Category: Scanners

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Plustek OpticFilm 7600i

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film, Scanners
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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 Granted Patent on Filmscan II Technology

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Scanners
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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

reflecta x³-Scan

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Scanners
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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

CanoScan LiDE 700F

Mark Goldstein | Scanners

CanoScan LiDE 700FThe 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

Epson Perfection V30

Mark Goldstein | Scanners

Polaroid PoGoThe 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

HP Scanjet G3110

Mark Goldstein | Scanners

HP Scanjet G3110The 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

Epson V300 Photo

Mark Goldstein | Scanners

Epson V300 PhotoThe 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

CanoScan 5600F, LiDE200 and LiDE100

Mark Goldstein | Scanners

CanoScan 5600FThe 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

Microtek ArtixScan M1 Review

Mark Goldstein | Scanners

Microtek ArtixScan M1Shutterbug 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.”

Website: Shutterbug - Microtek ArtixScan M1 Review

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Plustek OpticFilm 7500i AI / SE

Mark Goldstein | Scanners

Plustek OpticFilm 7500i AI / SEThe 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

Microtek ArtixScan M1 Now Shipping

Mark Goldstein | Scanners

Microtek ArtixScan M1The 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

Epson V500 Photo Review at PCMag

Mark Goldstein | Scanners

Epson V500 Photo ScannerPCMag 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

Plustek OpticFilm 7300 Scanner

Mark Goldstein | Scanners

Plustek OpticFilm 7300The 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

CanoScan 8800F and CanoScan LiDE90

Mark Goldstein | Scanners

CanoScan 8800FThe 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

Epson V500 Photo Scanner

Mark Goldstein | Scanners

Epson V500 Photo ScannerThe 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

Epson V200 Photo Scanner

Mark Goldstein | Scanners

Epson V200 Photo ScannerThe 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

Epson Perfection V700 Review at Imaging Resource

Mark Goldstein | Scanners

Epson Perfection V700 PhotoImaging 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. “

Website: Imaging Resource - Epson Perfection V700 Review

Saturday, June 2, 2007

CanoScan 8600F Review at PCMag

Mark Goldstein | Scanners

CanoScan 8600FPCMag 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

Microtek s450

Mark Goldstein | Scanners

Microtek s450The 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 Flatbed Scanners Deliver Superior Optical Density

Mark Goldstein | Scanners

Epson Perfection V750-M ProEpson 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.”