announced the availability of two Mac- and Windows-compatible film scanners for making film negatives and slide digitization, one for consumers/prosumers and one for professionals, at this week’s Macworld Conference & Expo in New York City.
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As digital camera prices fall and features increase, consumers are rapidly embracing digital photography. But options for digitizing those old boxes of film negatives, film rolls and carousels of mounted slides stashed at home or the office have been few or when designed for professional use, expensive to purchase according to Rod H. King, senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for SmartDisk. The company plans to change that with the new scanners, he said.
The SmartScan 2700 scans film negatives and 35mm slides at the touch of a button. It captures up to 9.6 million pixels per image and 2700 dots per inch (dpi). It offers USB connectivity and is compatible with both Mac and Wintel systems.
The SmartScan 3600 offers 3600 dpi scans (equivalent to 17.2 million pixels per image). It scans 35mm negative film rolls or filmstrips and mounted slides, and doesn’t require a film holder or template. The SmartScan 3600 features batch scanning, auto film loading and auto-focus, producing perfectly optimized scans. It has both FireWire and USB interfaces.
Both units ship with “condensed” Mac and Windows versions of Adobe Photoshop Elements 1.0 for creating and editing digital imagery for print and the Web. The units also ship with Mac and Windows trial versions of Applied Science Fiction’s Digital SHO 1.0 and Digital ROC 1.0 Photoshop-compatible plug-ins. SHO automatically optimizes digital image contrast and exposure and brings out details in shadows. ROC restores color quality to digital images regardless of the condition of the original.
The suggested retail price for the SmartScan 2700 is US$249.95; the SmartScan 3600 is priced at $499.95. Both models will be available in August.