Canon updates flatbed photo scanner lineup

Canon updates its CanoScan photo line with a resolution boost and some power-consumption tweaks.

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Canon's CanoScan 8800F has been enduringly (and somewhat endearingly) popular on our site, despite the fact that we've never reviewed it. Though it's closing in on 3 years old, which is practically ancient in many of the other product categories we cover, there isn't a lot of technological development either, so it's refreshing not to be barraged with artificially differentiated products for a change. That said, Canon's latest CanoScan, the 9000F, follows up the veteran photo scanner at about $50 more, with a resolution boost for slide and film scans and improved power consumption.

Here's how it compares with its cheaper sibling, as well as its main competitors:

  Canon CanoScan 8800F CanonScan 9000F Epson Perfection V600 Photo HP ScanJet G4050
Resolution (dpi) 4,800x9,600 9,600x9,600 (positives and negatives); 4,800x4,800 (reflective) 6,400x9,600 4,800x9,600
Internal bit depth 48-bit color/48-bit gray 48-bit color/48-bit gray 48-bit color/16-bit gray 96-bit color/8-bit gray
Optical density (Dmax) n/a n/a 3.4D n/a
Light source LED LED LED n/a
Sensor 6-line CCD 12-line CCD 12-line CCD CCD
Negatives and transparencies 12 negative frames; 4 slides; 120/220 format 12 negative frames; 4 slides; 120/220 format 12 negative frames; 4 slides; 120/220 format 30 negative frames; 16 slides; 2 120 frames; 1 220 frame
Maximum media size (inches) 8.5 by 11.7 8.5 by 11.7 8.5 by 11.7 8.5 by 12.3
Duty cycle n/a n/a n/a n/a
ADF None None None None
Interfaces USB 2.0 USB 2.0 USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Operating Systems Windows XP or later, 32-bit and 64-bit versions; OS X 10.2.8 to 10.6.x Windows XP/2000 or later, 32-bit and 64-bit versions; Mac OS X 10.4.11 to 10.6.x Windows XP/2000 or later, 32-bit and 64-bit versions; Mac OS X 10.3.9 to 10.6.x Windows XP/2000 or later, 32-bit and 64-bit versions; Mac OS X 10.3.9 to 10.6.x
Software Adobe Photoshop Elements, ArcSoft PhotoStudio, MP Navigator EX, NewSoft Presto! PageManager (Windows only), ScanSoft OmniPage SE Adobe Photoshop Elements 5, ArcSoft PhotoStudio, MP Navigator EX Adobe Photoshop Elements, ABBYY FineReader Sprint Plus OCR n/a
Power consumption 18W; 1.5W standby; 1.0W off 15W; 0.9W standby; 0.5W off 16.5W; 5.5W standby; 1.6W sleep; 0.4W off n/a
Dimensions (inches, WDH) 10.7 by 18.9 by 4.0 10.7 by 18.9 by 4.4 11.0 by 19.0 by 4.6 11.9 by 20.0 by 4.3
Weight (pounds) 9.2 10.1 9 11.6
Release date August 2007 June 2010 August 2009 January 2007
Manufacturer price $199.99 $249.99 $249.99 $199.99

To put the resolution boost in context: at 4,800dpi, you can generate a scan of a 35mm slide or negative that will print optimally as large as 14x21 at 300dpi; a 9,600dpi scan doubles that in both directions. So for many people, the cheaper 8800F will continue to suffice. If you tend to crop deeply, though, the extra resolution might be helpful. There's also the possibility that the larger CCD will provide improved speed at the lower resolution, and the improved power management may add up over time.

About the author

Lori Grunin is a senior editor for CNET Reviews, covering cameras, camcorders, and related accessories. She's been writing about and reviewing consumer technology and software since 1988.

 

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