Canon U.S.A. Inc.
today announced two new USB-based flatbed scanners — the CanoScan LiDE 20 and the CanoScan LiDE 30. The new entry-level scanners include new features like “one-pass multi-scan” mode and multiple-page scanning to PDF.
Both printers measure a little more than an inch high and utilize bus power via the USB interface according to Canon. The LiDE 20 scans at 600 x 1200 dots per inch, while the LiDE 30 goes up to 1200 x 2400 dots per inch. Both feature 48 bit analog-to-digital converters. Canon said that the LiDE 30 sports an improved signal to noise ratio more than double that of previous models. This helps to generate better tonal recognition and image clarity.
The one-pass multi scan mode enables users to scan more than one photo with a single pass of the scan sensor. The scanner adjusts contrast, color and skew for each individual photo. The scanner can also deliver multiple scanned pages into a single file in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF).
Each scanner sports one-touch scan, copy and e-mail buttons on the front, and both come with a stand that enables you to stack the scanner on your desk while saving space.
Compatible with Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X 10.1 or later, the new LiDE 20 and LiDE 30 carry suggested retail prices of US$79 and $99 respectively. Mac OS X native mode requires Adobe Photoshop 7.0 later. Look for them to begin shipping this month.