Best Slide Viewers

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 20, 2018
One of the aspects of old photography that hasn't been successfully replaced in the digital age is the practice of viewing slides. Many people still have old slides that haven't been transferred to digital formats, so it only makes sense to invest in a brand new slide viewer. Read our reviews of five of the best slide viewers available today, and find the perfect companion for your old slides! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2018
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OUR VERDICT
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PROS

The LCD display has enhanced contrast and natural color reproduction, so the scanned images will be displayed exactly as they would appear on a laptop or TV screen.

CONS

There is no built-in memory (need an SD card to convert).

OUR VERDICT

If you have a large archive of 135 mm film or 2x2 mounted slides at home - with this slide projector, you can convert them into digital photos (JPG-format) as quickly as possible. Moreover, the process itself will take you a minimum of effort.

detailed parameters
Type

Digital

Compatibility

135 (35 mm) film, 2x2 mounted slides

Power Source

AC, USB-port (Usb-cable with AC adapter included)

Extras

2.4" LCD-display (480x234), TV-out feature (Video cable included), SD-card slot (support up to 32 GB cards), cleaning brush included

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

Built-in illumination is carried out using 4 LED-diodes, which guarantee high brightness. They are energy-efficient and consume amazingly little energy, so the batteries will last for a long time.

CONS

Slides get stuck in the viewer.

OUR VERDICT

This simple and practical slide projector from Medialight is a classic model with a 3x magnifying glass that allows you to comfortably view archived film and slides. Very easy to use.

detailed parameters
Type

Optical

Compatibility

135 (35 mm) film, 2x2 mounted slides

Power Source

4 “AA” batteries (included) or AC (AC adapter not included)

Extras

4" Glass lens with 3x magnification, Backlit (4 LED lights), Microfiber Cleaning Cloth included

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The design provides a roomy compartment, which easily accommodates up to 36 slides: in combination with easy "push-pull" operation, this provides a convenient process for viewing a large number of slides at a time.

CONS

Not compatible with 135 (35 mm) film.

OUR VERDICT

Pana-Vue Automatic will be a great solution for people who have a collection of 2x2 mounted slides and want to periodically view the images captured on them. And thanks to the semi-automatic change of slides, the process will be a pleasant experience.

detailed parameters
Type

Optical

Compatibility

2x2 mounted slides

Power Source

AC (AC adapter included)

Extras

~3" Glass lens with 4x magnification, Backlit (Built-in LED lights), 3 x Microfiber Cleaning Cloth included

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

Glass Lens boasts a diagonal of 4 inches and has a special coating that is resistant to scratches. Also, the case is reliably protected from the intake of dust - an important point, which provides high definition when viewing.

CONS

There are no batteries or an AC adapter in the kit (either of them are necessary for the backlight to work).

OUR VERDICT

In this model, everything is thought out to the smallest detail, so its operation will deliver extremely positive results. Slide trays are equipped with ergonomic eject buttons, so the likelihood of slides getting stuck in the compartments and their deformation is completely excluded.

detailed parameters
Type

Optical

Compatibility

135 (35 mm) film, 2x2 mounted slides

Power Source

4 “AA” batteries (not included) or AC (AC adapter not included)

Extras

4" Glass lens with 3x magnification, Backlit (Built-in LED lights)

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The built-in menu has many built-in image processing functions: so, you can “mirror” or flip the scanned slide, as well as adjust the color gamut.

CONS

Low viewing angle of the LCD display.

OUR VERDICT

This model has no equal in terms of compatibility, because the kit here includes everything you need to work with 110, 126, 135 and even Super 8 films. A resolution of 14 megapixels ensures the highest quality of the resulting files.

detailed parameters
Type

Digital

Compatibility

Super 8, 110, 126 and 135 (35 mm) film, 2x2 mounted slides

Power Source

AC, USB-port (Usb-cable with AC adapter included)

Extras

2.4" LCD-display (480x234), TV-out feature (Video cable included), Up to 40 slides internal memory (128 Mb), SD-card slot (support up to 32 GB cards), cleaning brush included

Warranty

1 year

DIGITNOW! 135 Film

Save Your Memories

Someone who has just pulled all of their old photo slides from a box are probably wondering about the best way to preserve these images. Most people don't like throwing away old photos, and photo slides are no different. However, with the move to digital imaging, slides seem to have been relegated to being relics from the past, with no apparent place in our lives anymore. This, of course, doesn't have to be the case. The DIGITNOW! 135 Film Negative Scanner High Resolution Slide Viewer gives you a way of fitting those old slides into modern times, providing a way to both view the slides in crisp, sharp detail, as well as preserving them in digital format.

This slide scanner and viewer lets you both view and save the slides in 5 or 10 megapixel quality, ensuring that every small detail from each slide is both viewed and captured perfectly. The scanner is quite easy to use, letting you view a slide as well as giving you options about how to save it. The viewer includes an SD card slot that lets you save your slides, as well as a USB 2.0 interface that can output to a television screen to let you view your slides in the best possible detail. The scanner itself also has a 2.4-inch LCD screen for both viewing and making adjustments to slides that you are converting to digital. With this slide viewer and scanner, you can now keep those old memories to cherish for years to come.

Review of DIGITNOW! 135 Film Negative Scanner High Resolution Slide Viewer

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DX: Digital 35mm Negative and Slide Film Scanner
 

Medalight SV3 K1 Portable

Simple Slide Viewer

One of the great things about the move to digital photography are the number of options and additional features that many digital imaging devices have. While having tons of extra features can be great, it also has a tendency to add unnecessary complexity to what should often be a simple device. The same trend has occurred with slide viewers, with many modern models providing a ton of additional features that make them much harder to use for their primary purpose.

The Medalight SV3 K1 Portable LED Negative and Slide Viewer, thankfully, does not have this problem, as it is a simple slide viewer that is made to do one primary job well - to view slides in an easy manner. This optical slide viewer doesn't include any digital imagery effects or feature tons of options. It is a simple slide viewer just like your parents and grandparents used to have, providing a 3x magnified display that displays your slides in bright, even detail. This slide viewer works equally well with both 2x2 and 35mm film strips, giving you options for the type of film to view. The portable nature of the device makes it easy to carry with you to a friends house, and it uses 4 AA batteries for operation. There is even an optional AC adapter available if you prefer to not use batteries. All in all, this very simple device does only one job, but it does it quite well, and should satisfy anyone who just wants a simple slide viewer.

Review of Medalight SV3 K1 Portable LED Negative and Slide Viewer

 

Pana-Vue Automatic Lighted

Take Care of Your Slides

A big problem of slide viewers from the past is that many of them tended to be a bit rough with slides. It was not at all uncommon for a slide viewer to jam, causing damage to a slide by bending them, or even in some cases, in puncturing the film. Having a good quality slide viewer that is gentle with your slides, handles them properly, and even helps you in taking care of them is a godsend for those who want to preserve their slides.

The Pana-Vue Automatic Lighted Slide Viewer is one such device that was made with the goal of taking care of and preserving slides. This slide viewer has been engineered to handle slides properly, giving them plenty of tolerances while being inserted and viewed in the device, preventing them from becoming damaged. This viewer lets you stack and view up to 36 slides at a time, carefully handling them as they are shuffled through the viewer. The 2-5/8 inch viewing screen provides a reasonably sized viewing window with 4x magnification, with a bright backlight giving you a great view of each slide in all of its detail. The device comes with an AC adapter as well as a microfiber cleaning cloth that lets you easily clean and maintain the device, letting you view your slides in magnificent detail for years to come.

Review of Pana-Vue Automatic Lighted Slide Viewer for 35mm with AC Adapter

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Vintage GAF Pana-Vue Automatic Lighted 2x2 Slideviewer
 

Rybozen Portable LED

View Negatives and Slides

Many slide viewers are made for one single purpose, which is to view photo slides, While there are some that allow for the viewing of film, it's obvious with many of these devices that their primary purpose is mainly for viewing slides, with the ability to view negatives a simple afterthought. Of course, having the ability to view photo negatives is actually a very useful feature, as old undeveloped film can often be a mystery to people, but slide viewers that aren't made specifically for the purpose have the ability to damage negatives.

The Rybozen Portable LED Negative and Slide Viewer is a great device for not only viewing your old slides, but also is made to let you view film negatives in a safe and simple manner. The viewing screen gives you a wide, magnified view of each slide or film negative as it passes through, with a bright LED light providing very even illumination that is simply unmatched by any old bulb-based slide viewer. Film negatives can be viewed safely and easily through a special film slot provided on the right side of the device. The small dimensions and footprint of this device let you take it anywhere, and operate either on 4 AA batteries, or with an optional power supply that is available separately. For anyone who wishes to view both their old slides and old film negatives, this device is certain to provide a fantastic experience.

Review of Rybozen Portable LED Negative and Slide Viewer

 

Jumbl JUM-FS14MP

Preserve Your Old FIlm

Digital slide viewers and scanners provide a great way to preserve your old slides, but many of them tend to stop right there. While preserving slides is a great thing, many other old film formats tend to be left out in the cold, with few options for preserving them in digital format. Thankfully, there is such a device that supports a multitude of older formats, including slides, and this device is the Jumbl 22MP All-in-1 Film & Slide Scanner.

This device doesn't skimp out on the features. Included is a 2.4-inch LCD display that lets you both view and frame your slides, as well as other old film formats, including 35mm, 110, 126, and Super 8 film, giving you a way to preserve both photos and film. The images are given new life thanks to the integrated 14 megapixel sensor that saves and preserves every last detail from each image, letting you view your old photos and film in detail like never before. Also included is software interpolation that helps bring back details that might be lost due to damage or deterioration of the film stock, and lets you raise the quality up to an astonishing 22 megapixels for sharp, vibrant detail of your images. These features, along with the other included accessories such as a cleaning brush and TV output cable, help make this one of the best photo and film viewers and scanners available.

Review of Jumbl JUM-FS14MP Powerful 14-megapixel sensor

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Jumbl 22MP All-In-1 Film Negative & Slide Scanner - Convert Old Negatives to Digital

What customers say about this product

Key Specs

Scanner creates nice, sharp images, even from old negatives.

Features

Video out port (and cable) included for sharing slides on your TV/digital projector! I tried this and it is as good as you will need for sharing memories

Size & Weight

I had hundreds of slides from my dad and easily and quickly converted them using this product. The size and ease of use was nice as I could just sit in my chair watching TV and do all the work.
 

What Is a Slide Viewer?

Many people over the age of 40 probably remember their families having photo slides. It was a common practice in many families to have many of their photos converted to slides, and then viewing them as a family, or showing their photos of a great vacation to friends. Slide viewers, of course, are devices meant to view such slides. Many slide viewers from years ago were simple optical devices that consisted of a magnified display with a light shining from behind the slides. Many others may even remember slide projectors, where slides were displayed on a wall or a hung white bedsheet, similar to how movies are projected, which work with the same basic principal.

Nowadays, slides have largely given way to digital photos being displayed on a television or computer screen. However, many families that have slides from many years ago would like either to continue having a way of viewing them, or even still, converting them to digital images. Thankfully, there are still slide viewers around now, consisting both of the standard optical viewers as well as digital models that can convert your old slides to digital formats. Whichever model you prefer, this means that your old slides can continue living on, retaining those captured memories from years past.

If you are more interested in scanning your old slides into digital format rather than keeping the old slides as they are, then you may want to take a look at our reviews of the best slide scanners available.

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Publish Date: 2018-11-20 14:44:10