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Epson Unveils New Scanners

New Perfection models include photo restoration software By Dave Nagel
Epson has announced two new models in its line of Perfection flatbed scanners, the 3170 and the 1670. Both offer 48-bit color depth and a USB 2.0 interface. They'll be available for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows in August.

The Perfection 3170 offers a 3,200 DPI resolution, for a maximum hardware resolution of 3,200 x 6,400 DPI using the Epson Micro Step Drive. It also offers 48-bit scanning 3.4 DMAX, along with several proprietary imaging technologies and photo restoration tools. It includes a built-in slide and film strip adapter, optional automatic document feeder, an improved Smart Panel and a software suite for Macintosh and Windows (Including Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 and Easy Photo Fix Technology for color restoration and dust and scratch removal). It supports paper sizes up to 8.5" x 11.7".


The Perfection 1670 offers a 1,600 DPI resolution, for a maximum hardware resolution of 1,600 x 3,200 DPI using the Epson Micro Step Drive. It also offers 48-bit scanning and provides a 3.1 dynamic range for transparencies. The 1670 includes ArcSoft PhotoImpression and Easy Photo Fix Technology for color restoration and dust and scratch removal. It supports paper sizes up to 8.5" x 11.7".

The Perfection 1670 will sell for $129. The 3170 will sell for $199. Both will be available in August for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows. For more information, visit http://www.epson.com.


Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

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