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.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Germany’s Reflecta GmbH have just announced the reflecta x³-Scan, successor to their budget x²-Scan 35mm film scanner. The new model boasts the same one-second-per-frame scanning speed and 1800ppi optical resolution as its immediate forebear, but adds a 2.4” LCD for immediate image review. Scanned images can be stored either in the 32-megabyte internal memory or on SD memory cards. You can hook the reflecta x³-Scan up directly to a television set via its TV-out port or a PC or Mac via USB - but it can also be used as a standalone device. The x³-Scan comes bundled with two film holders - one for up to 3 mounted slides and one for film strips of up to 6 six frames. The reflecta x³-Scan will cost 199 euros, with shipments commencing in April. Read on for the detailed specifications.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The CanoScan LiDE 700F is the first Canon scanner to offer 9600x9600dpi optical resolution for film. Replacing the CanoScan 4400F model, the CanoScan 700F delivers rapid, high-quality scanning of documents, photos and 35mm film, complete-ing an A4 full colour scan at 300dpi in just 12 seconds. It includes QARE dust and scratch removal for photos, which automatically reduces dust, scratches and grain effect. The CanoScan LiDE 700F will be available from April priced at £119 / €135 / $129.99.
Friday, January 9, 2009
The new Epson Perfection V30 is an affordable yet high-quality flatbed scanner. The Epson V30 offers a resolution of 4800 x 9600 dpi with 48-bit color scanning and 3.2 dynamic range, and the same CCD sensor technology used in higher-end Epson scanners. The V30 has no warm-up time, fast scan speeds and lower power consumption due to Epson’s energy-efficient exclusive ReadyScan LED technology. The Epson V30 is now available for $79.99 / £68.50.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
The HP Scanjet G3110 is a new photo scanner for creating high quality scans of photos, slides, negatives, documents and 3-D objects. The G3110 boasts 4800 x 9600 dpi and 48-bit color resolution scanning for optimum image quality. HP’s scanning technology allows users to enhance images by restoring faded colors, correcting flaws caused by dust particles and scratches, and removing red-eye from scanned images. The HP Scanjet G3110 costs $99 and is available now.
Friday, August 22, 2008
The Epson V300 Photo is a new film scanner with low power consumption. The V300 Photo has a 4800 dpi scan resolution and a built-in transparency unit for scanning 35mm films and slides. It’s also equipped with ReadyScan LED technology which means the unit has low power consumption and requires virtually no warm up time. The Epson V300 Photo costs £69.99 / $99.99 and will be available from 1st November 2008.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
The new CanoScan 5600F, LiDE200 and LiDE100 scanners provide an easy-to-use and affordable way to archive photos. The new Auto Scan Mode has been included on all 3 models, which reduces the scanning process from eight steps down to two. Dual Color Gamut Processing Technology matches the color tones between the original and scanned images for a more accurate reproduction. The CanoScan 5600F can scan up to six frames of a 35mm filmstrip or four 35mm slides at a maximum optical resolution of 4800 x 9600 dots-per-inch, and costs $149.99. The CanoScan LiDE 200 has a maximum optical resolution of 4800 x 4800 dpi while the CanoScan LiDE 100 has a maximum optical resolution of 2400 x 4800 dpi. They cost $89.99 and $59.99 respectively.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Shutterbug have reviewed the Microtek ArtixScan M1 flatbed and film scanner, which features 4800 dpi optical resolution and 4.4 maximum optical density.
“Any photographer with a collection of film images in different format sizes should consider the Microtek ArtixScan M1 Pro. In the past there were compromises, like not enough optical resolution to scan 35mm film, or the need to pay a very high price for a higher-resolution scanner. This new ArtixScan is competitive in performance with dedicated multi-format film scanners at a fraction of their cost.”
Thursday, January 17, 2008
The Plustek OpticFilm 7500i AI / SE are Plustek’s first Mac compatible film scanners and offer a high optical 7,200dpi resolution and 48-bit colour. Both the AI and SE models feature multi-exposure function for negative film as well as a multi-sampling feature that reduces noise. The OpticFilm 7500i AI additionally comes with a SilverFast 35mm IT8 Target calibration, which can generate ICC profiles. The OpticFilm 7500i AI and 7500i SE are priced at £395 and £223 excluding VAT respectively and are available now.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
The long-delayed Microtek ArtixScan M1 flatbed and film scanner is now available in North America. First announced at the end of 2006, the Microtek ArtixScan M1 features 4800 dpi optical resolution, 16-bits per channel, 4.4 maximum optical density, multi-sampling noise reduction, and auto-focus technology. Microtek also announced today the ArtixScan M1 Pro scanner, a new product with additional features to provide greater productivity when scanning film. “The Microtek engineers pushed the ArtixScan M1 forward to a higher performance level with new improvements to the electronic design, optical design, and mechanical design of the scanner,” said Parker Plaisted, Manager of Product Marketing for Microtek. “And with the added features in the ArtixScan M1 Pro, Microtek addressed the need for higher productivity in film scanning.” The Microtek ArtixScan M1 costs $649.99, and the Pro version $799.99.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
PCMag have reviewed the Epson V500 Photo, a 6400dpi scanner featuring Epson ReadyScan LED technology for low energy consumption.
“I don’t generally use sports metaphors in reviews, but sometimes there’s no better way to put it. A case in point is the Epson Perfection V500 Photo ($249.99 direct). Epson has knocked one out of the park with this scanner. It offers high-quality scans for both prints and film and features an LED light source that eliminates warm-up time. Like almost any flatbed scanner, the V500 can handle all-purpose scanning, but it’s focused on photos. This makes it most appropriate for anyone (short of a professional photographer) who needs to scan a backlog of prints and film (including slides) to digital format.”
Website: PCMag - Epson V500 Photo Review