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March 13, 2003|By Kevin Washington

Epson scanner adeptly captures details in photos

The Epson Perfection 3200 ($400) has replaced the 2450 in Epson's photo scanner lineup and gives a good account of itself. More for the tech-savvy photo enthusiast than the average person trying to digitize photographs and documents, the 3200 provides really good scans of flat documents and film and transparencies. The biggest part of its winning performance is the huge 3,200-by-6,400 dot-per-inch resolution.

The 3200's film scanning won't match a dedicated film scanner's work, but it beats most consumer oriented flat-bed scanners hands down, when it comes to film and transparencies.

You can connect the 3200 to your computer by regular Universal Serial Bus port or USB 2.0 or Firewire. While I didn't do much with the Firewire connection, the scanner was quiet and fast with a regular USB (1.1) port. Details in the shadows and the highlights were a sight to behold.

The 3200 ships with the Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 photo editing program and LaserSoft's SilverFast SE 6, both of which are excellent choices if you want do a little bit more fiddling with your scan as you make it or after you've made it.

The 3200 works with Windows 98 or later versions or Mac OS 8.6 or later.

Information: 1-800-463-7766 or www.epson.com.

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