Digital Cameras come in Two Flavors. Large format digital cameras are designed for product photography, namely things that do not move. People (who tend to move during long sessions), animals, and plants blowing in the wind cannot be recorded with most large format digital systems. But several variant digital systems can capture movement. One of these is the Carnival, distributed in the USA by ScanView (Foster, CA).

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ScanView and the Carnival digital system

After reading about ScanView and the Carnival digital system, Andrea David and I decided to visit the home office in Copenhagen, since this meant we would also visit the home base for PhaseOne (digital camera company) a few miles away. The Carnival is actually made by a separate company, Color Crisp, but they are located in a building adjacent to that of ScanView. Olaf Gronvaldt kindly did a demo of the Carnival.

Since FLAAR has a project to photograph all the plants and animals of the Maya area (Belize, Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras), the Carnival would be useful since jaguars tend to move, rapidly. Our goal is not only to aid in the preservation of the ecology and natural habitat of these endangered species, but also to study what Central America looked like during the epoch of the great Maya cities. Was the jungle all around the sites, or had the forest been decimated by the expanding populations? What animals were eaten, what animals, birds, and reptiles were worshipped as gods?

At present the Carnival is tethered to electrical current; it cannot run on a battery. But perhaps future generations can be adapted to function from a battery. There is an ample market of natural scientists, biologists, zoologists, and lots of professional photographers who need to shoot on location. The computers which power the digital software are all battery powered, so hopefully this option will be available in the next year for the Carnival camera control unit itself.

In the meantime, we can say that the high end flatbed and drum scanners of ScanView are precisely what museums, archaeologists, historians, general scientists, and other scholars need for their departments.

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