Epson V350 Photo and Epson V100 Photo Scanners
Epson America Press Release
LONG BEACH, Calif., July 24, 2006 – Epson America Inc. today announces its newest consumer scanners – the Epson Perfection™ V350 Photo and Epson Perfection V100 Photo, targeting Chief Memory Officers™ , photo enthusiasts and advanced amateur photographers who want to easily restore and archive their cherished photos, negatives and slides, as well as scan items for creative projects with ease. The Epson Perfection V350 Photo and Epson Perfection V100 Photo scanners, with estimated street prices of $149 and $99 respectively, both feature a newly designed slim case suited for either portrait or landscape orientation with a high-rise lid and hinge that can be opened up to 180 degrees. This lid allows for greater flexibility in scanning three-dimensional objects up to 25mm thick, as well as oversized objects, photos and documents. In addition, the scanners offer premium value with a maximum hardware resolution up to 4800 x 9600 dpi on the Perfection V350 Photo and up to 3200 x 9600 dpi on the Perfection V100 Photo. Both models offer 48-bit color scanning and 3.2 dynamic range for high quality scans, as well as Epson Easy Photo Fix® for automatic color restoration of faded photos.
The scanners also feature Epson’s new Digital Dust Correction technology, a more intelligent tool that automatically detects and removes unwanted dust particles from scans while maintaining the integrity of the original image. Some dust removal technologies apply detection to
the whole image, which can mistakenly remove important details that resemble dust or debris. Epson’s solution separates an image into different areas – those with many image elements and those with few image elements – and works to remove defects only in the clearer areas. In this manner, dust is removed from only those areas where it would be most visible, minimizing the risk that real image content would erroneously be deleted. This patent-pending technology is only available for Epson scanners.
Another key advancement for the Perfection V350 Photo and Perfection V100 Photo is Epson’s improved Back Light Correction technology. This feature corrects poorly exposed photos that result when the subject is in front of a bright background. In addition to automatically adjusting the underexposed foreground subject, this feature takes the process one step further by color balancing the overall image. This results in a more natural-looking image with corrected exposure and better color reproduction.
“Epson Perfection scanners strive to deliver the best quality and overall value for preserving treasured photos at these price points,” said Philip Amato, product manager, scanners, Epson. “With so many digital imaging enhancement tools housed within a sleek, innovative design, these consumer-level scanners continue to be a smart choice for anyone who wants outstanding imaging technologies without breaking the bank.”
These scanners also have four convenient front panel buttons that allow customers to automatically scan for copies and e-mail attachments, as well as generate Adobe® PDF files. Both feature Hi-speed USB 2.0 ports for fast data transfer.
The Epson Perfection V350 Photo
For advanced amateur photographers, the Epson Perfection V350 Photo boasts an impressive 4800 x 9600 dpi maximum hardware resolution for reproducing and enlarging images with incredible detail and accuracy. This resolution matches that used by many professionals when scanning film and allows for large prints to be made without the loss of image quality.
In addition, the Perfection V350 Photo features a unique Automatic Film Loader (AFL) built into the top of the scanner lid for effortless film scanning of 35mm film strips, up to six frames at a time. Customers who have shoeboxes full of negatives will find the AFL an invaluable tool for scanning large quantities of negative strips. Users can also scan film with a traditional film holder and the built-in transparency adapter.
The Epson Perfection V350 Photo will be available in August for an estimated street price of $149 and can be purchased through Epson authorized dealers, consumer electronic stores, mail order and on the Epson Store Web site (http://www.epsonstore.com).
The Epson Perfection V100 Photo
Ideal for Chief Memory Officers and photo enthusiasts, the Epson Perfection V100 Photo delivers amazing output quality and color restoration capabilities at a very affordable price. This model offers the same Epson Easy Photo Fix, Digital Dust Correction and Back Light Correction technologies available with the Perfection V350 Photo, but without the AFL. The scanner includes a built-in transparency adapter that can scan 35mm film strips (up to six frames per strip) or four 35mm mounted slides for added versatility. This film holder, which has a higher capacity than the predecessor model, allows for a greater number of images to be batch-scanned for increased productivity and ease of use.
The Epson Perfection V100 Photo will be available in late July for an estimated street price of $99 and can be purchased through Epson authorized dealers, consumer electronic stores, mail order and on the Epson Store Web site (http://www.epsonstore.com).
Epson Easy Photo Fix Technology and Other Powerful Software
Faded color photos can be easily and affordably restored with the Epson Easy Photo Fix software included with the new scanners. Customers simply scan an image and click on a check box for instant color restoration or dust removal.
The Epson Scan driver has three different modes designed for a wide range of users and experience: Full Auto mode, which automatically scans at pre-determined settings for entry-level users; Home mode, which offers some pre-set recommended settings for the advanced amateur; and the Professional mode, which allows access to all scan settings, giving the advanced user maximum control.
Both scanners also include a selection of other software for photo editing and document scanning, including ArcSoft® PhotoImpression™ 5, ABBYY® Fine Reader® Sprint OCR and the Epson Creativity Suite.
Carrying a one-year limited warranty, the Perfection V350 Photo and Perfection V100 Photo are supported by the Epson Connection, a fully-automated customer support and technical assistance line. For more information on Epson and its products, call 1-800-GO-EPSON (1-800-463-7766) or visit the Epson website at http://www.epsonstore.com
About Epson America Inc.
Epson offers an extensive array of award-winning image capture and image output products for the consumer, business, photography, and graphic arts markets. The company is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) printers and transaction terminals for the retail market. Founded in 1975, Epson America Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, a global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality technology products that meet customer demands for increased functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency. Epson America, Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif.