Sonyís latest film scanner
By Ian Burley
We all know about Sonyís range of digital still and movie cameras, plus its dye-sublimation colour printers, but Sony isnít instantly associated with the film scanner industry. But this week Sony has announced a very high specification 35mm and APS (Advanced Photo System) compatible film scanner, the UY-S100.
With a typical price of just below £4,000, the UY-S100 is aimed primarily at high street photo finishers, including photographic stores. Itís also aimed at photo libraries and professional businesses that depend on image management, like museums, for example. But Iím sure Sony wouldnít turn down a very keen amateur.
The UY-100 has a maximum scanning resolution of just under 2200ppi (pixels per inch, delivering a 3072x2048 image (6 megapixels) from a 35mm film frame. Thatís not class leading by any means, but the UY-100 can scan each frame in about 11 seconds and a whole 36 exposure film roll in under 4 minutes. Cut film strips can be handled by an optional adapter and 50 frames can be scanned automatically this way in around 6 minutes.
"Getting pictures from your film camera into the digital domain is now quicker and easier than ever", explains Koichi Oka, product manager Digital Photography at Sony Broadcast & Professional Europe: "Whether it's a publisher digitising their entire picture library for improved workflow or a high street photo retailer offering 'add-on' digital services to their exiting developing and print business, the UY-S100 teams ease of use with great-looking results and exceptional speed."