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Microtek ScanMaker i900 Flatbed Scanner

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  • 6,400 x 3,200 dpi optical resolution
  • 48-bit color depth, 16-bit grayscale; 4.2 optical density
  • ColoRescue technology restores faded photos and film
  • Batch templates for 35mm slides, strips, 6-by-9-cm, and 4-by-5-inch media
  • USB 2.0 and FireWire IEEE1394 connectivity; PC and Mac compatible
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 27 x 11 x 21 inches ; 24.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 39.6 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B00018JMZU
  • Item model number: i900
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at July 3, 2008

Product Description

Product Description

The world's first one-step photo restoration flatbed scanner has arrived! In just one step, the ScanMaker 6800, with Digital ICE for Photo Prints built into the hardware and software, corrects most scratches and cracks commonly found on photo print surfaces, while also removing dust and lint. In addition, the ScanMaker 6800 offers high 4800 x 2400 dpi resolution, 48-bit color depth, FireWire and Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) interfaces, plus an integrated 4" x 5" transparency adapter.

From the Manufacturer

Professionals seek perfection. Now Microtek has the perfect scanner for them: the ScanMaker i900. Designers and photographers alike will appreciate the depth and clarity of its 4.2 maximum optical density and generous 8.5-by-14-inch reflective scan area. Batch scanning is a snap with SnapTrans templates for multi-format film scanning. And only Microtek gives you Emulsion Direct Imaging Technology (E.D.I.T.) for distortion-free glassless film scanning.

Taking productivity to the next level, the ScanMaker i900 delivers automatic photo reconstruction and restoration. DIGITAL ICE Photo Print Technology, built into the hardware, eliminates even severe surface damage from prints as you scan. Accurate one-step color restoration quickly transforms faded photos and film to their original colors. The ScanMaker i900 is the only true photo reconstruction and restoration solution for professionals. Look beyond, at the ScanMaker i900 for superb image quality, speed and exceptional productivity performance.

The ScanMaker i900 offers reconstruction beyond photo restoration. Automatically reconstruct photos with creases, cracks rips, tears, and more. ColoRescue restores faded photos and film to their original brilliance as you scan. Achieve professional photo restoration results in a fraction of the time.

The ScanMaker i900 is a productivity giant. Workflow efficiency improves the bottom line. SnapTrans film templates for easy batch scanning of 35mm slides, strips, 6cm by 9cm, and 4-by-5-inch film. Enjoy incomparable quality, with professional features.


  • 4.2 max optical density for stunning image depth
  • 6,400 x 3,200 dpi optical resolution
  • Exclusive dual-platen design with legal size flatbed and 8-by-10-inch bay for glassless film
  • LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast Ai 6 (PC/Mac)
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 (PC/Mac)
  • Adobe Photoshop Album SE version (PC)
  • Microtek ScanWizard Pro (PC/Mac)
  • Microtek Scan, Copy, Email, OCR, Scan-to-Web utilities (PC/Mac)
  • Microtek LANShare: LAN scanner sharing utility (PC)
  • ABBYY FineReader Sprint OCR (PC/Mac)
  • Kodak Digital Science Color Management (PC/Mac)
  • Ulead Photo Explorer (PC/Mac)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (PC/Mac)
What's in the Box
ScanMaker i900 scanner, SnapTrans film templates for 35mm slide, 35mm filmstrip, 4-by-5-inch film, 6-by-9-cm film, glass film tray, FireWire card (PC), 6-pin FireWire cable, Hi-Speed USB cable, power cord, software CD-ROM(s)

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Six WEEKS later is was completely broken and I had to send it in to be replaced.
Overall, an outstanding scanner and one that I recommend highly to any semipro to pro artist/photographer.
Skip Kennedy
Their flowchart for troubleshooting pretty much says "if anything goes wrong, reinstall software."

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A. Larson on November 1, 2004
I wanted a scanner that would scan any size film negative and paper too, but did not want to to pay a million bucks for it-This is the one! I know an antique dealer who gets these glass negatives from sales and estates and I have been able to place 4 of them on the pull-out drawer and scan them with great results. I have also scanned some old negatives from film cameras from the 1920s and 30s. The scanner has a large platten (legal size) for doing paper and a drawer like platten that pulls out from the bottom for doing slides and negatives. There are several inserts that will accept the different types of media. I have found that the 8x10 glass drawer is the most versitile and easiest to use.

The i900 comes with 2 different software packages for both Mac and Windows; Scan Wizard Pro, and Silverfast, professional scan software. I installed both of them but so far have found it easy enough to stick with just the first one. It has a very intuitive interface and I have had no problems at all. The "Digital Ice" technology is interesting and effective but it is slow- I have found it just as easy to do a regular scan and repair the photo myself in photoshop.

The only thing that might count against this thing is it's size- It's big. And it's heavy. It's dimensions are 15"x22"x6" and it weighs 30 lbs. So if a small footprint is something you have to have, forget this baby.

Installation was a snap- my Mac just loves my new scanner- and so do I. I'm real glad I bought it.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J. Lockard on December 9, 2005
I loved this scanner, to a point. I shoot a mixture of 35mm and medium format film. This scanner looked like the ideal solution, it didn't cost nearly as much as a dedicated medium format film scanner, it allowed me to do glassless scanning of negatives and still allowed me to scan 35mm, other transparancy sizes *and* documents.

All was well and good till I checked out the medium format film scanning tray. It has 4 places to load my medium format negatives, unfortunately, these are only big enough for a maximum of 1 6x6cm negative each. For negatives I don't know any photographers that cut their negs into individuals, they usually keep them in strips of several negatives.

Well, if you're using the i900 you are going to have to cut your negatives out of their strips. Also note, this tray isn't really a "medium format" tray as a generic term, it's really a 6x6cm only tray for 120/220/620 film. If you shoot 6x4.5cm you might be able to make due, but you simply won't be able to scan your 6x7, 6x9 or 6x17 film with this scanner. Microtek support tells me that have no intention of make a good medium format tray for this scanner, so... I sold mine on one of those huge auction sites.

I'm thinking of using the money from my auction to buy a Mictotek i800 scanner which will do 6x17cm negatives, which means it will allow scanning of strips of medium format film. I need to make sure that will be enough.

If you will only be scanning documents, 35mm negatives, 35mm slides or 4x5in. film, this scanner was a beautiful system and I would have kept mine if only it dealt with medium format film.
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73 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Waldie on June 9, 2004
I've been waiting for this scanner for months and months but it has been worth the wait. I had it on pre-order and have finally got the opportunity to get it. I was eyeing the Microtek 6800 for quite some time but decided to hold out for a legal sized scanner that also had positive and negative capabilities. I was also impressed with the price point of $599 MSRP. I was expecting it to push $799 or more based on the speculated features but was pleasantly surprised when the vendor told me.
With that being said I received the scanner yesterday and immediately torn into it. I am impressed with the physical construction of the unit. The scanner has metal railings inside and is quite solid. Nothing appears cheap or thrown together and I appreciate knowing that its not just plastic that was formed together last week. The scanner is both firewire and USB 2.0 so I chose to hook it up via firewire as most of my USB ports were tied up with PDA, Printer, Mouse/Keyboard, Smart Card Reader, etc. Installed the ScanWizard Pro software, restarted the computer and turned on the scanner. Windows XP picked it up and I was able to do a Scanner Test to verify it was working within a few seconds.
Once the scanner was up and running I launched Photoshop CS and then ScanWizard Pro through the File menu. Once it was up I imported my ICM profiles for my monitor and printer. This allows for accurate color reproduction but is not necessary depending on what you are doing with the output. I was very impressed with the time it takes to actually scan. About 10 seconds or less for a preview.
As for the actual scans I was pleasantly surprised. I have a dedicated slide scanner but it doesn't do large format items.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Greg Robertson VINE VOICE on July 24, 2006
I've had my ScanMaker i900 about a year now, and I couldn't be happier with it. It set up easily -- plug it in, load the software, restart, and go -- and has worked beyond expectations ever since. The only glitch occurred the first time I upgraded my Mac to OS 10.3, but once I did a quick search online and found an appropriate Microtek updater, it was golden again. I have since updated to OS 10.4.7 without any problems, so it was clearly just a typical software update situation.

What I like most about the i900 is that it does so much for so little cost. I and others in my small company use it to do normal flatbed scans, but we also handle a lot of slides, transparencies, and filmstrips -- client photos, newspaper microfiche, old archival shots, 1960s cartoons, and more -- that we've been able to scan easily and beautifully with the included multi-size scan templates. And I love that the scanning bed is large enough to handle "oversized" images that many scanners sold today simply can't handle. (I searched 8 stores for one this large, but most only carry the little 8 1/2 x 11 scanners today.)

I use mine for my small business, as I mentioned above, so at less than $600, the i900 is a GREAT deal. It has more than paid for itself many times over. This is especially true because many weeks it gets heavy, heavy use and just keeps coming back for more.

One suggestion is that, if you use it with Photoshop, set up your system so that the i900 is turned on before you start up the computer to which it is attached. Otherwise, it may not be detected by Photoshop and you'll have to restart. This is not an i900 problem, though - it happens with all scanners - it's simply the way Photoshop detects outside devices. Just follow my suggestion and it should work fine - always does for me.
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