Konica Minolta's DiMAGE
Scan Dual IV 35mm and Advanced Photo System (optional) film scanner
is a successor to the DiMAGE Scan Dual III and uses a high-performance,
three-line color 3200dpi CCD sensor to deliver a 4.8 dynamic range,
3200dpi scan in 21 seconds per image via its USB 2.0 interface. The
DiMAGE Scan Dual IV features advanced image correction technology such
as Auto Dust Brush, Pixel Polish, and Digital Grain Dissolver. The new
film scanner can digitize 35mm filmstrip images from corner to corner,
thanks to a new film holder that enables a 100 percent field of view.
The Nikon people were so excited about their D70 SLR that they never
bothered to mention their three updated film scanners, so I will--they're
the Coolscan V ED, Super Coolscan 5000 ED, and Super Coolscan 9000 ED.
The new scanners include Kodak's (nee Applied Science Fiction's)
ICE4 advanced technology.
Creo's iQsmart 2 and 3 scanners allow the conversion of small
photo originals into high-quality digital files. Both scanners use Creo's
XY Stitch application to scan film or print originals from 35mm to 12x18"
at the same time.
Hasselblad Xpan users rejoice. Microtek's ArtixScan 120tf now accommodates
35x78mm panoramic film as well as 35mm slides, negatives, and all the
usual popular medium format suspects. The 400dpi scanner delivers 42-bit
color with high-bit raw data file output, a 4.2 maximum optical density,
and multiple sampling technology that lets you sample scanned lines of
two, four, or 16 to minimize signal fluctuations and reduce noise. It
works with Mac OS and Windows computers, has a FireWire interface (SCSI-2
for traditionalists), and costs less than $2000.
The ScanMaker i320 is a 6400x3200dpi flat-bed scanner that incorporates
Kodak's Digital ICE with Microtek's ColoRescue to automatically
correct prints that have been torn, creased, cracked, or scratched. ColoRescue
is designed to restore faded photos and film originals to their original
colors. Need more image quality? Consider the less-than-$600 ScanMaker
i900, a 3200dpi multi-format scanner that delivers 48-bit color with a
separate upped bed to scan reflective material, and a lower bay for film
and transparencies. It also includes Kodak's Digital ICE with Microtek's
ColoRescue to restore damaged originals.
Imacon's Flextight 343 "virtual drum" scanner incorporates
a 3x8000 optic CCD sensor for an optical resolution of 3200ppi and a D-max
of 4.3 in a single pass. A selection of film holders lets you mount all
of the most common film formats without requiring gel, tape, or glass
UMAX Is Back
UMAX has updated its PowerLook 1100 to the new 1120 model that uses a
multi-sampling technique to improve image quality. The scanner's
CCD array recaptures data in the same position, saving the data in a buffer
before moving to the next position. The saved data is combined to reduce
image noise and increase density range of the scan to a D-max of 3.7.