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Minolta's logo. Click here to visit the Minolta website! Minolta announces DiMAGE Scan Multi PRO!
(Wednesday, June 27, 2001 - 14:17 EDT)

New film scanner has 4800dpi resolution and ASF's Digital ICE3...

Minolta Corp. has announced a new film scanner at the PC Expo show which started yesterday at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. The DiMAGE Scan Multi PRO is a successor to the existing Dimage Scan Multi II model, and betters the previous model with 4,800 dpi optical resolution, 16-bit A/D conversion and 4.8D dynamic range. Also improved is external connectivity, with the Multi II's SCSI-II interface replaced by both Ultra-SCSI and IEEE 1394 "FireWire" connectivity on the Multi PRO. The new scanner also includes Digital ICE3 technology from Applied Science Fiction, which incorporates ICE (Image Correction and Enhancement), ROC (Reconstruction of Color) and GEM (Grain Equalization and Management) technologies. The Multi II had only Digital ROC and GEM available. On top of all this, the Multi PRO is actually smaller than the previous model!

Other features of the Multi PRO include enhanced batch-scanning capability, precision autofocus and color matching system, a glassless universal holder, and the ability to scan 35mm and 120/220 medium format film right out of the box. An optional Multi-Format set allows scanning of Transparent Electronic Microscope film, microfilm in aperture cards, 16mm film, Minox, and 24 x 65mm panoramic format.

A press image we've obtained of the DiMAGE Scan Multi PRO follows; our friends at LetsGoDigital.nl have another different image in their English-language coverage of the announcement.

Minolta's DiMAGE Scan Multi PRO film scanner. Courtesy of Minolta.

Source: Yahoo! Finance / BusinessWire

Original Source Press Release:

Minolta Introduces DiMAGE Scan Multi PRO Film Scanner

Visit Minolta at PC EXPO Booth No.3162

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 26, 2001-- New DiMAGE scanner enhances multi-format film scanning with 16-bit A/D, 4,800 dpi scanning, and Digital ICE(3) (TM) technology for automatic image enhancement

Designed for professional photographers, photo enthusiasts and business professionals in the health care, industrial, law enforcement, educational and printing fields, Minolta offers the new DiMAGE Scan Multi PRO film scanner, introduced today at PC EXPO.

This new multi-format dual interface (Ultra-SCSI and IEEE 1394 ``FireWire''), compact film scanner features high-resolution 4,800 dpi scans with 16-bit A/D conversion and a 4.8 dynamic range that preserves subtle tones and details. Combined with precision autofocus and Color Matching System, a unique glass-less Universal Holder, and enhanced batch scanning capability, the Minolta DiMAGE Scan Multi PRO delivers professional high-quality images while reducing total work time.

``The new DiMAGE Scan Multi PRO builds upon the success of its predecessor, the Dimage Scan Multi II, by adding features that we know our customers want,'' said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president, digital imaging products, Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group. ``High speed interfaces, higher resolution, enhanced multi-format scanning features, and intuitive software all add up to major improvements in productivity and work flow.''

With Applied Science Fiction(TM)'s (ASF (TM)) Digital ICE(3) (pronounced Digital ICE ``cubed'') technology incorporated in the Minolta DiMAGE Scan Multi PRO, users save time and money by producing professional-quality images without resorting to time-consuming digital retouching, or by hiring outside digital service bureaus. This technology eliminates scratches on photographic film or slides, restores faded colors and improves on a photograph's overall appearance by minimizing grain, quickly and automatically, during the scanning process, saving hours of manual work.

The Minolta DiMAGE Scan Multi PRO is designed to scan 35mm and medium-format (120/220) films, while an optional Multi Format Set enables scanning of Transparent Electronic Microscope (TEM) film, microfilm in aperture cards, 16mm film, Minox, and 24 x 65mm panoramic format.

The DiMAGE Scan Multi PRO's compact size - smaller than its predecessor, the Scan Multi II - allows for easy desktop use. The scanner's driver software controls professional scanning with ease with its graphic user interface. It allows a variety of flexible image corrections, while keeping the quality of the scanned images high. Users can also customize any setting, allowing for flexibility and versatility, and user-specific customizations can be saved and recalled easily with the Custom Wizard.

For more detailed information on this Minolta film scanner, please refer to the DiMAGE Scan Multi PRO backgrounder.

Minolta Corporation

Minolta Corporation, headquartered in Ramsey, New Jersey, is the largest subsidiary of Minolta Co. Ltd. of Osaka, Japan, a leading manufacturer of cameras, business equipment, radiometric instruments and planetariums. Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group (CPG) markets 35 mm film and Advanced Photo System cameras, digital cameras, binoculars, accessory lenses, photographic light meters, 35mm and Advanced Photo System film scanners and other consumer products. Minolta is the exclusive distributor of Cokin filters.

The corporation's Business Products Group (BPG) markets digital and analog office equipment. Products include black-and-white copiers, digital black and white printer/copiers, plain-paper laser facsimile machines, digital color printer/copiers, micrographic systems, document management software, and related office equipment

For more information, visit Minolta's Web site located at www.minoltausa.com or access Minolta's PHOTOFAX at 800-528-4767.

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