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Minolta DiMAGE Scan Dual III unveiled

Minolta DiMAGE Scan Dual III unveiled - With 16-bit A/D conversion and a 4.8 dynamic range, the DiMAGE Scan Dual III will reproduce the rich variations in tone and colour of the original film image.

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Minolta DiMAGE Scan Dual IIIMinolta is expanding its film scanner line with the release of the affordable DiMAGE Scan Dual III. But don't let the price tag fool you. The DiMAGE Scan Dual III produces high quality scans that rival or surpass more expensive scanners.

With 16-bit A/D conversion and a 4.8 dynamic range, the DiMAGE Scan Dual III will reproduce the rich variations in tone and colour of the original film image. 16-bit A/D conversion is able to distinguish 65,536 tonal gradations for each colour channel. The ability to capture the depth and subtlety of the original film image is breathtaking.

The scanner's dynamic range is 4.8. This range indicates the ability of the scanner to record the density range of the film. The DiMAGE Scan Dual III can reproduce all the fine tones in slide film from the rich shadows to the brilliant highlights. Multi-sample scanning further improves the scan data by reducing random noise.

Accurate colour reproduction between the computer and its output devices, the monitor or printer, is absolutely necessary for high quality image processing. The DiMAGE Scan Dual III colour matching function can specify the colour space of the scanned image as well as employ the monitor's ICC profile.

The real test for a film scanner is how well it can produce an image from colour negative film. Because of the film's inherent latitude and the differences between the densities and contrast of the cyan, magenta, and yellow layers, scanning can be a challenge. The DiMAGE Scan Dual III uses state of the art negative to positive conversion technology to ensure effortless reproduction of these types of films.

Efficiency and simplicity characterise the operation of the DiMAGE Scan Dual III. The point-AF function allows the scanner to be focused by simply clicking on the area of the image to be used to determine focus. Auto loading allows hand free operation once the film holder is inserted into the scanner. Specific image processing settings can be saved as a Job and re-applied to any image.

Batch processing large numbers of images is simplified and streamlined. The Auto Dust Brush reduces the effect of fine dust particles that settle on the film. The Custom Wizard automates the scanning process for multiple images; images can be selected and image processing and colour matching can be applied. Custom Wizard settings can be saved and re-used again and again and the scanner's USB 2.0 interface makes transferring the large volume of image data easy.

Those new to scanning or image processing will find the DiMAGE Scan Dual III so easy to use that they may wonder why they didn't do this before. The Pixel-Polish tab allows automated or custom corrections to be made to an image; custom corrections are made by selecting straightforward parameters in the window. The Easy Scan Utility simplifies the scanning procedure for those new to scanning and image processing. The scanner's hot-plug interface makes connecting it to a computer as easy as plugging in the USB cable and the main switch is conveniently located on the front panel.

A wide range of image processing controls gives everyone, regardless of ability or experience, the tools to enhance or manipulate images. The variation palette makes adjusting colour, brightness, contrast and saturation easy by simply choosing the best image from a group of slightly corrected samples. These qualities can also be adjusted using palettes with sliders and input boxes. For advanced image processing, colour and contrast can be adjusted using tone curves and histograms or calibrated by defining the white, grey, and black points within the image. And for creative effects, the hue, saturation and lightness palette permits the colours in an image to be rotated and shifted within the colour space.

The DiMAGE Scan Dual III makes high quality scanning affordable. But the results will be priceless.

Technical Specifications

Film formats: 35mm, Advanced Photo System * with optional APS Adapter AD-10

Film types: Negative and positive, colour and black and white

Optical input resolution: 2820dpi

Scan sizes:

35mm film: 24.21 x 36.32 mm

Advanced Photo System film:* 17.29 x 29.98 mm

Input pixels:

35mm film: 2,688 x 4,032

Advanced Photo System film: *1,920 x 3,328

Scan method: Moving film, fixed sensor, single pass scan

Sensor Type: 3-line colour CCD (2,700 pixels / line)

Filter: RGB filter

Multi-sample scanning: 2x, 4x, 8x, Off

Continuous scan: 35mm-film holder: 6 frames (max.) Slide mount holder: 4 frames (max.)

A/D conversion: 16 bits

Output data: 8 bits, 16 bits (per colour channel)

Dynamic range: 4.8

Scan times: Approximate time with colour positive film, 2820 dpi input resolution, 8-bit colour depth, No cropping, No autoexposure, No colour matching, No Auto Dust Brush, No image corrections:

Windows: Pre-scan Final scan

35mm film: 5 s 30 s

Advanced Photo System film:* 6 s 27 s

System test environment:
Windows Me
Pentium 4 1.5 GHz
512 MB of RAM
2.57 GB of hard-disk space
Application: Adobe Photoshop 7.0
Memory allocated to application: 80%

Interface: USB 2.0


Pre-scan Final-scan

35mm film: 6 s 48 s

Advanced Photo System film:* 7 s 32 s

System test environment:
Mac OS 9.2.2
PowerPC G4 800MHz
512 MB of RAM
8.3 GB of hard-disk space
Application: Adobe Photoshop 7.0
Memory allocated to application: 450MB
Interface: USB 1.1

PC interface: USB 2.0 (1.1 compatible)

Focusing: Autofocus (Point AF available), Manual focus

Light source: Cold cathode fluorescent tube

Dimensions: 145(W) x 100(H) x 320(D) mm

Weight (Scanning unit only): 1.5 kg / 3.3 lb. (approx.)

Standard accessories: 35mm-film Holder FH-U1
Slide Mount Holder SH-U1
USB Cable UC-2
AC Adapter AC-U21, U22, U23, or U24
CD-ROM for DiMAGE Scan Dual III
Photoshop Elements

Optional accessories: APS Adapter AD-10

Specifications and accessories are based on the latest information available at the time of printing and are subject to change without notice. Specification figures are based on Minolta's standard test method.

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