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Top Of The Best Photo Albums & Accessories Reviewed In 2018Last Updated January 1, 2019
№1 – Woodmin 120 Pockets PU Leather Binder Coil Photo Album for 3-inch Fujifilm Instax Films, Fuji Mini 8 8+ Mini 9 70 90 25 50s 7s Photo Book Ticket Album Guest Book (Green)
№2 – Gvirtue 17 in 1 Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera Accessories Bundles (Mini 8 Case/ Albums/ Selfie Lens/ Colors Close-up Lens/ Wall Hang Frames/Film Frame/ Film Stickers/ Photo Bags) (Pink)
№3 – Sprite Science Fujifilm Instax Mini Photo Album 64 Pockets
Private Photo Vault
Private Photo Vault is one of the best free applications to protect your personal photos and videos by password/pattern-locking. This feature-rich app allows easy album organization by allowing you to transfer images and videos from iPhone’s photo app to your new protected album. All you need to do is select photos you want to hide and password-protect them on your private album.
Private Photo Vault has a tri-protect system. You can either hide your photos via a secure password system or a nifty pattern lock system. There’s also a pin lock option that lets you hide an image by entering a 4-digit pin.
Of many additional features, my favorite is the decoy password option. It allows users to enter two passwords – one for the personal picture album and a main password for the normal one. You can then enter the main password if someone finds this app and tells you to show what’s behind the protected album. With a smooth interface, and simple yet extremely secure protection option, the app is a good way to hide your photos on your phone.
The photo-hiding feature of SpyCalc seems to be inspired by a James Bond flick. This amazing gadget lets you hide pictures on your iPhone behind an innocent-looking calculator. The app works exactly like a normal calculator, but doubles as a secret safe, where you can type in a number combination to hide/unhide photos.
Another free application, KeepSafe has an easy-to-use pin lock system that lets you type in a four-digit pin to hide photos on your phone. It has a nice little private camera feature that lets you take pictures and hide them directly into the app–no need for these pictures to spend any time unprotected.
Along with pictures, KeepSafe also lets you hide videos as well. All you need to do is open the application, select the items you want to pin-protect, and import them to the application. Make sure you delete the picture from your iPhone’s photo app after importing it to the application. You can also create albums inside the app and transfer pictures directly to them.
KeepSafe is a nifty little app that gives you total control over your media. It has only one protection system, but is effective enough to hide private pictures.
Pic Lock 2.0
Pic Lock 2.0 is a free photo-hiding application that allows users to protect their private pictures by entering a strong pass code or by creating a complex pattern via a nifty pattern locking system. The app supports iPhone and has a very smooth user interface.
Pic Lock 2.0 offers everything a standard photo-lock app has. These include iTunes sharing via USB, and importing and exporting pictures from and to your iPhone photo app. The free version of the app won’t have regular updates; the paid version promises lifetime updates, to fix stability issues and add new features.
KYMS is another fun app that lets you hide your private pictures on iPhone via a calculator gadget. The app hides both photos and videos, and has a solid password feature. All videos, whether FLV or AVI, can be played directly into the app, thanks to the integrated video support with the help of Airplay. Unfortunately, this feature is only available with the paid version.
KYMS also doubles as document protection software. You can import PDF and text files to your app and keep them hidden behind a calculator. You can view the documents, like videos, from inside the application, thanks to a nifty viewer integrated within the app. Another good aspect is the password recovery feature that lets you recover forgotten passwords via a special PUK code.
The app is free, but many of its amazing features are available via in-app purchases. You can import photos, documents and videos via iTunes or the device camera.
Why you should trust me
I’ve been covering camera and printer gear here at The Wirecutter since 201and have worked as a professional photographer and digital imaging consultant for 1years. I also ran my own digital printmaking shop for a nearly a decade, producing high resolution drum scans and inkjet prints on wide format inkjet printers. I’m on the faculty of New York City’s International Center of Photography and lead photography workshops around the country.
No source that we could turn up has sent identical scan jobs to multiple services and compared the results side by side. So we did.
To find the best scanning service, we sent out duplicate sets of prints and film to 1different online providers across the country. Photo: Amadou Diallo
Using these criteria we were able to narrow the field to a list of contenders small enough to ship out identical sets of prints, slides, and negatives for comparison. For a more detailed look at the services we eliminated and why, see The competition, below.
Flaws but not dealbreakers
If we had to identify one recurring flaw in the scans from Memories Renewed, it would be that images did not always come back with a neutral color rendering. When we sent in old photos, the resulting scans were more faithful to the color of the faded original prints than a more neutral color correction would be, as you can see in the example below.
The scan from Memories Renewed (left) maintains the warm tint of the original Polaroid print. By contrast, a scan of the same photo by Dijifi (right) shows a neutral white balance. Photo: Jacqui Cheng
The black-and-white negatives we got from Memories Renewed had a warm color cast. While the effect wasn’t by any means unpleasant, we much prefer the neutral monochrome images we got from both DigMyPics and Dijifi.
Black-and-white negatives from Memories Renewed were scanned with a warm color cast. In the image above, we removed all color from the top half to illustrate how much warmer the scan is from a neutral gray. Photo: Amadou Diallo
These are minor flaws, however. And it’s worth pointing out that the users most likely to be concerned about these issues will likely have enough experience with image editing software to quickly make any necessary adjustments on their own.
A (potentially) less expensive pick for basic scan needs
DigMyPics won’t fix damaged photos, but its real-time tracking system lets you monitor your job’s progress, and you can delete unwanted images from your order.
Epson FastFoto FF-640
For people who don’t want to risk sending off their photos in the mail, and are willing to put a bit of time into scanning them themselves, we recommend the Epson FastFoto FF-640, a photo-oriented document scanner. It’ll let you scan your photos, and once you’ve digitized your memories, provide competent document scanning. The FastFoto is a modified document scanner that can work through a stack of photographs at around one image per second, far more quickly than manually arranging photos on a flatbed scanner and then cropping each one individually. But the FF-640 makes the scanning process simple and fast enough that we like it as an option if you have a very large number photos to scan, need immediate turnaround, or simply aren’t comfortable putting precious family mementos in the mail—and have the time to invest in scanning them yourself.
Of the 1services we ended up actually testing, we were able to dismiss some based on quality and performance. We shipped out photos to California-based Scan Digital on July 2and didn’t receive them back in New York until October 26, a wait of three full months. (The fastest scanning service we tested returned scans within a week.) And outside of an automated email sent moments after placing the order we received no communication from Scan Digital during the long wait. They did provide a link to their order tracking tool, but it would simply show our job stuck on the same status for weeks at a time.
The similarly named Scan To Digital disappointingly returned our original prints and film in nothing more than a bubble-padded envelope (without even a protective layer of cardboard). It would not have taken much for the envelope to get bent or crushed during shipping, obviously a bad thing if you’ve sent in family mementos.
Scan To Digital returned our prints and film in a letter envelope slid inside a padded mailer, offering zero protection against damage while in transit. Photo: Amadou Diallo
Southtree captures their film scans at an unusually low resolution, resulting in 35mm negatives digitized at just 1,600 pixels wide. That’s fine for web viewing and plenty for emailing, but if you ever needed to make a print from that file, you will be limited to a 4-by-photo. By comparison, most other services gave us files that were 5,600 pixels wide, enough to make a 16-by-20 print.
Scan Cafe advertises appealingly low scan prices of 33¢ or less per item. But that’s only for images shipped out to Bangalore, India, where Scan Cafe does the actual scanning. For those who aren’t comfortable risking their family mementos making a trip around the world, Scan Cafe offers the option to have scans done in the US. This reduces turnaround time from six weeks to days, but the US scanning prices are higher. We paid 64¢ per scan (excluding shipping). And the scan quality was average—not horrible, but not great either.
Scan quality varies greatly between companies. Sending duplicates of the same photo print (top), we got wildly inaccurate scans from (left to right) Go Photo, Larsen Digital and Fotobridge. Photo: Amadou Diallo
The Montclair, N.J. group Pinegrove have two logos: one, a small box intersected with an identical box, is favored among their legions of young and tattooed fans, as evidenced in an endless stream of RTs on the band’s page. The other is an ampersand. This summer, when Pitchfork interviewed the band’s frontman, Evan Stephens Hall—a 27-year-old of highly enthusiastic, bookish charisma—he said he’d thought about publishing a pamphlet on Pinegrove iconography. Both symbols, he said, are intended to reflect an ethos of multiplicity, of many simultaneous realities, and thus of radical empathy.
In a post-truth age, who needs words, anyway? Certainly not William Tyler, whose guitar talks the talk on
Modern Country, his fourth album. A former member of Lambchop, Kurt Wagner’s long-running Nashville-based country-soul collective, Tyler’s ambitions always pointed further out than just being a solo guitarist. When he released his debut in 200(under the name the Paper Hats), Tyler’s instrumentals mixed in drones, and subsequent releases have featured clattering avant jams (2014’s Blue Ash Montgomery cassette) and pedal steel-laced krautrock covers soaring towards the Western horizon (2014’s
Lost Colony EP). But like the genre it takes its name from, Modern Country is extremely accessible. Welcoming of every experimental deviance, the album firmly establishes Tyler as a link in the chain of experimental American guitarists who know that sometimes, lyrics just spoil the fun. –Jesse Jarnow
At the time of this writing, Kevin Gates’ major label debut,, is one of only two rap albums released this year
Front Row Seat to Earth
Though Natalie Mering wears her ’70s rock influences proudly on her sleeve, Weyes Blood is careful not to rehash the past. Gorgeous synth strings, blocky piano chords, and vast harmony stacks lift her powerful, baroque voice. She often sings about modern topics; on “Generation Why,” she amusedly recounts her fractious relationship with technology. “Goin’ to see end of days/I’ve been hanging on my phone all day/And the fear goes away,” she lilts as phantom background vocalists rise alongside a rumbling organ and acoustic guitar plucks resound, seemingly from a dream.
Front Row Seat to Earth has many of these moments, where Mering’s vocals and arrangements coalesce into a melancholy, beautiful cry to the heavens—not a plea to a higher power, but a declaration of worthiness in the present day. –Noah Yoo
Vince Staples cites “Kurt Cobain dreams,” but the suicidal Nirvana frontman serves as a stand-in for anyone who ever felt the walls close in. If rock/rap star alienation is its own genre, Staples rehabilitates it on this barely 20-minute EP—part F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Crack-Up,” part psychedelic gangsta rap industrial rave brawl soundtracked by James Blake, DJ Dahi, and No I.D. Unlike his more self-pitying peers, Staples lucidly dissects his psychological disintegration. We see the pitfalls and contradictions of celebrity—the pressures that mount when you need to escape poverty and violence but can’t turn your back on the place that raised you.
Prima Donna is existentially trapped music—when you’re too wealthy to complain but branded a consumer product, forced to answer condescending questions, and smile for inane selfies. When Staples sings in that wounded croak, “this little light of mine,” it’s hard to imagine anyone else so artfully distilling the darkness. –Jeff Weiss
For Those Of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have)
Huerco S.’s ambient album
For Those of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have), was this year’s great salve. It evoked that liminal state between awake and asleep, when your whirring brain slows down enough to let your body rest. The burbling, drunken loop of “Lifeblood” is in constant danger of being overtaken by a lush drone, while “Marked for Life” drags warmth from what sounds like the flickering glow of a million computer screens. But the real feat of this record is the sequencing, beginning with the pillowy ambient of “A Sea of Love” and ending with a look to the stars via “The Sacred Dance.” In between, the album lurches and drifts through underwater atmospherics, subtle sonar pings, and blunted nostalgia trips via the sound of ’70s science films. At the right volume, it can muffle the outside world entirely.
Much has been made of how these tracks cut off abruptly, like the producer didn’t know how to end them. It’s consistently jarring, but it also makes sense. Endings require answers—or at least some gesture toward certainty. But when that certainty is impossible, For Those… acts as an antidote. –Sam Hockley-Smith
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Photo Albums & Accessories wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Photo Albums & Accessories
- №1 — Woodmin 120 Pockets PU Leather Binder Coil Photo Album for 3-inch Fujifilm Instax Films, Fuji Mini 8 8+ Mini 9 70 90 25 50s 7s Photo Book Ticket Album Guest Book (Green)
- №2 — Gvirtue 17 in 1 Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera Accessories Bundles (Mini 8 Case/ Albums/ Selfie Lens/ Colors Close-up Lens/ Wall Hang Frames/Film Frame/ Film Stickers/ Photo Bags) (Pink)
- №3 — Sprite Science Fujifilm Instax Mini Photo Album 64 Pockets