updated 10:40 am EDT, Thu June 2, 2005
Two new Canon scanners
(pictured at right) color image scanners. Both new scanners from Canon offer improved performance and ease-of-use in sleek, stylish designs--at entry-level price points. The new streamlined CanoScan LiDE 25 is only 1.3-inches high and uses a single cable to provide both power and a USB connection; it features three easy-to-use buttons on the scanner to automate common scanning tasks such as copying, scanning or e-mailing of images or documents. The LiDE 25 scanner also comes with Quality Automatic Retouching and Enhancement (QARE Level 3) technology, which reduces much of the dust and scratches from older originals. QARE technology even autocorrects scanned images to help with graininess, picture fading and improper backlighting.
"With the release of these two new models, Canon continues to assert its global leadership in the digital imaging market," said Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the consumer imaging group at Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ). "Both the CanoScan LiDE 25 and CanoScan LiDE 60 Color Image Scanners were created to meet our customers' needs for better, easier-to-use photo scanners that don't take up much space on their desktops."
The LiDE 25 also features Canon exclusive Advanced Z-Lid expansion top, which automatically lifts approximately one inch vertically and lays flat on the item being scanned. It offers a maximum 1200 x 2400 color dpi resolution (software enhanced resolution of 19,200 dpi) and 48-bit Input color depth for over 281 trillion possible colors.
The CanoScan LiDE 60 additionally offers USB 2.0 connectivity for improved speed and performance--with maximum scanning speeds and previews of scans clocking in at approximately nine seconds, depending upon operating system speed. The LiDE 60 scanner is able to produce a maximum 1200 x 2400 color dpi resolution (software enhanced resolution of 19,200 color dpi) and 48-bit color depth as well.
The LiDE 60 scanner also features a slim form factor, with a sophisticated metallic finish giving it a sleek, professional look. Four easy-to-use buttons automate the scanning process, making it a snap to scan, copy, and create e-mail attachments or PDFs. It also includes a desktop stand to position it vertically to save desk space as well as features QARE Level 3 technology. It ships with CanoScan Toolbox 4.9, ScanGear CS 11.1, ScanSoft OmniPage SE and Arcsoft PhotoStudio.
Both scanners, compatible with Mac OS X Jaguar/Panther, will ship in June. The CanoScan LiDE 25 and CanoScan LiDE 60 will be available for $50 and $80, respectively.