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Film Scanners

See below a list of the main film scanners currently used by film archives around the world. You can click on each image to access the website of the scanner's manufacturer. Note that the forum functionality of this page is only available to connected members of the FIAF community. Note that the scanners are are listed under three headings: scanners available commercially, commercial prototypes, and archive prototypes.

For further information about how to choose a scanner, see the FIAF Technical Commission's guide HERE.

See also the FIAF Technical Commission's Digital Statement.


Film Scanners

See below a list of the main film scanners currently used by film archives around the world. You can click on each image to access the website of the scanner's manufacturer. Note that the forum functionality of this page is only available to connected members of the FIAF community. Note that the scanners are are listed under three headings: scanners available commercially, commercial prototypes, and archive prototypes.

For further information about how to choose a scanner, see the FIAF Technical Commission's guide HERE.

See also the FIAF Technical Commission's Digital Statement.


Scanners available commercially

Manufacturer: Sondor

Model: Altra

Formats: 35mm / 16mm

Audio Recording: optical

Wet Gate: no

HDR: no

Manufacturer: ARRI

Model: ARRISCAN

Sensors: Area-based sensors

Resolution: 2K / 4K / 6K

Formats: 35mm / 16mm / S16mm

Obsolete Formats: no

Audio Recording: no

Sprocketless: yes

Wet Gate: yes

HDR: no

Overscan: yes

Full Overscan With Edges: no

Manufacturer: Cintel

Model: Blackmagic Design

Sensors: Bayer pattern

Resolution: 2K / 4K

Formats: 35mm / 16mm / S16mm

Obsolete Formats: no

Audio Recording: optical

Wet Gate: no

HDR: no

Overscan: yes

Full Overscan With Edges: no

Manufacturer: Lasergraphics

Model: Director

Sensors: Area-based sensors

Resolution: 2K / 4K / 6K / up to 10K

Formats: 16mm / 35mm

Obsolete Formats: 17.5mm / 28mm / 8mm

Audio Recording: optical

Sprocketless: yes

Wet Gate: no

HDR: no

Overscan: yes

Full Overscan With Edges: no

Manufacturer: MWA-Nova

Model: Flashscan

Sensors: Bayer pattern

Resolution: HD

Formats: S8mm / 16mm

Obsolete Formats: 8mm / 9.5mm

Audio Recording: optical

Sprocketless: yes

Wet Gate: no

HDR: no

Overscan: yes

Full Overscan With Edges: no

Manufacturer: MWA-Nova

Model: Flashtransfer Choice

Sensors: Bayer pattern

Resolution: 2K / 4K / up to 5.1K

Formats: S8mm / 16mm

Obsolete Formats: 8mm / 9.5mm

Audio Recording: optical and magnetic

Sprocketless: yes

Wet Gate: no

HDR: no

Overscan: yes

Full Overscan With Edges: no

Manufacturer: MWA-Nova

Model: Flashtransfer Vario

Sensors: Bayer pattern

Resolution: HD / 2.3K / 2.5K / up to 5.1K

Formats: 35mm / 16mm / S16mm / S8mm

Obsolete Formats: 8mm / 9.5mm

Audio Recording: optical and magnetic

Sprocketless: yes

Wet Gate: yes

HDR: no

Overscan: yes

Full Overscan With Edges: no

Manufacturer: Digital Vision

Model: Golden Eye

Sensors: Line sensors

Resolution: SD / HD / 2K / 4K

Formats: 70mm / 35mm / 16mm / S8mm

Obsolete Formats: 17.5mm / 28mm / 8mm

Audio Recording: optical

Sprocketless: yes

Wet Gate: no

HDR: no

Overscan: no

Full Overscan With Edges: no

Manufacturer: FilmFabriek

Model: HDS

Sensors: Area-based sensors

Resolution: 2K / 4K

Formats: S8mm/16mm

Obsolete Formats: 8mm/9.5mm

Audio Recording: no

Sprocketless: yes

Wet Gate: yes

HDR: no

Overscan: yes

Full Overscan With Edges: no

Manufacturer: Kinetta

Model: Kinetta

Resolution: 2K / 4K

Formats: 35mm / 16mm

Obsolete Formats: no

Audio Recording: no

Sprocketless: yes

Wet Gate: no

HDR: no

Overscan: yes

Full Overscan With Edges: no

Manufacturer: Filmlight

Model: Northlight

Sensors: Line sensors

Resolution: 2K / 4K

Formats: 35mm / 16mm / S16mm

Obsolete Formats: no

Audio Recording: no

Sprocketless: yes

Wet Gate: no

HDR: no

Overscan: yes

Full Overscan With Edges: no

Manufacturer: CTM Film

Model: Perenity

Sensors: Bayer pattern

Resolution: 2K /

Formats: 35mm / 16mm

Obsolete Formats: no

Audio Recording: optical and magnetic

Sprocketless: yes

Wet Gate: no

HDR: no

Overscan: no

Full Overscan With Edges: no

Manufacturer: DFT

Model: Scanity

Sensors: Line sensors

Resolution: 2K / 4K / 8K

Formats: 35mm / 16mm / S16mm

Obsolete Formats: no

Audio Recording: optical

Sprocketless: yes

Wet Gate: yes

HDR: yes

Overscan: yes

Full Overscan With Edges: no

Manufacturer: Lasergraphics

Model: Scanstation

Sensors: Bayer pattern

Resolution: 2K / 5 K optional

Formats: 35mm / 16mm

Obsolete Formats: no

Audio Recording: optical

Sprocketless: yes

Wet Gate: no

HDR: no

Overscan: yes

Full Overscan With Edges: no

Manufacturer: Lasergraphics

Model: Scanstation Personal

Sensors: Bayer pattern

Resolution: 2K / up to 5K

Formats: 35mm / 16mm

Obsolete Formats: no

Audio Recording: optical and magnetic

Sprocketless: yes

Wet Gate: no

HDR: no

Overscan: yes

Full Overscan With Edges: no


Manufacturer: DFT Philips

Model: Spirit Datacine

Sensors: Bayer pattern

Resolution: 2K

Formats: 35mm / 16mm / S16mm

Obsolete Formats: no

Audio Recording: optical and magnetic

Sprocketless: no

Wet Gate: no

HDR: no

Overscan: no

Full Overscan With Edges: no

Manufacturer: Vintage Cloud A/S

Model: Vintage Cloud Steenbeck 16 or 35mm

Formats: 16mm / 35mm

Wet Gate: no

HDR: no

Commercial prototypes


Manufacturer: Eclair

Model: Nitroscan

Sensors: Area-based sensors

Resolution: 2K / 4K / 6K / up to 10K

Formats: 35mm / 16mm / S16mm

Obsolete Formats: 17.5mm / 28mm / 8mm / all formats up to 70mm

Audio Recording: no

Sprocketless: yes

Wet Gate: yes

HDR: no

Overscan: yes

Full Overscan With Edges: yes


Manufacturer: Cineric

Model: Oxberry

Sensors: Area-based sensors

Resolution: 2K / 4K / 6K

Formats: 16mm / 35mm / 65mm

Obsolete Formats: 17.5mm / 28mm / 8mm

Audio Recording: no

Sprocketless: yes

Wet Gate: yes

HDR: yes

Overscan: yes

Full Overscan With Edges: yes

Archive prototypes


Manufacturer: Film Light and CNC France

Model: Arc Light

Sensors: Area-based sensors

Resolution: 2K / 4K / 6K

Formats: 16mm / 35mm

Obsolete Formats: 17.5mm / 28mm / 8mm / all formats up 70 mm

Audio Recording: no

Sprocketless: yes

Wet Gate: no

HDR: no

Overscan: yes

Full Overscan With Edges: yes


Manufacturer: LAPA (Laboratorio de Preservación Audiovisual) Uruguay

Model: Escanner

Sensors: Bayer pattern

Resolution: 2K / 4K

Formats: 35mm / 16mm

Obsolete Formats: no

Audio Recording: no

Sprocketless: yes

Wet Gate: no

HDR: no

Overscan: yes

Full Overscan With Edges: no