Taiwan manufacturer Pacific Image Electronics,
specialists in designing and manufacturing color flatbed scanners since 1993, recently
announced the launch of a new USB 1800dpi film scanner aimed at the home and SOHO
market. The PrimeFilm 1800U is expected to sell for an unprecedented $199 street
price when released in the first quarter of 2000.
** Above is a preview look at the PrimeFilm 1800U - possibly
the most affordable way to get digital images yet!(Click for a larger view)
Affordable and Accountable
If you are looking for an affordable film scanner
yet don't want to sacrifice scanning quality, the ergonomically designed, compact
Pacific Image film scanner, the PrimeFilm 1800U will handle an extensive range of
Compact & Light-Weight
Designers of multi-media and internet web applications have the most to gain from
using the PF1800U scanner. The unit is slim and small (2.28 x 6.22 x 9.25")
and lightweight (3.3 lbs.); you'll be able to carry this film scanner with you just
about anywhere you go.
The PrimeFilm 1800U does not use a film
holder. Film strips, positive or negative, in either color or black and white, are
simply placed under the 35mm transparent viewing window, then with a simple touch
of the scan button, you are all set to go!
No matter whether you are an amateur photographer,
photo student, graphic artist or web designer, magazine editor, school book publisher,
or advanced home PC/Mac user, the PrimeFilm 1800U scanner offers the most cost-affordable
way to get quality digital images quickly. Scanning a 35mm frame at 1800 dpi takes
about 35 seconds. It speeds up overall project tempo, lowers costs for all steps
in design and production, and enhances workflow efficiency.
The high quality, true 36-bit colors per pixel
(for a maximum of 68.7 billion colors), or up to 4.2 million pixel files (twice as
large as most high-end consumer digital cameras available on the market) provides
an impressive improvement in shadow/light detail.
Optimal Scan Image for Mac/PC SOHO
The PrimeFilm 1800U is also aimed at the small
office/home office (SOHO) market, where the demand for 35mm film scanning equipment
has increased considerably. The 1800U is compatible with the latest Mac or Windows
computer by using the easy plug-and-play USB interface. To optimize balance, contrast,
and/or saturation, the PrimeFilm 1800U scanner provides settings for four different
brands of films enabling greater customization. To more accurately measure and adjust
for image brightness, gamma value files will be available from Pacific Image's web
site allowing users to work with
RGB color values independently.
Pacific Image has also developed an
easy-to-use user interface. The CyberView driver allows the user to adjust both the
color and sharpening during scanning. For both novices and experienced users, the
software offers diversified levels of custom controls to satisfy different needs
and wants for vivid and creative outcomes.
Visit Pacific Image Electronics web site for up-to-date information on their scanning
products. Pacific Image products are available in the US at CompUSA stores.