a 5MP CMOS sensor, providing 10 bits per color channel. It can scan images up to 1,800 dpi and uses 3 LEDs for back-lighting. It requires a Windows XP or Vista run PC. (Sorry Mac...) The Digital Picture Converter comes with a slide tray and a USB 2.0 cable. Again, it's at Hammacher Schlemmer.
(Update: This converter is no longer available. But there are now several very good converters on the market. You can see a good selection of converters here with excellent reviews, including the ones highlighted below.)
Keeping you posted...
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