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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. (RP502 / RP503 / RP504 / RP505 / RP509 / RP600Z / RP603Z / RP605Z / RP606Z / RP607Z / RP609Z )

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. Connect to your PC via USB and stream microfilm images directly to your PC screen to capture in about a second.

                 Micro-Image Capture 7 for Microfiche                                                                                                          Micro-Image Capture 9M for Microfiche & 16 / 35mm Microfilm Rolls 

What are the advantages of the Micro-Image Capture 7 & 8 over other digital systems?
  • Compact Design - The MIC7 and MIC9 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 MIC9 are made primarily of anodized billet aluminum so the Microfiche models weigh about 16 Lbs. and the Motorized Roll Film models only add another 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 MIC9 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 MIC9 use about 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 likely there will be a system failure, its that simple. The Micro-Image Capture 7 & 9 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 frequent service calls since the optics are inside of these 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 9 is equiped with a high resolution 18MP CMOS and is ideal for viewing and capturing large format microfilm images on 35mm rolls and aperture cards or for converting images to PDF for OCR. 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 Pixels of resolution use image sensors that actually have as little as 6 or 7 Mega Pixels!                                                  
  • Graphical User Interface - Both MIC7 and MIC9 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 foot switch. 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 MIC9 can cost about half as much as other comparable systems on the market. The streamlined 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 and are made in the U.S.A.!
  • Which model is right for me? - If you are working with microfiche or 16mm microfilm that contain images that were originally letter or legal size and you simply want to view, print and capture images as needed for distribution, the MIC7 and MIC7M ( motorized) is a right choice. If however you have engineering size images on microfiche, aperture cards or 35mm rolls then the MIC9 and MIC9M would be the best choice in that the 18MP high resolution imager will provide the needed resolution for those large format images. Also, if you have letter or legal size images but want to convert images or archival purposes, conversion to searchable PDF etc., then the MIC9 would also be the best choice for your requirements. 

Click the video below to see a short clip on the features and functionality of the new 2020 Micro-Image Capture High Production Software that is an option on the MIC7 & MIC7M but included with the MIC9 & MIC9M.

This new High Production software is available as an option to the standard software GUI sold with all MIC9/MIC9M units but can be purchased to upgrade your existing MIC7/MIC7M system.


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