Hands-On Review: Wolverine PD20 Photo Digitizer
Wolverine has announced their latest scanner, the PD20 Photo Digitizer. Handling prints up to 5 x 7”, it is ideal for people who have stacks of photos that they need digitized quickly. It scans extremely quickly and stores images on an SD card or internal memory.
With some practice I was able breeze through a stack of 36 prints in about 4 minutes, which translates to approximately 5 seconds per photo. Just as impressive as the quick scan time is the fixed-focus CMOS sensor, which produces 20-megapixel digital images at 5472 x 3648. That is large enough to turn your 5 x 7” print into a high-resolution image that you can now color-correct, crop, retouch, and then share with your friends and family.
One of the great things about this scanner is that it is a stand-alone unit, so you don’t have to have it connected to a computer while you’re working. You can simply save your digital images to the internal memory, or to an SD/SDHC memory card, and then transfer them to a computer at your convenience. This, plus having a modest footprint, is especially beneficial; I took the scanner to an empty table, did my scanning there, and then took my SD card back to my cluttered desktop to transfer the scans to my computer. No software is needed either; you just plug in the USB or SD card and drag and drop the files to transfer the photos directly to your hard drive. It couldn’t be easier.
The PD20 comes with alignment brackets for three common print sizes: 3 x 4”, 4 x 6”, and 5 x 7”. These frames simplify the process of aligning photos so I didn't have to straighten the scanned image in an editing program afterwards. One technique I found to be very helpful was staging stacks of photos based on size so the adapter didn't have to be swapped out repeatedly; scanning a run of a single-size print goes much faster than switching from one size to another for each scan. Once you get a working system down, it becomes quick and easy to place a photo in the PD20, digitize it, remove it, and put another photo in its place.
On the outside of the digitizer is a 2.4” color preview screen. This is extremely helpful because it allows you to adjust the color balance and brightness before you make the scan. Once again, this is a huge time saver. There are even two options for the color and brightness control, auto and manual, so if you’re not comfortable making the adjustments, just let the scanner do the work for you.
An additional feature of the PD20 is the TV-out jack. This is a convenient feature that allows you to display images from the SD card or the internal memory directly onto your television, a perfect way to show off your work to large groups of people.
If you’re looking for an easy-to-use scanner, at only 2.8 lb, and 8.5 x 8.5”, the lightweight PD20 is a great solution to digitizing that stack of photos you have sitting around, waiting to be seen.
For more information about the Wolverine PD20 Photo Digitizer, stop by the B&H SuperStore in New York, speak with a sales professional on the telephone at 1-800-606-6969 or contact us online for a Live Chat.
|Maximum Resolution||20 MP: 5472 x 3648|
|Color Depth||24-bits per channel|
|Scan Speed||5 seconds per image|
|Memory Card Slot||SD|
|System and Software Requirements||None|
|LCD||2.4” (6.1 cm) LTPS|
|Power Source||5.0 VDC|
|Dimensions||8.5 x 8.5 x 5.3" (21.6 x 21.6 x13.5 cm)|
|Weight||2.8 lb (1.3 kg)|