The best slide viewers in 2024: the easy way to rediscover your old slides

Kodak 35mm Slide and Film Viewer, one of the best slide viewers, on a cluttered wooden table
(Image credit: Kodak)

The best slide projectors today are very different from the clunky and heavy devices of old. Light, compact and often battery-powered, they make it easy to view 35mm film slides in a fuss-free way, and don't take up much space either. So whether you have shoeboxes full of 35mm film slides and want to travel back in time, or are re-discovering a love of shooting on film, they offer a practical and portable alternative means of bringing those images to life. 

Of course, a dedicated projector isn't the only way to see what's on your slides. Other options include mains-powered light-boxes, handheld loupes that utilize ambient light, and if you want to digitize said slides, the film scanner too.

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