updated 08:30 pm EDT, Mon July 31, 2006
New Canon scanners
Canon has released a new series of scanners featuring a new powerful film and PDF capabilities. The new scanners are the CanoScan 8600F and 4400F along side the LiDE 600F and 70. The new consumer devices are targeted to help digitalize old photo collections, photo negative, files, and more with both consumer and amateur applications. The CanoScan 8600F, 4400F, and LiDE 600F feature a maximum photo scan resolution of 4800 x 9600 dpi. Both CanoScan additions (8600F and 4400F) both feature a built-in Film Adapter Unit that is designed to make scanning 35mm negatives or mounted slides easier including medium format negative compatibility exclusive to the CanoScan 8600F. All of this new series feature "EZ Buttons" to allow one press scanning to a PDF format that can be optimized for email with a single click and offer USB 2.0 connectivity. The CanoScan 8600F ($180) and 4400F ($100) will be available soon as well as the LiDE 600F ($150) and LiDE 70 ($80).
The new CanoScan 8600F boasts high resolution scanning of both photos and documents. Utilizing CCD sensor technology, the 8600F can reach scan resolutions up to 4800 x 9600 dpi, thus can be used be used by those in need of higher quality scans at a sub-professional price. Canon also adds Canon FARE Level 3 technology which helps remove dust, scratches, fading, and graininess as well as adjust backlighting. The device features seven "EZ Buttons" for several preset scan, copying, and email optimization settings.
Much like 8600F, the CanoScan 4400F features a maximum scan resolution of 4800 x 9600 dpi along with seven "EZ Buttons". The 4400F doesn't include the advanced FARE Level 3 scanning technologies. The scanner, however, does allow up to six 35mm negatives to be scanned simultaneously or four mounted slides.
The LiDE 600F offers three different scanning positions to choose from to best match the user's work area. The scanner is capable of landscape or portrait views as well as scanning when open 180 degrees for three dimensional objects. Featuring the ability to run off USB-power, the 600F focuses on a portable and adaptable package that can be used in many unique work areas. With 7 "EZ Buttons" and a 35mm film adapter allowing up to six simultaneous negatives per scan, the 600F is designed to suit amateur and consumer applications.
To meet the needs of a consumer budget photo and document scanner, the LiDE 70 offers a maximum scan resolution of 2400 x 4800 dpi. The LiDE 70 features a sleeker case than the other scanners in this series and for "EZ Buttons" to scan, copy, and optimize. Much like the LiDE 600F, the LiDE 70 draws power only from the USB port instead of requiring an AC adapter.
All scanners are officially launched as of today and will ship soon.