Full Review posted for Nikon Coolscan IV ED film scanner!|
(Friday, September 7, 2001 - 01:37 EDT)
Nikon's 2900dpi ICE3-equipped 35mm/APS film scanner gets the 'Dave' review treatment...
We reviewed Nikon's new Super Coolscan 4000 ED scanner a couple of months back, now have completed our analysis of its "little brother", the Coolscan IV ED. It looks like a lot of the capabilities of the Coolscan 4000 ED have migrated down to the Coolscan IV, making it a very strong player in the sub-$1,000, 2700-2900 dpi market segment.
At 2900 dpi, the Coolscan IV ED does capture less detail than the 4000, and its 12 bit A/D doesn't reach quite as far into the shadows as the 14-bit unit on the 4000. That said, two of the biggest contributors to the 4000 ED's excellent performance have made it across to the IV intact - the ED (extra-low dispersion) lens and the exceptionally "quiet" electronics.
The net result is that the Coolscan IV ED easily outperforms last year's top-of-the-line Coolscan, the LS-2000. Check the review for all the details and sample scans!