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CanoScan 9000F Flatbed Photo, Slide and
Reviewer: Paul Good
12/2014 FYI: Product Updated to CanoScan 9000F MkII. Same great performance, updated software for Windows 8. First reviewed 04/28/2011 (original review)

From our readers:

“Paul, I’ve got a bunch of photos sitting in the same envelopes they came home in.  I’ve maybe seen them once in the last 20 years.

With my new HD TV it would be great to re-live times with our family, dogs and friends again.

I want a photo scanner of some kind to preserve them before the shots aren’t worth saving.  Any recommendations?”   John B.  Massachusetts

John,

I know I’d be heartbroken if I lost those amazing kid shots, the “I won’t be running for office now” pics or the  “I sure miss them” moments that bring a tear.

Because most of us over forty were spending time making memories, not putting them in albums, it’s likely we have a box (or boxes) of “artifacts” from life in the non-digital photo age.  Worse, the few photos we did put in albums are continuing to fade from view by the month.

Now for less than $198.00 and some effort on your part (you are the archeologist in this dig), you can save your own life and that of others with excellent, sharable results.

And as a bonus, you’ll also get a great way to view, organize and share all of your digital photos. You know, the ones your friends and family hear about, but never see.

First, the specs. We’ll explain what difference they make to you shortly.

The Short Story:

CanoScan 9000F

About $198.00
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Specifications:

Scanner Type: Flatbed
Scanner Element: Charged-Coupled Device, 12-line color
Light Source: White Light Emitting Diode (LED)

Features:

7 EZ Function Buttons / 9600 dpi CCD Sensor / Auto Document Fix / Auto Scan Mode / Built-In Power Supply / FARE Level 3 (dust and image correction) / Film Scanning (35mm film/120 format film) / Gutter Shadow Correction (removes center line from book scanning) / High-speed Scanning / Light Guide / OCR Text Data Conversion (makes text data searchable) / PDF Password / Sensor Carriage / Super Toric Lens (for improved imaging) / White LED / Zero Warm-up Time.

Scanner Buttons: Auto Scan, Copy, Email and four PDF buttons
Maximum Resolutions: Optical: 9600 x 9600 dpi for film and 4800 x 4800 for all other media; Interpolated: 19,200 x 19,200 dpi
Scanning Mode: Color: 48-bit internal/48 or 24-bit external
Grayscale: 48-bit internal/16-bit (film scanning only)/8-bit external
Maximum Document Size: 8.5 x 11.7 inches
Interface: Hi-Speed USB 2.0
OS Compatibility: Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000 and Mac OS X v10.4.11 to 10.6.x
Power: AC 100-240V, 50/60 Hz
Software Included: Setup Software & User’s Guide CD-ROM, Adobe Photoshop Elements 8, ArcSoft PhotoStudio, MP Navigator EX
Maximum Power Consumption: 15W (0.9W standby)
Environmental Conditions: (without condensation) Operating temperature: 50-95 degrees F; Operating humidity: 10-90 percent RH (20-80 percent RH for film scanning)
Warranty: One-year limited warranty with InstantExchange program. One-year toll-free technical support.

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CanoScan 9000F

Now, for why the stuff above matters!

In the past, reasonably priced, non-professional, photo scanners have offered a low ability to capture detail, had unpredictable color reproduction, slow operation and complex software controls.

Within this last year or two, there has been a breakthrough in this category that finally makes the process of scanning photos reasonable and gives you the ability to get exceptional results.

Enter The CanoScan 9000F. It made the cut as a GreatStuffThatWorks product for a variety of reasons, so lets get started:

If one of your goals is to fire up photos on that High Res flat panel with friends and family, you ‘ll be very glad you used this scanner.

The more you start with when capturing images, the more you have to work with if it needs some digital touch ups.

A low quality scanner will forever translate your photo treasures into grainy, fuzzy, miss adjusted color pictures now even more noticeable on your big digital TV, computer monitor or prints.

Using a flatbed design , like the , vs a dedicated bulk photo feeder design, has many advantages.

Dropping a stack of 4 x 6’s into a bulk feeder tray and pushing go sounds very appealing.

Unfortunately, there are some drawbacks:

Its dedicated nature means you can’t use the scanner for anything else but photographs in the future. When the archiving is done, it becomes an expensive dust collector.

Because the low cost, non-commercial, devices are made for speed, not accuracy, their software and electronics generally produce low resolution, poorly registered color and flaw correction, producing less than great results.

Setting aside their limited functionality, we did not find any under $200 that could even come close to the CanoScan 9000’s comprehensive performance package.

If you want to create high quality digital archives of your photos,slides or film, you need a combination of superior hardware technology and quality photo correction software.

The CanoScan 9000F begins by having a feature that comes closer to a batch function:

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CanoScan 9000F using Slide holder

It allows you to place several print photos, depending on their size or up to four slides, or 12 film frames, all on the glass at the same time and it will create a separate photo file for each one.

At the highest resolution, photos will take between 1-1.5 minutes per scan pass, but the results are well worth it.

However, if your end use of the photo is, for example, for website use, you can save some time and lower the resolution. The lower the resolution, the faster it completes the scan file.

The native CanonScanGear software controls for PC or Mac allow you to tweak its intelligence so it can make pretty good judgment calls during its initial scan.

But what if you need to do more?

You have to buy more software to do that, you say?  Not true with the CanoScan 9000F.

Canon gives you a genuine bonus: Several great pieces of software are included, one being PhotoShop Elements 8, one of the best photo correction and organizing software programs on the market.

I use this program to organize and fix my over 12,000 and growing digital photos and it just keeps getting better.

It will take your entire digital collection, automatically organize it by date (from the info normally in the metadata created by your digital camera) and present it in a quickly viewable way.

Suddenly all the cool places you’ve been and moments you’ve lived are at your command!

You can then drag and drop the photos into folders you create, tag them by person, type or whatever, for fast grouping, drop them into a folder on your desk top (for playback from a flash drive or other way you hook into your Flat Panel tv’s), email them to friends…. It’s literally life unleashed! (at least the stuff you want to share).

They also include a software program (FARE Level 3) that does a good job helping correct photo damage flaws and dust spots.  Exciting, huh?

But no matter how good the software, you still need to capture everything you can from the initial photo scan or you just have less to work with.

The CanoScan 9000F excels at capturing your memories fully, with an Optical resolution spec up to 4800 x 4800 dpi for photos (and other scanned media) and up to an amazing 9600 x 9600 dpi for slides and film!

FYI, Optical specs are the only relevant specs. “Optical” resolution refers to the amount of information that is  captured through the lens. “Interpolated” resolution effectively means “digitally created” and is a resolution result created by digitally embellishing the core (optical) information.

Digital camera’s often quote “digital zoom resolution” and “optical zoom resolution.”  The “digital” numbers look impressive, but the results are not.  When it comes to capturing the most image, always compare the “Optical” resolution specs.

Older models used only a 6 line CCD (Charged Coupled Device, the chip that captures the information delivered to it by the lens).  The latest CanoScan 9000F model uses a 12 line CCD to take in even more detail.

Ready to work? With older technology scanners (read florescent bulb) you would turn it on and wait several minutes for the bulbs to warm up.  As the scanner would age, the bulbs would also deteriorate in brightness and consistent color temperature.

Not true with the CanoScan 9000F. It uses white LED technology that comes up to full brightness immediately (ready to go in seconds) and has longer consistent output.  LED technology is also more green, using less power than the constantly warming florescent of the past.

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CanoScan 9000F EZ Buttons

Through consumer feedback, Canon also realized that having to walk back and forth from the scanner to the PC for every function was tedious.  So, seven function buttons are mounted directly on the 9000F to make basic input immediate right at the unit.

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CanoScan 9000F with 12 film frames in holder

Along with scanning photos and slides, you can also scan 35mm and 120mm film, using the included holders.  You can scan up to 12 35mm and 4 120mm film frames per scanner pass, with each frame getting its own file name.

Because this scanner will also scan any type of document, a bonus capability you get is the ability to scan books and have the software automatically remove the shadow line between pages. (Nice).

Couple that with the Canon’s OCR (optical character recognition) software and now you can archive your favorite books and search to find that great quote you read last year!

Canon Product Support is also pretty comprehensive. You get one year phone technical support for free and the one year warranty is InstantExchange. They support Mac and Windows, have a product recycling program and a few superior support awards under their belt from PC Magazine.  And for your easy reference,  the Canon Phone Support number is: 1-800-652-2666.

So that’s why the CanoScan 9000F qualified as a GreatStuffThatWorks product!

The CanoScan 9000F is a high performance flatbed photo scanner that gives you professional grade technology and proven user convenience to make archiving your non-digital moments a worthwhile effort.

It’s a comprehensive package designed to not only do a great job converting those moments to digital, but also gives you the tools to rediscover, organize, repair and share all of your digital memories in the future.

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Buy the CanoScan 9000F and the next time the family or friends come over, you can wow them with a slide show of sharp, clear, embarrassing photos you’ll actually be able to give them a copy of!

One warning, though.  This new found power could make you the family archivist.  Ah, with power comes responsibility.

As always, remember to let me know your results!  We’re all in this together.

Cheers,

PG

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