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Should You Buy a Canon Scanner?

Matthew
Updated 04 June 2020
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should you buy a Canon Scanner?

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 60+ 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 $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 $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 $1,114.

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. 4 best scanner brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Canon is the 4th best scanner brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
1,468 reviews
#2
Japan
94%
94%
599 reviews
#3
89%
89%
105 reviews
#4
Japan
87%
87%
857 reviews
#5
85%
85%
219 reviews
#6
81%
81%
38 reviews
#7
Visioneer
80%
80%
43 reviews
#8
HP
United States
78%
78%
398 reviews
#9
Iris
76%
76%
64 reviews
#10
I.R.I.S.
73%
73%
9 reviews
#11
Avision
73%
73%
7 reviews
#12
Japan
70%
70%
0 reviews
#13
Adesso
61%
61%
0 reviews
#14
Veho
53%
53%
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
$685
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $14,999
Price Distribution of All Scanners
No. Of Scanners
Average Price
$1,114
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $12,499
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
8
3 stars
0
2 stars
0
1 star
0
Canon logo

User Reviews

5 stars
496
4 stars
189
3 stars
42
2 stars
43
1 star
59
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 87% and 85% 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 Fujitsu Plustek HP Iris Xerox Canon
PC Mag logo
78%
4 reviews
64%
13 reviews
71%
7 reviews
80%
1 review
76%
8 reviews
78%
4 reviews
techadvisor.co.uk logo
80%
2 reviews
73%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
itpro.co.uk logo
80%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
82%
2 reviews
90%
2 reviews
alphr.com logo
89%
3 reviews
50%
1 review
83%
2 reviews
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
itproportal.com logo
70%
2 reviews
75%
2 reviews
everyeye.it logo
75%
1 review
73%
2 reviews
about.com logo
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
70%
1 review
techmagnifier.com logo
65%
2 reviews
60%
1 review
Ephotozine logo
83%
3 reviews
chimerarevo.com logo
80%
1 review
74%
1 review
73%
1 review
toptenreviews.com logo
88%
2 reviews
63%
1 review
Trusted Reviews logo
90%
1 review
90%
1 review
70%
1 review
bitcity.it logo
82%
3 reviews
mrhightech.fr logo
88%
2 reviews
pcproffesionale.it
90%
1 review
70%
1 review
insidehardware.it logo
90%
2 reviews
IT Reviews.com logo
80%
1 review
100%
1 review
altomdata.dk logo
100%
1 review
90%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
73%
30 reviews
66%
9 reviews
68%
9 reviews
55%
10 reviews
90%
8 reviews
Average
83%
48 reviews
73%
47 reviews
74%
23 reviews
73%
20 reviews
72%
19 reviews
81%
17 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Canon Scanners Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 5 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 5 awards for its scanners.

Compare all award winning scanners

Number of Awards Fujitsu Plustek HP Iris Xerox Canon
PC Mag logo
2
1
1
3
2
alphr.com logo
3
1
chip.com.my logo
1
1
1
Ephotozine logo
3
Expert Reviews logo
1
2
Trusted Reviews logo
1
1
in4.pl logo
2
insidehardware.it logo
2
toptenreviews.com logo
2
xtremehardware.com logo
1
whatnext.pl logo
1
vonguru.fr logo
1
uk.hardware.info logo
1
techgearlab.com logo
1
techadvisor.co.uk logo
1
itpro.co.uk logo
1
pcfoster.pl logo
1
itproportal.com logo
1
benchmark.pl logo
1
IT Reviews.com logo
1
Other Expert Sites
2
1
1
1
Total
12
8
4
8
9
5

How Reliable Are Canon Scanners?

We checked over 4,200 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Canon scanners. 20 of these reviews mention reliability of which 55% were positive. Therefore the majority of Canon scanner owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

55% 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 220 ($55) and the Canon CanoScan LiDE 120 ($59).

What is the Best Mid-Range Canon Scanner?

Canon imageFORMULA DR-C225 II

$337.00
Adorama
Canon imageFORMULA DR-C225 II
Buy Now
Canon imageFORMULA DR-C225 II
600 X
600
DPI
25ppm
ADF SCAN

A great mid range choice, priced at $337 is the Canon imageFORMULA DR-C225 II, which has a Kagoo Score of 78.

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

A fully featured and low cost 600 x 600 DPI sheetfed / adf flat-bed scanner. It has a duplex scanning and an A4 / us lettermm maximum scan size and supports colour scanning.

82
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Value for Money
Very Good
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the imageFORMULA DR-C225 II in the US is $337.00 and in total we found 3 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?

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