Canon have announced what they claim is the fastest flatbed scanner in its class
- the film-capable 1200x2400dpi, 48bit colour depth CanoScan 3200F. The new
model's film adaptor unit (FAU) facilitates negative and transparency scanning.
With a chic design, sleek lines and a stylish finish, Canon say the scanner
has looks to match its unrivalled speed.
The CanoScan 3200F is claimed to scan an A4 page in just 17 seconds, making
it twice as fast as its predecessor, the CanoScan 3000F, and several times faster
than its nearest competitor. Speed increases have been achieved with a new ASIC
controller chip, which maximises data throughput to the USB 2.0 hi-speed connection.
Fast Multi-Photo mode creates separate de-skewed files from a single pass scan
of multiple photographs. Canon's QARE Level 2 technology automatically removes
dust and scratches from scans of reflective originals while also correcting
colour fading and excessive graininess.
"Our research shows scanning is generally perceived as frustratingly slow,"
explains Malcolm Hills, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging in the UK and Ireland.
"With that in mind, our engineers set about redesigning every aspect of
the CanoScan 3200F to produce a scanner that leaves other brands in its wake."
Focus on speed
A super fast USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection transfers image data from scanner to
computer up to four times the rate of standard USB connections, while a new
ASIC controller chip takes advantage of increased memory to process large data
files in record time. The scanner engine is both faster and more powerful than
in previous models, getting the scan head up to operating speed in less time.
The scanner driver has also been re-written to extract maximum benefit from
the CanoScan 3200F's speed advantage.
Superb, crisp image quality is guaranteed with 1200x2400 dpi resolution and
48-bit colour depth ensures exceptionally accurate colour reproduction. In addition,
the FAU allows scanning of un-mounted 35mm negatives and positives.
The CanoScan 3200F's upgraded performance is reflected in new styling of the
scanner's outer body, incorporating sleek lines and a stylish finish. The gloss-finish
lid has been given a textured surround to prevent finger marking.
Goodbye to manual retouching
Hours of manual retouching will be saved with the introduction of Canon's QARE
level 2 software, which restores damaged or faded photographs to their original
brilliance by removing dust and scratches. Reconstruction of colour corrects
the effects of aging by intelligently resaturating faded colours in old photographs.
A grain correction function reduces grain effect resulting from the use of fast
(high ASA) film.
Making things easy
Four 'EZ' buttons can be individually configured to perform commonly used functions.
These can include scanning straight to a PDF file, scanning direct to a printer
and scanning automatically to a ready-to-go email attachment. EZ button functions
can be customised with the CanoScan toolbox utility.
Canon's improved Multi-Photo mode allows for the scanning of more than one photograph
with a single scan pass. Originals can be spread out on the platen glass with
little regard for alignment or arrangement and Multi-Photo will automatically
create a separate file for each photo. Automatic de-skewing avoids the time
consuming process of carefully lining up originals.
Z-lid design for scanning from thick texts
Canon recognises not everything to be scanned will exist in single sheet form.
The CanoScan 3200F's Z-lid accommodates very thick articles and assures great
quality scans from books, magazines and manuals by applying equal pressure across
the entire document.
The CanoScan 3200F comes with a host of powerful applications including:
- Ulead DVD Slide Theatre - creates DVD playable slide shows and writes
these to CD-R. Ideal for converting photo or transparency sets into television
viewable slide shows.
- ArcSoft PhotoStudio 5.5 - image-editing program allowing tasks such
as colour adjustment, labelling and album storage and retrieval functions.
- OmniPage SE 2.0 - powerful Optical Character Recognition application
allows scanned text to be converted into recognisable text characters/data.
Pricing and availability
The CanoScan 3200F will be available from October 2003 for around £69.
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