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Should You Buy a Canon Scanner?

Updated 12 January 2020 by Matthew
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Canon is well known for its digital cameras, inkjet printers, photo printers and camcorders.

We've collated all the key information on Canon scanners in this handy guide. We've analysed over 4,200 user and expert reviews and 50+ awards from hundreds of different review sites on 370+ scanners to impartially compare each scanner brand.

Canon are recognised for their wide selection of premium and popular scanners. Their scanners start at $38 for the LiDE 400 which is a 4800 x 4800 scanner, a scanner that has a 216 max scan size and a flatbed scanner and go up to $4,663 for the DR-G1100 which is a 600 x 600 scanner, a scanner that has a misc max scan size and a sheetfed / adf scanner. The average price of a new Canon scanner is $1,053.

Canon are recognised for their wide selection of premium and popular scanners.

Is Canon the Best Scanner Brand?

So are Canon scanners any good? We give every scanner a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all scanners we are able to impartially rank all the scanner brands.

Canon is ranked the No. 3 best scanner brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Canon is the 3rd best scanner brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
1,483 reviews
#2
Japan
94%
94%
612 reviews
#3
Japan
87%
87%
854 reviews
#4
86%
86%
213 reviews
#5
86%
86%
79 reviews
#6
83%
83%
37 reviews
#7
HP
United States
81%
81%
387 reviews
#8
Iris
80%
80%
70 reviews
#9
Visioneer
80%
80%
15 reviews
#10
Japan
72%
72%
0 reviews
#11
Avision
69%
69%
7 reviews
#12
I.R.I.S.
69%
69%
2 reviews
#13
Adesso
61%
61%
0 reviews
#14
Lomography
56%
56%
0 reviews
#15
Kenro
52%
52%
0 reviews
#16
Panasonic
Japan
50%
50%
0 reviews

Let's look at how Canon scanners compare to the other scanner brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection
All scanner Brands
Canon Scanners

There's a wide selection of Canon scanners available compared to other scanner brands, with 10 Canon scanners currently on the market in the US. Canon also have better reviews than the typical scanner brand, with the average rating of a Canon scanner being 79%.

The average review score for a Canon scanner is 79%.

Canon have a number of great features including my image garden which sets them apart from the competition.

However Canon scanners tend to be more expensive than most other scanner brands making them a less popular choice with consumers.

No. Of Scanners
Average Price
$647
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $3,799
Price Distribution of All Scanners
No. Of Scanners
Average Price
$1,053
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $13,999
Price Distribution of Canon Scanners

What Do the Canon Scanner Reviews Say?

We've added up all the reviews for every Canon scanner to work out the average distribution of reviews for Canon and then compared this to the other scanner brands.

Canon logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
10
4 stars
10
3 stars
0
2 stars
0
1 star
0
Canon logo

User Reviews

5 stars
492
4 stars
185
3 stars
45
2 stars
34
1 star
65
Canon has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert reviews for its scanners than most other scanner brands. However the proportion of 4 and 5 star user reviews are actually lower.

Over 100% of expert reviews and 82% of user reviews for Canon scanners are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 87% and 86% respectively across all Scanner brands.

Looking at just the expert reviews, in the table below we compare the average review score given to Canon scanners by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other scanner brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.

Average Review Score Fujitsu Plustek HP Iris Canon
PC Mag logo
77%
3 reviews
64%
13 reviews
71%
7 reviews
80%
1 review
78%
5 reviews
techadvisor.co.uk logo
80%
2 reviews
73%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
gadgetspeak.com logo
88%
1 review
84%
1 review
72%
1 review
61%
3 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
80%
1 review
40%
1 review
80%
1 review
60%
1 review
90%
2 reviews
itpro.co.uk logo
80%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
82%
2 reviews
digitalfoto.dk logo
85%
1 review
79%
2 reviews
chimerarevo.com logo
80%
1 review
74%
1 review
73%
1 review
about.com logo
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
70%
1 review
Ephotozine logo
83%
3 reviews
bitcity.it logo
82%
3 reviews
alphr.com logo
83%
2 reviews
50%
1 review
everyeye.it logo
75%
1 review
73%
2 reviews
pcproffesionale.it
90%
1 review
70%
1 review
insidehardware.it logo
90%
2 reviews
mrhightech.fr logo
88%
2 reviews
diskidee.nl logo
85%
2 reviews
itproportal.com logo
70%
2 reviews
digitalfotoforalla.se logo
85%
1 review
83%
1 review
pcmagazine.ru logo
80%
2 reviews
in.pcmag.com logo
60%
1 review
70%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
78%
28 reviews
68%
10 reviews
64%
8 reviews
55%
12 reviews
89%
8 reviews
Average
82%
47 reviews
71%
46 reviews
76%
23 reviews
69%
21 reviews
81%
19 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Canon Scanners Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 6 industry awards for Canon scanners. The table below compares the number of awards given to Canon to other popular scanner brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Canon has won 6 awards for its scanners.

Compare all award winning scanners

Number of Awards Fujitsu Plustek HP Iris Canon
PC Mag logo
1
1
1
3
Expert Reviews logo
1
2
Ephotozine logo
3
alphr.com logo
2
insidehardware.it logo
2
whatnext.pl logo
2
toptenreviews.com logo
2
pcfoster.pl logo
2
in4.pl logo
2
chip.com.my logo
1
1
hardwaregeeks.com logo
1
benchmark.pl logo
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
frazpc.pl logo
1
computeractive.co.uk logo
1
techadvisor.co.uk logo
1
Trusted Reviews logo
1
vonguru.fr logo
1
bitsandchips.it logo
1
xtremehardware.com logo
1
Total
7
8
4
11
6

How Reliable Are Canon Scanners?

We checked over 4,200 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Canon scanners. 10 of these reviews that mention reliability of which 69% were positive. Therefore the majority of Canon scanner owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

69% of reviewers think Canon scanners are reliable.

So, most people think that Canon scanners are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for Canon scanners that mention reliability:

RELIABLE

The scanner built in software can bring back faded B
Bestbuy.com
scratches not being eliminated on scanned picture consider it is a newly developed negative 35mm film
Bhphotovideo.com
So if you are looking for a reliable product I suggest trying one from a different company - not Canon
amazon.co.uk

NOT RELIABLE

Not only is this a very fragile piece of kit
amazon.co.uk

Features to Look Out For On Canon Scanners

There's a number of great features to look out for on the latest range of Canon scanners that set them apart from the competition. These include my image garden.

Canon My Image Garden

Canon scanners that feature my image garden include the Canon CanoScan LiDE 120 ($42) and the Canon CanoScan LiDE 220 ($91).

What is the Best Mid-Range Canon Scanner?

Canon imageFORMULA DRC230

$399.99
Adorama
Canon imageFORMULA DRC230
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Canon imageFORMULA DRC230
600 X
600
DPI
30ppm
ADF SCAN

A great mid range choice, priced at $399.99 is the Canon imageFORMULA DRC230, which has a Kagoo Score of 77.

Features We Love:
Supports colour scanning
Duplex scanning
Multi feed detection
RoHS compliance

A fully featured and bargain price 600 x 600 DPI sheetfed / adf scanner. It has a duplex scanning and a multi feed detection and supports colour scanning.

81
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Value for Money
Good
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the imageFORMULA DRC230 in the US is $399.99 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Canon Scanner?

Canon CanoScan LiDE 300

$69.00
Adorama
Canon CanoScan LiDE 300
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Canon CanoScan LiDE 300
2400 X
4800
DPI
4ppm
ADF SCAN

At only $69 and with a Kagoo Score of 85 the Canon CanoScan LiDE 300 makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Supports colour scanning
A4 / us lettermm max scan size (216x297mm)

Multiple reviews mentioned that this flat-bed scanner iseasy to use and setup. It's a fully featured and excellently reviewed 2400 x 4800 DPI flatbed flat-bed scanner, with a reasonable price. It supports colour scanning and has an A4 / us lettermm maximum scan size.

92
Reviews
12 Reviews
85
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Popularity
Quite Popular
84
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Customers report that Canon CanoScan LiDE 300 has good expert reviews and good user reviews with an average overall rating of 78%, based on 12 reviews.

Canon lide 300 installation and review
Canon lide 300 installation and review
Unboxing CANON CanoScan LiDE 300
Unboxing CANON CanoScan LiDE 300
Unboxing Canon Scaner CanoScan Lide 300 hands on
Unboxing Canon Scaner CanoScan Lide 300 hands on
Unboxing Canon Scanner CanoScan Lide 300  Hindi/Urdu
Unboxing Canon Scanner CanoScan Lide 300 Hindi/Urdu
Unboxing Scanner CANON LiDE 300 2019 Rp. 800 Rb
Unboxing Scanner CANON LiDE 300 2019 Rp. 800 Rb
Scanner Canon Lide 300 A4 Unboxing
Scanner Canon Lide 300 A4 Unboxing
Canon CanoScan LIDE 300 Unboxing
Canon CanoScan LIDE 300 Unboxing

The cheapest price that we could find for the CanoScan LiDE 300 in the US is $69.00 and in total we found 6 prices for it.

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In This Guide
Should You Buy a Canon Scanner?
Is Canon the Best Scanner Brand?
What Do the Canon Scanner Reviews Say?
How Many Industry Awards Have Canon Scanners Received?
How Reliable Are Canon Scanners?
Features to Look Out For On Canon Scanners
Canon My Image Garden
What is the Best Mid-Range Canon Scanner?
What is the Best Budget Choice Canon Scanner?

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