Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The Rollei DF-S 120 SE film scanner is the smaller brother of the DF-S 190 SE, also announced today. The resolution of its 5-megapixel area-array sensor is broadly equivalent to that of a traditional 1800dpi film scanner, but its speed is much higher. Equipped with a fixed-focus lens and a 2.4-inch colour TFT LCD screen, the Rollei DF-S 120 SE will be available from the end of August 2010, priced at €99.95.
The Rollei DF-S 190 SE is a new film scanner with a 9-megapixel area-array sensor and a 2.4” display. In addition to colour negatives and loose slides, the Rollei DF-S 190 SE can also scan framed slides. Thanks to its special scanning tray, it can digitise up to 20 slides per minute. The digitised photos can be saved on an SD memory card or USB flash drive, or transferred directly to a PC or Mac. Available from the end of August 2010 via specialist retailers, the Rollei DF-S 190 SE is priced at €149.95.
Monday, August 9, 2010
The Plustek SmartPhoto P60 is a compact and easy-to-use photo scanner designed to digitise 4x6-inch prints quickly and effortlessly. This 600dpi scanner offers one-button operation and scanning times as low as 18 seconds per print (at 100dpi). Compatible with both Macs and PCs, the Plustek SmartPhoto P60 photo scanner draws power from the computer via USB, alleviating the need for an extra mains socket. Measuring 2.3“x6.9"x1.5” and weighing approximately 0.4lbs, the Smart Photo P60 is available now from Plustek itself.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Canon has added two new CanoScan LiDE Color Image Scanners to its product line-up. The new Canon CanoScan LiDE 210 and LiDE 110 scanners feature maximum optical resolutions of 4800x4800dpi and 2400x4800dpi, respectively. “When the time comes to archive memorable photos or important documents, consumers need to be confident that the finished product will be of high image quality when compared to that of the original,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. “These two new CanoScan scanner models deliver not only great results but show Canon’s commitment to providing products which are energy efficient.” The estimated selling price for both of these Energy Star Compliant colour image scanners is $89.99 for the LiDE210 and $59.99 for the LiDE110.
Update: As of 19th August 2010, the CanoScan LiDE 110 and 210 are also announced in Europe. They are priced at £75/€89 and £95/€109, respectively, and available from September 2010.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Hama has unveiled a portable standalone photo scanner that scans prints up to 10x15cm in size, and saves the results on SD cards. The scanning resolution is 300 dots per inch, the colour depth is 24 bits, and the digitised images are saved in JPEG format. The scanner can be connected to a digital frame using the supplied USB cable. The device is available from Hama at an SRP of €77.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Pandigital has announced that it has expanded its line of photo scanners with a new model – the Pandigital Personal Photo Scanner/Converter – that can scan print photos up to 8.5x11” large. Requiring no PC to convert print photos into digital images, the Pandigital Personal Photo Scanner/Converter is a standalone device that scans photos at at 600 dpi onto the included SD memory card at the touch of a button. And while the scanner can accommodate prints up to 8 ½ x 11 inches, it can also scan in photos as small as wallet-sized or any size in-between. The Pandigital Personal Photo Scanner/Converter is available now for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $149.99.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
The Epson Perfection V330 Photo is a new all-purpose, 4800x9600dpi photo scanner with a built-in transparency unit that enables it to scan slides and negatives. The Perfection V330 comes with Epson’s ReadyScan and Easy Photo Fix technologies on board, and features four customisable buttons for convenient one-touch scanning, copying, scan-to-email, and creating PDFs. Also introduced today is the new Epson Perfection V33, a scanner that is almost identical to the V330 except that it lacks the built-in transparency unit. Available from mid-June, the Epson Perfection V33 and V330 are priced at $89 and $119 respectively.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Today Canon launched the CanoScan 9000F, a 9600dpi photo and document scanner that is also capable of scanning a range of film formats. In addition to a hardware resolution of 9600x9600dpi, the CanoScan 9000F also boasts a colour depth of 48 bits and improved scanning times. Capable of digitising both mounted 35mm slides and film strips in 35mm and 120 format, the CanoScan 9000F comes with Canon’s Film Automatic Retouching and Enhancement (FARE) Level 3 technology on board for removing dust and scratches using infrared light. The bundled software package includes Adobe Photoshop Elements, ArcSoft PhotoStudio and LaserSoft’s SilverFast SE. The CanoScan 9000F will be available from June 2010 priced at £229.00 / €240.00 / $249.99.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Plustek is showing off its newest products, including its latest 35mm film scanner, at CES 2010. The film scanner in question is the recently launched Plustek OpticFilm 7600i (pictured) dual-platform film scanner for both PC and Mac users, which boasts an optical resolution of 7200x7200dpi, an infrared channel for hardware-based dust and scratch removal, and a new white LED light source for more vivid results and precise colour rendering. Other Plustek products on display at CES include the MobileOffice D428 a duplex colour scanner and the MobileOffice D450, an the MobileOffice D428 ($349), a Windows 7-ready duplex color scanner capable of scanning items up to credit card-thick, the MobileOffice D450.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Reflecta GmbH has announced the Reflecta x4-Scan - a fast, mobile, battery operated standalone 35mm film scanner. The new x4-Scan offers a 2,4” LCD Display, an integrated SD/SDHC card slot and a lithium-ion battery to allow using the scanner completely independent from a PC or mains supply. The Reflecta x4-Scan can be used to digitise both film strips and mounted slides. It takes two seconds to scan a frame, and the resultant digital photographs have a resolution of 5 megapixels. The scanner is available at a price of €139 including VAT.
Website: reflecta x4-Scan (PDF)
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Pandigital today announced the addition of two new portable photo scanners to its PhotoLink line. The new Pandigital PhotoLink One-Touch 5x7 Scanner allows consumers to scan 5x7-inch (13x18cm, or smaller) traditional prints onto a memory card or directly to a PC. The Pandigital PhotoLink Personal Photo Scanner (see picture above) enables consumers to digitise slides, negatives and smaller prints. The digitised photos have a resolution of 1800x1200 pixels. Both scanners can output the files onto a variety of memory cards, and both come complete with a 512-megabyte SD card. The PhotoLink One-Touch 5x7 Scanner has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $129.99 and is available now at various retail locations. The PhotoLink Personal Photo Scanner also has an MSRP of $129.99 and is available exclusively on QVC through December 5, 2009.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Plustek’s new, high-resolution dedicated 35mm film scanners are now available from Jessops. The Plustek OpticFilm 7400 and the Plustek OpticFilm 7600i are the successors of the OpticFilm 7300 and 7500i (read review), respectively. Both feature 7200x7200dpi hardware resolution, multisampling, software-based smart removal of defect and auto adaptive contrast optimisation. Additionally, the OpticFilm 7600i has an infrared channel for hardware-based dust and scratch removal. Both scanners boast a new white LED light source for more vivid results and precise colour rendering. The OpticFilm 7400 comes bundled with SilverFast SE Plus, whereas the OpticFilm 7600i can be bought with either SilverFast 6.6 SE Plus (Multi-Exposure) or SilverFast 6.6 AI Studio.IT8 (Multi-Exposure), the latter of which offers fully automated IT8 calibration. The OpticFilm 7400 is available for £199, the OpticFilm 7600i SE for £269, and the OpticFilm 7600i AI for £379 from Jessops.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The Summit Photofix SP is a new film scanner that can be used to digitise 110 and 135 format negatives and transparencies even without the use of a PC. Simply place your film into the supplied carrier, insert it into the slot on the Photofix scanner and you can instantly browse through your images on the SP5’s 2.4-inch colour screen. For viewing negatives there is a convenient switch to make the image appear corrected to positive for easy viewing before scanning. Digitised images are saved on SD cards. Featuring a 5-megapixel area-array sensor and a fixed-focus lens, the Summit Photofix SP5 will be available from the middle of November at a retail price of £119.99.
Friday, September 4, 2009
The Plustek OpticFilm 7600Ai, 7600iSE and 7400 are three new negative and transparency scanners. With a maximum resolution of 7200dpi, the Plustek 7400, 7600iSE and 7600Ai feature Multi Sampling to minimize noise, ACRTM (Adaptive Colour Restoration) to improve colour saturation on faded slides/negatives, and SRDTM (Smart Removal of Defects) to reduce and remove dust and scratch marks. For photographers looking for the best quality scans, the 7600 iSE incorporates an infra red scan to assist the infra red Smart Removal of Defects facility, whilst the 7600Ai version also incorporates Silver Fast Ai Studio software. The Plustek OpticFilm 7400, 7600iSE and 7600Ai are available now for £199.99, £269.99 and £379.99 respectively.
The palm size 6x4 inch Plustek SmartPhoto P60 photo scanner turns your prints and photographs into digital files in seconds. The Plustek P60 needs no warm up time or any complicated software and has a simple pop up user interface. Plustek’s SmartPhoto P60 is a simple way of digitizing your files so that they can be shared, or maybe transferred onto a digital photo frame for home or as a gift. The Plustek SmartPhoto P60 Scanner is available now for £89.99.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
The Epson Perfection V600 Photo is a new energy-efficient scanner for photographers. The Epson V600 has low power consumption for maximum efficiency and no warm-up time for instant scanning, plus 6400dpi optical resolution and 3.4DMAX optical density for film scanning. It also features a built-in Transparency Unit (TPU) that supports full panoramic medium format film and supports both Windows 7 and Snow Leopard. The Epson V600 will be available from 5th October 2009 for £259.99 / $249.99.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
RCP-Technik GmbH has announced three new Rollei branded photo / slide scanners. The first photo scanner from Rollei, the P-S 100 (pictured), has been designed to digitise photographic prints of popular sizes like 9x13cm, 10x15cm (4x6”) and 13x18cm (5x7”). The Rollei DF-S 110 and DF-S 100 models are slide scanners, whose claim to fame is that they can digitise mounted 35mm slides very quickly. All of these scanners appear to have a 5-megapixel CMOS type area-array sensor inside, which is responsible for the fast scan speeds. The P-S 100 and the DF-S 110 can also output interpolated 5184x3360-pixel scans. These two models cost €149.95, while the Rollei DF-S 100 will be available for €129.95 RRP.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Epson America today announced the Epson Perfection V500 Office scanner that effortlessly combines the productivity features of a document scanner and the image quality of a photo scanner into a compact package. The Epson Perfection V500 Office inherits some of the features, functions and characteristics of the existing Epson Perfection V500 Photo scanner, such as a resolution of 6300dpi, a transparency unit for film scanning and Digital ICE Technology for dust and scratch removal in film scans. What the new scanner adds is a 30-page automatic document feeder with scan speeds of up to three pages per minute, which makes for quick document scanning and thus for certain users eliminates the need for separate document and photo scanners. The Epson Perfection V500 Office will be available in September 2009 for an estimated street price of $350.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Plustek has released the new Plustek OpticFilm 7600i dedicated 35mm film scanner, which boasts an optical resolution of 7200x7200dpi, an infrared channel for hardware-based dust and scratch removal, and a new white LED light source for more vivid results and precise colour rendering. The Plustek OpticFilm 7600i offers 48-bit scanning, a dMax of 3.5, a fast preview time of around 8 seconds and USB 2.0 connectivity via a supplied USB cable. The scanner weighs in at just 1.6kg and comes with a carry bag and two film holders; one for film strips of up to six frames, and one for up to four mounted slides. The Plustek OpticFilm 7600i is compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista and Mac OS 10.3.9 and higher. The SE version comes bundled with SilverFast 6.6 SE Plus Multi-Exposure, while the AI variant ships with SilverFast 6.6 AI Studio IT8 Multi-Exposure and comes with a free IT8 calibration target.
The Plustek OpticFilm 7600i is already listed by some European online retailers, who quote around €270-300 for the SE version and up to €450 for the AI variant. In the U.S.A. the OpticFilm 7600i has not been released yet.
Website: Plustek OpticFilm 7600i AI
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
EU3C Company Ltd. announced that the company has officially been granted patents in both Japan and Taiwan on its proprietary standalone film scanning technology. EU3C has patents pending for the Standalone Film Scanner in the USA, the European Union, South Korea and China as well. EU3C’s standalone Filmscan II has been available since November 2008. It incorporates a 5 million pixel CMOS array sensor and a 2.4” TFT LCD display, and scans 35mm film at a resolution of 1800ppi, without the need to be connected to a computer.