The Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II (Est. $160) is an excellent multipurpose scanner. This flatbed scanner can produce scans of up to 9,6000 dots per inch (dpi) resolution, and handles both opaque material and transparencies such as slides, negatives and film. Scan speeds are very fast, and colors are rich and accurate. The biggest caveat, according to reviews, is that there's no professional-grade editing software included in the box.
Detailed image output at high speeds. The Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II can produce highly detailed scans. It can handle opaque materials at resolutions of up to 4,800 dpi as well as transparencies like film or negatives of up to 9,600 dpi. The CanoScan 9000F Mark II is capable of outputting images in 48-bit deep color or 16-bit grayscale, a feature reviewers say isn't typically found on cheaper scanners. While it's particularly impressive with images, it also handles plain-text documents and documents with business graphics well. All agree that the Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II is a quick performer.
Included software could be better. The Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II flatbed scanner includes a spring-loaded lid to prevent slams as well as plastic frames for placing slides, negatives and film. Setup is fairly straightforward; just plug it in and install the drivers. Experts say, however, that the included software leaves much to be desired. While the CanonScan 9000F Mark II's previous iteration, the CanonScan 9000F, included Adobe PhotoShop Elements and ArcSoft PhotoStudio 6, the Mark II model only offers Canon My ImageGarden for image editing – which is a "pale imitation of either of these," according to reviewer Simon Williams at TrustedReviews.com. If you do photo scanning on a regular basis, most say you should plan on purchasing third-party photo editing software instead. There is an auto-scan feature, which works pretty well for scanning a variety of media. The scanner is compatible with PC and Mac computers.
Solid design but flimsy transparency trays. User reviews from owners posting at Amazon.com are generally pleased with the Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II, and we don't notice any consistent quality issues. Some users report that the included plastic frames for placing negatives and film while scanning are fragile and may not hold up if you regularly scan those types of media.
Good coverage. The Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II comes with a one-year warranty, which is longer than that offered by some other brands. Owners typically praise Canon for quality of customer service, though many Amazon.com users report dissatisfaction with phone support – particularly when dealing with My Image Garden software issues.
Simon Williams reviews the Canon CanonScan 9000F Mark II for TrustedReviews.com, giving it a score of 7 stars out of 10. Analysis here is detailed and includes hands-on testing. Williams gives it high marks on performance, but notes that the included software and applications are disappointing.
Review: Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II Review, Simon Williams, Aug. 26, 2013
2. Expert Reviews (U.K.)
The Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II earns a score of 8.8 stars out of 10 at British review site, ExpertReviews.co.uk. Simon Handby says it's "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.
Review: Canon CanoScan 9000F Review, Simon Handby, June 6, 2013
More than 120 owners weigh in on the Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II at Amazon.com, where the scanner receives an overall score of 4.4 stars out of 5. Users are overwhelmingly pleased with the scanner, many of which say it's an excellent value, though some minor caveats are noted.
Review: Canon CanoScan 9000F MKII Color Image Scanner, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2013