Reviewers say the Canon's CanoScan 8800F is a versatile scanner, capable of meeting the needs of most users. Serious photo hobbyists looking for a scanner in the same price range might also want to consider the more expensive Epson Perfection V500 Photo (*Est. $150). But while that scanner is capable of producing nicer scans in some modes than the 8800F, the Canon is no slouch and costs slightly less. Critics give the 8800F an edge in other important areas such as speed and bundled software. Canon's proprietary technology for correcting scratches and dust is included and works well.
PCMag.com provides the most balanced review of the Canon CanoScan 8800F flatbed scanner, situating it very well beside competing models. PC Pro and Computeractive magazine, both U.K.-based sites, provide good reviews as well. DIY-photogear enthusiast site StockholmViews.com compares the 8800F to its predecessor, the Canon CanoScan 8600F. User-written reviews at Amazon.com are also helpful.
PCMag.com's veteran reviewer M. David Stone has a broad frame of reference, giving his evaluation of the Canon CanoScan 8800F added authority. He finds the 8800F an excellent all-around printer, but its slightly disappointing film scanning keeps him from naming it an Editors' Choice. Stone finds that the Epson Perfection V500 is a better choice for that task, though the 8800F beats the V500 at photo scanning.
Review: Canon CanoScan 8800F, M. David Stone, Aug. 27, 2008
2. PC Pro
Dave Stevenson walks readers through the experience of using the CanoScan 8800F scanner. Scans are called good rather than great, and a few small issues are found. But Stevenson adds that the scanner's "tremendous flexibility makes it superb value for money."
Review: Canon CanoScan 8800F, Dave Stevenson, Oct. 10, 2007
3. Computer Active
British magazine Computeractive reviews scanners every few months, although not all models are available in the U.S. Anthony Dhanendran takes a look at the Canon CanoScan 8800F, which he gives five stars out of five and a Buy It recommendation. Software and scan quality are cited as pros, while the model's bulk and speed are cons. He says it's "one of the best ways we've yet found to scan negatives and slides."
Review: Review: Canon CanoScan 8800F, Anthony Dhanendran, Jan. 30, 2008
StockholmViews.com is the pet project of a photo enthusiast in Sweden, and it provides the only review we've found pitting the CanoScan 8800F against its predecessor, the 8600F. The newer scanner is judged slightly better.
Review: Canon CanoScan 8800F review, "Stefan"
Over 550 owners of the CanoScan 8800F contribute to its very high average score. A couple of users take issue with scan quality as well as installation and software problems.
Review: Canon CanoScan 8800F Color Film/Negative/Photo Scanner, Contributors to Amazon.com