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Minolta DiMAGE ScanDual III


Review posted 11/5/02



Minolta DiMAGE ScanDual III


The Minolta DiMAGE Scan Dual III is a high performance yet affordable 35mm and APS film scanner. It's been designed and priced for those that have never used a film scanner before but have the need to digitize negatives or slides for viewing and sharing on computers or the Internet. If you're like me you probably have several boxes or albums full of favorite holiday or vacation slides just sitting in the closet. I don't even own a projector or screen anymore but I'd sure like to view and enhance those pictures on my computer, wouldn't you?

In the past you had to chose from either a low resolution and inexpensive scanner or a high resolution and very expensive scanner. The DiMAGE Scan Dual III is a high resolution scanner (up to 2820dpi optical) with fast USB 2.0 performance, automatic dust removal and color reconstruction capability and sells for less than $400 including the software.

This scanner will satisfy the needs of beginners as well as advanced users. It comes with the Easy Scan Utility program that features two scanning software interfaces. One that simplifies the entire scanning process and prompts the user through every step and the advanced interface where that lets you take complete control. You can manually focus by selecting the exact AF point or let the scanner perform its own very reliable auto focus function. The Pixel-Polish feature handles color correction, sharpening and other image enhancements. You can preset all the parameters and then save it as a "job" and reapply them to any or all future scans. Automatic Dust Removal can eliminate a lot of "specks" that would otherwise require a lot of time-consuming manual editing.

The DiMAGE Scan Dual III has a dynamic range of 4.8 that allows it to reproduce all the colors in your slides and negatives and preserve the shadows and highlights. The Multi-Sample feature greatly reduces the occurence of random noise by taking the data from successive scans (up to 8x sampling) to generate the final image. A 16-bit A/D conversion gives you 65,536 tonal gradations per color channel. Color matching lets you specify the color space and use your monitor's ICC profile. The DiMAGE Scan Dual III employs a state of the art Negative-to-Positive conversion process to faithfully produce images from color negatives.



Minolta DiMAGE ScanDual III

Using the scanner is quite simple. Just load up your slides or film strip in the carrier, push it in until the scanners "grabs" it and then start the Easy Scan Utility software. The scanner automatically feeds and moves the carrier as needed. This keeps the actual handling of film or slides to a minimum and avoids fingerprints and scratches.

We'll cover the Easy Scan Utility software on the next page.



Minolta DiMAGE ScanDual III

Both a 35mm film strip holder (FH--U1) and a mounted slide holder (SH-U1) are supplied with the unit. The APS Adapter (AD-10) is an optional accessory. The 35mm film strip carrier can handle up to 6 frames, the slide carrier handles up to four slides.



Minolta DiMAGE ScanDual III

The DiMAGE Scan Dual III's USB 2.0 interface and batch processing allows you to quickly and efficiently scan large numbers of slides or negatives. And it's no problem if you don't have USB 2.0 on your computer, it's also backwards compatible with existing USB 1.1 interfaces.

And the DiMAGE Scan Dual III is a very compact (5.7 x 3.9 x 12.6 inches) unit that requires very little desktop space. It's hot-swappable so you can unplug it and put it away when it's not needed and when you do want to use it, plug it back in, no restarts necessary.







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Easy Scan Utility software





ScanDual III Specifications

Film formats

35mm, Advanced Photo System*

Film types

Negative and positive, color and black and white

Optical input resolution

2,820dpi

Scan sizes

35mm film: 24.21 x 36.32 mm
Advanced Photo System film*: 17.29 x 29.98 mm

Input pixels

35mm film: 2,688 x 4,032
Advanced Photo System film*: 1,920 x 3,328

Scan method

Moving-film, fixed-sensor, single-pass scan

Sensor type

3-line color CCD (2,700 pixels / line)

Filter

RGB filter

Multi-sample scanning

2x, 4x, 8x, Off

Continuous scan

35mm-film holder: 6 frames (maximum)
Slide mount holder: 4 frames (maximum)

A/D conversion

16 bits

Output data

8 bits, 16 bits (per color channel)

Dynamic range

4.8 (computed)

Scan times

Approximate time with color positive film, 2820 dpi input resolution, 8-bit color depth, No cropping, No autoexposure, No color matching, No Auto Dust Brush, No image corrections:

Windows:
Pre-scanFinal scan
35mm film:5 seconds30 seconds
Advanced
Photo System film:*
6 seconds27 seconds
System test environment: Windows Me, Pentium 4 1.5 GHz, 512 MB of RAM, 2.57 GB of hard-disk space, Application: Adobe Photoshop 7.0, Memory allocated to application: 80%, Interface: USB 2.0
Macintosh:
Pre-scanFinal scan
35mm film:6 seconds48 seconds
Advanced
Photo System
film:*
7 seconds32 seconds

System test environment: Mac OS 9.2.2, PowerPC G4 800MHz, 512 MB of RAM, 8.3 GB of hard-disk space, Application: Adobe Photoshop 7.0, Memory allocated to application: 450MB, Interface: USB 1.1

PC interface

USB 2.0
(backward compatible with USB 1.1)

Focusing

Autofocus (Point AF available),
Manual focus

Light source

Cold-cathode fluorescent tube

Power requirements

24V DC with specified AC adapter
100-120V AC for North America
Power consumption: 30W (maximum)
As an ENERGY STAR Partner, Minolta has determined that this product meets the ENERGY STAR guidelines for energy efficiency.

Dimensions
(W x H x D)

5.7 x 3.9 x 12.6 inches
145 x 100 x 320 mm

Weight
(Scanning unit only)

Approximately 3.3 lbs. (1.5 kg )

Standard accessories

35mm-film Holder FH-U1,
Slide Mount Holder SH-U1,
USB Cable UC-2, AC Adapter AC-U21,
CD-ROM for DiMAGE Scan Dual III, Adobe Photoshop Elements

Optional accessories

APS Adapter AD-10





OS Compatibility

The latest release of driver software Windows :Ver.1.0.0
Macintosh :Ver.1.0.0

PC [CPU(*1)]

WindowsIBM PC/AT compatible computer with a Pentium Processor 166MHz or higher.
MacintoshApple Macintosh with PowerPC G3 or higher.

OS

WindowsWindows 98
Windows 98 Second Edition
Windows Me
(*3)Windows 2000 Professional
(*4)Windows XP
MacintoshMac OS 8.5(*5) to Mac OS 9.2.2
Mac OS X v10.1.3 to Mac OS X v10.1.5
Mac OS X v10.2.1
Recommended interface board
(
*2)
Windows
Adaptec, Inc.:
USB2connect 3100, USB2connect 5100, Duoconnect
Belkin:
Hi-speed USB2.0 5-Port PCI Card, USB2.0 Hi-speed 2-Port PCI Card
USB port equipped in PC as standard
MacintoshUSB port equipped in PC as standard
(
*5)
Tested interface board
(
*2)
Windows
Adaptec, Inc.:
USB2connect for Notebooks

Tested Application

ApplicationRemarks

Windows

Adobe Photoshop 5.0.2 
Adobe Photoshop 5.5 
Adobe Photoshop 6.0.1 
Adobe Photoshop 7.0 
Adobe Photoshop 5.0LE 
Adobe Photoshop Elements (Ver.1.0.1)16-bit color depth is not available.
Corel PHOTO-PAINT 10.0 
Paint Shop Pro Ver.7.016-bit color depth is not available.
Adobe PhotoDeluxe Business Edition-Sequential scan is available from File > Open Special > Scan Photo.
-16-bit color depth is not available.
-The driver window closes after every scan.
PhotoImpact 7.0 
Picture Publisher 10.0-Scan is available from File > Acquire.
-16-bit color depth is not available for B&W films.
-Sequential scan is not available.
Microsoft PhotoDraw 2000 Version 2.0-16-bit color depth is not available.
-Sequential scan is not available.
-The driver window closes after every scan.
-Either width or height of Input-size must be less than 3,969 pixels. Otherwise, scanning will fail.

Macintosh

Adobe Photoshop 5.0.2The memory allocation for Adobe Photoshop 5.0.2 must be set as specified in Readme.txt.
Adobe Photoshop 5.5 
Adobe Photoshop 6.0.1 
Adobe Photoshop 7.0 
Adobe Photoshop Elements (Ver.1.0.1)16-bit color depth is not available.
Adobe Photoshop 5.0LEThe memory allocation for Adobe Photoshop 5.0LE must be set as specified in Readme.txt.
*1:Necessary to meet the requirements recommended for use with the OS.
*2:Operation must be guaranteed by the manufacturers when used with the OS. For details, please ask their respective manufacturers.
*3:You must be logged on as an administrator to complete the driver installation.
*4:The Mac OS X plug-in cannot be used with applications that are not OS X native. The plug-in can be used with Photoshop ver. 7.0.
*5:USB 1.1 only.






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