ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Saving Old Pictures with the ION PICS2SD Scanner

Updated on September 10, 2014

I am one of those people who loves getting electronics or even kitchen appliances for Christmas. I love anything I need to figure out, play with, work with, and produce with.

One thing I have always wanted to do over the years is save all my old pictures. We have the "big" scanner/printer combo, but you have to put your picture on, preview on your computer screen, scan it, then get up, open the scanner, take the picture off and replace it with another.

I am worn out just typing in the steps. All these little steps become tedious after your 50th picture.



Saving Memories by Scanning Pictures

I am a sentimental fool, so I want ALL of my old pictures saved, and my husband gave me the Ion PICS2SD for Christmas to do just that. I was thrilled. Now, an easy, less tedious way to make digital copies of photos taken before the computerized/digital age. I have always worried about pictures being destroyed. I know if your house is burning down, you should get out immediately, but in the back of my mind, I am always rushing for the old photo albums. Now I can save my pictures to a portable hard drive, my netbook, and my computer. I can even send them in an e-mail and post them on Facebook. They will exist forever.

So, on Christmas morning I am surrounded by photo albums and my new scanner. It is so easy, and the Ion PIC2SD scans 3x5, 4x6, and 5x7 pictures. It also scans slides and 35 mm film negatives. I am a happy camper. I take a picture out of its album, put it into the appropriate photo slide, or film holder; press the "SCAN" button to capture the image I see in the large color screen (you also have editing options - I am in Heaven!), once I am happy with the preview (which I usually am), I hit "Enter," and voila, my photo is scanned. I don't have to move between screen and scanner, and it only takes seconds to scan a picture. The only issues I had were getting the pictures out of the old photo albums. Some had been there so long that they were stuck.

Memory Card Included

Another great feature that I love is that the Ion PIC2SD scanner comes with a 2G memory card and a USB cord to connect to the computer. So you can save to the memory card or directly to the computer. I personally like saving to the memory card then using it to place pictures on each computer so I have them in various places.

Saving my old pictures gives this sentimental fool some peace of mind. My husband knows me so well.

Kingston 32 GB Class 4 SDHC Flash Memory Card SD4/32GB
Kingston 32 GB Class 4 SDHC Flash Memory Card SD4/32GB

With a 32 GB memory card, you would never have to worry about running out of room. You could place all your album photos on this memory card.

 
My son and daughter with my grandmother - taken in 1993 - I am so glad I now have a digital copy of this priceless picture.
My son and daughter with my grandmother - taken in 1993 - I am so glad I now have a digital copy of this priceless picture.

Have you saved your old photos to your digital devices?

See results

Guestbook

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      I love my flat bed scanner but I do need to check out the one you are talking about.

      My picture album was stolen, but I have managed to get some pictures from friends and other relatives.

      Thumb-up UABI and shared.

    • susanholland10 profile image
      Author

      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      @bdkz: Woo Hoo!! Thank you!

    • profile image

      bdkz 3 years ago

      You're featured on Tumblr! http://squidooreviews.tumblr.com/

    • susanholland10 profile image
      Author

      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      @esmonaco: Oh, me, too, but now I also have a portable hard drive and two computers with my old pictures, too. :-) Thanks so much for dropping by!

    • esmonaco profile image

      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Very nice, I have totes full of old pictures, Thanks for this lens!!!

    • susanholland10 profile image
      Author

      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      @Lynda Makara: It has been a great thing!! :-)

    • Lynda Makara profile image

      Lynda Makara 3 years ago from California

      This project is also on my to-do list. Like you, I would not want to lose all those old photos.

    • susanholland10 profile image
      Author

      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      @Elsie Hagley: I am lucky! I hope you find one so you can save your pictures too! :-)

    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Great review. You are a lucky lady to get a christmas present like that. I wish I had one, must check around and see if they are in New Zealand.

    • susanholland10 profile image
      Author

      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      @sharon-smith-58958: I know what you mean, Sharon. We used to make copies for everyone with the kids' pictures. I have my grandmother's and my mother's pictures now, and there are so many great moments to save.

      Thanks for dropping by!! :-)

    • profile image

      sharon-smith-58958 3 years ago

      Great review! I really need something like this. Having a photographer in the family is cause for tons of photos throughout the family with not much organization to them other than many many doubles.

    • sierradawn lm profile image

      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      I still have many old pictures still to get scanned and saved. It is a long drawn out job! I am so envious of your new toy! It's on my wish list now. Excellent review!

    • susanholland10 profile image
      Author

      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      @anonymous: I truly love mine! :-) Thanks for dropping by!

    • profile image

      anonymous 3 years ago

      Added this to my wish list! I had heard about such scanners, but didn't know what they were exactly. Now I know! Thanks for the review!

    • susanholland10 profile image
      Author

      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      @flycatcherrr: Oh, it is great for the family archivist, and if your uncle is a retired photographer, I am sure he has a ton he would like to save. I love it!!

      Thanks for dropping by!! :-)

    • susanholland10 profile image
      Author

      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      @Diana Wenzel: It is great for preserving family history/memories. I have my mother and grandmother's pictures. I am so thrilled to have this so I can save them.

      Thank you for dropping by! Happy New Year to you too!! :-)

    • susanholland10 profile image
      Author

      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      @Susan Zutautas: Yes, it scans slides, too. It has a special holder for them. I tell ya, I am having so much fun with this new toy!! Of course, I am a sentimental fool and love looking at old pictures. Makes it more fun for me. :-)

      Thanks for dropping by!!

    • flycatcherrr profile image

      flycatcherrr 3 years ago

      I had no idea a scanner like this one even existed! My uncle is a retired photographer & the family archivist; he'd flip for one of these little beauties.

    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      I was just thinking the other day that my baby pictures are nearly faded away. Really need to save that family history by scanning the pics before it is too late. This sounds like a great scanner. Currently, I have to do it the tedious way that you mention. Glad you got such a great gift for Christmas. Happy New Year!

    • Susan Zutautas profile image

      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I so need one of these! Does it happen to scan slides too? When I took a photography class in college many many moons ago we had to do several slide show presentations. I have all the slides, the viewer is no longer working and I refuse to buy a new one. I have called a photo shop and asked them the cost of making the slides into photos and the price was ridiculous.

    • susanholland10 profile image
      Author

      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      @Brite-Ideas: I am having a blast with it! So many old photos I want to share and use. Some of those old photos give me ideas for writing, too. :-)

      Thanks so much for the SquidLike and comment!! :-)

    • Brite-Ideas profile image

      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      this is exactly what I was looking for - I have said so often how horribly inconvenient scanning is, and that they should make laptops with a little slide in scan feature like they have for disks, and after googling only found one computer that has a built in scanner (but haven't check recently) - this however seems like a convenient alternative!

    • susanholland10 profile image
      Author

      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      @seahorse60: Thanks, Seahorse!! I love it!! :-)

    • profile image

      seahorse60 3 years ago

      What a great idea! Like you I have many old photos that I would be devastated to loose, they're irreplaceable. Thanks for introducing me to this handy little gadget!