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Nikon announce new film scanner line-up
Nikon has announced three new film scanners to replace the current range. The Coolscan V ED and the Coolscan 5000 ED, replacements for the Coolscan IV and 4000 respectively, will go on sale at the beginning of November 2003, whilst the Coolscan 9000, the successor to the Coolscan 8000, will become available in the Spring of 2004.
Nikon has an enviable reputation in the film scanner market and these new introductions feature improvements on the current models such as enhanced scanning speed and image quality.
The Coolscan V ED will have a rrp of £549.99 and the Coolscan 5000 ED will be £1099.99. Price for the Coolscan 9000 is to be confirmed.
Coolscan V ED
An economical, friendly, high-performance film scanner, the Coolscan V ED is designed to be easy to operate, even for first-time scanner users. A true optical resolution of 4,000 dpi and 14-bit A/D input conversion allow the scanner to produce scans at a level of quality previously only available with higher-priced models. Scan speed is also surprisingly fast — the Coolscan V ED can scan an image in only 38 seconds (including image transfer and display).
Users who wish to print out images of films of scanned images or attach them to email, and also those who are involved in, or wish to begin, archiving of old and new films in digital image form — as well as personal or business web-page designers — will find the Coolscan V ED both simple to operate and long on quality. Flatbed scanners don’t measure up when it comes to image quality. Further enhancing the value of the Coolscan V ED is a lineup of accessories that makes possible the scanning of various film types, including 35mm strips, slide mounts and IX-240 cartridges.
High-resolution scanning at 4,000 dpi enables the production of strikingly detailed images. The 14-bit A/D input conversion and 8-/16-bit outputs deliver true, vibrant colour. To ensure excellent overall image quality, the Coolscan V ED incorporates a high-quality CCD sensor.
Nikon’s exclusive core technologies figure largely in the surprisingly high overall performance of the entry-level Coolscan V ED. The most important component in high-quality scanning is the lens, and the Scanner Nikkor ED glass elements employed in the lens effectively reduce chromatic aberration and image distortion. This results in superior sharpness and contrast. Nikon’s own LED illumination technology means no maintenance, no warm-up time, and no risk of heat-related damage to films. The Nikon Colour Management System offers consistent colour representation on monitors and prints.
The Coolscan V ED also features high-grade image enhancement technology. Digital ICE4 Advanced™, the new and improved digital image correction function, consists of Digital ICE™ (Image Correction & Enhancement), Digital ROC™ (Reconstruction Of Colour), Digital GEM™ (Grain Equalization & Management), and the brand-new Digital DEE™ (Dynamic Exposure Extender). And Scan Image Enhancer makes brightness and colour adjustment one-touch simple.
Add a plug-and-play USB 2.0 interface to facilitate image transfer and you’ve got an affordable film scanner which offers the operational ease you’d expect, and the quality your images deserve.
Nikon Scan 4 System Requirements
CPU Pentium® 300MHz or faster
OS Windows® 98SE, Windows® Me, Windows® 2000 Professional, Windows® XP Home Edition, Windows® XP Professional pre-installed model
RAM* 128MB or more (512MB or more recommended)
Hard disk** 40MB required for installation (200MB recommended), with an additional 200MB of free disk space available while Nikon Scan is running
Display 800 x 600 with 16-bit colours (full colour recommended)
Interface USB***: Built-in USB 1.1 ports, USB 2.0.
IEEE 1394: OHCI-compliant IEEE 1394 interface required.
Others CD-ROM drive required for installation
CPU Power PC G3 or later (G4 or later recommended)
OS Mac® OS 9 (9.1 or later), Mac® OS X (10.1.5 or later)
RAM* Mac® OS 9: 64MB or more (256MB or more recommended)
Mac® OS X: 128MB or more (512MB or more recommended)
Hard disk** 70MB required for installation (200MB recommended), with an additional 200MB (Mac® OS 9) or 550MB (Mac® OS X) of free disk space available while Nikon Scan is running
Display 800 x 600 with 16-bit colours (full colour recommended)
Interface USB***: Built-in USB 1.1 ports, USB 2.0
Firewire: Only built-in Firewire ports supported
Others CD-ROM drive required for installation
* More memory may be required depending on film type, scan size, resolution, bit depth, the number of scans performed in each session, the film holder or adapter used, and whether Digital ROC™ or Digital GEM™ are used. A system with more than the minimum amount of memory is recommended.
** More free disk space may be required depending on the film type and number of frames. Nikon recommends having as much free disk space as possible when running Nikon Scan.
*** Depending on the type of interface installed, USB will operate at high speed (USB 2.0 only; maximum transfer rate 480 Mbps) or full speed (USB 1.1/USB 2.0; maximum transfer rate 12 Mbps). Computers running Windows® XP and Windows® 2000 Professional with a USB 2.0 interface support high-speed USB. For more information, consult the manufacturer. Users of Windows® XP, Windows® 2000 Professional or Mac OS X whose computer is not equipped with USB 2.0 can install a RATOC PCIU3U USB 2.0 interface board (for more information, visit Ratoc Systems English-language web site at http://www.ratocsystems.com/english/index.html).
Super Coolscan 5000 ED
Designed for use by imaging professionals, the Super Coolscan 5000 ED offers 135/IX240 film scanning at an amazing 20 seconds per image (including image transfer to display) — at 4,000 dpi true optical resolution. Highly accurate colour reproduction and representation of detail are made possible by the 16-bit A/D converter and 16-bit output channel.
The Super Coolscan 5000 ED targets primarily business users such as professional photographers and photo finishers, who require superb image quality and high-speed scanning capability. Private users of 135/IX240 format cameras — advanced amateur SLR photographers, for example — will welcome the scanner’s speed and image quality. Users who deal with numerous slide mounts and uncut film rolls will appreciate the increased ease of use and productivity afforded by optional accessories like the SLIDE FEEDER SF-210 and ROLL FILM ADAPTER SA-30. The Super Coolscan 5000 ED offers the performance and efficiency to make it the ideal digital archiving solution.
The scanner’s 16-bit A/D input conversion enables a significantly broader dynamic range. It also works with the 16-bit output and the Multi-sample scanning feature to reveal details hidden in shadowy and highlighted portions of a scene, while virtually eliminating noise. Super-fast 20-second scanning and enhanced image quality are supported by newly developed high-quality 2-line CCD sensors.
At the heart of the Super Coolscan 5000 ED’s excellent performance are Nikon’s exclusive core technologies. The scanner incorporates Scanner Nikkor ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass lens elements for superior edge-to-edge sharpness, definition and contrast, as well as outstanding colour fidelity. The employment of LED illumination enables the stable, precise provision of light with no risk of heat-related damage to films. Furthermore, the LED requires neither maintenance nor warm-up time. And for consistently accurate representation of colour on displays and prints, the Super Coolscan 5000 ED features the Nikon Colour Management System (Nikon CMS). Colour data can be manipulated in multiple RGB colour spaces, for unprecedented accuracy. These core technologies are what set Nikon Coolscan series scanners apart from the rest.
By simply attaching the optional ROLL FILM ADAPTER SA-30 to the Super Coolscan 5000 ED, batch-scanning of uncut film rolls comprising up to 40 frames becomes possible. The optional SLIDE FEEDER SF-210 lets you scan up to 50 mounted slides, giving you time-efficient, high-quality scanning capability.
The Super Coolscan 5000 ED also features unparalleled image restoration functions. Digital ICE4 Advanced™, the newly upgraded digital image correction technology, consists of Digital ICE™ (Image Correction & Enhancement), Digital ROC™ (Reconstruction Of Colour), Digital GEM™ (Grain Equalization & Management), and the brand-new Digital DEE™ (Dynamic Exposure Extender). There’s also Scan Image Enhancer, which offers one-touch brightness and colour saturation adjustment.
With fast, easy image transfer thanks to the USB 2.0 interface, the Super Coolscan 5000 ED is an extremely powerful, extremely fast, extremely efficient desktop film scanner that will augment your productivity and give you scanned images that will take your breath away.
Super Coolscan 9000 ED
Engineered to meet the exacting standards of imaging professionals, the Super Coolscan 9000 ED is designed to handle a broad range of film formats such as 35mm, 120/220, 16mm, 6 x 7, 6 x 9 film, electron microscope and more. True 4,000 dpi optical resolution, 16-bit A/D conversion of the input signal and a 16-bit output combine to deliver brilliant, colour-true images.
Users in fields such as advertising and studio photography who regularly work with 120/220 format films will value the Super Coolscan 9000 ED’s versatility and superior scan quality. Photo enthusiasts who own medium-format cameras will also appreciate this high-performance, high-quality scanner.
A true optical resolution of 4,000 dpi and 16-bit A/D conversion allow the Super Coolscan 9000 ED to produce images of incredible overall quality, and a broader dynamic range helps reveal the details concealed within the darker portions of a scene. Multi-sample scan capability of as many as 16 passes ensures faithful reproduction with smoother gradation. Newly developed high-quality 3-line CCD sensors contribute to high image quality, as well as fast scanning (35mm: 40 seconds; 6 x 9: 185 seconds).
Driving the unmatched performance of the Super Coolscan 9000 ED are Nikon’s exclusive core technologies. Scanner Nikkor ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass lens elements offer superior edge-to-edge sharpness, definition and contrast, and superb colour fidelity. The scanner also employs Nikon’s proprietary rod dispersion LED illumination — no maintenance, no warm-up time, and no risk of heat-related damage to films. For consistently accurate representation of colour on monitors and prints, the Super Coolscan 9000 ED features the Nikon Colour Management System (Nikon CMS). The ability to manipulate colour data in multiple RGB colour spaces results in extremely high precision. These technologies form the backbone of a premier optical system that produces images of amazing quality.
The Super Coolscan 9000 ED also features unparalleled image restoration capabilities. Digital ICE4 Advanced™, the newly upgraded digital image correction technology, consists of Digital ICE™ (Image Correction & Enhancement), Digital ROC™ (Reconstruction Of Colour), Digital GEM™ (Grain Equalization & Management), and a newly added component, Digital DEE™ (Dynamic Exposure Extender). The Super Coolscan 9000 ED’s exclusive Digital ICE Professional™ is now also compatible with Kodachrome film. For brightness and colour saturation adjustment that’s one-touch simple, Scan Image Enhancer is also on board.
All of these highly advanced features and capabilities, complemented by an IEEE 1394 interface for high-speed image transfer, come together to form the Super Coolscan 9000 ED — the new king of the desktop film scanning realm.