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Minolta To Ship Film Scanner

DiMAGE Scan Dual III offers 16-bit A/D conversion By Dave Nagel
Minolta today introduced its new DiMAGE Scan Dual III film scanner. The new model scans 35 mm and APS films and offers image enhancement combined with batch processing capabilities. t should be available in November for about $300.

The new Scan Dual III offers 16-bit A/D conversion and a 4.8 dynamic range. It can distinguish 65,536 tonal gradations for each color channel and uses "multi-sample scanning" for reducing random noise. Users can specify the color space of the scanned image and apply ICC color profiles. Other features include:

  • Point-AF function, which allows the scanner to be focused by clicking on the area of the image to be used to determine focus.
  • Auto loading allows hand-free operation once the film holder is inserted into the scanner.
  • Ability to save specific image-processing settings.
  • Batch processing large numbers of images.
  • New Auto Dust Brush.
  • USB 2.0 interface with backward compatibility for USB 1.1.

The new DiMAGE Scan Dual III will be available in November for $300. It supports Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows. (For Mac OS X, Minolta's literature specifies Mac OS X 10.1.3 through 10.1.5.) For more information, visit http://www.minoltausa.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, 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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