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The Micro-Image Capture Advantage

Microfilm Reader Printers made and sold by Minolta, Canon, Bell & Howell, Kodak, Micro-design and Alos from the 1980's until the early 2000's have become increasingly obsolete with diminishing parts and supplies availability and a lack of service centers that can repair them. 

Even more modern digital systems like the Minolta MS-2000/3000/6000 series units as well as the Canon MS400/500 generation units are SCSI based systems that work with the now obsolete Windows XP platform and usually cannot migrate to newer platforms such as W7, W8 and W10.

The Micro-Image Capture line of microfilm and microfiche reader scanners is an excellent choice to replace the above mentioned systems and obtain a modern digital solution for your microform viewing, capture and printing requirements.


                                                      
       Micro-Image Capture 7 for Microfiche                                                                                                  Micro-Image Capture 8M for Microfiche & 16 or 35mm Microfilm 

What are the advantages of the Micro-Image Capture 7 & 8 over other digital systems?
  • Compact Design - The MIC7 and MIC8 are the most compact desktop digital microfilm systems on the market today. The fiche only models are 14" deep by 10" wide and about 8" tall. Small enough to fit comfortably on your work desk and easy to pick up and store away when not needed. The Motorized Roll Film Carrier option adds about 8" to the overall width of either system.
  • Light Weight -  The MIC7 and MIC8 are made primarily of anodized billet aluminum so the Microfiche models weigh about 16 Lbs. and the Motorized Roll Film models only add about 5 pounds.
  • Portable - The compact size and light weight of the Micro-Image Capture systems make them ideal for sharing between employees and departments and even remote on-site imaging.
  • Green, Low Power Usage Design - The MIC7 and MIC8 systems are unique in the industry because they do not use an external power supply! The microfiche models derive the power needed to energize both the illumination pad and the imaging head from the USB ports of the host PC or laptop. This means they can be used anywhere in the world, without the need for an external power supply. In fact the MIC7 and MIC8 use less then 1 watt of power when operating, an amazing technological feat that makes these scanners unlike any other in the world. (The motorized roll film carrier version does come with a small DC power supply) 
  • Reliable - The more electro-mechanicals a system has; motors, gears, drive shafts, mirrors, sensors, optical switches, etc., the more probability of a system failure, its that simple. The Micro-Image Capture 7 & 8 capture images directly from the microfilm, not by way of bouncing the microfilm image off of mirrors like other systems. Other systems use a condenser lens and one or more mirrors to project the image to a sensor, these components are susceptible to dust accumulation which can require a service call since the mirrors are inside of theses units. Not so with the Micro-Image Capture systems, the sealed CMOS imager and lens look directly to the microfilm surface and capture the image without a light condenser lens and without mirrors, so its less likely that the image will be diminished in any way with this unique direct capture path.
  • High Definition Viewing and Capture - The Micro-Image Capture 7 has a high resolution CMOS sensor designed to view and capture images that were originally letter and legal size documents.  The new Micro-Image Capture 8 uses a Sony Exmor-R CMOS sensor that is a true 20 Mega Pixel Sensor (1" sensor 5440x3648 2.4umx2.4um pixels) and ideal for viewing and capturing large format microfilm images on 35mm rolls and aperture cards. While other systems often quote high Mega Pixel specifications for their units, some use software interpolation to boost the advertised Mega Pixel rating of their system. Some systems that boast 14 to 26 Mega Pixel resolution use image sensors with as little as 6 or 7 Mega Pixels!                                                 
  • The Micro-Image Capture 8 Imager has a true High Definition Sony Exmor-R 20MP CMOS sensor! (1" Sensor w/ 5440x3648 and 2.4x2.4um pixels)

 

  • Graphical User Interface - Both MIC7 and MIC8 units have a user friendly GUI with standard features such as image rotate, flip, polarity inversion (neg to pos) and an array of exposure adjustments like contrast, brightness, sharpness and gain in order to fine tune the image according to the users preference. Image capture happens in about one second with the touch of a key stroke or with the included footswitch. The Micro-Image Capture systems connect to the users PC via USB port and are compatible with W7, W8, W10 and MAC!
  • Price & Value - With the advantages listed so far, one might think that Micro-Image Capture scanners are as expensive or more so than other digital systems available on the market today. Yet the reality is that the MIC7 and MIC8 can cost about half as much as other comparable system on the market. The simplicity of design and cost effective manufacturing process creates a quality product with outstanding value for the consumer. They also come with a standard one year advanced exchange warranty!

Recommended Applications:

If you have microfiche, jackets with images that were originally letter or legal size or you have 16mm microfilm rolls and simply need to replace an obsolete analog reader printer or an older digital reader scanner, the Micro-Image Capture 7 would be an excellent choice. Its HD sensor is designed especially for 16mm images and will do an excellent job.                         

 
If you have Aperture Cards with engineering size images, 35mm Microfilm Rolls or want to capture images for archival storage or to perform OCR post scan, then the Micro-Image Capture 8 with its Ultra HD 20MP sensor is the correct choice. 


Micro-Image Capture Scanners are made exclusively by and for Microfilmworld.com, LLC - Micro-Image Capture is a registered trademark of Microfilmworld.com, LLC



Written by: Evis Beaton - Microfilmworld.com 2017

Evis Beaton is the sales and marketing manager for Microfilmworld.com and has over 25 years of experience in the Microfilm Industry. He has a degree in Electronic Engineering Technology and a Bachelors degree in Business Management with an emphasis on e-commerce. Contact evis@microfilmworld.com 
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