Plustek OpticFilm 8300i SE review: if it ain’t broke

The Plustek OpticFilm 8300i SE follows the same great scanning formula, but there is not enough new here for upgraders

5 Star Rating
Plustek OpticFilm 35mm film scanner on a wooden table with two film holders
(Image: © Gareth Bevan / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Plustek OpticFilm 8300i SE might have a newer numerical number in its name, but there is not enough to get excited by for owners of older models, with the increase in speed too marginal to make a huge difference. If you are new to film scanning though, and you want the highest quality way to scan your film negatives, then the Plustek OpticFilm 8300i SE should be your next purchase. This dedicated scanner beats flatbed scanning quality hands down in my humble opinion, and I find camera scanning such a faff. However, if you want to save some money, you could just buy the previous 8200i SE model for the same results at a slightly slower pace.


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    High-quality 35mm scans

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    Easy to use

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    Comes with scanning software included


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    Still slow for high-res scans

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    Silverfast software is not for everyone

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    Lots of manual work

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Whether you have boxes of negatives sitting in a cupboard that you would love to digitize for posterity, or you are an active film photographer looking for a way to scan your own 35mm negatives and stop paying high lab fees, then the Plustek OpticFilm 8300i SE film scanner should be on your radar.

Plustek OpticFilm 8300i SE: Specifications

Image sensor: CCD
Light source: LED
Max scan resolution: 7200 dpi
Color: 48-bit input, 24/48-bit output
Grayscale: 16-bit input, 8/16-bit output
Dynamic range: 3.91
Infrared: Built-in
Scanning speed: 7200 dpi - approx. 141 seconds
Scanning area (W x L): 36.8 mm x 25.4 mm
Interface: USB-A 2.0
Net weight: 1.6kg (3.5 Lbs)
Dimensions (W x D x H): 120 x 272 x 119 mm (4.73 x 10.7 x 4.7 in)
Operating system: Windows 7 onwards / Mac OS X 10.7 onwards
Bundled software: SilverFast SE Plus 9

Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE

The Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE is basically the same great scanner as the 8300i SE, except is a little slower to scan. If you want to save a bit of money, then the older scanner can be picked up for a cheaper price.

Epson Perfection V600

The Epson Perfection V600 is the more affordable scanner in Epson’s film range. The quality of scans is very good, but can’t quite match that of the Plustek. However, the Epson is the better option to suit anyone who is scanning a lot of images, as it can scan up to 12 slides with minimal user input.

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.