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Should You Buy a Canon Scanner?

Matthew
Updated 20 August 2020
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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 4,300 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 $40 for the CanoScan LiDE 220 which is a 4800 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 $1,301.

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%
1,502 reviews
#2
Japan
95%
95%
573 reviews
#3
Japan
88%
88%
879 reviews
#4
85%
85%
105 reviews
#5
85%
85%
230 reviews
#6
81%
81%
42 reviews
#7
HP
United States
81%
81%
399 reviews
#8
Japan
77%
77%
2 reviews
#9
Iris
76%
76%
49 reviews
#10
Visioneer
76%
76%
43 reviews
#11
I.R.I.S.
75%
75%
25 reviews
#12
Japan
72%
72%
0 reviews
#13
Avision
66%
66%
7 reviews
#14
Adesso
61%
61%
0 reviews
#15
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
$531
$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
$1,301
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $13,499
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
9
3 stars
0
2 stars
0
1 star
0
Canon logo

User Reviews

5 stars
495
4 stars
198
3 stars
48
2 stars
37
1 star
66
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 82% of user reviews for Canon scanners are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 88% 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 Plustek Fujitsu HP Epson Iris Canon
PC Mag logo
64%
13 reviews
80%
3 reviews
73%
8 reviews
80%
8 reviews
80%
1 review
77%
3 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
40%
1 review
90%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
60%
1 review
60%
1 review
90%
2 reviews
gadgetspeak.com logo
84%
1 review
88%
1 review
72%
1 review
72%
1 review
61%
3 reviews
techadvisor.co.uk logo
73%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
about.com logo
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
85%
2 reviews
70%
1 review
digitalfotoforalla.se logo
85%
1 review
83%
2 reviews
79%
2 reviews
digitalfoto.dk logo
85%
1 review
83%
1 review
79%
2 reviews
itpro.co.uk logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
82%
2 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
90%
1 review
90%
1 review
70%
1 review
everyeye.it logo
75%
1 review
73%
2 reviews
Techradar logo
80%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
chimerarevo.com logo
74%
1 review
80%
1 review
73%
1 review
bitcity.it logo
82%
3 reviews
techgearlab.com logo
74%
2 reviews
59%
1 review
Ephotozine logo
83%
3 reviews
itproportal.com logo
70%
2 reviews
pcworld.pl logo
90%
2 reviews
insidehardware.it logo
90%
2 reviews
techmagnifier.com logo
65%
2 reviews
in.pcmag.com logo
60%
1 review
70%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
69%
14 reviews
81%
18 reviews
63%
6 reviews
50%
3 reviews
58%
11 reviews
92%
7 reviews
Average
72%
48 reviews
82%
31 reviews
75%
24 reviews
76%
23 reviews
69%
20 reviews
79%
18 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 Iris Canon
PC Mag logo
2
1
3
1
1
Ephotozine logo
3
Expert Reviews logo
1
2
in4.pl logo
2
Trusted Reviews logo
1
1
toptenreviews.com logo
2
insidehardware.it logo
2
xtremehardware.com logo
1
whatnext.pl logo
1
vonguru.fr logo
1
tipa.com logo
1
techgearlab.com logo
1
pcfoster.pl logo
1
alphr.com logo
1
benchmark.pl logo
1
hardwaregeeks.com logo
1
hardware.info logo
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
computeractive.co.uk logo
1
chip.com.my logo
1
Other Expert Sites
1
1
Total
8
7
4
6
8
4

How Reliable Are Canon Scanners?

We checked over 4,300 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Canon scanners. 20 of these reviews mention reliability of which 67% were positive. Therefore the majority of Canon scanner owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

67% 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

well made
amazon.co.uk
Reliable scanner with fast performance
Bestbuy.com
Scanner seems sturdy
Bhphotovideo.com

NOT RELIABLE

which I suggest is too fragile for something this size
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 LiDE 220 ($40) 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 81.

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.

83
Features
Fully-Featured
75
Popularity
Quite Popular
81
Value for Money
Very Good
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent

The cheapest price that we could find for the imageFORMULA DR-C225 II in the US is $337.00 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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What is the Best High End Canon Scanner?

Canon imageFORMULA DR6010C

$2,241.08
Overstock
Canon imageFORMULA DR6010C
Buy Now
Canon imageFORMULA DR6010C
600 X
600
DPI
119 X 356MM
MAX SCAN SIZE
60ppm
ADF SCAN

If you're looking for a high end Canon scanner then the Canon imageFORMULA DR6010C takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 73, but is a bit more expensive at $2,241.08.

Features We Love:
Supports colour scanning
Duplex scanning
A4 (long)mm max scan size (119x356mm)
Big auto document feeder (ADF) input capacity (100 sheets)

A good spec but only moderate value for money 600 x 600 DPI sheetfed / adf flat-bed scanner. It supports colour scanning and has a duplex scanning.

79
Features
Good Features
63
Value for Money
Good
73
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the imageFORMULA DR6010C in the US is $2,241.08 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Canon Scanner?

Canon CanoScan LIDE300

$79.95
Adorama
Canon CanoScan LIDE300
Buy Now
Canon CanoScan LIDE300
2400 X
4800
DPI
4ppm
ADF SCAN

At only $79.95 and with a Kagoo Score of 83 the Canon CanoScan LIDE300 makes a great budget choice.

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

Owners report that this scanner iseasy to use and setup. It's The highest scoring scanner under $100, with a cheap price. It supports colour scanning and has an A4 / us lettermm maximum scan size.

92
Reviews
12 Reviews
84
Features
Fully-Featured
76
Popularity
Quite Popular
83
Value for Money
Very Good
83
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Customers report that Canon CanoScan LIDE300 has good expert reviews and good user reviews with an average overall rating of 78%, based on 12 reviews.

The cheapest price that we could find for the CanoScan LIDE300 in the US is $79.95 but in total we found only 2 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 High End Canon Scanner?
What is the Best Budget Choice Canon Scanner?

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