Quickly and easily scan batches of 35mm slide film with the PowerSlide X Automated 35mm Slide Scanner from Pacific Image. This advanced unit features an optical resolution of 10,000 dpi for creating highly detailed digital versions of your photos. A color depth of 48-bit further helps produce quality scans by ensuring accurate colors will be saved during the scanning process. For ease of use, a magazine feeder capable of holding up to 50 slides at once is used, making batch scanning automatic and simple. Various technologies are available in this unit to guarantee the highest quality output, including Magic Touch Technology to remove dust and scratches; Multipass Xposure, which triple scans to capture the most information; and Multiple Sampling, which scans a single image a few times to improve sharpness and accuracy. Additionally, it works with both Windows and Mac computers through a standard USB connection.
- Batch Scanning of Mounted 35mm Slides
- Optical Resolution: 10,000 dpi
- Color Depth: 48-Bit
- Batch Scanning
Pacific Image PowerSlide X Overview
Pacific Image PowerSlide X Specs
|Power Source||AC Adapter|
|Package Weight||9.8 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||15.3 x 15 x 8.7"|
Pacific Image PowerSlide X Reviews
The Only Option
This is the only device I found that can batch scan more than a handful of slides at a time. The results are fantastic, but the hardware and software setup is a huge pain, and the scanning process has to be done with a very specific order of operations, which will vary depending on your computer setup.
using the scanner
The device is reliable, but finicky: -The software is not user-friendly, the troubleshooting photos are hard to interpret and the steps one must follow are not properly spelled out. -But once all the conditions are set properly, the machine performs well, and the results are as expected. If real trouble occurs, it is possible to contact a helpful person by phone at the Pacific Image technical help line in California, and problems can be resolved.
Installation is cumbersome. Website to download according to OP. Manual doesn't exist. 404 error message- site foes not exist. Everything is online links to links. No installation CD or designated proper straight forwards downloading site. An entire list of solution if the system doesn't download properly. So one can imagine and wonders why... For that amount you would expect an easy straightforward install. The List of explaining how to download for MAC users is a two page long... At the end, when all installed the scanner is very limited. Not mentioning the noises the unit does. Waste of money. Go on the Epson V850, slower but a world of difference.
Very helpful, but not perfect - recommended with VueScan
First: delivery (3 days) and tax handling (to Germany) was absolutely stunning! The scan quality is solid and far better than every flatbed scan. The infrared dust and stain removal is visible, but not on par with a nikon scanner. 10.000 pixel/inch are a fantasy value, but 2.500 are good enough for most old slides and save a lot of time and data. The machine needs some experience to handle, but is manageable. The manual gives the wrong advice to turn your slides. Nope! Put in the cradle, as you loaded a slide projector. Landscape and portrait need not to be rotated - this is automatic. You can load european universal cradles (Leica). The included software CyberView is outdated and does not run reliably on my Win 10 PC. It does not allow to save your settings, so after every frequent restart you have to key in again. I use and recommend VueScan by Ed Hamrick. Batch scanning works fine, even with infrared.
Disappointed with B&H, happy (eventually) with the scanner
The scanner would not work with the included software. I did get the scanner to work with third party software, but it cost me an extra $100. I asked B&H if they would reimburse me for the cost but they refused. Once I got the scanner running, it works pretty well. Each slide takes about 10 minutes to scan (this will depend on the scan quality you set- I have it set on medium). Mechanically, it does a good job of cycling through a magazine of 50 slides. Make sure your slides are not bent- that is the only time one of my scan jobs failed.
Update on my 2/2021 purchase
Bought this scanner just a year ago. See my review from that time. Since then I have processed about 3000 slides beginning from the early 1960's. All was going well, I could run a batch overnight until recently when the scanner began to fail to load the slides, with the pusher arm moving past the slide. I worked with PI support to try various solutions, to no avail. Shortly before the warranty would expire, they said return it, so off it went with samples and digital pictures of the failure. Yesterday I had a box delivered to my front door containing what appears to be a brand new machine, different serial number, all the original packing, power supply, and cables, and a new carrier. I have not yet fired it up, but I am impressed that they have stepped up and apparently made things right. This is my second PI scanner version. Originally I had a PF1800 AFL with which I began this project years ago, ( loading one slide at a time ) but with the volume of slides to process I decided to go with this updated version. With a combined family we probably have well over 50k slides to bring up to more current technology.
The worst engineered machine in the world
I read every review and critique of this machine before I bought it. Initially got one from Amazon, but it performed so poorly that I returned it. Thought that maybe it was just a lemon. Bought a second one from B&H at a better price. Exactly the same crap performance. Hardly know where to begin. The worst thing about it is that it jams EVERY TIME I try to run a tray through. Seems random, not related to slide type or condition. The arm that is supposed to push the slide into the scanner is tapered, such that it easily slips off the edge of the slide, causing a jam. I'm not sure if this is the only reason for jamming up, but it is ridiculous. An old Kodak carousel projector had a far more reliable mechanism for dropping and returning a slide. Some reviewers recommended putting a bobby-pin at each slot to keep the slide centered and increase the odds for successful insertion to the scanner.... REALLY?! And don't get me started on the software.... every time I start a new tray to scan, I have to turn everything off and then on, otherwise it just won't work. Known problem: Lots of other users have had the same problem. But, if and when it works, it makes a good scan. Pretty good control over scan size/resolution, and the built in image clean-up software works well. Being the only user-level machine I've found on the market that can do automated scanning, I would put up with some minor problems for the benefit of automation. But this is so bad, that I'm probably going to return it. Really a shame, because this could be a great machine, but it just isn't
It will get the job done
I had a very hard time downloading the software, which is listed as a driver. It is also very loud, jams, and is expensive. I fixed the jamming with a fix Half-slide scan problem: SOLVED by JimAndBarbie using bobby pins. I used flat bobby pins, not rippled ones as I had problems with the rippled pins not laying flat along the plastic ribs on the slide holders. I have not had a single jam since this fix, but this may not work if you have thick slides. You can lift the slides from the bottom of the tray and see if they stick or fall back into the slots. I have thousands of slides to convert and this seems to be the best for the job and the results are very good.
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