The Canon CanoScan 9000F is a well-reviewed multipurpose scanner with a maximum resolution of 9,600 dpi. PCMag.com's M. David Stone says, "It does an extremely good job with photographic prints but is less impressive for film (slides and negatives)." Like other flatbed models in this price range, the 9000F uses an LED light source that almost eliminates warm-up times. In general, reviewers are complimentary of the scanner's ease of use and color quality. The software, which includes Adobe's Photoshop Elements (*Est. $70 when sold separately), is a good deal, they say. If you need to scan a lot of film, slides or negatives, though, this scanner isn't your best choice.
Good resolution and good color quality -- on prints. The resolution of the Canon CanoScan 9000F is better than many in its category, and reviewers say that it does an excellent job with prints and, to their surprise, slides. Negatives are a different story; for those, most reviews recommend color-correcting software. Reviewers rate the image quality from the scanner as excellent overall.
Install, plug and play. The Canon CanoScan 9000F comes with most of the software you'll need for any use, reviewers say, though they recommend third-party programs for color balancing. Install the software, which includes drivers, unlock the scan head and plug it in. Use the included software or buttons on the scanner to begin. The Canon CanoScan 9000F comes with two software programs for image editing, and PCMag.com recommends ArcsoftPhotoStudio for beginners and Adobe Photoshop Elements for more advanced users.
Durable scanner, delicate film holder. User reviews, typically the best source of durability information, are generally very positive for the Canon CanoScan 9000F. The one major durability complaint is about the plastic frames that hold negatives/film while scanning; these can be fragile, owners say, and cannot be replaced easily.
Great hardware warranty and service, not so for software. Canon's one-year warranty on the CanoScan 9000F is longer than that offered by some other brands. Customers praised the company's support for hardware issues, but they complain that the company offers no support for the software that it ships with the scanner, including the Canon-produced drivers and operating software.
Review Credibility: Excellent Mike Pasini gives a detailed review of the Canon CanoScan 9000F scanner including comparisons to its closest competitors, the Canon CanoScan 8800F and the Epson V600. Pasini likes all three units but says the 9000F has a slight edge, with higher resolution than both competitors. He does note, however, that the included software limits its ability to produce the highest quality color images from slides, and he recommends using a third-party scanning utility like SilverFast or VueScan.
Review: CanoScan 9000F -- Scanning at 9600 dpi, Mike Pasini, May 2010
Review Credibility: Excellent Reviewer M. David Stone gives the Canon CanoScan 9000F a rating of 3.5 out of rating, writing that it is primarily sold as a photo scanner and that "it does an extremely good job with photographic prints but is less impressive for film (slides and negatives)." His insightful review compares the 9000F to its predecessor, Canon's 8800F, and to two close competitors from Epson, the V500 and V600.
Review: Canon CanoScan 9000F Film and Negative Scanner, M. David Stone, Aug. 17, 2010
Review Credibility: Very Good The editors at ScanDig give a thorough account of hands-on testing of the CanoScan 9000F, including details about how to best use various features. This review, originally published in German, concludes that the 9000F "will not replace a good film scanner. It is rather a good all-round-device that offers … good image quality in this price and quality range."
Review: Test Report of the Canon Scanner CanoScan 9000F, Editors of ScanDig, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good Photo expert David B. Brooks offers a detailed review of the Canon CanoScan 9000F based on his use of it with LaserSoft's SilverFast software, version Ai 6, as opposed to the included software, Canon's ScanGear. He concludes, "The bottom line is that the CanoScan 9000F with SilverFast is a really good scanner, especially considering it does prints, medium format, and 35mm."
Review: New Canon CanoScan 9000F &SilverFast; An Ideal Flat-Bed Scanner & Software For Photo Enthusiasts, David B. Brooks, Feb. 1, 2011
Review Credibility: Good About.com guide Peter Piazza gives a short summary of his hands-on testing of the Canon CanoScan 9000F. He gives it a rating of 3.5 out of 5, saying that its overall image quality is very good. One criticism he has is that "optical character recognition was spotty at lower resolutions, but seemed to improve at higher resolution; however, the end product of OCR scans comes out in Notepad, which isn't the most useful program." (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Review of the Canon CanoScan 9000F Flatbed Scanner, Peter Piazza, May 2010
6. Computer Active
Review Credibility: Good ComputerActive.com awards the Canon CanoScan 9000F a Buy It designation. Reviewer Anthony Dhanendran says scan quality is "superb," and he likes that it can scan in film negatives and slides in batches. The short review gives results of hands-on testing.
Review: Canon CanoScan 9000F, Anthony Dhanendran, Aug. 20, 2010
Review Credibility: Good More than 280 owners post reviews of the Canon CanoScan 9000Fon Amazon.com, giving it an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5. Nearly all agree that scan quality is very good to excellent. Several note problems with the included scanning software, and some are dissatisfied with the scan quality from slides. Most, however, have nothing but praise for the CanoScan 9000F.
Review: Canon CanoScan 9000F Color Image Scanner, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012
8. B&H Photo
Review Credibility: Good More than 320 users contribute ratings and reviews of the CanoScan 9000F on this retail site. The overall rating is 4.6 out of 5. We saw a couple of complaints about the included software, but otherwise, the comments are positive.
Review: Canon CanoScan 9000F Color Image Scanner, Contributors to B&H Photo, As of December 2012