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Canon Offers Futuristic New Slim Line Scanner

Features convenient three way design and 35mm film scanning (February 02, 2005)

Canon Color Image Scanner CanoScan LiDE 500F

Canon Color Image Scanner CanoScan LiDE 500F

Canon today announced the introduction to the Japanese market of a new 2,400 dot-per-inch (dpi) CIS flatbed image scanner that features a film-scanning function and an innovative three-way design for desktop placement flexibility: the Canon Color Image Scanner CanoScan LiDE 500F.

CanoScan LiDE 500F
Canon's new CanoScan LiDE 500F is the flagship model in the company's LiDE-series lineup of lightweight, slim-line CIS (Contact Image Sensor) flatbed image scanners. Canon's proprietary LIDE (LED InDirect Exposure) technology makes possible an ultra-thin body design and facilitates "1 Plug Scan" operability, which does away with the need for an AC adapter by enabling power to be supplied from a PC via a single USB cable connection.

Featuring the same high-resolution 2,400 dpi image sensor as the popular LiDE 80 (released in September 2003) and a 35mm film-scanning unit, the new CanoScan LiDE 500F continues the heritage of high-quality, multifunction performance for which the series is renowned. As the flagship model in Canon's LiDE scanner series, the CanoScan LiDE 500F introduces an innovative 3-way design that allows it to be positioned on a desktop in three different ways. In addition to resting flat on a desktop surface in the traditional portrait orientation, the scanner can be positioned in a landscape orientation or stood upright on its side, allowing maximal use of available desk space. When used in the upright scanning position, a built-in stand combines with the unique double-hinged lid to allow Drop-in scanning. The lid opens approximately 40 degrees, forming a V shape with the scanning platen, permitting users to simply drop in their photos or documents and close the cover.

The CanoScan LiDE 500F features FARE Level 3 - the latest version of Canon's highly acclaimed Film Automatic Retouching and Enhancement (FARE) technology. Also incorporated in Canon's flagship film-reading scanner, the CanoScan 9950F, FARE technology employs infrared and white light during film scanning to automatically detect and remove dust and scratches, and correct for color fading and graininess. Further raising the level of image restoration possible, FARE Level 3 also offers backlight correction, which achieves natural coloration in film images that have too much backlighting.

Featuring a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface, the CanoScan LiDE 500F makes possible fast transfer rates for scanning speeds up to roughly 4 times faster than those for scanners using conventional USB 1.1 technology. Furthermore, since Hi-Speed USB 2.0 is compatible with USB 1.1, the new scanner can be used with PCs equipped with the older architecture.

Canon's new slim-line scanner ships with a renewed version of the company's ScanGear CS driver which, featuring an easier to understand user interface, makes all processes smoother, from basic scanning operations to precise image adjustments.

The CanoScan LiDE 500F offers a host of convenient scanning functions, including: One Pass Multi-Scan, which saves time by allowing users to create individual files of multiple images scanned at one time; Multi-Page PDF mode, which consolidates multi-page documents to create a single PDF file; and four EZ buttons - copy, scan, file and e-mail - which makes frequently used functions as easy as the touch of a button.

The new scanner also ships with an assortment of convenience-enhancing bundled software on CD-ROM, including ArcSoft PhotoStudio and OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software.

Pricing and availability
The Canon Color Image Scanner CanoScan LiDE 500F will be available from mid February at an open price. Canon has set initial production at 8,000 units per month.

About Canon Inc.
Canon Inc. (TSE: 7751; NYSE: CAJ), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leader in the field of professional and consumer imaging equipment and information systems. Canon's extensive range of products includes copying machines, Bubble Jet and laser printers, cameras, video equipment, medical equipment and semiconductor-manufacturing equipment. With over 100,000 employees worldwide, Canon has manufacturing and marketing subsidiaries in Japan, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania; and a global R&D network with companies based in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. Canon's consolidated net sales for fiscal 2003 (ended December 31, 2003) totalled $29.9 billion (at an exchange rate of \107 = US$1).

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