Thursday night at the RGS CIG meeting there was a demonstration of the Kodak s1220 scanner. I work at Kodak but I had not heard of this scanner before. It turns out that it is a commercial scanner and not one that most people could afford. Bruce Holroyd gave a great demonstration of the capabilities. He took a stack of various size photos and they were scanned in amazingly fast time to Jpeg images on the computer. It scans sizes from 2 x 2.5 up to 8.5 x 34 inches (not a misprint; 34 inches long). There is a setting that can scan either the front, back or both sides at once. It can scan 30 4×6 photos at 300 dpi in a minute. It will also scan at 600 dpi or 1200 dpi which is done through interpolation as the scanner actually is 600 dpi. I noticed that Mr. Holroyd only scanned at 300 dpi. Scanning at 600 dpi would take 4 times as long as scanning at 300 dpi. That is because it is twice as many dots on both the width and height. So it would end up scanning about 7.5 4 X 6 pictures per minute. Try that with a flat bed scanner and it is impossible.
Using my flat bed scanner, I always have to straighten the scans, afterwards. Mr. Holroyd didn’t have to get his pictures exactly square. The software would correct the photo if they were slightly askew. Plus he didn’t even bother to check which way he was putting the photos into the scanner as the software allowed him to rotate the scans afterwards. The software also does redeye removal and automatic enhancement and you get to see the before and after images before they can be saved. One of the scans came up with a white section in the corner. When I looked at the original photo, it was missing a corner of the photo and it still scanned. Some photos that had rips scanned perfectly, too. If you have photos mounded on cardboard (like those carte de visite photos), they can NOT be scanned on this scanner, as they are too thick.
The retail price for the scanner and software is $1795 so this would be used in commercial location to scan a customer’s shoebox of pictures. Then the scans could be saved on either a Picture CD, flashdrive, image card or anything that could be attached to the retail computer.
Mr. Holroyd mentioned that ther were 4 Wegmans location in Rochester that the s1220 scanners before they closed all their photo labs. They would have been behind the counter and scanned by a store employee. Also Walmart are getting a similar version of this scanner called a “Rapid Print Scanner” that attaches to the kiosks in SOME of their stores. This version allows the customer to do the scanning themselves but only saves the scans on Picture CDs. The scanner looks the same except it has a large tray to catch the scanned photos. If anyone knows of where one of the scanners are located, please leave a comment of where and how much the charge is to scan .