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Canon To Ship High-Speed Film Scanner
New model offers 4,000 DPI for $1,100

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]

Canon says it will ship a new high-speed film scanner in the second quarter of this year. The new model, the CanoScan FS4000US, offers 42-bit, 4,000 DPI resolution; 14-bit A/D conversion; USB and SCSI-2 interfaces; and scratch and dust removal capabilities. The new scanner accepts 35 mm and Advanced Photo System films, including slide film, and has a dynamic range is 3.4.

The scanner advances film automatically using both a film holder advance and film advance housing movement. The 35mm filmstrip holder or slide mount holder is advanced by meshing the flat gear on the bottom of either film holder with the feed gears located on the scanner. The film advance movement, in contrast, moves the film holder (35 mm filmstrip holder, slide mount holder, or APS film cartridge holder) that is set in the film advance housing, providing a secondary scan in the main scan sequence.

The film advance housing is capable of minute movements using a high-precision feed screw rotated by a stepping motor. This makes possible high-precision 4,000-dpi secondary scanning that was impossible with previous gear-driven film advance mechanisms.

The new scanner also includes a built-in autofocus mechanism that adjusts the focus if the film surface is not at the designed distance to the scanner. This step is performed before pre-scanning, assuring the sharpest scans possible. Manual override of the autofocus is also provided.

Canon's trying to position this model in the high-end consumer space, with a price point of $1,099. It's compatible with Mac and Windows and will ship between March and May. For more information, visit http://www.canon.com.

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