Pacific Image Electronics Inc. on Tuesday introduced its PrimeFilm 3650u. Aimed at hobbyists and photography enthusiasts looking for a value-priced film scanner, the PrimeFilm 3650u utilizes Kodak’s Austin Development Center’s (ASF) Digital ICE3 image cleaning/correction technology.
The PF3650u features 3600 x 3600 dot per inch (DPI) optical resolution. It uses an LED light source, which its manufacturer says produces more consistent color conformity in scans than the cold cathode florescent light (CCFL) elements used in other scanners. The PF3650u has a 3.2 dynamic range and 48-bit color capability.
The PF3650u weighs about 2.2 pounds and measures 2 3/4 x 6 5/8 x 11 inches. It connects to Macs or PCs using USB 2.0. USB 2.0 can be found on Power Mac G5s and newer PowerBook models, and is also available as an add-in option on older Power Macs using third-party PCI expansion cards. (“Pro” versions of Pacific Image’s scanners are also available with FireWire interfaces.)
The PF3650u comes bundled with Adobe Photoshop Elements and is compatible with other TWAIN-complaint image editors.
Look for the PF3650u to carry a suggested retail price of US$349.99.