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Turning Old Slides and Negatives Digital

Boot Camp feature for Monday, May 23, 2005

Bringing those old negatives and slides into the digital age. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Chances are most of the photos you take these days are with a digital camera….and there are great software packages around for organizing those photos on a PC. But what about all of those pictures you took before you had a digital camera? You can use a flatbed scanner to digitize prints. But if you want the best resolution possible, you might want to invest in a film scanner. Pacific Image Electronics makes the affordable PrimeFilm line. Marketing director Lynn Chow…

"All you need to do is just put into the film strip or insert a slide and press a button. The scanner will go by itself."

The PrimeFilm PF1800S sells for under 140 dollars. The company's 3650U is about double the price, but increases the resolution and includes Kodak's Digital Ice technology…

"Digital Ice will help the users to get rid of dust and scratches and Digital Rock will restore the color."

Some of the entry level PrimeFilm models have gotten less than favorable online user reviews. That's not the case with the 3650U. Keep in mind that with all digital photos you have stored on a PC, it's wise to back the files up onto CDs or DVDs. Lots of consumers have lost all of their digital memories….when their hard drives have crashed. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.