An inexpensive digital film reader has been developed which can automatically record x and y coordinates of manually located points within a 2.5 cm x 2.5 cm area to within 20μ. The reader consists of a projection microscope with an instrumented movable stage. Positions of images on films clamped to the stage are determined by moving the stage until the target image point falls under a cross hair on the projection screen. Coordinates of the stage position are sensed with a digital voltmeter. The voltmeter drives a keypunch which records film position data in a form compatible with computer processing.