Kodak Scanza Digital Film Scanner review

The Kodak Scanza Digital Film Scanner offers a quick and easy way to digitize your negatives and transparencies, but don’t expect the utmost in quality.

Kodak Scanza Digital Film Scanner
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

If you’re of the shoebox generation, the chances are you’ve got a stash of exposed negative film and transparencies, buried away somewhere around the home. This compact and convenient film scanner enables you to bring your old photos into the digital era with the minimum of fuss, bother and effort. We like that it’s mostly so easy to use, but film handling can be a little tricky and image quality could be better.

Pros

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    Simple but effective

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    No need for a computer

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    Various film sizes supported

Cons

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    Mediocre image quality

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    Tricky film handling

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    Quirky interface

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The Kodak Scanza Digital Film Scanner serves a purpose. We’re often advocates of getting digital images off of our hard drives and gadgets, and printing them into the real world where they can actually be seen rather than buried beneath a huge pile of other data files. But it could be worse. Your images might be on negative or positive film, literally buried in a shoebox where they’re completely inaccessible. Even if you drag them out from the back of the wardrobe, loft or other hidey-hole, holding a frame of negative film up to the light won’t give you much of an insight. This film scanner from Kodak gives you the opportunity of scanning film direct to a memory card, with speed and ease.

(Image credit: Matthew Richards)

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 


His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 


In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.