GEM Technology is based
on another complex set of proprietary algorithms that are used
automatically during the data collection portion of the scanning
process. This technology reads the grain details in film and extracts
all the vital data related to image quality and color, much in the way
that DIGITAL ICE Technology corrects surface defects. The resulting
image is sharp and clear, without grain clumping or graininess.
Film grain is the by-product of the silver halide crystals in
light-sensitive photographic emulsions: the higher the film speed, the
larger the grain size. The graininess of film refers to a subjective
measure of the visible clumping of the grains in the emulsion. Film
grain is similar to the resolution of a computer monitor the lower
the resolution, the larger the pixels and the less image detail is
provided. In the past, the best media for enlargements came from either
large-format cameras or small-format cameras using slower-speed film.
With DIGITAL GEM Technology, faster-speed films and smaller-format
cameras (like 35mm) can now be used with the same success as with the
larger-format cameras. DIGITAL GEM Technology can be configured on
scanners to allow users to control the amount of grain left in images
for aesthetic purposes.
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