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Should You Buy a Canon Scanner?

Matthew
Updated 11 March 2021
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should you buy a Canon Scanner?

Canon is well known for its digital cameras, inkjet printers, camcorders and photo printers.

We've collated all the key information on Canon scanners in this handy guide. We've analysed over 4,000 user and expert reviews and 50+ awards from hundreds of different review sites on 380+ scanners to impartially compare each scanner brand.

Canon are recognised for their wide selection of premium and popular scanners. Their scanners start at $59 for the CanoScan LiDE 120 which is a 2400 x 4800 scanner, a scanner that has a 216 max scan size and a flatbed scanner and go up to $6,477 for the DR-G1130 which is a 600 x 600 scanner, a scanner that has an A3 max scan size and a sheetfed / adf scanner. The average price of a new Canon scanner is $1,573.

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. 5 best scanner brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Canon is the 5th best scanner brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
1,448 reviews
#2
Japan
94%
94%
596 reviews
#3
88%
88%
239 reviews
#4
86%
86%
105 reviews
#5
Japan
86%
86%
879 reviews
#6
82%
82%
70 reviews
#7
HP
United States
81%
81%
402 reviews
#8
Visioneer
78%
78%
43 reviews
#9
Iris
77%
77%
84 reviews
#10
I.R.I.S.
76%
76%
23 reviews
#11
Avision
73%
73%
7 reviews
#12
Japan
71%
71%
0 reviews
#13
Japan
66%
66%
2 reviews
#14
Adesso
62%
62%
0 reviews
#15
Veho
53%
53%
0 reviews
#16
Lomography
51%
51%
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

Canon have better reviews than the typical scanner brand, with the average rating of a Canon scanner being 79%. Canon also have a number of great features including my image garden which sets them apart from the competition.

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

There's a smaller selection of Canon scanners available compared to other scanner brands, with only 14 Canon scanners currently on the market in the US. Canon scanners also tend to be more expensive than most other scanner brands making them a less popular choice with consumers.

No. Of Scanners
Average Price
$531
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $13,599
Price Distribution of All Scanners
No. Of Scanners
Average Price
$1,573
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $14,499
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
7
3 stars
0
2 stars
0
1 star
0
Canon logo

User Reviews

5 stars
485
4 stars
184
3 stars
41
2 stars
41
1 star
57
Canon has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert reviews for its scanners than most other brands. However the proportion of 4 and 5 star user reviews are actually lower.

Over 100% of expert reviews and 83% of user reviews for Canon scanners are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 86% and 86% respectively across all Scanner brands.

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 Plustek Fujitsu HP Epson Xerox Canon
PC Mag logo
64%
12 reviews
80%
3 reviews
73%
7 reviews
80%
6 reviews
76%
8 reviews
75%
2 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
40%
1 review
90%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
60%
1 review
90%
2 reviews
techadvisor.co.uk logo
73%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
about.com logo
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
85%
2 reviews
70%
1 review
itproportal.com logo
70%
2 reviews
75%
2 reviews
itpro.co.uk logo
80%
1 review
82%
2 reviews
100%
1 review
gadgetspeak.com logo
84%
1 review
88%
1 review
72%
1 review
72%
1 review
digitalfotoforalla.se logo
85%
1 review
83%
1 review
79%
2 reviews
Ephotozine logo
83%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
alphr.com logo
50%
1 review
83%
1 review
83%
2 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
90%
1 review
90%
1 review
90%
1 review
70%
1 review
IT Reviews.com logo
70%
2 reviews
100%
1 review
techmagnifier.com logo
65%
2 reviews
60%
1 review
bitcity.it logo
82%
3 reviews
digitalfoto.dk logo
85%
1 review
83%
1 review
83%
1 review
Techradar logo
80%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
techgearlab.com logo
66%
1 review
59%
1 review
toptenreviews.com logo
75%
1 review
63%
1 review
insidehardware.it logo
90%
2 reviews
chimerarevo.com logo
74%
1 review
80%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
71%
13 reviews
74%
17 reviews
64%
7 reviews
57%
4 reviews
92%
7 reviews
Average
71%
47 reviews
81%
31 reviews
76%
23 reviews
75%
20 reviews
73%
18 reviews
80%
16 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Canon Scanners Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 4 industry awards for Canon scanners. The table below compares the number of awards received by Canon to other popular scanner brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Canon has won 4 awards for its scanners.

Compare all award winning scanners

Number of Awards Plustek Fujitsu HP Epson Xerox Canon
PC Mag logo
2
1
2
3
1
Ephotozine logo
3
1
Trusted Reviews logo
1
1
1
Expert Reviews logo
1
2
alphr.com logo
1
1
insidehardware.it logo
2
chip.com.my logo
1
1
computeractive.co.uk logo
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
hardware.info logo
1
hardwaregeeks.com logo
1
bitsandchips.it logo
1
IT Reviews.com logo
1
itpro.co.uk logo
1
itproportal.com logo
1
techadvisor.co.uk logo
1
tipa.com logo
1
toptenreviews.com logo
1
buyerslab.com logo
1
uk.hardware.info logo
1
Total
7
8
4
6
9
4

How Reliable Are Canon Scanners?

We checked over 4,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Canon scanners. 20 of these reviews mention reliability of which 62% were positive. Therefore the majority of Canon scanner owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

62% 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

Good build quality
amazon.co.uk
We have been needing one of these since our overpriced Nikon negative scanner broke for the second time
Bestbuy.com
Scanner seems sturdy
Bhphotovideo.com

NOT RELIABLE

So not impressed with the reliability of this machine or with Canon's customer service
amazon.co.uk
I want to say that more than half are broken
Bhphotovideo.com

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 LIDE220 ($96) and the Canon CanoScan LiDE 120 ($59).

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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

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