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Dual_IV.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Konica Minolta Introduces New Consumer Film Scanner

Affordable new DiMAGE Scan Dual IV film scanner allows first time users and advanced users alike to produce high-quality scans from 35mm and Advanced Photo System film

Las Vegas, NV (January 7, 2004) - Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. introduces the new easy-to-use DiMAGE Scan Dual IV film scanner, a successor to the popular DiMAGE Scan Dual III. The new Konica Minolta DiMAGE Scan Dual IV incorporates a number of features found only on high-end scanners, allowing it to faithfully and accurately reproduce film images into digital files quickly and easily. In addition, it uses a new high performance 3-line color 3200 dpi CCD sensor and an advanced optical system specifically designed by Konica Minolta for film scanning. This enables this affordable 35mm and Advanced Photo System (with optional Advanced Photo System adapter) film scanner to deliver high image quality.

"The economical new DiMAGE Scan Dual IV delivers high quality images sure to satisfy any photo enthusiast's imaging needs," said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of marketing, Konica Minolta's Camera Division. "The easy to use DiMAGE Scan Dual IV produces digital image files that equal or surpass more expensive film scanners and offers quality not available in flatbed scanners."

With an auto focusing system that is not available in flatbed scanners and a 16-bit A/D conversion and a wide dynamic range of 4.8, the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Scan Dual IV faithfully reproduces the rich variations in tone from light to dark of the original film image. Moreover, Multi-sample Scanning improves the scan data by reducing random noise.

The DiMAGE Scan Dual IV features advanced image correction technology. These include:

Auto Dust Brush - Auto Dust Brush automatically detects dust on the film surface that blowers cannot remove, and corrects the image. Moreover, a Photoshop Plug-in has been added so that images can be corrected in real-time using the bundled software Photoshop Elements 2.0. Users can also select areas for correction, and adjust the processing level.

Pixel Polish - Pixel Polish software brings various corrective features for matching the overall image to specific elements in the picture such as person, night scene, trees and sky, in addition to allowing the user to restore faded colors, or correcting backlit and under/over exposure.

Digital Grain Dissolver - Digital Grain Dissolver reduces the affect of grain in color film without sacrificing original image detail.

Thanks to improved sequences in the scanning process and the USB2.0 interface, high-speed operation including image transfer and display is possible in only 21 seconds per image even at the highest resolution of 3200 dpi.

The DiMAGE Scan Dual IV's high-speed auto focus with an upgraded algorithm and improved motor drive control allows the scanner to be focused quickly onto the center or a selected point within the image.

The DiMAGE Scan Dual IV makes operation easier and shortens work time by incorporating the Batch Scan and the Quick Scan function. Batch Scan Utility enables continuous scanning under user-set optical input resolution, exposure and image correction, so scan work is more efficient. And, because pressing the Quick Scan button allows the user to scan 6 continuous frames, users can shorten the amount time needed to complete scan work. The film scanner's Easy Scan Utility provides simple operation that completes scanning in 4 easy steps by using high performance, high-speed auto focus. In addition, this new film scanner can scan 35mm filmstrip images from corner to corner thanks to a new film holder that enables a 100% field of view.

Konica Minolta Dimage Scan Dual IV Specifications

Film formats -- 35mm, Advanced Photo System (with optional APS Adapter AD-10)

Film types -- Negative and positive, color and black and white

Optical input resolution -- 3200dpi

Scan sizes -- 35mm film: 24.76 x 37.14 mm; Advanced Photo System film: 17.33 x 30.09 mm

Input pixels: 35mm film -- 3,120 x 4,680 Advanced Photo System film: 2,184 x 3,792

Scan method -- Moving-film, fixed-sensor, single-pass scan

Sensor type -- 3-line color CCD (5,340 pixels / line)

Filter -- RGB filter

Multi-sample scanning --2x, 4x, 8x, 16x, Off

Continuous scan -- 35mm-film holder: Maximum 6 frames; Slide mount holder: Maximum 4 frames

A/D conversion -- 16 bits

Output data -- 8 bits, 16 bits (per color channel)

Dynamic range -- 4.8

Scan times -- Approximate time with color positive film, 3200 dpi input resolution, 8-bit color depth, No cropping, No autoexposure, No color matching, No Auto Dust Brush, No image corrections:

Windows Pre-scan 35mm film: 5 seconds; Final scan: 21 seconds System test environment: Windows XP Professional, Pentium 4 3.2 GHz, 1GB of RAM, 86 GB of hard-disk space Application: Adobe Photoshop 7.0.1 Memory allocated to application: 80% Interface: USB 2.0

Macintosh Pre-scan 35mm film 8 seconds; Final scan 21 seconds System test environment: Mac OS 10.3.1, PowerPC G5 1.8GHz, 512 MB of RAM, 16 GB of hard-disk space Application: Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Memory allocated to application: 80% Interface: USB 2.0

PC interface -- USB 2.0 (1.1 compatible)

Focusing -- Autofocus (Point AF available), Manual focus

Light source -- 3-wave cold-cathode fluorescent tube

Power requirements -- 24V DC with specified AC adapter 100-120V AC for North America

Power consumption -- Maximum 30W * As an ENERGY STAR Partner, Konica Minolta has determined that this product meets the ENERGY STAR guidelines for energy efficiency.

Dimensions (WxHxD) -- 5.7 x 3.9 x 12.8 inches (145 x 100 x 325mm)

Weight (Scanning unit only) -- Approximately 3.3 lb. (1.5 kg)

Standard accessories -- 35mm-film Holder FH-U2, Slide Mount Holder SH-U1, USB Cable UC-2, AC Adapter AC-U25, CD-ROM for DiMAGE Scan Dual IV, Photoshop Elements 2.0

Optional accessories -- APS Adapter AD-10

(First posted on Wednesday, January 7, 2004 at 12:12 EST)

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