Kodak Scanza Review and Manual Guide Download
Download Manual PDF for Kodak Scanza. Anyone who wants to digitize negatives is out of place with this device. Basically, it is easy and beautiful to use. The menus are simple, the device can be connected to the television. You always see a pretty sharp picture until you press the scan button and want to look at the picture on the PC. Suddenly you realize that the picture is simply unusable.
After a long search I found the reason for this in the description because it is not a 22Mp scanner but only 14Mp which (absolutely bad) are extrapolated to 22Mp. That's why 14Mp was even more useful than 22Mp.
If you want to digitize negatives as a private person then go to a shop and save your money. Or do you want to digitize professionally yourself then buy a more expensive device or darkroom equipment because even an A4 self-developed image in a normal household printer / scanner offers better quality.
The reason for the purchase was that you don't have to insert the negative strips into the complicated adapter. Here it is enough to simply push the film through. But in the end it wasn't as easy as I imagined it would be. The film is very difficult to pull back and forth in the guide. The quality of the scanned negative films is OK. But you have to keep removing the dust from the device. This doesn't really work with the brush supplied.
Positive slides can also be pushed into the scanner one after the other and saved on the SD card at the push of a button. But I was very disappointed here too. The preview on the LCD display and the saved photo are very different.
With the setting options on the scanner, it was not possible for me to get the right colors. With a scanner from a discounter, I was able to achieve a much better color result. But the low resolution of 5 megapixels forced me to return it back then. The 14 megapixels on this scanner bring out a lot more details.
Kodak Scanza HDMI
You just have to push the slides / 35mm negatives through until the cut-out fits and press the shutter release. Image is then saved on an SD card (not included). You can also connect the device to a television or a good, color-fast screen via HDMI.
Pushing the films and slides through takes a bit of tact, but I didn't have any problems. There is an adapter for thick and thin slide frames. You can correct red, green, blue and the brightness / exposure.
The quality of the digitized negatives / slides was ok. Sure, a lab scan is better, but if you just want to digitize old family photos, the mMn is completely sufficient.
Kodak Scanza Cons
What I find annoying is the cleaning of the sensor or the lower lens, because dust often falls into the device, especially with old negatives. A brush is included for cleaning, but you should also use a bellows.
So perfectly cleaned, once there is dust in it, it does not work. It would be nice if you could open up the whole unit to get better access to the surfaces. The manual could have been a little bigger. I downloaded the PDF from the Kodak website.
Kodak Scanza Conclusion
This scanner has its own screen and is easy to use. No additional driver installation required! 8mm films, all possible sizes of negatives and slides can be digitized with it. The focusing works reliably and scanning is quick. It is saved on an SD card, not included in delivery, up to a maximum of 128GB, which is inserted into the device.
The transfer to a PC takes place via USB, the scanner is reliably recognized by the PC (Win10). The native resolution is 14MB, highly scalable to 20MB via internal software. In my experience, 14MB is sufficient for the common 24x26 format.
The image files as jpg files have a resolution of 14MB of 4320x2880 pixels in 3: 2 format, file size approx. 1.5MB. If you are bothered by the compressed jpg format, you should consider that an HD picture with high resolution is only about 0.5MB in size.
With a usual resolution of 300pixel / inch, paper images up to 24x36cm could be printed with the native resolution of 14MB. If you limit yourself to digital images in HD resolution (1920x1080 / 1440), digital excerpts are also possible without loss. So much for the positive. I can only agree with the often criticized filigree design of the adapter.
It takes some practice to find the right adapter, especially for the 24x34 35mm format that is common here. It should not be overlooked that, especially with color slides, you should often use good post-processing software to correct the inevitable color falsifications that have plagued old color films over the years.