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Under Scrutiny: Four 1200 dpi Scanners

How Should The Curves Be Interpreted? Continued

Color balance score: 8.09 / 10

Color fidelity score: 6.07 / 10
Average for these two grades: 7.1 / 10

Color balance grade: 7.73 / 10

Color fidelity score: 7.45 / 10
Average for these two scores: 7.6 / 10

Color balance score: 5.86 / 10

Color fidelity score: 7.60 / 10
Average for these two scores: 6.7 / 10

When studying the four curves, you'll notice that a major defect of these scanners is that they don't make very faithful reproductions. Other types of imaging equipment perform much better. Although the white balance is very well managed, the same test performed on a digital camera produces much better results. This is due to the loss of light when it has to pass twice through other surfaces, the glass plate, the imperfect lens, the converter, etc.