In fact, the Epson lagged behind the others in terms of sharpness and displayed some color-fringing along high-contrast edges in this case, due to misregistration between the three color channels — about two pixels at 1, ppi. However, it uses a slightly fiddly four-window display rather than integrating everything into a single pane. Both Hewlett-Packard scanners were fuzzy in the red channel, producing some red color-fringing along the edge of the knife blade — a more difficult condition to correct than overall softness. Where sharpness is concerned, not all 1,ppi scanners are created equal. Eight of the scanners capture 1, pixels per inch ppi , while the ninth, the Epson America Inc.

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Some of the scanners offer optional transparency adapters that can handle larger film formats. If you prefer to take more control, the Advanced view exposes much more functionality. A solid 2-in-1 detachable with excellent connectivity. Perfection SU, boasts the highest resolution in its class at 1, ppi. The most immediately noticeable aspect of this scanner is its length. There’s a one-touch scan button at the front of the unit alongside a power buttonwhich calls up Microtek’s ScanWizard 5 scanning software.

All the scanners we tested produce decent output, but three stand out from the pack. Astra U feature software control panels for automatic scanning to a variety of destinations. ScanMaker X12USL and obtained impressive results across the board — at least for reflective scanning. When we zoomed in on a fine detail of an image — the serrated edge of a knife blade — we saw that the scans from both Agfas were noticeably sharper than the others, followed by those of the Umax and the Microtek ScanMaker X12USL.

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The Canon is tiny — small enough to be portable — but draws its power from the USB port, and the Agfa offers easy integration with a variety of applications through its programmable buttons.

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ScanWizard is a dual-view application, which you can use in its simple mode with automatic settings for all the major parameters. However, it uses a slightly fiddly four-window display rather than integrating everything into a single pane. Unfortunately, since Windows displays generally have a higher gamma than Mac displays, sRGB images look dark on a Mac.

Scan quality is generally good, although our line-art accuracy tests revealed significant noise from the scanner’s optics. One is intended for general office use, offering quick and convenient ways to scan to e-mail, the Web, faxes, an OCR optical character recognition application, or an image editor, via programmable buttons on the scanner.

This would do in a pinch for scanning film for the Web or for making small 3-byinch prints, but scanning 35mm film on these machines is clearly a marginal proposition.

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This may be a useful bonus if you’re buying the scanner for use in a small workgroup. But a few of the models we tested do so with almost no intervention, thanks to Apple Computer Inc.

Three of the scanners — the SnapScan e50, the ScanJet c, and the ScanMaker — scabmaker a transparency adapter for scanning 35mm slides and negatives, but we were much less impressed by these scans.

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You may unsubscribe from these newsletters at any time. Eight of the scanners capture 1, pixels per mirotek ppiwhile the ninth, the Epson America Inc.

In fact, the Epson lagged behind the others in terms of sharpness and displayed some color-fringing along high-contrast edges in this case, due to misregistration between the three color channels — about two pixels at 1, ppi. Its bed is mm long — enough to accommodate US Legal-sized paper. But technology sometimes progresses much faster than we expect, and flatbed scanners are a case in point.

Colour reproduction is much better, with natural flesh tones and well-balanced vivid colours that were acceptably close to their originals. Where sharpness is concerned, not all 1,ppi scanners are created equal.

The price is good for such a flexible device.

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All three scanners are limited by their native resolution, which allows for an approximately 1,by-1,pixel scan from a 35mm original. The scanners fall into two broad classes. Unusually for a scanner, there are three sockets at the back for connection to your PC. All the scanners capture at least 36 bits per pixel internally, and most capture 42, but only the Umax and Microtek scanners let you save all those bits on output.

The Epson and Microtek scanners embed the scanner profile in the image, a better approach if you use color-managed applications that recognize embedded profiles.