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Minolta Dimage Scan Multi PRO Scanner Test Review
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SPECIFICATIONS

Resolution is 4,800 DPI for 35mm and 3,200 DPI for 120. There is an interpolated 4,800 DPI setting for 120 film, and completely contrary to my skepticism, it actually gives better quality than the 3,200 DPI setting.

It's smaller than other medium format scanners: 7" wide, 15" deep and 5" tall. 8 pounds.

It has automated dirt and scratch removal (ICE), grain anti-aliasing called GEM, and a screwy faded color restorer called ROC.

Minolta advertises and promotes this scanner as having a 4.8 DMax, far better than any other scanner including $100,000 Heidelbergs, thus I don't believe it. Lo and behold, the printed manual only rates it at 4.2!

4.8 DMax was probably the wet dream of some marketeer doing the mathematics for a theoretically perfect (and nonexistent) 16 bit quantization of a linear signal from a nonexistent noiseless CCD fed from nonexistent flare-free optical path. Minolta is unique today in using 16 bit as opposed to 14 bit convertors, a point that is completely meaningless to you and I. (see my technical scanning page about the myths of 36 and 42 bit scanning; this is a 48 bit scanner.) The Japanese are often deceptive with specifications on electronic products and this is no different here. The good news is that most Japanese manufacturers lie about the same amount, and from what I've seen this Minolta IS better than the other scanners claiming less DMax.

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