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Press Release - January 7, 2003



Epson Unveils the Perfection 3200 PHOTO/3200 PRO Scanner Featuring the Highest Resolution of Any Epson Scanner to Date




    SAN FRANCISCO--Jan. 7, 2003-- Epson is once again raising the bar for consumer scanners with the introduction of the EPSON Perfection 3200 PHOTO/3200 PRO. These new scanner models replace the popular EPSON Perfection 2450 PHOTO scanner and offer the resolution one finds in most 35mm slide scanners, making it one of the most versatile scanners in the industry. This new scanner is available in two configurations -- the EPSON Perfection 3200 PHOTO and 3200 PRO -- and will be available for and , respectively.

    Both the EPSON Perfection 3200 PHOTO and 3200 PRO offer maximum hardware resolutions of 3200 x 6400 dpi and 48-bit color depth for remarkable color accuracy and powerful, high-speed scanning. In addition, they boast faster scanning speeds than the predecessor model on all tasks: from negatives, photos and slides to transparencies, graphics and text.

    "The EPSON Perfection 3200 scanners provide customers with the most advanced consumer scanner technology available today at an incredibly reasonable price," said Ali Atash, product manager, consumer scanners, Epson. "Not only does the scanner offer outstanding features, but the software bundles that are included with both the PHOTO and the PRO models offer a tremendous value and endless creativity for a variety of customers."

    EPSON Perfection 3200 PHOTO/3200 PRO

    With the Perfection 3200's maximum hardware resolution of 3200 x 6400 dpi, 3.4 Dmax and 48-bit scanning, scans look sharp and vivid with true-to-life colors. The EPSON Perfection 3200 utilizes Epson's unique ColorTrue(R) II Imaging System, a technology that integrates superior hardware, optics and image processing to achieve accurate color reproduction and reduced noise. The Perfection 3200 PHOTO and 3200 PRO offer customers reliable and intuitive scanning solutions that deliver excellent image quality along with blazing scanning speeds for the ultimate in convenience and efficiency. Both scanner versions include Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and IEEE 1394 (FireWire) connectivity.

    For increased productivity, both the Perfection 3200 PHOTO and 3200 PRO include a 4" x 9" transparency unit (TPU) for scanning 35mm slides, negatives and 4" x 5" transparencies. It makes the Perfection 3200 models extremely versatile by providing an easy way to make duplicates or enlargements from any original. Additionally, the Perfection 3200 PRO offers both reflective and transmissive IT8 targets for color matching both film and photos. Customers who are seeking a complete solution in color accuracy, will find the Perfection 3200 PRO to be ideal.

    Software Bundle with the Perfection 3200 PHOTO

    With its full-featured software bundle, the Perfection 3200 PHOTO offers customers the tools to tackle creative projects and challenging tasks. The software bundle includes:

-- LaserSoft(R) SilverFast(R) SE 6

-- Adobe(R) Photoshop(R) Elements 2.0

-- EPSON Smart Panel

-- EPSON Scan Scanning Software

    Software Bundle with the Perfection 3200 PRO

    The Perfection 3200 PRO includes a number of software programs that make this scanner the ultimate digital imaging solution. Included with this model are the following titles:

    -- LaserSoft SilverFast Ai 6

    -- MonacoEZcolor 2.5

    -- ArcSoft PhotoStudio, ArcSoft PhotoBase and ArcSoft Panorama Maker

    -- Adobe(R) Photoshop(R) Elements 2.0

    -- EPSON Smart Panel

    -- EPSON Scan Scanning Software

    EPSON Smart Panel Software

    Both EPSON Perfection 3200 models include the next generation of EPSON Smart Panel software, Epson's comprehensive scanning program that fully integrates all functions of the scanner into one convenient location. This intuitive software provides customers with the ability to initiate scanner functions simply. Smart Panel provides an icon for each of the following applications: Scan to PDA for scanning photos into PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants); Copy Utility for making multiple copies of text and photos; Photo Print for easily enlarging and printing photos, negatives and slides; Scan to Web for automatically scanning images to the EPSON PhotoCenter Web site; Scan to File for converting files into PDF files and easily organizing images and documents; Scan to E-mail for attaching photos to e-mails; Scan to OCR for converting documents to editable text files; Scan to Creativity for the creation of greeting cards, calendars and other creative applications; and Scan to Application for directly scanning into a favorite application.

    Availability

    The Perfection 3200 PHOTO will be available by late March for an estimated street price of and the Perfection 3200 PRO will also be available by late March for an estimated street price of . Both scanners can be purchased through Epson authorized dealers, consumer electronic stores, mail order, distribution and on the Epson Store Web site (www.epsonstore.com).

    Customer Support

    Carrying a one-year limited warranty, the EPSON Perfection 3200 scanners are supported by the EPSON Connection, a fully-automated customer support and technical assistance line. For more information on Epson and its products, call 1-800-GO-EPSON (1-800-463-7766) or visit the Epson website at www.epson.com.

    About Epson

    Epson offers an extensive array of award-winning image capture and image output products for the consumer, photography, business and graphic arts markets. The company is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) solutions for the retail market. Founded in 1975, Epson America, Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, a global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality technology products that meet customer demands for increased functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency. Epson America, Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif.

    Note: Epson is a registered trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. EPSON Perfection is a trademark, ColorTrue is a registered trademark and Epson Connection is a service mark of Epson America, Inc. Third party and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.





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