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Plustek OpticFilm 7600i SE Film Scanner review




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Plustek OpticFilm 7600i SE Film Scanner
  • Plustek OpticFilm 7600i SE Film Scanner
  • Plustek OpticFilm 7600i SE Film Scanner
  • Plustek OpticFilm 7600i SE Film Scanner
  • Plustek OpticFilm 7600i SE Film Scanner
  • Plustek OpticFilm 7600i SE Film Scanner
  • Plustek OpticFilm 7600i SE Film Scanner
  • Plustek OpticFilm 7600i SE Film Scanner
  • Plustek OpticFilm 7600i SE Film Scanner


Our Score:



  • Compact
  • Speedy
  • Easy to use


  • Included software prone to crashes

Key Features

  • Built-in QuickTime tutorials
  • 27.2cm x 12cm
  • Energy efficient
  • Compatible with Windows and Mac OS 10.3.9
  • White LED
  • Manufacturer: Plustek
  • Review Price: free/subscription

Over the past decade digital cameras have almost completely replaced film cameras for day-to-day photography. Although there are some professionals still using film for large format photography and other specialist applications, in the consumer market only a handful of die-hard Luddites are still clinging to what is now a largely obsolete technology. Digital photography has many overwhelming advantages; the cameras are smaller, more convenient and are generally easier to use, you can see the results instantly, delete unwanted images and store hundreds of high-quality photographs on a memory card the size of your thumbnail. Also despite what the Luddites may tell you a good digital camera can beat most film cameras on image quality.

There's also the matter of long-term storage. Slides and negatives are easily damaged, and need to be stored and handled with care. Film is impossible to duplicate without loss of quality, and prints are bulky to store and can fade over time. Digital images on the other hand are easy to store, easy to share, and as long as you remember to back up your hard drive they will last forever, always looking as good as the moment they were taken. For all of these reasons it makes a lot of sense to turn your film photographs into digital images, and the best way to do that is with a film scanner, such as this new easy-to-use model from Plustek, the OpticFilm 7600i SE.

Anyone who's used a film scanner before can't help but be impressed by the compact size and speedy operation of the 7600i SE. The unit is a simple black box, 27.2cm (10.5in) deep and 12cm (4.75in) tall and wide. The case is made plastic finished in a rough matt texture, but it has a steel chassis and feels robustly constructed. The device is designed to be energy efficient, and uses a white LED as a light source, instead of the usual high-intensity halogen bulb. There is a slot on either side of the device through which the supplied slide or negative carriers can pass in either direction. The carriers are fed in manually, with ratcheted notches to indicate the correct frame position. On the front are the only controls; an on/off button and two scan buttons.

David Walker

March 9, 2010, 2:58 pm

I just wanted to confirm your time for a 7200 dpi scan. 17 minutes seems very slow, especially if you have a lot of slides to copy. The features table quotes a time of 56.82 seconds for a 7200 dpi scan with multi-sampling on.


March 9, 2010, 3:48 pm

I guess it's like printer quoted speeds. 14ppm colour translates to 30 minutes if printing stuff at high quality, especially colour pictures.

But then I've never seen tech like this before.


March 10, 2010, 6:02 pm

So whats the difference between this one and the "OpticFilm 7600i Ai"? The Ai one is £100 more expensive and im not quite sure why...


March 10, 2010, 8:05 pm

17 minutes is slow, but this would be a scan with any available feature enabled, 48bit pp, multi-exposure, infrared scan, dust removal and so on ... at 7200 dpi.

Some features require a lot of calculating that isn't done by the scanner but the computer. So the overalll scanning time is also hardware depending, it's faster on faster machines.

However, this max quality setting is not necessary or advisable for every scan.

For usage on the web or viewing on any screen 7200 dpi is way too much, you don't want 180MB files.

I suggest to choose a lower resolution for archiving purposes and to just use the max settings, if you really need them, e.g. for large format printing.

Btw.: There is another edition of this scanner available called OpticFilm 7600i Ai. It's the same device that features an advanced version of SilverFast:

SilverFast Ai Studio (http://www.silverfast.com/s...


March 10, 2010, 10:41 pm

Plustek should get together with Nvidia to CUDA enable this stuff!

David Walker

March 11, 2010, 3:10 am

Thanks scanouflage for making that clearer. I have very many slides (and negatives) taken with good quality cameras on high quality film. I used to view them with a slide projector but now want to digitize them, to preserve them and to show them on my hd TV without losing too much of the quality. Would the lower resolution setting be good enough for this?


January 25, 2011, 5:07 pm

Odd choice of word "luddite" for a review which is aimed at someone digitising film, and also sufficiently up to speed with technology to be considering a scanner. For those looking to take nice photos, the medium is irrelevant, just the choice of glass and cameras. Having bought a selection of K mount primes for my Pentax DSLR, I have tried shooting film, and can say with hand on heart that there is something to black and white photography which digital is sorely lacking. There is no doubt that the in camera processing for the demoscaicing produces a smooth image with less grain, but whether that air brushed look is appealing is a matter of taste, don't you think?


Bill Collins

March 11, 2012, 3:50 pm

Don't buy any in this range if you are using a 64 bit o/s (Mac or Windows) there are no drivers for them.

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