Apparently, even in the age of smartphone snapshots, there are still enough photos, slides, and negatives tucked away in kitchen drawers and shoeboxes under beds to warrant a photo scanner. One of our Editors’ Choice winners, the Epson FastFoto FF-680W, features an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) that can scan up to 36 prints at one time. In contrast, ClearClick’s $ 185.95 QuickConvert 2.0 only has one photo at a time, so browsing through that shoebox full of prints, negatives, and slides can take a while. But the scan quality and ease of use of the QuickConvert make it a high performance photo media scanner that is fun to use for personal or family use.
Portable and small
Aside from the Epson FastFoto mentioned above, most photo scanners, such as Canon’s CanoScan LiDE 400, Visioneer’s 700 Tag That Photo scanner, and Epson’s Perfection V19, are flatbed scanners: you place your photos on the glass one by one, and the sensor passes below them. With the QuickConvert 2.0, instead of bringing your photos to the scanner, you bring the scanner to your photos. I’ll explain what this means and how to use the device in a moment, but let’s take a look at the hardware first.
Measuring 7.8 x 12.1 x 9.3 inches and weighing around 4 pounds, the QuickConvert 2.0 is relatively small and looks little like most of its competition. The Epson FastFoto is similar in size and weight, although it performs differently. Plustek’s ePhoto Z300, a manual sheet-fed photo scanner comparable in price to the ClearClick, is also similar in size and weight, although it can scan photos up to letter size. Flatbed scanners are necessarily longer and wider.
Whether you’re scanning a snapshot, slide, or negative, the process is essentially the same: you specify whether to scan a photo or negative through the control panel, make a few configuration settings, and then shoot, so to speak. As you can see in the image below, the panel is anchored by a 2.4 inch color LCD display (not a touchscreen) for viewing images or making configuration changes.
Scans are configured and executed from this simple control panel.
The QuickConvert 2.0 can run on an included rechargeable battery or on USB power from a desktop or laptop computer. You can use the scanner without a computer or portable device by scanning directly to a 32GB SD card also included when you’re on the go. Back at home or in the office, you can download the contents of the flash card to your PC, smartphone or tablet and use, modify or enhance the images as you wish.
Using QuickConvert 2.0
The procedure varies slightly for photos, slides or negatives. One of ClearClick’s touted benefits of using this small scanner is that no matter where your photos are, like in a photo album, you can scan them without deleting them, as shown below.
You can also place photos that are 4 x 6 inches or less in a detachable base that holds them in place while scanning.
To scan 35mm slides and negatives, you place them in one of the four supplied holders (for 35mm negatives, 35mm slides, 126 negatives, and 110 negatives).
Each holder accepts a different number of items. The 35mm negative holder, for example, holds two strips of film measuring approximately 6 inches, while the 35mm slide holder accepts three slides, and the 126 and 110 negative holders hold seven and eight, respectively.
Next, insert the media into the slot on the right side of the scanner, directly below the control panel. As you slide the media back and forth, the images of the slides or negatives are previewed on the screen.
For its part, the rechargeable and replaceable battery slips into a compartment at the back of the chassis, just below the SD card slot.
It’s important to note that, according to ClearClick, the QuickConvert 2.0 can scan your images with resolution settings up to 14 megapixels. After scanning your photos, you can edit and enhance them with PhotoPad Pro software which you can license and download for free during installation.
Fast scans, average quality
ClearClick claims that QuickConvert 2.0 takes one to three seconds to scan each photo, which might seem quick until you consider scanning a stack of photos at two seconds each translates to 30 images per minute. Essentially a single-sheet scanner, the device requires you to time not only the scanning time, but also the time taken to delete one image and insert the next. The flatbed photo scanners we tested operate at similar speeds, but their speed in practice depends on how quickly you can unload and reload the images. The Canon LiDE 400 scans and saves a snapshot in about four seconds, with the Plustek Z300 maybe a little slower.
With slides and negatives, as mentioned, you can load three to eight images at a time. That’s a far cry from professional-grade film and slide scanners like the $ 3,999 Epson Expression 12000XL-PH, which can handle multiple photos or up to 15 35mm slides in a single pass.
The QuickConvert 2.0 is certainly not a professional solution, but its scan quality is more than good enough for personal use and most everyday photos, if not maybe a prom, birthday. and other memories of special events. The maximum page size is 4 inches by 6 inches, but I had to do some experimenting to center my photos so that the edges weren’t inadvertently cropped and the images displayed properly in the frame.
Got it, but every now and then a photo would still come out with a little too much of a missing edge. It was more boring than unappealing, however. Otherwise, the colors were attractive and precise, with minimal color changes, little to no grain, and respectable detail. I have no complaints about the image quality of the scanner.
Scan your photos one by one
ClearClick marketing materials claim that QuickConvert 2.0 can quickly scan thousands of photos. I guess that’s technically true, but be aware that you’ll be interacting with the machine manually and probably have to play around with almost every scan a bit. If you’re like me and don’t have the patience to scan stacks of photos or slides into a single file, you might be better off using a scanner like Epson’s FastFoto which can partly automate the process. process. In any case, the QuickConvert 2.0 is a simple device, easy to use and offering better than acceptable results. If you are patient, the job will be done.
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