Sadly, full resolution is not that huge where the MemoScan is concerned. The unit has a top resolution of 3.8-megapixels, producing 10MB 8-bit files measuring 2361 x 1613pixels.

This is about enough for a 7x5-inch print, or use on the web, but film-shooting photographers wanting to produce high resolution files will want to look for a unit offering more than this.

To be fair though the MemoScan is aimed more at those with a big box of film-based family memories that they'd like to share with others using email or put on the web.

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It's a simply designed piece of kit too: the lightweight plastic casing has only one button on it, which can be pressed to start a scan once the scanner is connected to your PC or Mac and the software is running.

Software

At least in theory anyway: installing the software that accompanies to MemoScan was one of the most frustrating experience we've had in a long time. The specification on the MemoScan's box says the software is PC-only, not Mac compatible.

Furthermore, multiple attempts to install the driver and CyberView CS software resulted in failure, and a trip to the Reflecta website was necessary to download a different version of the software. Where we also found that you can get a Mac version after all.

This is a shame, because once the MemoScan is installed it is very easy to use, and a joy to use. Two film holders are supplied –one for four mounted transparencies and one for a strip of six 35mm frames.

These insert into the rear of the unit, and a Live View style feed from the CMOS camera is shown in the software. Line up the frame properly, and click the scan button or press the button on the outside of the scanner.

We struggled with lining up the frames accurately because the software's Live View feed doesn't show 100 per cent of the frame, but other than that the process works well.

Dust Removal

Something offered by the MemoScan that is not often seen on CMOS type scanners is anti dust and scratch technology – called MagicTouch technology by Reflecta.

This is hardware-based and uses infrared light to identify the location of dust and scratches and create a mask from this information.