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
Monday, August 27, 2007
The Plustek OpticFilm 7300 is a high-resolution film scanner capable of scanning 35mm slides and negatives. The Plustek 7300 model offers a high optical 7200dpi resolution and features Plustek’s new multi-exposure function for negative film. The Plustek OpticFilm 7300 is priced at £145 excluding VAT, available from Jessops in the UK.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
The CanoScan 8800F and CanoScan LiDE90 scanners both offer faster scanning speeds than previous models. The 4800dpi CanoScan 8800F is up to 6 times quicker than its predecessor, the 8600F. The CanoScan LiDE90 replaces the LiDE 70 and is faster in a more compact form. The CanoScan 8800F and CanoScan LiDE90 will be available from October 2007 priced at £149 / €261.00 and £59.00 / €104.00 respectively.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
The Epson V500 Photo is a 6400dpi scanner featuring Epson ReadyScan LED technology for low energy consumption. The V500 is the first Charged-Coupled Device (CCD) scanner to use white LED as a light source and warms up in just one second. The Epson Perfection V500 Photo features a built-in transparency unit for positive or negative film up to medium format. The Epson V500 Photo will cost £199.99 / $249.99 and be available September 2007.
Monday, June 18, 2007
The Epson V200 Photo is a cost effective, high-quality scanner in a compact and slim design. It features 4800dpi optical resolution, Auto Photo Orientation to straighten photos, and a built-in transparency unit with film holding storage. The Epson V200 can scan a range of document sizes, including A4, 35mm strip film x 6 frames and 35mm slide x 4 frames. The Epson V200 Photo will cost £69.99 / $99, available July 2007.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Imaging Resource have reviewed the Epson Perfection V700 Photo scanner.
“We’ve used the V700 for nearly all our scanning, from simple copier tasks through high resolution film scans for prepress. No matter what we threw at it, it never missed a beat. With one of the highest scan resolutions available in a desktop model at 6400 dpi and a dual lens design that can digitize a slide at 2400 dpi in a minute, that’s no surprise. Indeed, VueScan author Ed Hamrick cites it as one of the best high-end flatbeds. “
Saturday, June 2, 2007
PCMag have reviewed the CanoScan 8600F, a 4800 dpi scanner which replaces the CanoScan 8400F.
“The Canon CanoScan 8600F ($180 street) has a lot to live up to. The model it replaces, the CanoScan 8400F, was one of the first inexpensive flatbed scanners to scan film—both slides and strips of film—reasonably well. That was enough to make it an Editors’ Choice. Today, however, plenty of inexpensive scanners can handle film well. Quality that blew away the competition in the 8400F’s day is no longer as impressive. On top of that, the 8600F costs 20 percent more than the 8400F, which means it has to do better to match it on bang for the buck. The good news is that the 8600F does do better.”
Website: PCMag - CanoScan 8600F Review
Friday, June 1, 2007
The Microtek s450 is a new affordable scanner designed for the home office. The Microtek ScanMaker s450 has a new slim design, built-in 35mm transparency adapter, optical resolution of 4800 dpi and 48-bit color. The Microtek s450 is available now for a suggested retail price of $99.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Epson America Press Release
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Nov. 28, 2006 – When it comes to reproducing the highest level of shadow detail and mid-range gray values as quantified by optical density (OD), Epson scanners outperformed competitors in a recent National Software Testing Labs (NSTL) study. “Many people don’t realize the importance of optical density when it comes to choosing a flatbed scanner,” said Phil Amato, product manager, Consumer and Photo Imaging, Epson. “Optical density is really the true measuring stick for understanding how well a scanner can reproduce varying degrees of shadow and noise detail and a big factor in overall image quality.”
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Plustek Press Release
Plustek, a leading manufacturer of sheet-fed and multi-function scanners, today announces that the OpticFilm 7200i will now be sold in selected Jessops stores as well as in the Jessops’ catalogue and online at http://www.jessops.com. Shooping Lin, sales director at Plustek, said: “Plustek is one of the world’s leading scanner manufacturers and one of our key objectives is to target the UK photography market. The appointment of a strong vendor such as Jessops will help us to raise our profile in this market and make our products readily available to target consumers.”
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Microtek Press Release
Microtek ArtixScan M1 follows the Microtek ScanMaker(r) i900 as the next-generation film/flatbed scanner featuring E.D.I.T. for scanning film.
Carson, CA (October 24, 2006)—Microtek, a world-leading manufacturer of digital imaging products, announced today that it is developing the ArtixScan M1, a combined flatbed and film scanner for 35mm, 6cm, and 4x5-inch film formats that also offers additional functionality to scan reflective art or prints as large as 8.5 by 14 inches. Microtek will preview the ArtixScan M1 at the PHOTO PLUS EXPO at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York on November 2, 3 & 4. Equipped with Microtek’s patented Emulsion Direct Imaging Technology(TM) (E.D.I.T.), 4800-dpi optical resolution, 16-bit digital output per channel, auto focus, and new film holders with tension technology, the Microtek ArtixScan M1 offers extraordinary value to photographers, photo enthusiasts, and graphic designers in need of high-quality scans.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Visioneer Press Release
PLEASANTON, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Visioneer, Inc., a leader in intelligent imaging solutions, today announced the Visioneer OneTouch™ 9520 Photo Scanner. The new OneTouch 9520 is an advanced flatbed scanner designed to meet the needs of everyone from amateur photographers to scrapbooking enthusiasts. The OneTouch 9520 Photo Scanner scans photos, negatives and slides up to 4800 x 9600 dpi in 48-bit color. Priced at only $199.99, the OneTouch 9520 comes bundled with award-winning software tools to create collages, restore photos, burn photos to CDs, organize your images, make DVD slide shows and manage documents. “The Visioneer OneTouch 9520 Photo Scanner is the easiest-to-use photo scanner on the market to indulge your creativity,” said Bob Scaglia, senior vice president of retail sales at Visioneer. “With one touch of a button, you can burn your images onto a CD, restore old photos or create scrapbooks of special memories.”
Saturday, September 30, 2006
HP Press Release
The HP Scanjet G4050 Photo Scanner provides breakthrough innovation with 6-colour/96-bit scanning for photos, slides and negatives which gives outstanding colour accuracy in scanning and reproduction, plus a transparent materials adapter that can hold up to sixteen 35mm slides or 30 negative frames for scanning of multiple images. The HP Scanjet G4050 features HP Real Life technologies for professional hardware dust and scratch removal, faded colour restoration and automatic red-eye removal, allowing users to easily restore valuable memories. Four one-touch task buttons, along with included HP Photosmart software and HP Photosmart Share, make it easy to restore, enhance and share photos.
HP Press Release
The HP Scanjet G4010 Photo Scanner gives home users who wish to digitise their memories and documents a new standard in resolution and colour reproduction. It provides breakthrough innovation with 6-colour/96-bit photo scanning, while a built-in adapter makes it easy to convert multiple 35mm slides and negatives into digital files at once. With included HP Real Life technologies, users can easily restore old or damaged photos, slides and negatives by removing dust and scratches, restoring faded colour, automatically removing red-eye and enhancing detail in dark areas of photos. Additionally, the HP Scanjet G4010 Photo Scanner features four one-touch task buttons to quickly organise, edit, share and save scans.
HP Press Release
The HP Scanjet G3010 Photo Scanner provides photo, film and document scanning with a very high resolution for its price range, making it a competitive home scanning solution. Ideal for customers who want to share images with friends and family, the HP Scanjet G3010 makes it easy to quickly preserve and restore memories. With exceptional photo, film and document scanning, users can enjoy high-definition scans at 4800x9600dpi hardware resolution and true-to-life, 48-bit colour that produces reprints as beautiful as the originals.2 A built-in adapter makes it easy to convert 35mm slides and negatives into digital files to be printed, shared and saved. Bundled with HP Photosmart software, users can easily bring old or damaged photos, slides and negatives back to life by removing dust and scratches and restoring faded colour.
Wednesday, September 6, 2006
PCMagazine have just reviewed the Epson Perfection V750 Pro scanner.
“The Epson Perfection V750-M Pro ($799.99 direct) shares most of its traits with the Epson Perfection V700 Photo. Both claim an optical resolution of 6,400 pixels per inch (ppi); both deliver among the best-quality scans I’ve ever seen; and both cost enough to be of interest only to serious photographers, particularly those with a large library of negatives and slides to digitize. But where the target market for the V700 is the serious amateur photographer, the V750-M goes one step further, aiming at both serious amateurs and professionals.”
Thursday, August 24, 2006
The CanoScan 4400F is available from September 2006 with a street price of approximately £79 (€114) RRP INC VAT with the CanoScan 8600F available from October 2006 with a street price of around £149 (€215) RRP INC VAT.
Canon UK Press Release
Canon today announces the launch of two 4800 dpi scanners: the CanoScan 8600F and CanoScan 4400F. Both are high-speed devices that provide exceptional productivity, while Film Adapter Units (FAU) are incorporated for high quality, convenient film scanning. Bundled software packages extend the functionality of both scanners, with the CanoScan 8600F featuring SilverFast SE from LaserSoft for advanced control of the scanning process and extended creative options. The CanoScan 8600F is positioned below the CanoScan 9950F and replaces the CanoScan 8400F, while the CanoScan 4400F offers high performance 4800 dpi scanning at an economical price point.