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Canon Canoscan 9000F review

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Price when reviewed : £166.49
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An excellent scanner for capturing art, transparencies, prints or other creative work in great detail

The CanoScan 9000F mark II is aimed at the most demanding creative users. Its name suggests that it’s an evolution of the outgoing 9000F, but in truth the hardware appears identical to the previous model. There’s been a change to the bundled software, though, with the loss of Adobe’s excellent Photoshop Elements in favour of Canon software to handle photo organising, as well as text and facial recognition. You can also scan documents to the cloud.

Canon Canoscan 9000F

The 9000F Mark II can handle either standard reflective documents at resolutions up to 4,800dpi or transparencies such as photographic slides or negatives up to an incredibly detailed 9,600dpi. Unlike cheaper scanners, it’s possible to output images with 48-bit rather than 24-bit colour, or 16-bit rather than 8 bit greyscale, which provides greater headroom and fidelity when processing or editing the results.

The backlight necessary for transparency scanning is provided by white LEDs built into the comparatively tall lid. When not needed, this is hidden behind a white backing board that clips into place. Canon supplies plastic frames for loading up to two strips of six 35mm negatives, four mounted 35mm slides or even medium format film.

Canon Canoscan 9000F

Canon’s excellent TWAIN scan interface manages to balance in-depth control with ease of use. When scanning multiple negatives, for example, the software automatically generates a thumbnail of each frame which you can rotate or zoom in on, before scanning one or more selected frames in a single batch operation.

Canon Canoscan 9000F Mark II - Auto Scan Settings

Auto scan mode detects the original document type and chooses suitable scan and file settings; it works surprisingly well

The 9000F is an incredibly fast scanner. It can scan an A4 preview or 150dpi A4 scan in only five seconds, and takes just 50 seconds to capture a postcard-sized photo at 1,200dpi. Film scanning at typical resolutions was similarly quick, with a 2,400dpi scan of a single negative taking only 53 seconds. At 4,800dpi, the same test took less than two minutes. However, the huge amount of data generated by scanning at the maximum resolution and colour depth may pose a problem for some computers. Our test laptop couldn’t cope with the 350MB generated by a 35mm scan at the maximum resolution and colour depth, and ground to a halt around a fifth of the way through the process.

Canon Canoscan 9000F Mark II - Configuring Button Settings

You can configure the default behaviour for six of the scanner’s seven function buttons

We expected good results from this scanner, but we were surprised by just how good they were. Document scans were in perfect focus, while we were delighted with the degree to which subtle detail was preserved from our test negatives; in one photo, faint, wispy clouds were preserved in a bright blue sky, while blades of grass could still be picked out in heavy shade. Canon’s proprietary FARE system is a tool designed to scan film but not the surface imperfections of the negative, and it uses infrared light to scan the image as well as light from the visible spectrum. It roughly doubled the time taken to scan film, but it was quite successful at removing blemishes without softening or otherwise compromising the result.

The Canoscan 9000F Mark II is clearly over-specified for regular office or creative work, but it’s ideal if you have lots of film to scan and you need the best possible quality. It wins our Ultimate award.


Rating *****
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Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview 5s
A4 document at 150dpi 5s
A4 document at 300dpi 10s
6x4in photo at 600dpi 13s
6x4in photo at 1200dpi 50s
Single 35mm negative at 2400dpi 53s
Single 35mm negative at max dpi Fail


Scanner technology CCD
Max optical resolution 9,600×9,600dpi
Max interpolated resolution 19,200dpi
Output bit depth 48-bit
Maximum document size 216x297mm
Maximum transparency size 12x 35mm film or 4x 35mm slide or 4x 120 format
Film formats accepted Yes
Function buttons 7
Scan head lock manual
USB powered no
Supported operating systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
Software included Canon ScanGear, Quick Menu and My Image Garden


USB cable included yes
Interface USB
Size 111x270x480mm
Weight 4.6kg
Power consumption standby 2W
Power consumption active 19W

Buying Information

Price £166

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