IRIS Photo 4 Scanner Review and Giveaway

Memory keepers – every family has one. The one family member who holds all those family photos. For me that would be my mom.  With 7 daughters all very close in age you can just image how many photo albums she has full of group photos.  And that’s great ’till more than one of us wants that same print of which there is only one copy.  Not to mention the older those photos get the more worn and faded looking they become.

The IRIS Photo 4 is the perfect solution.

PROS: It is a small (fits in the palm of your hand), compact, easy to carry with you photo scanner.  It weighs less than 6 oz. IRIS Photo 4 allows you to scan your photos with no computer needed and it runs on an internal rechargeable battery!  It can scan photos up to 4X6 in size and save them on it’s 512 MB internal memory.  It can hold up to 2,000 images. Need to hold more photos?  Use an SD card to expand your storage capacity. Transferring your images from the IRIS Photo 4 to your computer couldn’t be easier.  Simply use the included USB cable and connect it to your computer and drag and drop your scanned images to your computer.

CONS: I had to stop scanning several times after scanning multiple photos to let it recharge.  I would have liked to have been able to recharge it with a power cord rather than having to plug it back into my laptop to recharge it again.  When using the plastic sleeve so you get 600 dpi rather than 300 dpi without it, it had a tendency to attract lint or dust in the air and so the images scanned had these on them. I rescanned without the sleeve and still got good quality. The numbering system on the .jpegs will repeat so every time you upload you’ll get your images renamed the same (i.e. 0001_.jpg)  from the time before and you don’t want to overwrite what you already have stored.

Despite those few issues, I’m guessing every technology savvy mommy would love the IRIS Photo 4. I did and packing it with me was a snap as it took up almost no room at all in my laptop bag and it allowed me to bring home with me lots of very special memories from my childhood. Now my memories are right here with me.

Beginning December 1, 2011 you can even receive a $30 Mail in Rebate on the IRIS Photo at various retailers including J&R Electronics,, B&H Photo, Micro Center and Fry’s Electronics.

Enter to win your own IRIS Photo 4 Scanner

One lucky 5 Minutes for Mom reader is going to win an IRIS Photo 4 to use–just in time for those holiday photos. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment here telling us how this scanner would make your family photo sharing easier.

Written by Nanette Gomez of and tweeting @AMomBlog on twitter.

Disclosure: I did received a product to facilitate this review as well as compensation for my time. But all opinions of this product are 100% my own.


  1. Jenn says

    I’d actually pass this on to my parents so that they can scan all those pictures that are stored in the buffet and share them with all of us girls!

  2. says

    This would help preserve all the photos that my grandfather took over the years. There are some from WWII that I would like to save. Some are from the V-Day parade in Dallas. He was a great photographer but the photos are slowly deteriorating and I would love to have something like this to save them for my son and my nieces.

  3. says

    I would love to be able to go back and scan in some older pics of the family to email to extended family. That way we can all share the stories and memories together.

  4. Christina Gould says

    It would make sharing easier because I could carry it with me to family gatherings. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. says

    Yeah, I’m the memory keeper in my family. My parents didn’t even have a family album (and I’d only seen 2 pictures of me as a baby) until I was in high school and raided every box in the attic and basement to put together an album. Now my mother tries to claim it as hers even though I did the hard work. *sigh* :) audrey AT planethausfrau DOT com

  6. Louis says

    I have so many photos as paper prints and it would be great to convert them into digital copies

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  7. tammy b says

    i could finally get the family photos scanned, stored, and safely backed up! back in the day, our families only took a few pictures at a time, and a roll of film often spanned an entire year. i would love to preserve those as well as the heirloom photos of all our families.

  8. Ellen C. says

    It would make it easier for us to share pictures of my children with my in-laws in Arizona. Thanks for the chance.

  9. Lachelle says

    My mom passed away when she was only 48 and as the oldest and only girl in my family, I’ve inherited all the pictures and my brothers would love copies – especially as they start their own families!

  10. says

    My Dad and brother have done a great deal of geneology research and it would be great to be able to share the photos and documents they’ve found with everyone in our family. This would make it easier!

  11. RonaleeDuncan says

    this would be great to help me scan photos for the book I want to make for my daughter

    email RonaleeDuncan{at}aol{dot}com

  12. Belinda McNabb says

    We have a huge family and everyone has older photos. It would be so handy to be able to take those pictures, scan them and have them myself as well


  13. Angela says

    I am so horrible at sharing pictures because it’s “too much work” but this would make it easy – so I’d be more apt to share. :)

  14. says

    My mission for the new year is to get organized and digitalize my life. I would love to get all of the photos (I am the keeper of the photos) scanned and documented for future generations!

  15. says

    How often do we pull out the old photo albums (or even new photo albums, for people who are still using film or getting their digital pics printed somewhere)? It would be so nice to be able to scan them while the album is out, then post or email them around to any family members who want a copy.

  16. Shari says

    We have a TON of photos that could be scanned and turned into really nice gifts and keepsakes for family members. This would be so much easier than a regular scanner!

  17. says

    I’m the photo keeper in our family and someone is always wanting a copy of something. This would make scanning quick and easy making it more likely that I’ll actually get a copy to them!
    someluckydog at gmail dot com

  18. says

    Oh man, this would make my photo sharing so much easier for a lot of reasons. Since it’s portable, I could take it over to relatives’ homes and scan their family photos right there, without the hassle of transporting photos back and forth. That way they could be shared with all the family more easily! Thank you for the giveaway!

  19. pamela james says

    This would be so much fun to share photos with my family. My sons are both interested in photography and they have lots of beautiful photos to share,

    pjames330 at aol dot com

  20. Mona says

    You can not imagine how special this would be to me. My kids and I love to look at all our OLD picture’s and there are so many they ‘all’ want. Most of all when I was 12, my father being in the Airforce, we were moving from one state to the other, and the warehouse that was storing everything we owned caught on fire and we lost everything. Our Picture’s of a family of 4 children was the most precious loss. Recently at a reunion we had family photo exchange and found so many pictures of my family among them. I was trying to find a way to make copy’s of all those pictures, for myself and my family. This Photo scanner would be an answer to prayer.

  21. Rochel S says

    It would be so cool to have such an easy way to scan in all the old pics that we have from years ago growing up etc..

  22. vickie couturier says

    i have 6 kids an 8 grandchildren an most of them live 1200miles away so this would be great to share an print photos of the ones I love

  23. Linda Kish says

    My DIL is always taking pictures and sharing them with family online. This would make it easier for her, I am sure.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  24. stacy says

    it would be great to be able to take all my older pics and safely store them. i have already lost many photos due to a fire and would hate to lose any more

  25. nan says

    oh i’d love this, especially for some of our older photos where the negatives have been lost, can make copies to give to family
    nannypanpan at

  26. Lisa H. says

    I’ve been slowly scanning boxes of old photos on my flatbed scanner. This would make the process so much faster and easier.

  27. tamara childers says

    my parents have heaps of old pics would be great to take this to their house and copy some as they don’t live in the USA.

  28. says

    All of our family is several states away, and digital media is the only way we can share. I have SO MANY printed photos I’d love to see scanned and digitized…


  29. cw says

    I would love to be able to share some old photos I have of my grandma…I no longer have the negatives to make copies, so this would be great

  30. trish says

    I would love this for all my moms old pictures that she has of her family that there is only one copy…no more fighting over the pictures.

  31. says

    This would be awesome to have! I did not switch to a digital camera until 2002, so I have many many years of pics that I never view because they are not on my PC! I also have pics from my childhood, as well as pics from my family’s history that I would love to scan!

  32. victoria lester says

    Excellent, finally I can make my sharing of several photo’s easier by using this scanner. I’m happy to know that it holds up to 2,000 photos and its as easy as connecting the USB to my scanner and downloading the ones I need when I need them. :)
    momsholidaycooking at gmail dot com

  33. Daiva says

    My family lives far away. My husbands brother is a photographer and once in a while he gives as a few nice photos that he had made before. However, its almost impossible to get digital copies from him. With this scanner I could scan them, save them and share with my family.

  34. Caroline B says

    I have alot of old family photos that I would love to share with everyone, this would allow me to email these pictures to my family.

  35. Jackie Griebel says

    It would be great to be able to take this to my mom and mom in laws and scan their photos, most people are reluctant to let you borrow the original and take it to be scanned

  36. kimbuckjr says

    This scanner would be a tremendous help to me allowing me to share photos with loved one’s that don’t live locally to me. I have no way to post my photos online, but if I own this God-sent scanner I would be able to share my photos with family and friends across the country. I really, really, really, really, really want to win this scanner…SO BAD!
    Thank you very much for this opportunity, I truly appreciate it.

  37. SueSueper says

    This would be very convenient to scan pictures. It would be good to scan all the pictures taken over the years to have them electronically. Like this we can have them always on display in a digital frame and email them to family.

  38. Doris says

    It would be great, this way we will share photos of us to family and friends easily. We live in Florida, and they all live in TX!

  39. katklaw777 says

    I have soooooooooooooooooo many pics from my childhood I would luv to scan…great giveaway, thanks ever soooooooooooo much!


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