Epson targets photo market

Epson has announced its intention to take a bigger slice of the consumer photo market. The company has demonstrated two film and photo flatbed scanners at the Photokina show: the Perfection V850 Pro and Perfection V800 Photo. These take 35mm strip, 35mm slide, medium format and 5×4 inch films. They use a dual lens system that can scan films with an optical resolution of 6400 dpi and photos at 4800 dpi, with automatic selection of the appropriate lens for optimal scan quality and speed. They have optical density of 4.0 Dmax, the scanners reproduce a wide range of tones with extremely high accuracy, especially in dark areas of originals.

Both models feature Digital ICE technologies to remove defects such as dust, hairs, scratches, fingerprints and creases from films, slides and photos.

But the V850 Pro also includes high pass optics with an anti-reflection coating on the lens and super reflection mirror for improved image quality and speed), plus a free fluid mount scanning accessory (optional on the V800 Photo), as well as SilverFast SE Plus 8 and i1 Scanner software.

Epson has also launched a new photo microlab, the SureLab D7 Studio, which can be used either on the shop floor as a self-service order terminal or – by adding the SureLab D700 printer – as a production microlab behind-the-counter. It includes a self-service, touch screen order terminal and two printers, with the UltraChrome D6-S ink.

It can produce prints, panoramics, folded displays and cards, on a wide range of media, including  paper-based matte, glossy and lustre media, and in a range of sizes from 10cm up to A4 wide and from 8.9 to 100 cm long. It can take images from memory cards, USB, CD/DVD, Bluetooth, Facebook and smartphones/tablets.




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