Pacific Image Prime Film XE Film Scanner

Pacific Image Prime Film XE Film Scanner

Pacific Image Prime Film XE Film Scanner

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Product Highlights

  • 35mm Slide and Negative Film
  • 48-Bit Color Depth
  • Optical Resolution: 10,000 x 10,000 dpi
  • Dynamic Range of 3.9
  • Output at Up to 16-Bit
  • One-Touch Scanning
  • Digital Noise Reduction
  • Magic Touch Technology
  • Multiple Exposure and Sampling Functions
  • Silverfast SE Scanning Software
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The Pacific Image Prime Film XE Film Scanner provides 10,000 dpi scans of your 35mm slide and negative film. The Prime Film XE uses an input color depth of 48-bit to maximize the quality of your up to 16-bit final scans. This combined with the dynamic range of 3.9 allows you to create high-quality digital images from your 35mm film.

The Prime Film XE can scan individual frames and mounted slides with the option to use a quick one-touch scan button. Also, automatic correction technology is possible with features like Magic Touch and Digital Noise Reduction. For additional control, the XE also includes Silverfast SE scanning software.

Magic Touch Technology
Automatically removes dust and scratches from your scans
Digital Noise Reduction
Minimizes the grain and noise of your image
Auto Color Correction
Corrects the color to appropriate levels even on faded film
Multiple-Exposure & Multiple-Sampling Functions
Takes multiples scans of the same image in order to create the highest-quality final photograph possible
Silverfast SE Scanning Software
Works directly with the scanner to produce the highest-quality photos possible, including correction and previews of your final image
UPC: 649899001738
In the Box
Pacific Image Prime Film XE Film Scanner
  • Holder for 4 Mounted Slides
  • Holder for Filmstrips up to 6 Exposures
  • Power Adapter & Cord
  • USB Cable
  • Software CD
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Pacific Image XE specs

    Film Types 35mm Slide
    35mm Negative
    Scan Quality
    Scan Sensor 3-line RGB linear CCD sensor
    Optical Resolution 10,000 x 10,000 dpi
    Hardware Resolution 10,000 dpi
    Interpolated Resolution 5,000 dpi: 7185 x 4785
    10,000 dpi: 14370 x 9570
    Color Depth 48-bit
    Dynamic Range 3.9
    Performance
    Scan Speed Calibration: 4-6 sec
    Scan: 25-345 sec
    Processing: 12-277 sec
    Total: 41-628 sec
    Connectivity
    Computer Interface USB 2.0
    System & Software Requirements Windows
    Windows XP Service Pack 2, Vista, 7, and 8 (32 & 64-bit)
    Intel P4 2GHz or AMD 2.0 GHz or higher
    1 GB RAM or more
    10 GB available hard disk space
    Color monitor with 16-bit video card
    1024 x 768 minimum display resolution
    DVD-ROM drive
    Microsoft DirectX 9 compatible display driver

    Macintosh
    Mac OS X 10.5 or later with Intel-based processor
    Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8GHz or higher
    1 GB RAM or more
    10 GB available hard disk space
    1024 x 768 minimum display resolution
    DVD-ROM drive
    Quicktime 7 for multimedia features
    Physical
    Light Source White and infrared LED array
    Power Requirements Input: 100-240 VAC; 50/60Hz
    Output: 12 VDC; 1.25A
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 11.8 x 11.4 x 4.9" (30.0 x 29.0 x 12.5 cm)
    Weight 2.2 lb (1.0 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.3 x 11.5 x 3.8"

    Pacific Image XE reviews

    Prime Film XE Film Scanner is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 33.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Capable Scanner When I received my scanner, it did not include Silverfast Software. However, B&H quickly rectified the situation and the software is on its way to me. Vuescan also now supports this scanner. The scanner is nicely built, including the film holders. The drivers installed on Windows 7 machine without any problems. In my limited use of the scanner so far (colour print, B&W and transparency) I have found the resolution to be very good. The scanner pulls out a good amount of detail in the shadows and the scan times are quite short. My overall impression is quite good and I look forward to using this product in the future.
    Date published: 2013-12-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent hardware, mediocre software This is an excellent machine which is let down by poor software. SilerFast has the only benefit-it scans much quicker than Cyberview. All the controls, color correction etc included in SilverFast are useless and make quality worse. You will be better off scanning with all processing features as noise reduction and unsharp mask on off or minimum and use proper package like Adobe PS to correct the issues. I do not recommend this machine to scan old negatives/slides taken by mediocre cameras-all the defects and lack of focus will be intolerable.For this purpose much cheaper scanner will do the job. Hovewer if source material is high quality, this scanner will pull all the details out.
    Date published: 2014-02-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 6 months update I've been using it for 6 months now. Still frustrated with Silverfast. While looking at other scans on-line I ran across Vuescan. I tried demo and few days later purchased full version. All funcky colour issues are over! I ran into some dust problem-it was leaving vertical line on scan. PIE got back to me within 24 hours and sent instructions on how to clean the insides with compressed air. Problem was solved. I recommend keeping can of compressed air handy-seems to be very effective at cleaning negatives. Just make sure you do not agitate the can or it will spray liquid!
    Date published: 2014-07-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good but slow film scanner No batch processing and automatic scan means that I have to pay attention every time I am scanning. Luckily, the scanning process does not eat too much ram. Hence, I can play games, listen to music or browse the internet free from lag. I have scanned 13 rolls of black and white films. They are of excellent quality in terms of details and resolution. But I can only obtain good contrast by using Photoshop with my Vuescan. In other words, you must use Photoshop for all scans. It can be a problem for some but I am ok with it. I ordered it from Asia and I was lucky enough to not having any problems during the shipping process.
    Date published: 2015-07-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The New PrimeFilm XE Scanner I use this scanner primarily for color negative film. The scanner included SilverFast software. This software had a problem with alignment of the scanned image. However, almost immediately, SilverFast automatically sent an update that solved that problem. I am now on a learning curve with this software. It is just about the most versatile scanning software that I have ever used. I have found no evidence of the banding problem that had sometimes occurred with the previous model of this scanner (PrimeFilm 7200u). I must add that banding was never really a problem for me when I used that previous model. The built quality of the PrimeFilm XE is very good, particularly the film strip holders, which keep the film very flat for good focus. The viewing window on the scanner makes it easy to quickly manually advance the film holder from one frame to the next. In conclusion, I am very pleased with this scanner. I am now eagerly learning the use of SilverFast. This scanner with its high resolution and wide dynamic range is a very good match for this software. In addition to using it for color negative film, I look forward to scanning some of my old black and white negatives.
    Date published: 2014-04-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well that was easy... Did my research before going with the XE. It was either this, or a Plustek 8--- series. I went with this because of first hand reviews, and after testing several rolls, I am inclined to think I made the right choice. The Dust and Scratch reduction for print and slide film is excellent. The color reproduction and sharpness(via Silverfast) is satisfactory (compared to flatbeds). Scanning time is fast (5000 dpi). Few things I would like to point out though, that while it can handle 10000 dpi - if you are just scanning and posting on say, flickr - 3200 or 5000 dpi is more than enough. The build construction is a bit plasticky, and at first I thought this thing was too light but don't let it get to you. The image quality that comes out of this box is very good. If you have a higher budget though, I would suggest getting the XA which is supposed to be slightly sharper with better dmax. But for online sharing, you can't go wrong with the XE.
    Date published: 2014-06-17
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nothing like the film scanners of old.. I've been scanning film for years; I own an old Minolta Dimage Scan Dual III, and a Canon Canoscan 9950F that I use for negs and slides, and have also used my dad's Minolta Dimage Scan Elite 5400 quite a few times. I'm working on scanning through a stack of my grandfather's slides and film, and haven't been happy with the results out of my two scanners, and I'd like to get a scanner of my own to compete with the 5400, which far surpasses either of my current scanners for both exposure and highlight/shadow detail. I figured that a 2013/2014 model dedicated film scanner should come close to a 10-year-old Scan Elite 5400 (which had a MSRP of $ at the time) - but came away disappointed.First of all - it _is_ possible to get some pretty good scans from this. The infrared dust removal feature works fairly well, and it seems pretty reliable and quick - no driver issues. A 10,000 dpi image scanned in 48-bit color comes to an insane filesize of 750mb - yikes! That sample image was scanned at 13824x9366, which comes out to about 130MP according to Photoshop's DNG importer - far more resolution than is actually present with 35mm; in theory, this will get the best possible resolution out of the scanner, but in my opinion it's not worth keeping these massive files for the long-term -- far better to scan at this resolution and immediately downscale it to something more reasonable. This scan was performed with VueScan, with 5 passes and infrared dust removal turned on, and took about a half hour. The image looks pretty darn good overall - but some of the detail, especially in the highlights, just isn't up to what I could get with the Minolta 5400.What really surprised me on this scanner is that it didn't support many of the features that I just expect, considering that pretty much all the dedicated film scanners I've used from 10 years ago had them:* The scanner isn't motorized - it includes a tray that allows you to load a negative strip or multiple slides, but you have to manually advance it from image to image. So you can't set up a bulk scan of 4 or 6 images (depending on slides or negs) and walk away for a few hours and let it do it's thing - instead, after each scan, have to manually move to the next image.* In addition, there is a lot of play in the slide and neg holders - if you pull it out and slide it back in, with the same film in it, you won't be able to get it into exactly the same position. It's easy to get it slightly tilted, which requires rotation of the final image by a degree or two. With the mechanized ones I've used, this hasn't been an issue, unless you didn't line up the film in the holder correctly.* As far as I can tell, there isn't a manual focus option on this scanner! The position of the fixed focus is quite reasonable (much better than my flatbed Canon 9950F), but manual focus has come in handy many times for slides and negs that aren't quite 'normal' for me in the past.In summary - if you just want a film scanner that will give you good results, and are't trying to find something that beats what we could get 10 years ago, you will almost certainly be happy with this. It works great with Vuescan (which is always my preferred scanning software), and from what I've read it is about as good as you can get for a modern dedicated film scanner that costs under $. It wasn't what I expected, however, so mine is going back to B&H, and I'll be off searching the used market for a Minolta 5400 that is still in good shape (and, ironically, I will most likely end up paying more than the original MSRP for the scanner when I find one!)
    Date published: 2014-10-20
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Be prepared to spend extra cash on software The image quality is great, with a non interpolated 5000 DPI effective resolution. However, the negatives holder is slack so you will have to adjust yourself a fair position for your film in order to prevent pictures from being cropped by misplacement. And, worse, none of the provided software will enable you to use all the functions of the scanner at once (namely : 16 bits output files with multi-exposure and infrared scratches removal - nothing fancy), so you will have to buy Silver Fast Archive Suite SE to do so, thus add an extra 300 $ to the hardware price. Also, they don't tell you that IR dust and spot removal does NOT work with black and white film because the silver halide blocks infrared beams Finally, expect up to 30 min of scanning/processing per frame. It takes 2 days to process a single shoot of 36 frames. So I feel fooled here. Buy a more efficient scanner if you scan regularly or have your scans done at your labs, it will be less expensive and time consuming.
    Date published: 2017-01-17
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