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Nikon Coolscan III

Nikon Coolscan III
alaScore 72

26 reviews

Oct, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 reviews of Nikon Coolscan III. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Scanners for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Scanners the Nikon Coolscan III is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 72/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 26 reviews)

3 expert reviews

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Nikon Coolscan III from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Scanners on

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This summary is based on the product: Nikon LS-30 Coolscan III Film Scanner for PC (PC/PowerMac)

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: By Thom (

Coolscan III (LS-30) Review


Small footprint, fast scans, repeatable results, came with required SCSI card (for Windows users).

Supplied software is awkward, ICE isn't a big benefit, works better with Silverfast software, takes some time to find optimal setup.

Nikon's original entry-level scanner with ICE, the Coolscan III is good enough for all but the most demanding work. Worth checking out if you can find a good condition used model at a reasonable price. Replaced by the ~US$900 Coolscan IV ED, which...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by: Thom Hogan (

Nikon Coolscan III Review (LS-30)


From the number of emails I receive and posts on various digital camera user groups, it seems that many digital camera users still don't know how the primary function of their camera works. It doesn't help to have representatives from camera companies:

Oct, 2002

Expert review by: (

Coolscan III (LS-30)


This older scanner is versatile and produces reasonable results, especially if used with a third-party optimized plug-in, such as Silverfast.

Product Specifications

The Coolscan III incorporates technology that delivers the high image quality and functionality that have become the standard for Nikon scanning products. The Coolscan III boasts high scanning speed and multi-format flexibility. High-resolution scanning at 2,700 dpi can be performed in only 20 seconds (without the transfer of data to a computer). Furthermore, the small size (footprint) and lightweight of the Coolscan III allow users to situate the scanner in the most convenient location, and to easily relocate it when necessary.

Dimensions & Weight



Compatibility:Mac/Mac / PC
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolscan


Color Depth:30-bit color
Document Feeder Type:Autoload
Form Factor:Desktop
Input Type:Color
Interface Type:SCSI
Interface Type (2nd): None
Max H-Optical Resolution:2700dpi
Max Supported Document Size:0.95 in x 1.43 in
Max Supported Media Size:0.95 in x 1.43 in
Max V-Optical Resolution:2700dpi
Media Feeder Type:Autoload
Supported Document Type:Slides / Film
Supported Media Type:Film / Slides
Type:Film scanner (35 mm)

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS 7.6 / Microsoft Windows 95 / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0/Apple MacOS 7.6 or later