FULL review posted of Canon CanoScan FS4000US film scanner!|
(Tuesday, June 26, 2001 - 14:09 EDT)
Canon's 4000 dpi film scanner gets the full IR review treatment...
There seems to be a real dearth of film scanner reviews on the 'web these days, and an even more severe lack of *detailed* ones. In response to persistent requests from readers, we're updating and extending our film scanner coverage. These things seem to take us a beastly-long amount of time to process, so we beg your patience, but you'll definitely be seeing a number of new scanner reviews before the summer is up.
The most recent scanner we've reviewed is Canon's CanoScan FS4000US. This is a nifty little unit that operates over either SCSI or USB, comes with software for both Mac and Windows, and provides high-end specs like 14-bit A/D, automatic dust removal, and 4000 dpi resolution, all for under $1000. When we tested it, we were quite impressed with its quality and capabilities. It has an excellent lens, with great corner-to-corner sharpness, and in fact turned in about the best performance of any scanner to date on our resolution targets. (!) We also found its dust-removal technology not only very effective, but remarkably adept at avoiding loss of detail in the underlying images. In fact, about the only fault we could find with it is that it isn't as fast as higher-end models selling for 50-60% more. Not a bad tradeoff: If you're looking for a very high quality scanner at a bargain price, and don't need to scan dozens of photos a day, the FS4000US could be the scanner you've been looking for. Check it out!
When you're done with our review, you can get a second opinion from the Steve's Digicams review, posted yesterday morning...