Pixl-latr review

Pixl-latr is an innovative and highly cost-effective solution for digitizing 35mm, 120 and 5x4 film with your camera

5 Star Rating
(Image: © James Abbott)

Digital Camera World Verdict

This simple yet clever device is about as basic as film scanning solutions come; it’s purely a film holder that evenly diffuses light across the film plane. This simple device removes much of the high cost and complexity associated with digitizing film, and even if you don’t have a lightbox you can position the Pixl-latr vertically in front of a window using the included stand, although using a lightbox for backlighting is the best option by far. At around $50 / £45, this simple device is a breath of fresh air for film photographers and those who simply wish to digitise old films on a budget.


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    Easy to use

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    Extremely cost-effective

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    Detailed online instructions

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    Great results are possible


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    Needs lightbox for best results

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    Camera must be perfectly square

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    Copy stands better than tripods

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    Standard scanners more convenient

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The Pixl-latr meets a current and growing need right now. Analog photography is continually growing in popularity as younger photographers explore the medium for the first time, and even some more experienced photographers have also started shooting film again. Add to this all the film people have shot in the past and it quickly becomes apparent how much demand there continues to be for film scanning.

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James Abbott

James Abbott is a landscape and portrait photographer based in Cambridge. He’s also an experienced photography journalist specializing in camera skills and Photoshop techniques. He is also a CAA-approved drone pilot and professional aerial photographer.