The Polaroid SprintScan 4000
This new Polaroid Sprint-Scan
4000 is the first 35mm consumer model offered to the individual user
that goes beyond 2700-2800dpi resolution. It is an all new model, not
just a resolution upgrade to previous SprintScan models, and it also
offers a very effective new film and slide transport system, batch scanning,
as well as very fast physical performance. Although the overall shape
of this new 4000 is similar to earlier SprintScans, it is a shade larger
and somewhat heavier. The density range of 3.4 remains the same as SprintScan
35 Plus, and the 4000 also scans at 36-bit color depth. The strip film
holder now handles six film frames, and the slide holder has spaces
for four mounted slides.
Evaluation And Recommendation.
The Polaroid SprintScan 4000 hardware functioned flawlessly,
and every aspect of image quality affected by its physical performance
resulted in superb image values. Apparently the 2700-2800dpi maximum of
slide scanners in the past has been somewhat unfortunate. I found as soon
as I moved the resolution just a little over 3000dpi with the 4000 the
noisy appearance of "grain" in some scans I've made
in the past disappears, and the recording of the film grain appearance
in the digital output coincides with its appearance magnified in the original
film. However, with all but very slow, fine-grained films, scans made
at resolutions over 3200-3300dpi seem to gain little in added image information.
So the main advantage of the 4000dpi maximum is to output a file size
sufficient for making large prints at specific sizes. Using that approach
I experienced getting 12x18 images at 300dpi from slide and negative film
images which resulted in some of the best prints from 35mm I've
been able to produce.
Scan Media: 35mm
and APS film, positive and negative
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