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Wolverine Titan 8-in-1 review

The Wolverine Titan 8-in-1 is a perfect entry-level scanner for anyone converting slides and film to digitized pictures.

Wolverine Titan 8-in-1
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Our Verdict

We like the Wolverine Titan 8-in-1 for its ease of use, great sensor, and large screen. But its inability to scan printed photos may be a deal breaker for some.

For

  • Excellent 20MP sensor for scans
  • Bright, 4.3" screen
  • Very versatile

Against

  • No option to scan printed photos
  • Some issues with 35mm scans

The hyperbolically-named Wolverine Titan 8-in-1 is an excellent device for digitizing your collection of old slides and films. It's mid-priced, but you get a set of excellent features for your money, including a 20MP sensor, a bright and clear 4.3" view screen, and the ability to connect to external devices via SD Card, HDMI, and USB. It even comes in three striking colors. So, what's the catch here? Well, there's no option to scan printed photos, so if you're looking to convert these kinds of media, you should look elsewhere at something like the PlusTek ePhoto Z300, which is a specialized scanner for printed photos.

Despite this flaw, the Wolverine Titan 8-in-1 sits at the top of our guide to the best slide to digital image converters, because it's such a versatile and precise piece of kit.

Wolverine Titan 8-in-1: Features

It’s not difficult to find a film converter that can digitize your 35 mm slides and film; every converter we tested can handle this commonly found format. One of the features that sets this scanner apart from others is its ability to work with classic Super 8 film. The Titan’s scanner can also convert your APS, 110, 126 KPK and 127 negatives and slides. However, it lacks the ability to convert physical printed photos of any size.

Wolverine Titan 8-in-1

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In our tests, this converter was a cinch to set up and use, with clearly labeled buttons and easy-to-use plastic frames. You can quickly feed film and slides in through their respective slots at the bottom of the device, which are each marked accordingly. Once your film is loaded into the device, it then uses its built-in software interpolation, which can somewhat improve an image’s quality. The Titan’s 20 megapixels is the highest of any unit in our comparison and ensures the optimal possible digitization of your cherished memories.

The quality of scans is overall very good, although it did falter a little on some of the 35mm images. There were some cropping issues, and a few instances of discoloration. While you expect this with older media, the Titan did have a slight weakness here. You can always clean up images using photo editing software afterwards, which we'd recommend for all slide scanning devices like this, regardless of what model or make they are.

Overall, the features are clear and easy to use, and the Wolverine Titan scores points for the way it combines a wide variety of options with this simplicity of use.

Wolverine Titan 8-in-1: Product

The Titan is a standalone device, meaning it doesn’t need to be connected to a computer in order to run. Its convenient TV-out jack allows you to connect the device to a TV, if you want, to better view your newly digitized collection. Like the Wolverine F2D Mighty and the ION Film 2 SD, it also comes with a cleaning brush, which helps you get rid of dust or other particles or smudge that may be on your old film.

Wolverine Titan 8-in-1

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Measuring 4 x 5.5 x 3.5 inches, and weighing just half a pound, the Titan is small, portable and one of the lightest units we reviewed (although it's not quite as light as the Sharper Image Slide & Negative converter.) It has an impressive 4.3-inch color display screen – the largest of any unit available on the market. Having a large screen makes it easy to preview, capture and edit your images as well as navigate the device’s menus. It can also handle SD cards with up to 32GB of storage, which is pretty small by modern standards.

The Titan converter ships with a one-year manufacturer warranty, and an instruction manual is included in the box. You can easily reach the company’s customer service team by either phone or email, though there is no live chat option. You can also peruse the FAQs section on the manufacturer’s website.

Should you buy the Wolverine Titan 8-in-1?

The Wolverine Titan is, er, a titan among slide converters. It has plenty of compatibility options for various media formats, so if you have a variety of slides, negatives, and films to convert, it's perfect. The only thing it won't do is physical photographs, which will be an issue for some.

It operates quickly, and the images you get here - while far from perfect - are among the best of any slide machine. We strongly recommend polishing and fixing images in post-production, but that's the same across all devices like this. The 32GB SD card capacity is a nice feature, although some will find such a small sized card a little limiting. At around $150 the Wolverine Titan 8-in-1 sits mid-priced among its peers, but offers good value for what you get.