November 2022

Flatbed & Photo Scanners: Meta Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Photo Scanner rankings posted by key online experts, as of November 2022.

Summary

As of 9 Nov 2022, Epson FastFoto FF-680W takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed photo scanner with 8 expert endorsements. 4 experts out of 8 recommended it as the '#1 photo scanner' this month. It is followed by Plustek ePhoto Z300 and Canon CanoScan Lide 400 , with 8 and 5 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - November 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Photo Scanner
PC Guide
PCreview
TechRadar
Spy
10Beasts
Digital Camera World
Creative Bloq
PCMag
Lifewire
Popular Mechanics
1
- $500
Epson FastFoto FF-680W
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1
1
1
3
3
3
2
-
1
2
- $199
Plustek ePhoto Z300
2
3
-
4
2
5
2
7
-
3
3
+1 $104
Canon CanoScan Lide 400
1
6
-
-
-
-
-
1
5
4
4
+1 $110
Epson Perfection V39
3
4
-
3
4
-
-
3
2
-
5
-2 $386
Epson Perfection V600
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9
3
2
-
7
1
-
-
-
6
- $179
Doxie Go SE
4
2
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
8
7
- $1299
Epson Perfection V850 Pro
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8
5
7
-
6
4
-
-
-
8
- $1300
Canon Canoscan 9000F Mark II
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-
2
-
-
4
9
-
-
-
11
- $259
Canon ImageFORMULA R40
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7
-
-
-
2
-
-
-
-
12
- $70
Canon CanoScan Lide 300
5
-
-
-
-
-
-
4
-
-
13
- $379
Canon ImageFormula RS40
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-
-
5
-
-
-
-
-
5
14
- $225
ClearClick QuickConvert 2.0
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-
-
8
-
-
-
6
-
-
15
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Canon DR-F120
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-
-
-
-
8
6
-
-
-
16
- $148
Canon P 208 II
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-
-
-
-
12
5
-
-
-
17
- $369
Canon DR-C225W II
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-
-
-
-
10
7
-
-
-
18
- $260
Xerox Duplex Combo
-
-
-
-
-
9
8
-
-
-
19
- Check price
Brother DS-640
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5
-
-
-
15
-
-
-
-
20
- $35
Kodak Mobile Film
-
-
-
11
-
-
-
-
-
9

We ranked Epson FastFoto FF-680W #1 in November 2022 because:

  • 8 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Flatbed & Photo Scanners” rankings.
  • Out of those, 4 experts ranked Epson FastFoto FF-680W as #1.
Critic endorsements:
PCreview

The Best Photo Scanner With Feeder

Pros
good speed, up to 1 photo per sec
safetouch feature
various modes
scan docs, receipts, tax records, wills…
operating temperature is 41 ° to 95 °f

Cons
has a hard time with older black and white images

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TechRadar

The best photo scanner overall

Pros
Built for photo scanning
Large tray for batch scanning

Cons
Expensive
Not a huge amount of features

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Spy

Best Overall

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10Beasts

Best Fastest Feeder Scanner/Best Feeder

Pros
Priceless scanner, wonderful quality
Churns through piles of photos effortlessly
Best scanner for digitizing photos
Fast and worth the price
Good enhancement capabilities
Easy to set up
Great quality
Color corrects with good results
Unbelievable speed

Cons
Difficult/lacking software for graphic design needs
Pricey
Learning curb

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Digital Camera World

The best scanner for photos overall

Pros
36 photo sheets capacity
1200dpi resolution
Modes for different image types

Cons
Expensive

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Creative Bloq

The fastest photo scanner

Pros
Incredibly quick
Great for batch scanning

Cons
Short on features
Not cheap

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PCMag

Best High-Speed Snapshot Scanner / Editors' Choice

Pros
Quickly scans stacks of photo prints.
Decent as a document scanner.
Scans to searchable PDF.
Solid OCR performance.

Cons
Somewhat pricey.
Slower at photo scanning than its predecessor.

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Popular Mechanics

Best for Scanning in Bulk

Pros
Scans photos quickly and in large batches
Multiple resolution options
Wi-Fi interface

Cons
Expensive
Resolution isn’t as high as other options
Can’t scan negatives, film, etc.

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We ranked Plustek ePhoto Z300 #2 in November 2022 because:

  • 8 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Flatbed & Photo Scanners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PC Guide

Best Fast Photo Scanner

Pros
Fast
Neat and stylish design
Great price
Treats photo gently

Cons
Not the best scan quality out there

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PCreview

The Best Photo Scanner for Mac

Pros
supports mac os
amazing enhancing features
more efficient than flatbed scanners
supports various formats, from 3×5 to 8×10

Cons
none so far

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Spy

Best Speed

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10Beasts

Best-Reviewed Picture Scanner

Pros
Easy to use
Good for old photos
Fast scanner
Worth the money
Good price
Takes only seconds
Time saving scanner
Perfect for baby boomers with old pictures
High quality scans
Pretty quiet
Not too many buttons

Cons
Each scan is a separate document (no combining while scanning)
Didn’t work too well with some Mac computers

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Digital Camera World

The best scanner for photos in terms of value

Pros
Easy to use
Affordable price
Image enhancement functions

Cons
Only scans 1 photo at a time

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Creative Bloq

The best affordable photo scanner

Pros
Simple and straightforward
Good price
Built-in-enhancement tools

Cons
Basic and slow

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PCMag

Best Compact Sheetfed Photo Scanner

Pros
Great price.
Fast photo scanning compared with flatbed models.
Designed to minimize potential harm to photos.
Scans up to letter-size prints.

Cons
Manual document feeder.
Limited document-scanning abilities.
Mediocre scan quality for photos.

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Popular Mechanics

Best Middle of the Road Option

Pros
Easy scanning
Easy-to-use editing software
Affordable price point

Cons
Lack of format versatility
No Wi-Fi connectivity

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Flatbed & Photo Scanners.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Flatbed & Photo Scanners, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for November 2022 ranking

We ranked Canon CanoScan Lide 400 #3 in November 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Flatbed & Photo Scanners” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Canon CanoScan Lide 400 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
PC Guide

Best Photo Scanner

Pros
Fast for a flatbed scanner
4800 dpi
Easy of use

Cons
Pricier than the nearly identical Canon CanoScan Lide 300

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PCreview

Elegant, Powerful, and Slim High-End Scanner

Pros
high-resolution scanning
compact and adaptable to your workspace
it can scan multiple documents with its dedicated software
lightning-fast operation speed
uses a single cable for power and transfer requirements
for everything that it offers, it comes an affordable price

Cons
despite all the pros, it can sometimes offer low scan quality on some documents

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PCMag

Best Overall Flatbed Photo and Document Scanner / Editors' Choice

Pros
Vibrant photo scans.
Excellent software bundle.
Comes with kickstand for upright positioning.
Very simple to use

Cons
Lacks mobile device and wireless support.
Could be more accurate when scanning serif fonts.

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Lifewire

Best Budget

Pros
Budget-friendly
Auto-scan mode
Maximum DPI for clear and accurate scans
Compact size

Cons
Setup process for Mac users

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Popular Mechanics

Best Budget Option

Pros
Affordable
Good resolution

Cons
Might not be the option for professional photo scanning

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We ranked Epson Perfection V39 #4 in November 2022 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Flatbed & Photo Scanners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PC Guide

Best High-Quality Photo Scanner

Pros
Excellent quality scans
4,800 dpi
Compact size for flatbed scanner

Cons
Slow scan speed

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PCreview

Highest Optical Resolution

Pros
enormous optical resolution
direct import to cloud services
compact with built-in vertical kickstand
digital dust correction feature

Cons
a bit loud

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Spy

Budget Epson Pick

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10Beasts

Best Cost-Effective Flatbed Photo Scanner

Pros
Lightweight design
Good price
Good quality images
Decent speed
Greatly simplifies photo scanning
Easy to get started
Affordable, easy-to-use option
Clear results

Cons
Some customers reported compatibility issues with Windows 10

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PCMag

Best Budget Flatbed Photo Scanner / Editors' Choice

Pros
High-quality photo scans.
Fully automatic mode for easy scanning.
Scans to editable text and searchable PDF formats.

Cons
No film-scan capability.
Lacks bundled applications.

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Lifewire

Best for Photos

Pros
Ability to scan large documents
Easy to store
Cloud storage support

Cons
Unable to scan film
No auto document feeder

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We ranked Epson Perfection V600 #5 in November 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Flatbed & Photo Scanners” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Epson Perfection V600 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
PCreview

The Best Professional Photo Scanner

Pros
great working temperature
amazing compatibility
scans even 3d objects
enormous enlargements of up to 6400 x 9400 dpi
budget-friendly

Cons
you might have some problems with the software update, so we recommend reading the manual first

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TechRadar

The best mid-range photo scanner

Pros
High resolution
Restores damaged photos

Cons
Large
Bundled software isn't the best

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Spy

Best Mid-Range Photo Scanner

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Digital Camera World

The best-value scanner for negatives and slides

Pros
6400dpi resolution
Supports range of film formats
Remove dust and scratches from images

Cons
Not very portable

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Creative Bloq

The best photo scanner overall / Editor's Choice

Pros
Excellent resolution
Perfect for film and prints
Automatically restores photos

Cons
Big and bulky

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We ranked Doxie Go SE #6 in November 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Flatbed & Photo Scanners” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Doxie Go SE as #1.
Critic endorsements:
PC Guide

Pros
Compact footprint
Rechargeable battery
No computer required

Cons
Not suited to very high resolution scans
Scan time is longer than other options

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PCreview

The Best Portable Photo Scanner

Pros
no pc required
the great scanning speed for 600 dpi images
portable, small-sized
import pics directly to your apps
abbyy ocr letter recognition

Cons
a bit lengthy

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10Beasts

Best Portable Photo Scanner

Pros
Perfect for mass scanning
Fast scanning
As good as a flatbed scanner
Works with Windows 10 and all other Google/AirDrop/Adobe Apps, etc
Feels like a premium product
Great customer service
Perfect for travel
iOS compatible (great for Apple users)
Great product

Cons
Small learning curb
Wi-Fi setup can be confusing
Doesn’t work with Ethernet connection (Wi-Fi only)

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Popular Mechanics

Pros
Portable
Rechargeable
Wi-Fi connectivity
SD card included

Cons
Only photo formats are scannable
Lower resolution compared to similar priced options

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We ranked Epson Perfection V850 Pro #7 in November 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Flatbed & Photo Scanners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PCreview

The Ultimate High-End Scanner With a Lot of Potential and Power

Pros
high-end scanning capabilities at 6400 dpi
powerful software for erasing any deformities out of your photos
compatible with windows and mac operating systems
allows for optional wet mount scanning

Cons
yea, this gadget packs quite a hefty price

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TechRadar

The best photo scanner for professionals

Pros
High resolution
Restores damaged photos

Cons
Bulky
Very expensive

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Spy

Best for Professionals

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Digital Camera World

The best scanner for negatives and slides

Pros
Dual lens system
High resolution scans
Quick warmup time

Cons
Large and heavy

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Creative Bloq

The best professional photo scanner

Pros
Excellent resolution
High dynamic range
Ideal for prints and film

Cons
Big, heavy and expensive

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We ranked Canon Canoscan 9000F Mark II #8 in November 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Flatbed & Photo Scanners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best premium photo scanner for huge resolutions

Pros
Can scan a wide range of media
Super high resolution

Cons
Relatively big
Bundled software could be better

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Digital Camera World

The best flatbed scanner for photos

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Creative Bloq

The best flatbed scanner for photos

Pros
CCD sensor for large colour gamut
High resolution
Can also scan film negatives

Cons
Takes time to set up properly
Some concerns on scan sharpness

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We ranked Canon ImageFORMULA R40 #9 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Flatbed & Photo Scanners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PCreview

The Epitome of Simplicity and Efficiency

Pros
easy to install and intuitive to use
comes with additional software packed in
breakneck scanning speed on both sides
compatible with both windows and mac

Cons
more pricey than most scanners on the market
weights more than the average scanner, making it best as a static device

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Digital Camera World

The best scanner for documents if you don't need Wi-Fi

Pros
60-sheet capacity
Fast worker
Single-pass duplex

Cons
No WiFi or Ethernet

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We ranked Canon CanoScan Lide 300 #10 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Flatbed & Photo Scanners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PC Guide

Pros
Extremely affordable
Good quality scans

Cons
Scan speeds

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PCMag

A Solid Alternative to the Epson Perfection V39

Pros
Strong software bundle for the price.
Easy to use.
Good photo-scanning quality.

Cons
Scanning serif fonts with the default utility could be more accurate.
Limited mobile device support.

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We ranked Canon ImageFormula RS40 #11 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Flatbed & Photo Scanners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Spy

Windows and Mac Compatible

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Popular Mechanics

Best for Macbook Users

Pros
Wide range of OS compatibility and easy to use
Automatic feeder
Good resolution

Cons
Expensive
Lack of format versatility, no film, negatives, or slides
No Wi-Fi connectivity

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We ranked ClearClick QuickConvert 2.0 #12 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Flatbed & Photo Scanners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Spy

Quick Film Conversion

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PCMag

Best Portable Photo/Negative Scanner

Pros
Small, light, and portable
Good scan quality and software bundle
Rechargeable, replaceable battery
Scans to SD memory cards
Supports Wi-Fi

Cons
No ADF
Limited page sizes

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We ranked Canon DR-F120 #13 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Flatbed & Photo Scanners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Camera World

The best combo scanner for Windows users

Pros
Includes flatbed scanner
Includes document feeder
50 sheet capacity

Cons
Windows only

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Creative Bloq

One of the best general photo scanners for Windows users

Pros
Versatile
Good feeder capacity
Duplex scanning

Cons
Windows-only

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We ranked Canon P 208 II #14 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Flatbed & Photo Scanners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Camera World

The best portable scanner overall

Pros
Small and portable
10-sheet capacity
Fast

Cons
Expensive

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Creative Bloq

The best portable photo scanner

Pros
Compact and portable
Decent results
Cheap

Cons
Wi-Fi not as standard

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We ranked Canon DR-C225W II #15 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Flatbed & Photo Scanners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Camera World

The best scanner for small desktops

Pros
Slimline profile
Built-in Wi-Fi
One touch operation

Cons
Expensive

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Creative Bloq

The best slimline photo scanner for those who want to save space

Pros
Compact
30-sheet capacity

Cons
Primarily for documents
Windows-only

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We ranked Xerox Duplex Combo #16 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Flatbed & Photo Scanners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Camera World

The best combo scanner for Mac users

Pros
Flatbed & sheet-feed options
20 sheet capacity
Mac-friendly

Cons
Expensive

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Creative Bloq

One of the best photo scanners for Macs

Pros
Flatbed and sheet feeder
Built-in image enhancement
Mac-compatible

Cons
No Wi-Fi

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We ranked Brother DS-640 #17 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Flatbed & Photo Scanners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PCreview

The Mini Portable Scanner for Everyone’s Pocket

Pros
works quickly and in full color
automatic color detection, picture alignment, and additional tools for adjusting your documents
all the necessary drivers are downloaded online
can work with open source software

Cons
somewhat buggy software

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Digital Camera World

The best portable scanner at a low price

Pros
Affordable price
Small and light

Cons
Lacks automatic document feeder
Lacks duplex printing

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We ranked Kodak Mobile Film #18 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Flatbed & Photo Scanners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Spy

Best Film & Slide Scanner

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Popular Mechanics

Best Novelty Option

Pros
Easy to use
Affordable
Portable
Fun

Cons
Just a toy, not the ideal way to digitize these memories
Only works with film slides

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