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Epson Consumer Scanners Seek Quick Fixes

7/28/2006 11:22:00 AM Eastern

Long Beach, Calif. — Epson introduced two new consumer photo scanners this week with new and enhanced automatic image-correction technology to transform old photo prints into gleaming digital files.

The Epson Perfection V350 Photo and V100 Photo both feature a new design for scanning either portrait or landscape photos along with a new 180-degree lid and hinge for scanning three-dimensional objects to 25mm thick.

The models also offer 48-bit color scanning, a 3.2 dynamic range and the company’s Easy Photo Fix automatic color restoration. They incorporate a new digital dust-correction technology, which automatically detects and removes dust particles from scanned images. According to Epson, the new dust reduction system differs from competing systems by analyzing discrete portions of the image and removing dust only from portions of the photo where they would be most visible.

The new scanners also offer an improved back light correction technology which can now color balance an incorrectly exposed image.

The V350 Photo features a hardware resolution of 4,800 by 9,600 dpi and an automatic film loader for scanning 35mm film strips. The V350P also features a film holder and a built-in transparency adapter. It will ship in August for an estimated $149.

The V100 loses the automatic film loader. It features a hardware resolution of 3,200 by 9,600 dpi scanners and $99 respectively.

For the do-it-yourself scrapbookers, Epson also announced a refill kit for its StoryTeller Photo Book Creator. The kit includes 24 glossy photo pages; two pre-bound, hardback books; three glossy cover sheets; and two clear outer covers for a suggested $39.99.

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