Canon has added three new scanners —
— to its CanoScan line, the company announced on Monday. The 3000 ex (US$49.99) offers a maximum optical resolution of 1200 x 2400 dpi and enhanced resolution of 9600 dpi, with 48-bit color processing and a USB 2.0 port. The 8400F ($149.99) bumps the maximum resolution to 3200 x 6400 dpi and can handle 35mm to medium format-sized film. It features the ability to turn documents directly into PDF files by pressing a button on the front and also has a USB 2.0 port.
The LiDE 35 ($79.99) is the entry level model in Canon’s family of LiDE (LED InDirect Exposure) scanners, which use an LED light source in the scanning sensor to reduce the number of components required for manufacturing. Its resolution capabilities match those of the 3000 ex and it also includes USB 2.0 connectivity as well as four one-touch buttons, including one to turn documents directly into PDF files, and a Multi-Scan Mode for saving multiple images into their own files.
All three scanners also ship with a software complement that includes ScanGear CS, CanoScan Toolbox, ScanSoft OmniPage SE OCR and Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 (8400F only). System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.1.3 or higher, and Canon says that the three models will be available later this month.