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Pros / It is compatible with regular adapter frames as well as rapid load frames.

Cons / It cannot convert printed photos to digital.

 Verdict / The ION Film 2 SD Plus is an efficient and easy-to-use slide converter that comes with lots of accessories and built-in time-saving functionality.

The ION Film 2 SD Plus can convert a variety of slide and film negatives to digital images, although it is unable to convert printed photos. This unit features a decent image sensor that captures a digital image of your media then transfers it directly onto an SD card. Although this device has no integrated memory, it includes a 1GB SD card, which is a rare inclusion among all of the converters we reviewed. Because of its great ease of use, along with its built-in editing and exporting abilities, this slide to digital converter earns our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award.

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  • Ease of Use
  • Output Resolution
  • Display Screen
  • Maximum Expandable Storage
  1. This score reflects how easy it is to set up and use the converter.
    Higher is Better.
  2. 2  ION Film 2 SD
    97.0 %
  3. 98.0 %
  4. 91.0 %
  5. Category Average
    88.7 %

Compatibility

If you’re wanting to convert film and slides to a digital format, you’re golden. Whether you have a couple boxes of 35 mm negatives or an attic full of 110 and 126 film, the Film 2 SD Plus can handle it. However, the Plus lacks the ability to digitize physical printed photos, so if you need to convert a combination of these mediums, you may want to consider another unit. It also can’t process Super 8 film, though most of the units in our comparison can’t either.

Plastic holders are included in the box, which you can use to mount individual slides and film strips to be processed by the device. The frames aren’t labeled according to their size, but a few minutes of trial and error can set things straight. They do, however, have directions on which way to enter it into the conversion bay.

Features

The Film 2 SD Plus comes with a TV-out jack and a set of analog cables, so you can view your slides on your TV directly through the converter. Its features include automatic focus, exposure and color balance, all of which make editing photos easy post-production. This image editing capacity is quite limited, however, as you can only lightly adjust brightness and the red-blue-green composition.

One of the great features about the Plus is that it has standalone operation and doesn’t require a connection with a computer in order to function. An SD card is included, allowing you to save your converted images or even transfer them to your computer or a digital photo frame. Most of the units we reviewed did not come with an SD card, and in most cases, you can't use a slide converter without one, so having one included with the device allows you to start using it immediately. However, if you have a ton of photos to convert, or if you plan on storing them primarily (or solely) on that SD card, you may run out of space quickly since the resolution output of the device is 14 megapixels.

Several accessories accompany the device in addition to the SD card and film/slide holders. A cleaning brush helps you get rid of dust and particles that may have settled on the film over the years. The USB cable allows you to connect your device to a computer, or other compatible device, and save them to a digital album or share them with friends online. You’ll also get the standard user manual and quick start guide, along with a CD containing simple image editing software.

Design

The film to digital converter feels well-made and has clearly labeled buttons for powering the device, capturing an image and navigating through various menus. With a 2.5-inch screen – the second largest in our comparison – you can easily preview and play back your images and navigate menus right on the device. Should you require more storage, the device is compatible with SD cards up to 32GB. The device is small, sleek and lightweight, making it easy to store and move around.

Help & Support

Though we didn’t see a live chat option, you can still reach out to the company’s customer support team via phone or email should you have a question or issue with the product. There are also a variety of informational resources available on the company’s website, including PDF quick start guides and manuals, a FAQs section and a community user forum. The device ships with a one-year warranty from the manufacturer.

Summary

This ION Film 2 SD Plus performed quite well in our tests. Despite not being able to convert prints, it offers good film and slide format compatibility otherwise. With a high-resolution output, an easy-to-use interface and a variety of included accessories, the Plus is one of the best slide to digital converters available on the market.

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