|Canon introduces three new scanners|
Dennis Hissink : July 26th 2004 - 07:00 CET
The need for creating digital libraries of everything from household bills and documents to old family photographs has drawn new customers to digital scanning. Canon's new CanoScan 3000 ex, CanoScan 8400F and CanoScan LiDE 35 Color Image Scanners provide consumers with quality, ease-of-use and simplicity at entry-level price points. "Canon's leadership in the digital imaging category has grown as a result of continued research of existing and potential customers," said Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the consumer imaging group at Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon Inc. "With features including the Z-Lid Expansion Top, and automatic multiple-scan driver mode, Canon delivers the scanning solutions".|
CanoScan 3000 ex Color Image Scanner|
The CanoScan 3000 ex scanner features a maximum optical resolution of 1200 x 2400 dpi and an enhanced resolution of 9600 dpi. Book and magazine scanning is made easy with Canon's exclusive Z-Lid Expansion Top, which automatically lifts approximately one inch vertically and lays flat on the item being scanned. Three easy-to-use buttons automate common scanning tasks such as copying, scanning or E-mailing of images or documents. Quality is maintained by incorporating a 48-bit color processor that is capable of generating more than 281 trillion possible colours. The CanoScan 3000 ex scanner incorporates a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed scanning bus to allow for fast scanning.
CanoScan LiDE 35 Color Image Scanner
Replacing the extremely popular CanoScan LiDE 30 scanner, the CanoScan LiDE 35 scanner boosts performance and functionality by upgrading the connection to USB 2.0 Hi-Speed(1), adds a fourth button for scanning documents directly to a PDF file and enhances the design by incorporating a color slimming profile with a Cloud Bluish Silver color aluminum lid over a Manhattan Gray body color.
The CanoScan LiDE 35 scanner will be the entry level in Canon's slim-line family of LiDE (LED InDirect Exposure - LiDE) scanners. The LiDE scanners use a small, low powered LED light source and the integration of lens elements directly on the scanning sensor to substantially reduce the number and size of individual components needed to produce a scanner. This results in a slim design that is lightweight and feature-rich for the consumer.
The LiDE 35 scanner features a maximum optical resolution of 1200 x 2400 dpi and an enhanced resolution of 9600 dpi. Single-pass scanning technology and 48-bit color depth provide both fast and detailed scans with smooth gradation and more than 281 trillion possible colours.
Additional advantages of the LiDE 35 model include one cable for USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection and power, the Z-Lid Expansion Top, four one-touch buttons and the Multi-Scan Mode. Consumers will deal with less clutter when using one USB cable included with the scanner to both power the unit and connect it to the computer. USB 2.0 Hi-Speed will deliver preview scans in approximately 9 seconds by using fast transfer rates of up to 480 Mbps. The super slim design, just over one-and-a-half inches high and the included scanner stand allows users to scan and store the scanner on its side to save space.
Canon's four-button design on the LiDE 35 scanner - copy, scan, file and e-mail - helps users expedite common scanning tasks with single-touch simplicity. In addition to the default settings from Canon, each button can be customized to perform the tasks most often used by the consumer. The Multi-Scan mode helps save time by scanning multiple images at one time, saving each image to its own file for archiving or editing. The unit also scans multi-page documents to a single PDF file.
The LiDE 35 scanner also features dust, fading and grain correction for printed photos. This technology can automatically remove much of the dust from scans of printed photos, the fading correction feature examines originals with faded color and intelligently rebuilds color quality while the grain correction works to smooth and eliminate undesirable grain from scanned images.
CanoScan 8400F Color Image Scanner
Replacing the CanoScan 8000F scanner, the feature rich CanoScan 8400F scanner is designed for production level scanning with 3200 x 6400 dpi resolution. The included film adapter handles 35mm to medium format sized film and the USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface allows for fast transfer from scanner to computer.
Using Canon's multi-scan mode, the CanoScan 8400F scanner can automatically scan up to twelve 35mm negative frames and import each frame into an individual file. With a maximum hardware resolution of 3200 x 6400 dpi and 48-bit color depth, the CanoScan 8400F scanner produces the quality needed from both film and photograph scans.
New Film Automatic Retouching and Enhancement (FARE level 3) found in the CanoScan 8400F scanner is the latest generation of Canon's built-in hardware automatic retouching technology. FARE level 3 technology automatically performs an infrared scan that examines the films surface for dust and scratches and removes the unwanted imperfections from the final scan. Additional features include grain and fading correction for added productivity and also Backlight correction - a new function that lets users easily adjust the exposure of the scanned image.
Canon's four-button design on the CanoScan 8400F scanner - copy, scan, pdf and e-mail - helps users expedite common scanning tasks with single-touch simplicity. The pdf button converts documents directly into PDF (Portable Document Format) files for easy sharing with others over the internet or e-mail. In addition to the default settings from Canon, each button can be customized to perform the tasks most often used by the consumer. The unit also scans multi-page documents to a single PDF file.
Canon helps manage scanning tasks by including several software titles on the setup CD-Rom. For the CanoScan 3000 ex ScanGear CS, CanoScan Toolbox, ArcSoft PhotoStudio, ArcSoft PhotoBase and ScanSoft OmniPage SE OCR are included. The CanoScan LiDE 35 and CanoScan 8400F include ScanGear CS (Windows/Mac), CanoScan Toolbox (Windows/Mac), ArcSoft PhotoStudio, and ScanSoft OmniPage SE OCR (Windows/Mac). Additionally, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 is bundled with the CanoScan 8400F.
All three scanners are compatible with Windows XP, 2000, ME or 98 operating systems. The CanoScan LiDE 35 and CanoScan 8400F scanners are also compatible with Mac OS X (10.1.3 to 10.3.x) operating systems. A one-year limited warranty with InstantExchange is included with an option to purchase an extended limited warranty (good for up to three years) from Canon for $50.00.
Available in July, the CanoScan 3000 ex, CanoScan LiDE 35 and CanoScan 8400F scanners carry suggested list prices of $49.99, $79.99 and $149.99, respectively.