What is the best way to look after treasured analog films and photos? Many of us have resigned ourselves to binning these seemingly redundant "old fossils", while others hold on to them fast with the aim of digitizing them some fine day. A few have even got round to performing this task - and thus don't really need read any further. Those of us who would like a way to do it ourselves now have the chance. While photos (negatives or prints) are already quite easy to digitize, transferring old film footage has generally called for professional services. The new Somikon XL film scanner & digitizer that Pearl is unveiling at CeBIT 2017 looks set to change all that.
The device promises professional results made at home. All it takes is the push of a button for amateur users to create digital copies of old Super 8 and 8 mm films - all in superb HD quality said to rival any professional laboratory. You just insert the film and start up the scanner! The integrated TFT display lets users monitor the scanning procedure and easily change settings at will. The output is stored straight on an SD card without even the need for a PC, let alone special software. It’s as easy as "lights, camera... action!"