Pros / It has the largest display screen of any unit in our comparison.
Cons / It won’t work with anything bigger than a 4GB SD card.
Verdict / It’s one of the least expensive converters we reviewed, so it’s not surprising that the ION Pics 2 SD offers minimal format compatibility and decent ease of use.
The ION Pics 2 SD has the largest display screen of any slide to digital image converter, making it easy to preview and convert film, slides and photos, as well as navigate the menu. Its included SD card and standalone functionality allow you to start digitizing your memories immediately. While it’s a relatively inexpensive converter, it lacks a few features and accessories that may hinder your experience.
If your classic photo collection consists mostly of 35 mm slides and film, or of printed photos, the Pics 2 SD will work well enough for you. However, if you’re a real film enthusiast and have boxes full of 110 and 126 slides or Super 8 film, this converter cannot help you. It comes with plastic frame loaders for your slides and film negatives, helping to hold them in place during the conversion process. The device digitizes your images with a resolution output of 10 MP, which is low compared to the best slide to digital converters.
By far the most impressive thing about the ION Pics 2 SD is its large preview screen. Measuring 3.2 inches, it’s the largest screen of any converter in our lineup. Having a larger screen makes it easy to preview and edit your images, or to play all of them back once you’ve finished converting them. If you want to transfer your newly converted images to your computer for safekeeping, or share them online, you can use the included SD card, or one of your own, up to 4GB. The unit itself measures 8.7 x 8.2 x 5.8 inches and weighs 3.5 pounds.
The slides to digital converter ships with a one-year manufacturer warranty. Should you ever have a concern or question about the product, you can contact customer support representatives by either telephone or email. ION also hosts a variety of education resources on its website, like a FAQs section and user guides.
- Ease of Use
- Output Resolution
- Display Screen
- Maximum Expandable Storage
Considering that the ION Pics 2 SD has “SD” in its very name, we’re disappointed it doesn’t allow for SD cards larger than 4GB. Additionally, we found its massive lack of film format compatibility to be surprising, along with its low-resolution output of 10 MP. However, if you aren’t too concerned about these specs, and need a simple device to convert your physical prints or 35 mm media, this converter may be just the right choice for you, especially since it’s the second least expensive unit we reviewed.