Minolta have added another film scanner to their successful range. Aimed at
the higher end of their range, they say that their new DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400
offers professional quality scans. With a high resolution of 5400dpi, advanced
features and housed within a very stylish shell, it looks set to be a success.
The DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 can easily make full frame 24 photo quality
prints. With 16-bit A/D conversion, the DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 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
The DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 incorporates advanced technology so that you may
get the best from your pictures without complicated procedures. The award winning
Digital ICE reduces the affect of dust and scratches as well as other surface
contamination such as fingerprints. Minoltas unique Grain Dissolver reduces
the affect of film grain in the scanned image. For critical control over image
sharpness, the scanner can be manually focused. To complement the software control,
a large manual focus dial on the scanner unit allows fine adjustments to be
The DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 is connected to the computer using an IEEE1394 (FireWire)
or USB 2.0 interface. The connection is as simple as plugging in a cable. Both
interfaces have fast data transfer rates, which is important for the large image
files that can be created with the DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400.
The outward appearance of the scanner reflects the sophisticated technology
used in the Elite 5400. The stylised metal body is the antithesis of the usual
drab featureless design of computer products. The slim, vertical design creates
a small footprint to minimise clutter around the computer. The supplied stand
can be used to stabilise the scanner unit. The Quick Scan function makes initialising
the scanner and software as easy as pressing a button. Quick Scan allows the
selection among the standard DiMAGE Scan Utility, the Easy Scan Utility, or
the Batch Scan Utility as well as setting a short cut to a specific application.
The Batch Scan Utility allows large volumes of film to be scanned without having
to make individual settings for each image. Simply press the scan button on
the front of the DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 body to activate the utility for each
batch of film.
Based on the designs used with our top of the range DiMAGE Scan Multi Pro,
the Elite 5400s film holders use a hinged cover to hold filmstrips and
mounted slides. The slide mount holder allows a single slide to be changed without
having to eject the holder from the scanner. The Easy Scan Utility simplifies
the scanning procedure for those new to scanning and image processing. Simply
select the film type, the pictures to be scanned and how the images are to be
used; the scanner will do the rest. Automatic image processing can also be applied.
The images can then be saved directly to the computer or printed out on your
printer. The Pixel Polish tab makes improving picture quality simple. Automatic
image processing corrections are made by clicking on the parameters which best
describe the picture; the DiMAGE Scan Utility will instantly show the result.
The new DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 combines incredible image quality and advanced
features in an attractive, easy to use package. Minoltas new 35mm film
scanner places professional quality scanning in everyones reach.