IRIS Photo 4 Scanner Review and Giveaway

by Guest Contributor

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, Staples.com, 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 AMomBlog.com 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.




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1 mindy December 9, 2011 at 3:11 pm

It would be nice to finally get our wedding photos online and stored properly!

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2 Carrie with Children December 9, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I’ve been slowly making my way through old, hard copy pictures and scanning them to my PC. This would be a nice help!

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3 Jenn December 9, 2011 at 3:44 pm

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!

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4 Paige December 9, 2011 at 4:09 pm

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.

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5 Dianna December 9, 2011 at 4:33 pm

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.

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6 Liz December 9, 2011 at 5:08 pm

This would be AMAZING for getting through my parents’ photo collection.

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7 Christina Gould December 9, 2011 at 5:58 pm

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

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8 Audrey December 9, 2011 at 6:14 pm

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

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9 Stacie Fontinell December 9, 2011 at 6:18 pm

We don’t have a scanner…would be great for old pictures!

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10 Louis December 9, 2011 at 6:42 pm

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

Louis
pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

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11 tammy b December 9, 2011 at 7:02 pm

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.

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12 Ellen C. December 9, 2011 at 7:06 pm

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

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13 Staci A December 9, 2011 at 8:00 pm

It would make storing and sending photos to great grandparents so much quicker and easier! They are always asking for more photos!

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14 Lachelle December 9, 2011 at 8:39 pm

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!

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15 Chuck December 9, 2011 at 9:29 pm

I have heard that these things are a neat thing to own, maybe I’ll get lucky on this one.

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16 Barbara Manatee December 9, 2011 at 9:33 pm

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!

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17 Daniel M December 9, 2011 at 10:21 pm

be great going over the relatives and getting their pics (and now can give them ours)

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18 Sarita Edgerton December 9, 2011 at 11:29 pm

I need this cause my scanner doesn’t scan at all. I want to share some of my pics but cannot cause they won’t scan!

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19 Michelle December 9, 2011 at 11:41 pm

I live 13 hours away from my parents and all of our photos. I would love to be able to access them. Thanks!

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20 Sharon December 10, 2011 at 1:14 am

This would be great to finally get all of my three-generations’-worth of photos saved and secure.

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21 RonaleeDuncan December 10, 2011 at 6:57 am

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

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22 Belinda McNabb December 10, 2011 at 9:17 am

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

bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

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23 Amberly perkins December 10, 2011 at 10:55 am

Would be cool to have for quick scanning. We scan a lot and this seems a lot more compact.

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24 Angela E. December 10, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Awesome Giveaway!

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25 Angela December 10, 2011 at 2:30 pm

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. :)

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26 Idaho Jill December 10, 2011 at 3:56 pm

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!

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27 Auriette December 10, 2011 at 6:18 pm

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.

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28 mrsshukra December 10, 2011 at 6:55 pm

This will help me organize the thousands of print photos I have before I switched to digital cameras!

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29 Selena December 10, 2011 at 9:12 pm

I have so many print photos that I need to scan and save and this would help so much!

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30 Suzanne (Crunchy Green Mom) December 10, 2011 at 10:38 pm

With 7 kids, one of them away at college and another leaving next year, this would be a wonderful way to get photos to them quickly when we visit!

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31 SANDY December 10, 2011 at 10:49 pm

would love to preserve the photos and memories of the past for the future

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32 Joe K December 10, 2011 at 10:59 pm

With a big family, everyone is always asking me for copies of photos. This would make my life SOOO much easier.

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33 Shari December 11, 2011 at 12:23 am

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!

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34 Some Lucky Dog December 11, 2011 at 2:36 am

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

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35 Beeb Ashcroft December 11, 2011 at 2:51 am

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!

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36 kelly December 11, 2011 at 1:05 pm

this is a great way to preserve photos!

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37 Don December 11, 2011 at 1:12 pm

We would get allot of use out of this, for sure.

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38 pamela james December 11, 2011 at 4:51 pm

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

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39 Kelly D December 11, 2011 at 5:37 pm

This would help me scan photos quicker, then and share them with family and friends.

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40 Shannon Wieneke December 11, 2011 at 7:31 pm

I really would love to scan a bunch of old photos from my childhood! So this would make things really simple!
shannonw at peacelovepoop dot com

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41 Mona December 11, 2011 at 10:32 pm

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.

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42 Rochel S December 12, 2011 at 1:21 am

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..

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43 June December 12, 2011 at 7:17 am

What a great scanner, would be nice for my computer room.

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44 vickie couturier December 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm

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
vlbelk9at)Hotmail.com

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45 Garrett December 12, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I’ve seen something like this scanner on TV before, bet it will work well.

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46 Linda Kish December 13, 2011 at 12:16 am

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

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47 stacy December 13, 2011 at 8:07 am

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

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48 nan December 13, 2011 at 9:00 am

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 gmail.com

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49 danielle fouts December 13, 2011 at 2:02 pm

I have a 6 month old son so we are always taking photos and sending to family..this would be great!

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50 April Taylor December 13, 2011 at 8:19 pm

I would be able to have copies of old family pictures my Aunt has.

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51 erin December 13, 2011 at 10:49 pm

this would be nice to copy the pics other people have that you want

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52 Lisa H. December 14, 2011 at 12:02 am

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

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53 Van December 14, 2011 at 8:00 am

So many things that you could do with using this, sounds great.

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54 Van December 14, 2011 at 8:02 am

You could find all sorts of use’s for this around the home & office too.

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55 Jennifer C. December 14, 2011 at 9:35 am

My grandmother has thousands of photos and this would soo help with organizing them for her…heavensent1@yahoo dotcom

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56 tamara childers December 14, 2011 at 9:53 am

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.

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57 Tami December 14, 2011 at 11:29 am

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…

Thanks!
Tami

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58 Kelley F. December 14, 2011 at 12:14 pm

This would make getting all of our old pictures scanned into our computer easier!!

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59 Jeni Monroe December 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm

This would help me get all of my family photos organized and out of the tote they are currently in =)

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60 Shae Johnson December 14, 2011 at 2:33 pm

My hubby is a great photographer and we take lots of photos. This would be great to upload and share!

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61 sandra December 14, 2011 at 5:49 pm

the ease of use would make me less intimidated and more likely to actually scan and send photos

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62 christine jessamine December 14, 2011 at 8:27 pm

i had alot of disposable cameras in the past, it would be nice to share these photos with family

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63 Natalia December 14, 2011 at 11:49 pm

I would like to scan my paper photos and share them with my family.

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64 John December 15, 2011 at 12:05 am

Oh, I have so many old paper pictures… need this scaner!

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65 Isabelle December 15, 2011 at 12:06 am

I’d like to scan my paper pictures and organize them digitally.

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66 Alison S. December 15, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I have so many old school film pictures to scan. Would love to have this for my office at home!

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67 Shilo Beedy December 15, 2011 at 2:53 pm

This would help so much so I can scan a lot of the pictures my mom has of the family and share them on websites so they can get the ones they want printed.

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68 janell wagner December 15, 2011 at 3:12 pm

My mom has many pics I would love to scan, this would really help

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69 tarah rogers December 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm

my sister and I trade pics and this would be an easy way to do it! Thanks

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70 sarah buki December 15, 2011 at 5:02 pm

my dad just started going thru old photos – he would love this!

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71 Ron Allen December 15, 2011 at 6:14 pm

best thing about it? I could give it to my girlfriend as a gift!

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72 cw December 15, 2011 at 6:21 pm

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

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73 trish December 15, 2011 at 8:19 pm

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.

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74 angie lilly December 16, 2011 at 8:47 am

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!

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75 victoria lester December 17, 2011 at 9:06 am

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

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76 Daiva December 17, 2011 at 8:18 pm

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.

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77 catherine c December 17, 2011 at 8:58 pm

this would make photo sharing so much easier especially ones that you have in print that were taken years ago

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78 Naomi December 17, 2011 at 10:36 pm

I have lots of pictures that need to be converted to jpeg, so this would be perfect!

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79 Jamie December 18, 2011 at 7:14 am

This would be awesome…I have four siblings and we could share family pics so much easier!

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80 Caroline B December 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm

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.

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81 Jackie Griebel December 18, 2011 at 8:34 pm

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

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82 Rhonda Grisham December 18, 2011 at 9:05 pm

This would make getting copies of my family’s photos much easier!

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83 Milcah December 19, 2011 at 2:27 am

We’d be able to put pictures in the virtual world that may not have otherwise made it there.

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84 Kathy Stevenson December 19, 2011 at 3:55 pm

This would let me share pictures that I don’t have on the computer much easier.

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85 kimbuckjr December 19, 2011 at 4:53 pm

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.
kimbuckjr@yahoo.com

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86 Michelle December 19, 2011 at 6:13 pm

This would allow me to scan my childhood photos and share them with my brothers!

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87 SueSueper December 19, 2011 at 8:07 pm

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.

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88 Doris December 20, 2011 at 11:33 pm

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!

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89 fowler121600 December 21, 2011 at 9:14 am

the scanner would help me document all old photos and be able to organize them for my family

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90 mrsshukra December 21, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Recently lost all the photos in my iPhoto. I need this to start all over again and share photos with the family!

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91 katklaw777 December 22, 2011 at 12:53 pm

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

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