Canon has announced the launch of three new film and flatbed scanners -- the entry level CanoScan 4200F, the mid range CanoScan 8400f and the new flagship in the CanoScan range, the 9950f -- all to be available from November.

Costing £289 plus VAT, the 9950f offers a resolution of 4,800-x-9,600dpi at a colour depth of 48bits. Canon claims that it is the first flat-bed scanner with a film adapter unit (FAU) that will take 30 negatives in 35mm film strips. The FAU also takes up to 12 mounted 35mm slides and medium format film.

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The scanner offers infra-red FARE level 3 technology for automatic film scratch and dust removal, colour resaturation, plus grain and backlight correction, the company claims. QARE level 3 delivers similar automatic correction and retouching for scanned prints, according to Canon.
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Equipped with both USB 2.0 and FireWire connections, Canon claims that the scanner will deliver previews of in 3.6 seconds. It will scan prints at 11ms/line at 2,400dpi and film at between 5.5 and 88 ms/line.
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