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Well the Christmas rush is well and truly here at digiScan in Leatherhead, Surrey. The orders for photo scanning and slides scanning are flooding in, luckily, we’re able to cope with the demand, this is mainly due to the continual investment in equipment and training.
With increasing orders, digiScan have invested in two new Cannon bulk photo scanning machines, these will enable us to finish more jobs ahead of schedule said James Mawson, digiScan’s director.
digiScan are please to announce the delivery of three more Nikon slide scanning Machines, this will enable us to scan a greater number of 35mm slides and negatives in a shorter time said digiScan’s managing director James Mawson.
Announced at CES 2007, the affordably priced HP Scanjet G3010 Photo Scanner provides photo, document and even film scanning thanks to its very high resolution and 16-bit color channel capture.
As the latest innovation in photo printers is to move up from four colour cartridges to six, it was perhaps inevitable that the next technological advance for photo scanners was to reflect this change.
So HP has introduced the ScanJet G4010 (and its slightly bigger brother, the G4050) as the first six-colour, 96-bit machines which effectively split each image into red, orange, yellow, green, cyan and blue. The result is claimed to be much greater depth, range and richness of colour than has been possible before and the final product reflects this all the way up to the highest resolution of 4,800 x 9,600dpi.
HP once again includes its ‘Real Life Technologies’ to correct errors such as red-eye, restore faded colour and bring out the detail in dark corners using Adaptive Lighting. What hasn’t been seen before, though, is HP Adaptive Sharpening, developed specifically for this new range and taking into account the resolution of the scan as well as the actual sharpness of the scanner. Hence you can now get notably improved clarity and detail at higher resolutions.
Further enhancement for originals damaged by dust particles or scratches are built into the hardware, which works by scanning the photos twice; once with the standard lamp to gather colour information and then with an infra-red LED to map the defective areas. This scanner is also optimised to scan ancient Kodachrome slides and Ektachrome film so it is worth having a rummage in the attic for granddad’s old snaps.
Yet for all the undoubted advances in picture quality, there’s a number of frustrating features about the ScanJet G4010. Chief of these is the TMA – the Transparent Materials Adapter – which is on the underside of the lid and can hold five 35mm slides or six negatives. The negative holder is so tight fitting that it’s a major chore to slide the negative strip down without touching the film. Curiously, the G4050 uses a more traditional plastic template instead, which is much more user-friendly.
If that wasn’t bad enough, the software is equally complex. The HP Solution Centre is clearly misnamed as the number of tasks that have to be performed to, say, scan and save a 35mm negative frame is daunting. Although the scanner comes with four operational buttons on the lid (scan photo, scan film, print and make a PDF), you still have to overcome this hurdle.
If you’re starting with a small negative strip, the software defaults to the unused section at the top and you have to manually highlight the frame you want to copy using a crop tool before sending it to its final destination.
digiScan is proud to support local villages and towns in Surrey. digiScan, based in Leatherhead, Surrey are able to offer scanning services, ranging from photo scanning, slides scanning, document and microfiche scanning, negative scanning, vhs tape and camcorder tape to DVD conversions.
digiScan recently had a quick turn around request for over 10,000 photos to be scanned. digiScan were are to scan, rotate and crop all 10,700+ photos in under one day. Showing that when they say quick turnaround, they mean quick turnaround!
If you have large numbers of photos that need scanning, then get in touch with the experts.
Scanning photos is a good way to create a back of your paper pictures, one in digital format you can store them on a disk or on the internet, which means they’ll be safe from fires and floods.