Considering ScanCafe...

Despite their claims about quality, trimming costs trumps quality in every way at ScanCafe; from the equipment they use to where they shift their production. 

Production is currently being shifted from India to Bhutan, a small, rural country north of India. 

(the American taxpayers are helping to fund their new production facility through a grant from the World Bank, thus subsidizing the outsourcing of American jobs)

See what their customers truly experience,  check out the Scancafe Reviews on Yelp

Watch out for the Tricks and Traps.  They're pricing is an array of rules and conditions.

 Scancafe will not scan anything their workers in India or Bhutan consider "culturally offensive". They won't tell you what they omitted or why. You'll have to go through your film to figure it out.

Consider DigMyPics Instead...

The DigMyPics artists and photographers provide better service, use better equipment, scan a broader array of photo types, and can get the work done more quickly...Right here in the USA... and in many cases, for less money.  

When you call us, you'll speak directly with the people who will work or are working on your project. 

National Geographic recommends DigMyPics in their Field Guide to Photography book and the Wall Street Journal chose us as their favorite Photo Scanning Service.

Read on to see why people who consider and review ScanCafe decide on DigMyPics. 

Here are just a few of the services and benefits you’ll enjoy by choosing DigMyPics

About Scanning Equipment:
Scancafe switched from scanning on Nikon scanners to the Noritsu scanners to increase throughput.  This change is significant because, while the Noritsu is a lot faster, it doesn't produce as high a quality scan as the Nikons do.  It does on-board, automated color correction which cannot be disabled.   If you're determined to use Scancafe, insist that they use the Nikon  9000 and manual image correction for your project as they claim to do and don't let them use the Noritsu scanners on your 35mm film.  

See some comparrison examples in this article that compaires the Nikon vs. the Noritsu on 35mm film.

Digital Apples to Apples
Included in Base Pricing: DigMyPics ScanCafe
Does ALL the work in the USA Absolutely. 100%
(Your Photos Stay in the USA and get the best Pros in the business)
Despite their claims they will always do some or all of the work in India, Bhutan.
Communicate Directly With Those Working on Your Project YES NO
Your call is sent to a call center in India
Nikon 9000 Slide Scanning Yes. With Digital Ice PRO.
The Best Scanner for old slides and Kodachromes.
No. They use the Noritsu film scanner with auto correction.
See a Nikon vs. Noritsu comparisson.
All Work Done By Hand in the USA YES, ALWAYS
Even if they claim to scan it in the USA, the editing is done in India, Bhutan, or wherever labor is cheapest
A+ Rating
Better Business Bureau
Since 2004
See our more than 600 Testimonials
Simple Pricing YES
Get quote and see what it will cost without creating an account or giving us any data about yourself.
Hidden fees, tricks and traps abound.  Read the fine print, make sure you follow all the rules. Give them your email and address just to get a price.
You Get Your Photos Fast 400 Photos 5 Days or Less
See our Fast Turn Around Times
400 Photos, Wait Months or Add 14 cents per photo for 8 day service--no deletes allowed.  Why bother?
We cost less, use better equipment and we're faster!
Accepts Less Common Photo Types Like Disc Negatives Yes.

In fact, we get orders from people who sent their photos to ScanCafe only to have some of it returned unscanned.
Don't waste your time!
Scanning/Processing Format We always scan and edit in uncompressed TIFF
(no additional charge)
Scan and edit in highly compressed JPEG
(add 24¢/image for TIFF)
Real Time Scanning Yes Not Available
Delete Unwanted Images Yes.
Up to 20%
Sort of...
Up to 20% (under certain conditions)
Custom Folder Naming Yes, includes image file prefix relative to folder name Yes, does not include custom image file naming
Download your files Yes, FREE for customers Not Available
Services & Products: DigMyPics ScanCafe
Bound Thumbnail Albums Yes, from $5 Not Available
Archival Storage Products Yes, for slides, negatives, prints as well as cotton gloves Not Available
SlideShow Movie Creation Yes, customization available Not Available
Movie Film & Tape Transfer Yes, 8mm movie film
and 3 types video tape transfers.  Online viewing chapter organization.
 Only Direct to DVD transfers of video tapes.  DVD can't be edited online. No online viewing.
Media Storage Options CD/DVD, SD Memory Card, External Hard Drive and download directly to your Mac or PC CD/DVD
Hard Drive
You won't find a better solution than DigMyPics anywhere... we guarantee it!

Don't Want, Don't Pay™

Once we scan and manually color and exposure correct each of your images you'll be able to review your newly scanned photos online with Don't Want, Don't Pay™ and delete the ones you don't want. We'll deduct the full scanning charge for each deleted photo for up to 20% of the photos in each type of photo in your order.

This saves you the time and frustration of looking through all of your photos to decide what is worth sending in to scan, just send your entire collection and delete the ones you don't want online! See for yourself!

And...unlike Scancafe's system, our system is fast and easy to use.  Why spend more time deleting the photos you don't want than you would have spent scanning the ones you do want?


Scan Your Entire Photo & Film Collection
Scan your entire photo and film collection!

To get ScanCafe’s lowest price you can only have 35mm color slides and negatives. Many people have a variety of film types in their collection, including 127, 126, 110, 35mm half frames and APS, in both color and black and white. At DigMyPics, we scan ALL common slide formats with no hassle or compromise!

DigMyPics Scans ALL These Slide & Negative Film Types

Most people have a variety of film types in their photo collection. We don't think you should have to pick and choose which ones are worth digitizing.

DigMyPics scans all these types of films!
For Non-Standard Slides & Negatives

DigMyPics scans all these types of films!
*35mm slides scanned at 7MP@2500dpi is more than enough to produce a quality 8x10 print @300dpi



We scan and work with your photos in the TIFF format. Working in TIFF produces a larger file, which takes longer to process, but results in a higher-quality image. ScanCafe scans and edits in JPEG format, which is a faster process for them, but the quality of the image will be degraded with each edit they make. We will never charge you more to save your images in TIFF, so you can get TIFF, JPEG, or both formats and you only pay for the extra discs that may be required.

So why scan and work in TIFF?
Lossless File: Editing and resaving results in no loss in quality or degradation to the image. Lossy File: Every time it is edited and resaved there is a loss in quality to the image.
Used For:
  • Editing or digitally restoring your images using photo editing software
  • Archiving. Order a set of TIFF files to put in a safe deposit box or fireproof safe
Use For:
  • Viewing, emailing, creating web galleries and SlideShow Movies (low-res)
  • Printing photos and photo gifts
  • Burning discs to share (high-res)
  • A TIFF file is more flexible than a JPEG because it retains all of its information
  • You can create a JPEG from a TIFF file if you have the proper software
  • JPEGs are a more common and supported by most applications
  • A JPEG is about 1/4th the size of a TIFF
  • A TIFF file is about 4x the size of a JPEG, which can make working with them slow and cumbersome
  • TIFF files are not supported by as many applications as JPEGs
  • If you edit a JPEG, the saved file is compressed and the image is degraded
Click here to learn more about Resolutions and Megapixels!

Fast Turn-Around Times
Quick Turn-Around

Don't wait for your photos to go all the way around the world!
At ScanCafe, turn-around times are measured in months, not days. Their average turn-around time ranges from 6-8 weeks for shipping overseas and processing, then another 2 or more weeks to complete your order! Even their price doubling express service is still in the slow lane when compared to DigMyPics.

With our Fast Turn Around Times we usually deliver orders of 400 photos or less in 5 business days or less.  And, we average just 10-12 business days to complete orders of less than 1000 photos.

You can even view your images online as they are being scanned with our revolutionary Real Time Scanning Service! You can check your order online, anytime, day or night. Not only do you know where your photos are at any given moment, you can even track your order's progress throughout the entire scanning and transfer process!

Extremely Pleased - Awesome Service - Excellent Communication

“When I came across DigMyPics on the internet, I was pleased to know such a service existed. Over the years I have used several types of film including 110, APS and 35mm, recently converting to digital.

I wanted a quick and inexpensive way to convert all my negatives to digital images for my family. I sent my 110 film off to a competitor and my APS canisters to DigMyPics.

Exactly 2 weeks from the time I mailed my film, I had IN MY HANDS close to 2500 images scanned to DVD from DigMyPics. I still don't have my 250 images back from the competitor [ScanCafe] after a month... they are somewhere in India. And... I've printed images from my DigMyPics DVD. The quality is picture perfect!”

Texas, USA

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed – Or You Don't Pay!
100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee ensures that you will receive a product that is up to your standards or you don’t pay! We think you’ll agree that going digital has never been more hassle-free!


The Best Technicians in the Business

DigMyPics has been digitizing photos and film for over 8 years! During that time, we've assembled the industry's most skilled and talented group of university-educated digitization technicians. Our staff loves photography as much as you do and we value your photos like they were our own! We do all the work from our sole location in Arizona, so you can feel good about supporting the American photographers and artists that work at DigMyPics!

Our skilled photographers and artists always provide basic enhancement (color/exposure correction, cropping and rotating to the proper orientation) on an image-by-image basis. There is no automated image processing besides using Digital ICE (dust, scratch and blemish removal) during the scanning of your color film. See more samples of our work!

Quality Customer Service
Quality Customer Service

Even if you are indifferent about the outsourcing of American jobs to India (like ScanCafe does), you can take comfort in the fact that you can work directly with the people at DigMyPics who are working for you.

From the moment we receive your order, to the moment it is shipped back to you, our entire process takes place at our sole facility in Gilbert, Arizona. Because all of our employees are under a single roof, we can offer a much more personalized service!

Our experience is that when you have the opportunity to talk directly with the company's employees who are working on your project you get a much more efficient and gratifying experience and a superior final product!  Want to communicate with the technicians that are handling your order? You can at DigMyPics!  And don't be surprised if you receive a friendly call or email from us during the process. All of our employees strive to get things done right the first time. Sometimes that means picking up the phone or sending a quick email if they need to clarify your preferences or have recommendations.

Custom Named Folders & Files
Custom Folder Naming

Do you envision your own library of digital images that is easy to reference for a specific photo when you need it? A computer reads files numerically, then alphabetically. At DigMyPics, we not only name your folders according to your instructions, we also prefix the images with the same name for easy reference. ScanCafe on the other hand, say they offer customized naming, but will only allow you to customize your folders while using generic numbering for the images within those folders.

Unique Thumbnail Album
Create a Slideshow Movie
Slideshow Movie

One of our most popular services is our Slideshow Movie service. We can create a special DVD of your images that has the look of an actual movie and plays right in your DVD player! We also offer a la carte customizable options, such as music and chapter titles, to make your movie as elaborate or as simple as you want!

Archival Storage Products
Archival Storage

Switch out that aluminum foil box for an archival slide storage box, or purchase archival storage to send your next batch of photos to us. When you add any archival storage product to your order, we will neatly place your slides, prints, and negatives in the storage for you at no additional charge! You get your photos and film safely returned to you ready to tuck away, while you enjoy your new digital images!


Nationally Acclaimed...

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And Locally Loved.
See what your neighbors are saying!
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Picture This!
Imagine your images compiled and indexed for easy searching

All of your photos - slides, prints, and negatives- in a single, easy to use digital format, then printed and indexed in our professionally bound books

You'll also enjoy DigMyPics exclusives:
Real Time Scanning
See your photos as we scan
Don't Want, Don't Pay™
Delete scans you don't want
Fast Turn Around Times
Get and Use Your Photos Sooner

Download your images to Mac or PC

Long term Photo Storage
Free upload to Phanfare

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