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What is the Best Negative to Digital Picture Converter?

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By Katy Sommerfeld

Do you have negatives that need to be digitized? The good news is that there are lots of options out there for you to choose from to get the digitization process started. From at-home converters to digitization services, the possibilities are endless. But what is the best method of digitization that saves time, money, and energy, yet also delivers a high-quality digital product? 


Negative-to-Digital Converters


There are many different brands of converters available on the web, but most of them use a similar process in order to convert your negatives into digital images. Usually, these devices will scan negatives and convert them to a digital file, such as JPEG, saving the files to an SD card or directly to your computer through an HDMI or USB cable. These negative-to-digital converters range in price from $50-$300, and the quality of these scanners varies depending on the brand. Customers review Kodak and Wolverine scanners well, giving their converters an average of four stars. The Kodak and Wolverine negative-to-digital scanners are both around $150 depending on which website you are buying from, but with both devices, customers complain about low- to average-quality digital images. These converters also are a huge time-investment since you must scan each negative slide one at a time. If you have lots of negatives to digitize, be prepared to devote many days to the digitization process if you choose to scan at home. 


If you’re looking for high-quality digitization, then a digitizing service is your best bet. Digitization services like Southtree offer the best-quality digitization possible. In Southtree’s case, trained technicians hand-digitize your analog media and take great care to keep each original in pristine shape to create a beautiful and crisp digital copy. Southtree can digitize 50 negatives for just $40, and they can even accommodate packages of up to 1,000 negatives. When comparing these prices on top of the quality of the product given, it’s easy to see which option is the best for your digitizing needs. Southtree also offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee, something you cannot get with at-home converters. 


In short, negative-to-digital converters that you can purchase and use at home can scan your negatives and develop an average-quality digital image. However, the process is time-consuming and the devices can be pricey. Considering these two things, hiring a digitization service can save you time, money, and energy, and can give you a better quality result than any at-home scanner could. 

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