Monday, August 29, 2011
Kenro has announced the UK launch of a new photo digitising device called the Reflecta Imagebox LCD9. Equipped with a 9-megapixel area-array sensor, the Reflecta Imagebox LCD9 is claimed to deliver a resolution comparable to a 2400ppi scan from 35mm film. In addition to digitising slides and negatives, the Reflecta Imagebox can also scan prints of up to 6x4 inches. The unit can be operated independently from a computer, and comes with a dust and scratch removal system based on infrared technology (available for negatives and transparencies, but not prints). The device comes with a holder for 4 mounted slides, another holder for loose film strips of up to 6 frames, power adaptor, USB cable, TV cable and user manual for a recommended retail price of £280.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Epson has just introduced the Epson Artisan 837 ($299.99) and Artisan 730 ($199.99) wireless all-in-one printers for photo enthusiasts. The company claims that the Epson Artisan 837 and Artisan 730 deliver the world’s fastest 4”x6” photo print speeds of any inkjet photo all-in-one priced at $299 or less. Both models allow users to print from any room in the house with built-in wireless and Ethernet networking, and both. offer Epson Connect for hassle-free printing on the go. With Epson Connect, mobile device users can print photos and documents directly from compatible tablets, smart phones and other mobile devices. Both devices are capable of scanning and copying reflective media such as documents and prints. The difference between the two models is that the flagship Epson Artisan 837 also offers high-speed colour copying and faxing with a 30-page automatic document feeder.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Hama has just announced a new scanner that allows users to quickly digitise their 10x15cm or smaller prints as well as their collection of negatives. The Hama “Combo” Photo Scanner scans a 10x15cm print in five seconds at 300ppi, and is able to digitise a film strip of six frames in ten seconds at 1200ppi. The resulting digital photos can then be transferred to a PC or digital photo frame, or saved to SD memory cards or Memory Sticks. The suggested retail price of the Hama “Combo” Photo Scanner is €89. The product will be on display at the IFA trade show in Berlin.
Monday, July 4, 2011
Plustek has announced its partnership with Luxipics that allows Plustek OpticFilm 7600i SE and OpticFilm 7600i Ai scanner customers to create and personalise a fully-hosted portfolio website for £49.99 for a whole year (normally £79.99). Those who purchase a Plustek OpticFilm 7600i SE or OpticFilm 7600i Ai 35mm film scanner will find a voucher inside the product box entitling them to the £30 discount. The offer is valid on purchases made in the UK only and ends June 2012, although the voucher codes will expire in June 2013. To create a website, users simply have to enter the Plustek voucher code during the Luxipics’ sign-up process.
Monday, June 13, 2011
The Reflecta ProScan 7200 is a new super-fast CCD scanner. The ProScan 7200 scans slides and negatives with optical resolutions as high as 3600 dpi, and optical density of 3.8 Dmax, in just 1 minute 35 seconds for a colour scan with 3600 dpi and 48 bit colour depth. The scanner comes supplied with holders for four mounted 35mm slides up to 3.2mm thick and film strips up to six exposures. The unit also comes with Photoshop Elements and Reflecta’s in-house scanning software, Cyberview X. The ProScan 7200 is available now with an RRP of £449.99.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Kenro has announced the UK launch of the Reflecta x4plus-Scan film scanner. The x4plus-Scan features a nine-megapixel area-array CMOS image sensor which utilises Instant Photo Capture technology (as in a digital camera) for quick digitisation of 110 and 135 format negatives and slides. This new addition to the Reflecta range features a 2.4” LCD display, an integrated SD/SDHC card slot and a lithium battery that allows the scanner to be used independently from a computer or power supply. The scanner comes supplied with film holders for three framed slides up to 3.2mm thick, film strips up to six exposures and for 110mm film strips up to eight exposures. The Reflecta x4plus-Scan is available now with an RRP of £160.
Friday, May 6, 2011
The Reflecta x6 TouchScan is a new device for digitising 135 and 110 format film. Equipped with a nine-megapixel area-array CMOS sensor, a 2.8” colour screen and an SD card slot, the Reflecta x6 TouchScan works without being connected to a computer. The scanner can run on a Lithium-ion battery but can also draw power from an AC outlet. The scope of delivery includes the device itself, a holder for three framed 35mm slides up to 3.2mm thick, another holder for loose film strips of up to six frames, a third holder for up to eight frames of 110 (pocket) format film, an USB cable, an AC adapter, a rechargeable battery and a TV-Out cable. The price of the Reflecta x6 TouchScan is €159 including 19% German VAT.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Rollei has announced two new film and photo scanners. Featuring 9-megapixel area-array sensors, both models are extremely fast in use, requiring only one second to digitise a slide. Offering one-touch scanning and SD card compatibility, the Rollei DF-S 290 HD (€199.95) offers is supplied with a carriage for mounted slides and negatives, a slide magazine, a cleaning brush, HDMI, USB and AV cables as well as a power adapter. The scanner has an HDMI out port that allows users to view their freshly digitised images on an HDTV. The Rollei PDF-S 300 Pro (€249.00, pictured) additionally allows users to scan prints of up to 10x15cm, and comes with a dust- and scratch removal function (though it lacks the HDMI connectivity of the DF-S290 HD).
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Two Epson printers and an Epson scanner received TIPA awards this year. The Epson Stylus Photo R3000 won the title, “Best Expert Photo Printer”, the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 was announced the “Best Large Format Printer”, while the “Best Photo Scanner” award has been scooped up by the Epson Perfection V330 Photo (pictured).
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Kenro has been named the UK and Ireland distributor for Reflecta. Formed in 1967 in Nuremburg, Reflecta produces a wide range of film and slide scanners, from a simple entry level unit costing around the £60 mark, right up to a high-end model at over £1,100. Kenro will be marketing the full selection, together with many other products in the Reflecta range including digital microscopes, endoscopes, video and studio lights, USB record players plus a selection of slide projectors.
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)