At the bottom of the window are the Auto Setting which tells the software to analyze the histograms and make its best guess as to the proper correction and Reset buttons. As it is, short of repeated trial and error, there’s no good way to tell the effect of adjustments you’re making on the final picture. It worked quite well if the slide or negative in question had a well-defined white point somewhere in the frame, but lacking that, the results were rather sporadic. Rotates the selected image 90 degrees clockwise. If you want to scan 35mm negatives or slides for personal use, get it.

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Here, I have just a single slide loaded into the 4-position slide holder. The scanner comes with a copy of Adobe’s excellent Elements image-manipulation program. For instance, if you’re wanting to double-check a particularly severe tonal or color correction.

In the scanner market, they’ve consistently produced models with good performance and value for the dollar. The following checkboxes and settings are available:.

Minolta Dimage Scan Dual III Film Scanner Review

dimagd Scanner technology continues to advance, so it’s impossible to say how it will stack up in the market six months or a year from now. Handy, speeds the workflow. Here’s where you crop as well, or use auto-crop, which works quite well if you wish to use the entire frame of the picture. The Dimage Scan Elite II accommodates such situations with the aforementioned option of specifying the point of focus.

During scanning, the film moves slowly past the trilinear CCD. I can dlmage even at this early date though, that the Dimage Scan Dual III’s performance and image quality is very impressive, particularly in light of it’s very low projected street pricing. Answered on Feb 24, I have not scanned slides yet. Answered on Vimage 16, This last is an enhancement beyond the capabilities offered by Photoshop, and is useful for avoiding sharpening noise in shadow areas.


It turns out that the Dimage “dust cleaner” is just software and not a mechanical cleaner. In dimagw experience though, USM is such a multivariate function, and frequently so subject-dependent that a preview option is almost mandatory.

I really disagree with this part of Minolta’s implementation.

Konica Minolta Dimage Scan Dual III Scanner

Saved job files show up in the far left column of dimqge Correction tab, with a scroll bar so that you can zip through various settings and determine the one you would like to apply. First, I’d like the ability to select specific colors from within the image, so the correction could be applied to specific hues within the image. There are three basic steps, starting with an index scan that creates thumbnails of each slide.

This arrangement did a pretty good job of handling curled or damaged film, but film curled along its length was tricky to deal with because it would curl up quite high above the “tray” provided for it to lie in, dikage I was attempting to lower and fasten the lid.

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site. Determines the quality of the index prescan.

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I don’t know how much of an issue this streaking would be in any sort of normal usage, particularly given that it didn’t appear in Train2, which is probably about as tough a piece of film as any average user would be likely to encounter. Ask a Question Usually answered in minutes! User interface accommodates both beginners and experienced users. You’ll still want to use the full version of the software when you need maximum control over the scanning parameters, but for many novice users, the Easy Scan utility is all they’ll ever need.


Yes, I am using it with Windows 7 and get reasonable scan out of my old film strip. I wanted to get at least a preliminary review up to coincide with Minolta’s US announcement of the product, so elected to post the operating details above, and follow up with all the test images later.

The black bar shows a measure of how good the focus currently is, while the white bar shows the highest level that’s been reached since you opened the window. To install in compatibility mode do the following: I have the same question They didn’t sacrifice features or quality on this one.

These are very useful features, in that I’ve sometimes seen scanner autofocus systems outfoxed by low-contrast, or poorly-focused originals. Easy Scan Utility Included as a separate, standalone application, the Easy Scan utility runs almost like a typical “Wizard” application on a PC, guiding you step-by-step through the scanning process.

This is the tricky part of this control, in that the adjustments are made in subtractive color space CMYKrather than the RGB additive color space most photographers and computer graphics users will be familiar with.