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Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner

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Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner

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Product Highlights

  • Batch Scan 50x50mm Mounted Slide
  • Nonstop Scanning - 50 Slides at a Time
  • 48-bit, 5000dpi
  • Magic Touch Dust & Scratch Removal
  • USB 2.0 Connectivity
  • ImageFolio 4.5
  • Quick Slide Viewer
  • Windows / Mac Compatible
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The Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner is designed to convert large numbers of 35mm mounted slides into digital files that can be searched, processed, printed, or delivered electronically. With its impressive optical resolution of 5000dpi and 48-bit data conversion, the PowerSlide 5000 will deliver digital files that remain true to the original images.

The included slide magazine gives the scanner the ability to convert up to 50 mounted slides at a time. The Powerslide 5000 also includes software to streamline your digital workflow: Magic Touch for automated dust and scratch removal, and ImageFolio 4.5 for photo editing.

Efficient Batch Scanning
With the included slide magazine, the PowerSlide 5000 is capable of nonstop scanning up to 50 slides at a time. Single slides can also be scanned just as easily.
Superior Image Quality
With advanced 5000dpi optical resolution, 48-bit data conversion, and Dmax 3.8 dynamic range, PowerSlide 5000 captures and digitizes a crisp and vivid image from the slide. Includes Magic Touch dust and scratch removal technology.
Convenient Interface
Equipped with a USB 2.0 port, the most popular computer interface, PowerSlide 5000 offers you the benefit of versatility and fast performance.
Software Bundle
Bundled with ImageFolio 4.5, the PowerSlide 5000 enables you to edit your images once they've been scanned
Quick Slide Viewer
The PowerSlide 5000 has a built-in mini-light panel which allows you to conveniently view the slide image before scanning.
Film Types 50mm x 50mm Mounted Slides
Scan Quality
Scan Sensor Linear Array Color CCD
Optical Resolution 5000dpi x 5000dpi
Scanning Area 37mm x 37mm (max)
Color Depth 48-bit
Data Distribution 48 bits per pixel (color mode)
16 bits per pixel (grayscale mode)
Dynamic Range 3.8 Dmax
Focus System Auto Focus
Performance
Preview Speed Not specified by manufacturer
Scan Speed Not specified by manufacturer
Batch Scanning 2MB Buffer
Automation Magic Touch Dust & Scratch Removal
Connectivity
Computer Interface USB 2.0 (USB 1.1 not supported)
Windows System Requirements Windows XP SP2, Vista, 7 (32/64-bit)
Intel Pentium 4 2 GHz or higher or AMD 2 GHz or higher
1 GB RAM or more
10 GB free hard disk space
DVD-R drive for certain features
Mac System Requirements Mac OS 10.5 or later
Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz or greater
1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended)
10 GB free hard disk space
Physical
Light Source White and Infrared (IR) LED Array
Power Requirements 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz
Power Consumption 12VDC / 3A
Dimensions (WxHxD) 11.4 x 4.9 x 11.8" (29 x 12.5 x 30 cm)
Weight 5.5 lbs (2.5kg)
Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Slide Holder
  • CyberView X Driver
  • ImageFolio 4.5
  • User Manual
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Pacific ImagePowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner
     
    3.9

    (based on 53 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    84%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good resolution (27)
    • Consistent (16)
    • Good bit depth (16)
    • Accurate thumbnails (8)
    • Fast (8)

    Cons

    • Slow (9)
    • Noisy (5)
    • Difficult to load (3)
    • Not versatile (3)

    Best Uses

    • Photos and graphics (10)
    • Digital printing (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Frequent user (21), Casual user (16), Photo enthusiast (5), Great graphics (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (33), Business (8)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (27), Mac (15)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Proper Software Makes This Scanner Great

    Now that I've scanned about 1000 slides using this scanner and developed a workflow that I am happy with, I feel experienced enough that I can provide an objective review and hopefully help a...Read complete review

    Now that I've scanned about 1000 slides using this scanner and developed a workflow that I am happy with, I feel experienced enough that I can provide an objective review and hopefully help a few others who may be contemplating the purchase of this unit.

    I gave the scanner a rating of 4, but let me preface that by saying I would have given it a rating of 3 based on that accessories and software it comes with. I had to purchase other software and other trays (at significant expense) before I became happy with the scanner. But if you want a batch scanner, your choices are few.

    Not that it's critical for operation, but the initial build and feel seem adequate. I have some experience with the old Nikon Coolscan units which are of metal construction so they feel heavy and very sturdy. The PowerSlide is plastic, and so doesn't have that same feel. But again that's just esthetics, and should have no bearing on the operation.

    The scanner comes with a compact 50 slide tray which I found a little difficult to use with my stubby fingers as the slides are very close together. I knew I would want to have a couple of trays so I could load one while the other was scanning. I purchased an additional couple of Pacific Image Universal Slide trays that also hold 50 slides. These were completely useless on anything but the thickest slides. There is too much room in between slides and their slots so when the arm from the scanner tries to push the slide into the scanner, it completely misses the slide. I didn't like either of these slide trays.

    Fortunately I also purchased the Braun Round Tray 100slide carousel based on the input from one of the other reviews. I have used thin slides and thick slides in this tray and have never had a jam or an instance where the arm missed the slide. I would really recommend using this tray and only this tray as it is the only one of the three trays that works consistently. Plus you can batch 100 slides instead of 50.

    I did some trial and error with the included software, but I really wasn't happy with the image quality. If you are more concerned with just digitizing the image using the default settings, and less concerned about getting the best possible image, then you may be content with the included software. I wasn't.

    I tried VueScan and a few other third party software packages. I ended up purchasing SilverFast 8 Ai Studio scanning software. The price seems really prohibitive at first, but you don't buy this scanner unless you are planning on batching hundreds if not thousands and thousands of slides. Amortized over thousands of slides, it becomes more palatable.

    The combination of the PowerSlide infrared scan and the dust and scratch removal algorithm in Silverfast is really quite amazing. Many of the slides I have are 40 or 50 years old and have many defects in them, but after I am done with them you would never know. The software has all kinds of settings, but I scan to a setting called HDRi which gives a lot of latitude for pulling detail out of highlight and shadow areas (much more so than I was able to do with the enclosed software)
    Silverfast has the ability to do additional post-processing on the image, but I do most of that in Lightroom as I prefer the interface (and am more used to it). I have a 200MB tiff file coming out of the scanning software, and I end up with a 20-30MB jpeg when exported from Lightroom with some additional adjustments.

    I have never used the individual slide attachment, so can't comment on its use. The built in backlit slide previewer is a nice feature to help you sort through your slides before you scan.

    In summary, the PowerSlide 5000 is good, but the combination of PowerSlide and Silverfast are Very Good.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not good enough

    Evaluation of PowerSlide 5000 and its CyberView x5 software

    Pros:

    Technical support is accessible, friendly and helpful by email and by phone.

    The 'Crop' function...Read complete review

    Evaluation of PowerSlide 5000 and its CyberView x5 software

    Pros:

    Technical support is accessible, friendly and helpful by email and by phone.

    The 'Crop' function is accurate and automatic (if so requested).

    Cons:

    'Magic touch' was advertized as a favorable capability but it cannot work with Kodachrome slides; to the best of my knowledge this was not disclosed before one actually purchases the scanner and reads the User's Manual. This is very disappointing to me and most likely to others as most of my slides are Kodachrome.

    The mechanical slide loader mechanism is quite defective; at times the 'slide transport arm' misses a slide w/o the PowerSlide 5000 software recognizing it and it scans nothing. At times, especially with the first slide the 'slide transport arm' misses it and gets stuck between the magazine and the machine door. Also, when the 'slide transport arm' gets stuck for any reason there is no safety mechanism to let go immediately.

    The instructions in the User's Manual and as printed on the PowerSlide 5000 chassis can be interpreted only in one way: The emulsion shall be facing slot number 1 in the magazine, yet the technical support technician's instructions on the phone and by e-mail are completely different (by the way, the technician is right; the book and the chassis printed instructions are wrong).

    To the best of my knowledge and experience with PowerSlide 5000 and Cyberview the latter does not have other capabilities such as sampling in high DPI and averaging down or averaging multiple runs.

    In summary, if I knew all this before buying this system I would most likely not buy it.

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    5.0

    Wornderful 35 mm slide scanner

    By Tom the music man

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Scan Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Scanning 35mm Slides

      Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

      I have hundreds of slides from back in the 1980s and 1990s that I've been wanting to digitize. I went to the B&H Photo web site and was looking at the PowerSlide 5000 and another possibility. I chatted with on of the B&H reps and he suggested I get the PowerSlide. It was the less expensive, and he said it was just as good as the other scanner. I'm glad I talked with him, because I really like the scanner. It is easy to load and operate and considering it is scanning at 5000 dpi, it is fairly fast. The only problem is that every once in a while the arm won't push the slide all the way into the scanner and you get a blank scan. However, that has happened about 1 in 100 slides, and when it does I just reload the missed slide into the next tray and rescan. I love this scanner and wish I done this long ago.

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      4.0

      Happy camper

      By Bob C.

      from CT.

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

          I've wanted this scanner since it first came out, but left it on the backburner till now. Like most of you, this isn't my first rodeo with slide scanners and digital imaging, but it's been 6-7 yrs. since I was shooting film. I'm interested in the BATCH SCAN capability, more than the HI-REZ. Capability. I was a bit rusty at first from the long layoff, but it's like riding a bike, it comes back quickly. My needs were several thousand scans for archival purposes at the 2500 DPI setting, not really needing to make 17 by 11 inkjet prints, of which I had done by the dozens in yrs past.

          After reading all the other comments, I took the advice and bought the 100 slide magazine. Out of the box, I gave the Cyberview software about ½ hr, of my time, and went looking for Vuescan software. It's almost shocking the scanner comes with such a worthless piece of software bundled….impossible to scan with it.

          My experience with the scanner and Vuescan software: It took a half hour to play with a few basic adjustments in Vuescan and I was up and running. I was using the default color settings with the software, as well as the dust removal. In the past I've always POST processed scans in Photoshop, and figured I would do things no differently here.

          At first, I was able to tweak color settings in Photoshop and get a descent result. I felt optically the scanner was fine. After 250-300 scans into it, I found myself picking up a magenta color cast that I could no longer remove in Pshop……so I through in the towel, and spent 90 minutes or so, creating a color profile of my own in the Vuescan color tab settings. This profile is for FUJI Velvia and Sensia film, which is the bulk of my film stock. This profile proved to be the best time spent with the scanner and software since I unpacked it. The scan results were quite remarkable. I was now VERY happy with my workload results. I still did a click or 2 in post scan Pshop, but the results were amazing, so much so, I will be re-scanning the first couple hundred slides!!

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          4.0

          works as expected

          By Mark

          from Hartford CT

          Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

          Works great on perfectly flat slides. Nice quality. It is slow as was expected. I load up about 30 slides and head off to do other tasks. The enclosed control software is functional but primitive. It is not logical with how it handles 2 trays in a row. I just shutdown the program and relaunch between trays.

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          4.0

          works as expected

          By Mark from CT

          from Hartford CT

          Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

          Works great on perfectly flat slides. Nice quality. It is slow as was expected. I load up about 30 slides and head off to do other tasks. The enclosed control software is functional but primitive. It is not logical with how it handles 2 trays in a row. I just shutdown the program and relaunch between trays.

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          3.0

          Decent scanner - could use refinement

          By cmallport

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Graphics Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate Color
          • Good Resolution

          Cons

          • Difficult Setup
          • Poor Software
          • Slow

          Best Uses

          • Photos and Graphics

          Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

          After you discover that the scanner itself is a fairly solid piece of hardware and that the software that it ships with is next to useless, you can begin moving forward with your project. I finally had success with a third party scan software called VueScan pro ($). It controls the batch scanning much better that the CyberView Software that ships with the scanner.There are two other improvements that would make this scanner truly amazing.1)You can put your original Kodak Carousels directly onto the machine, without reloading into the machine's carouselsand2) That each slide in the carousel had a digital address for non-linear access.It seems that the robotics of the scanner are not really that smart. It can pretty much only count up in order, rather than access a random address.With all of the digital technology available today, I think that would be a fairly common thing for a slide scanner to do.Other than that it does a decent job. Once you get it set up, it sits there and batch captures your old slides!

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          5.0

          A Little Quirky, But Does a Great Job

          By Guest

          from New York State

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

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            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                I have been running the scanner for over two weeks and have scanned around 2000 slides. The image quality is quite nice. Scanning 50 slides at the highest DPI setting takes approximately 4 hours, so I highly recommend getting a 2nd carousel so that time is not wasted while old slides are unloaded and new ones added.In terms of setup, the hardware and software are a bit quirky, but once the idiosyncratic behaviors are understood, things worked great and without errors. Out of the box, I did reflash the firmware and download the latest software. Also, the scanner did not work with a longer USB cable than the one supplied, which caused some early frustration getting thing working. Beyond that, I highly recommend warming up the scanner with the scan current slide option, because when I set the scanner up on slide one and then started scanning the 50 slides without the warm-up, the scanner often missed the first couple slides.As an aside, I am a Linux user and I was able to get the Cyberview software working in a Windows 8 virtual machine using VMWare Player. Frankly, I did not think this would work, but I am really happy now that I can keep my native Linux OS.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • PC

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                4.0

                Nice product

                By Keya

                from Jefferson Maine

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Good Resolution

                Cons

                • Poor Software

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                  I use it for peronal use of 47 boxes of family slides. I hope to learn to use it well enough for a small business of scanning slides for local people. We will see.
                  The slides are easy to load and put through the scanner. I like the slide preview window on the front of the scanner.
                  Not so good but it is probabley me. I can scan the slides but learning where to save them and how to use the window on the computer is not quite so clear. It says where to find the information but there is no tab to get there. I am still working on that. I have not used it too much yet, I am still on the learing curve.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • PC

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                  2.0

                  Nice but....

                  By Ura

                  from Israel

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                        Got it for a week, it looks like software was written 15 years ago. scanning is real slow and the results are dark even after playing with all different settings... at the end of the day it is too expensive for the resulats you'll get.
                        also there is no option to scan negative rolls so its real into one usage.
                        good luck

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Machine

                        By Eunice

                        from Ottawa, ON

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good picture quality
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                        • A Bit Noisy

                        Best Uses

                        • 35 Mm Slides

                        Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                        I purchased this scanner in January 2014, along with the Braun round slide tray. I have since scanned over 9,000 35mm slides and it performed very well. Scanning artifacts were present in approximately 1% of the slides scanned. Dust reduction did not seem to be very effective. Because of the volume, I did not try to use the 50 slide tray that comes with the scanner, particularly in light of the negative comments on that tray. Not for use with glass or metal slides.

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                        • No

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                        3.0

                        Works really good until it doesn't

                        By S.B

                        from Johnson City, TN

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                        • Noisy

                        Best Uses

                        • Slides

                        Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                        I am impressed with the Powerslide 5000 and it's scanning capabilities. I have however had to return 2 different scanners due to an issue with a yellow line appearing on the scans. B&H photo did a wonderful job working with me to get the problem taken care of.
                        If I had a complaint it would be that it is too noisy.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Almost 10K slides scanned, only 1 Jam

                        By davek

                        from Ontario, Canada

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Batch Scanning

                        Cons

                        • Noisy

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos

                        Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                        I've been using this scanner to process old family slides. I bought 2 of the circular trays (100 slides) each, and have only had one jam in almost 10,000 scans. I bought vuescan to control the scanner, it's been working well. I figure I am about half-way through them all..

                        Each evening, I load up the trays, start one off at night, and swap them out in the morning when I go to work. Works well for me. It is a little noisy, but it is in a separate room in my house.

                        I've been scanning to tiff, and have been able to get some decent prints.

                        I did have some problems for slides with non-standard openings, but that could be a vuescan issue.

                        Works well for my purposes.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Good Product

                        By None

                        from Bay Area

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                              Takes a little to get up to speed but once there works well. Finished product looks pretty good. Color correction not perfect but easy to fix with Photoshop.
                              My biggest complaint is the lack of significant instructions as to how to get from point A to B. But their e-mail response was quite rapid though not totally complete.

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                              • No

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                              3.0

                              Works well on Tues but not on Thursday

                              By Barham

                              from Boulder, CO

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Pros

                              • Good Video Quality
                              • Great Picture Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Travel
                                • Wildlife Photos

                                Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                                I received the scanner as a requested birthday gift to scan several thousand slides. I like the quality of the scan but have had problems:
                                The 100 slide Braun round slide tray I purchased jams with neat, clean, undamaged cardboard slides.
                                Many times a slide is scanned and what appears in the jpeg file is a square of color, usually purple or violet. I have observed that these slides were fully in the scanner and the scanning was just like that with the images that scanned as desired.
                                I have, with the help of these reviews, solved problems related to the scanner stopping before a tray of slides has been completed.
                                The biggest problem is the squares of color that replace the image on the slide.
                                Any ideas?
                                Thanks

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                                • Yes

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                                5.0

                                Almost Excellant

                                By Charlie

                                from Cambridge, MA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Great Picture Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                                    I have hundreds of slide photos dating back 30 years and needed a good bulk system to digitize the images. The scanner is terrific and can handle the job. The "almost" stems from the fact that the scanner can sometimes get confused and has to run through its own prescribed course of action (involving as many as 50 slides at 3 minutes each) before it can be re-started and set back on my agenda. Another unfortunate small item -- which may that I have not figured it out -- is that one can not pre-select which file the scan image is to be delivered to.. All in all, a great machine

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                                    5.0

                                    Best Quality for the Money

                                    By GunghoAggie

                                    from Houston, TX

                                    About Me Casual User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                                          Great quality (ease of use, speed, and 5 MP resolution) for only a fraction of the price of a Nikon (which is no longer manufactured). This unit is automatic scanning 50 slides in about four hours (scan while you sleep or are away at work). I am absolutely delighted!!!

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal
                                          • Computer Platform:
                                          • PC

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                                          4.0

                                          Proper Software Makes This Scanner Great

                                          By HOMER

                                          from Ontario, Canada

                                          About Me Frequent User

                                          Pros

                                          • Consistent
                                          • Good Resolution

                                          Cons

                                          • Slow

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                                            Now that I've scanned about 1000 slides using this scanner and developed a workflow that I am happy with, I feel experienced enough that I can provide an objective review and hopefully help a few others who may be contemplating the purchase of this unit.

                                            I gave the scanner a rating of 4, but let me preface that by saying I would have given it a rating of 3 based on that accessories and software it comes with. I had to purchase other software and other trays (at significant expense) before I became happy with the scanner. But if you want a batch scanner, your choices are few.

                                            Not that it's critical for operation, but the initial build and feel seem adequate. I have some experience with the old Nikon Coolscan units which are of metal construction so they feel heavy and very sturdy. The PowerSlide is plastic, and so doesn't have that same feel. But again that's just esthetics, and should have no bearing on the operation.

                                            The scanner comes with a compact 50 slide tray which I found a little difficult to use with my stubby fingers as the slides are very close together. I knew I would want to have a couple of trays so I could load one while the other was scanning. I purchased an additional couple of Pacific Image Universal Slide trays that also hold 50 slides. These were completely useless on anything but the thickest slides. There is too much room in between slides and their slots so when the arm from the scanner tries to push the slide into the scanner, it completely misses the slide. I didn't like either of these slide trays.

                                            Fortunately I also purchased the Braun Round Tray 100slide carousel based on the input from one of the other reviews. I have used thin slides and thick slides in this tray and have never had a jam or an instance where the arm missed the slide. I would really recommend using this tray and only this tray as it is the only one of the three trays that works consistently. Plus you can batch 100 slides instead of 50.

                                            I did some trial and error with the included software, but I really wasn't happy with the image quality. If you are more concerned with just digitizing the image using the default settings, and less concerned about getting the best possible image, then you may be content with the included software. I wasn't.

                                            I tried VueScan and a few other third party software packages. I ended up purchasing SilverFast 8 Ai Studio scanning software. The price seems really prohibitive at first, but you don't buy this scanner unless you are planning on batching hundreds if not thousands and thousands of slides. Amortized over thousands of slides, it becomes more palatable.

                                            The combination of the PowerSlide infrared scan and the dust and scratch removal algorithm in Silverfast is really quite amazing. Many of the slides I have are 40 or 50 years old and have many defects in them, but after I am done with them you would never know. The software has all kinds of settings, but I scan to a setting called HDRi which gives a lot of latitude for pulling detail out of highlight and shadow areas (much more so than I was able to do with the enclosed software)
                                            Silverfast has the ability to do additional post-processing on the image, but I do most of that in Lightroom as I prefer the interface (and am more used to it). I have a 200MB tiff file coming out of the scanning software, and I end up with a 20-30MB jpeg when exported from Lightroom with some additional adjustments.

                                            I have never used the individual slide attachment, so can't comment on its use. The built in backlit slide previewer is a nice feature to help you sort through your slides before you scan.

                                            In summary, the PowerSlide 5000 is good, but the combination of PowerSlide and Silverfast are Very Good.

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Personal
                                            • Computer Platform:
                                            • Mac

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                                            4.0

                                            SCANNER GREAT; FEEDER MISSES APRIX. 20%

                                            By Big T

                                            from Southington, CT

                                            About Me Casual User

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Accurate Thumbnails
                                            • Consistent
                                            • Good Resolution

                                            Cons

                                            • No Leveling Wheeld Legs
                                            • Slow

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Slides Onto Computer

                                            Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                                            Used to scan in excess of 3,000 slides at 5000 dpi. Digital pictures come out great using all options and advanced settings. The feeder misfeeds approximately 20% of slides which then have to be rescanned. Many times misfed slides after failing to feed a second time, have to be scanned manually, 1 at a time.

                                            Operating instructions could be more detailed & clearer. Some trail & error is needed in the beginning to get the bumps out of the slide tray loading into scanner and setting the slide tray number before starting the scanning process.

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Personal
                                            • Computer Platform:
                                            • PC

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                                            1.0

                                            Worst scanner ever

                                            By Nick

                                            from Wisconsin

                                            About Me Frequent User

                                            Pros

                                            • If It Worked

                                            Cons

                                            • Slides Won't Auto Load

                                            Best Uses

                                            • If It Worked

                                            Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                                            The arm that pushes the slide into the scanning chamber most of the time misses the slide or only pushes the slide part way in. Also the PS5000 from Pacific Image droped the ball on the design of the slide tray. In my opinion, the plastic seperators that seperate the slides should extend all the way to the to of the loading tray. This might help in the auto loading of the slides.Over all I think the designers droped the ball on this scanner. The unit also feels cheep, not worth $!! The designers need to look at a real slide projector and take some better notes! I really don't even want to give it one star but there isn't an option to leave no stars.

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                                            • Business
                                            • Computer Platform:
                                            • Mac

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                                            3.0

                                            OK scanner

                                            By DW

                                            from Los Angeles

                                            About Me Casual User

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Good Resolution

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Photos and Graphics

                                              Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                                              Not a lot on the market for this type of product. This one does ok, but the software interface and the manual is just OK, and the program is a bit buggy. You kind of have to work around some unique quirks the scanner has - not alway centering the slide before it pushes it into the scanner, thus not pushing the slide all the way in; sometimes being one frame off in the count when you switch trays.

                                              It did help me transfer a lot of slides - which may have taken a lot longer to do it one by one on my own. However, since it is really only a scanner - you have to have a laptop to run the slide scanner, which can lock up your laptop when you need it for something else. Also unloading and loading all the slides from each tray takes quite a bit of time.

                                              My goal was to transfer years of past slides to digital - but it still takes a lot more time than I imagined. Still at 60 cents a slide to send it out to get transferred commercially - if you transfer a few as 2,000 slides, you've already got you money back.

                                              I bought the 2 year warranty and think it's a good idea, as a mechanical device like this has a greated potential to break down with heavy use.

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Personal
                                              • Computer Platform:
                                              • Mac

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                                              4.0

                                              Easy to use

                                              By Jeff

                                              from Portland, ME

                                              About Me Frequent User

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Consistent
                                              • Good Resolution

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                                                  The powerslide 5000 is much easier to use than previous scanners that I have had. Easy to use software and predictable scans make this a great scanner for the person who needs to batch scan.

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                                                  • Business
                                                  • Computer Platform:
                                                  • PC

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