CANON INTRODUCES THE CANOSCAN FS4000US HIGH-SPEED FILM SCANNER FOR 35MM
PHOTO SYSTEM FILMS
4000-dpi Resolution, 14-bit A/D Conversion, USB and SCSI Interfaces and
FARE Scratch and Dust Removal
Make it the Most Advanced Scanner in its Class
February 11, 2001 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., announced today that it is
introducing a new high-speed film scanner designed for use with virtually
all 35mm and Advanced Photo System films. The CanoScan FS4000US is a
high-performance, desktop film scanner that offers 4000-dpi optical
resolution at 42-bits, the highest specifications in its class. The new
scanner accepts 35mm and Advanced Photo System films, including slide
film, and helps consumers bridge the gap between analog and digital
imaging by providing a means of downloading conventional photographs into
a computer for creating prints, Photo CD's, email and personal web sites.
The scanner offers a number of new and improved features including 4000
dpi optical resolution for outstanding clarity plus 14-bit A/D conversion
for exceptional gradation and accurate color reproduction; two built-in
interfaces - USB for easy connection to personal computers and SCSI-2 for
high-speed data transfer; FARE, a Canon-developed dust and scratch "detect
and correct" function; Automatic film type detection; Autofocus; and a
full range of scanning functions using FilmGet FS for Windows and Mac.
"The age of computers and digital technology has narrowed the chasm
between analog and digital imaging," said Yukiaki Hashimoto, vice
president and general manager of Canon's Photographic Products Group.
"Canon's heritage and reputation as an innovator in imaging technology
crosses both areas and provides consumers with the tools they need to
easily and creatively make the transition from analog to digital. The new
CanoScan FS4000US scanner is a good example of how Canon continues to
provide new and exciting alternatives to create, and share, photography
with the world," Mr. Hashimoto concluded.
The CanoScan FS4000US's combination of high scanning resolution and
natural color reproduction meet the strictest demands of photo enthusiasts
and small business users - two of the major categories of film scanner
users. Content creators for print, Web and multimedia will be more than
satisfied by the FS4000US's top scanning speed of 48 seconds (using SCSI
2), which is faster than other manufacturers' models, even at higher
The CanoScan FS4000US provides 42-bit scanning capability which supports
recognition of literally trillions of different colors. The result is
extremely accurate color rendition compared to the original film, which
retains subtle details in the highlight and shadow areas of the scanned
image. In addition, the new scanner features optical resolution up to
4,000 dpi as well as an improved color tone algorithm for more accurate
color reproductions from original art. The CanoScan FS4000US's rated
dynamic range is 3.4.
CCD Color Image Sensor
The FS4000US performs primary scanning using a 3-line CCD color image
sensor. This sensor is a 1-chip photoelectric conversion element with an
array of three lines of receptor elements, each with a built-in filter for
R (red), G (green) or B (blue), along with scanning function circuits.
Primary scans are at 4,000-dpi resolution, and use 4,000 of the CCD's
5,400 pixels in the vertical scanning direction. Light passing through the
film is formed into an image on the CCD, converted into voltages, and
output to the signal-processing circuits as signals in each of the RGB
colors. Each of the RGB colors is controlled independently by the CCD,
which has a built-in electronic shutter for correct exposure so that it
can acquire optimal exposure data for both negative and slide film.
Image Retouching and Enhancement
The FS4000US scanner uses new hardware and software independently
developed by Canon to detect dust and scratches on the film and correct
those defects in the resulting image file. FARE (Film Automatic Retouching
and Enhancement) detects flaws by comparing an image scanned by infrared
light with one scanned by visible light. While the scan made with visible
light includes dust and flaws on the film's surface as part of the color
data, the infrared scan shows image defects only. By superimposing both
scans, the scanner can determine the exact position and size of the flaws,
and correct them. FARE can be manually turned on and off by the user.
Film Advance and Autofocus Features
The scanner advances film automatically using both a film holder advance
and film advance housing movement. The 35mm filmstrip holder or slide
mount holder is advanced by meshing the flat gear on the bottom of either
film holder with the feed gears located on the scanner. The film advance
movement, in contrast, moves the film holder (35mm filmstrip holder, slide
mount holder, or APS film cartridge holder) that is set in the film
advance housing, providing a secondary scan in the main scan sequence.
The film advance housing is capable of minute movements using a
high-precision feed screw rotated by a stepping motor. This makes possible
high-precision 4,000-dpi secondary scanning that was impossible with
previous gear-driven film advance mechanisms.
The new scanner also includes a built-in autofocus mechanism that adjusts
the focus if the film surface is not at the designed distance to the
scanner. This step is performed before pre-scanning, assuring the sharpest
scans possible. Manual override of the autofocus is also provided.
Software Bundle Included with CanoScan FS4000US
The CanoScan FS4000US is fully compatible with PCs that support Microsoft
Windows 98, Windows 2000, and Windows Me (Millennium Edition). The scanner
is also compatible with iMac, iBook, PowerBook, Blue/White G3, all G4's
and Mac OS 8.6-9.1 (when using the USB connection). When using the
high-speed SCSI 2 interface, the scanner is compatible with Power
Macintosh and Mac OS 8.1 or higher.
A comprehensive software bundle including Adobe's powerful Photoshop LE
image editor and Canon's FilmGet FS driver software is included with the
scanner. Windows and Mac users can create quality images for immediate use
with FilmGet FS. When used with popular TWAIN-compliant image editors like
Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop LE, FilmGet FS allows Windows users to
access the scanner directly from the application and perform basic
image-editing functions such as setting resolution and bit-depths for
input and output, color balance, tonal curves, levels and contrast. An
Adobe Photoshop-compatible plug-in module provides similar functions for
Macintosh users. Installation of either driver can be accomplished by
using the setup CD-ROM provided with the scanner. Adobe Photoshop LE
offers a wide range of image editing functions which allow users to alter
the size, color, brightness, contrast and cropping of digital images.
Users may also select, rearrange and superimpose elements from scanned
images, and add special filter effects. The finished image can then be
imported into web pages or desktop publishing documents. Photoshop LE runs
on both Windows and Macintosh platforms.
The Canon FS4000US film scanner measures 3.7 (W) x 5.75 (H) x 14.7
(D)-inches and weighs 5.3 lbs. It will be available at authorized Canon
dealers in the second quarter, 2001, and have a suggested retail price of