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Should You Buy a Canon Scanner?

Matthew
Updated 08 March 2020
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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 4,000 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 $35 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 $1,052.

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%
1,458 reviews
#2
Japan
93%
93%
599 reviews
#3
Japan
88%
88%
850 reviews
#4
86%
86%
213 reviews
#5
86%
86%
79 reviews
#6
81%
81%
37 reviews
#7
Iris
81%
81%
70 reviews
#8
HP
United States
79%
79%
387 reviews
#9
Visioneer
79%
79%
15 reviews
#10
Avision
72%
72%
7 reviews
#11
Japan
72%
72%
0 reviews
#12
I.R.I.S.
67%
67%
2 reviews
#13
Adesso
61%
61%
0 reviews
#14
Kenro
52%
52%
0 reviews
#15
Ambir Technology
51%
51%
0 reviews
#16
Panasonic
Japan
51%
51%
0 reviews
#17
Veho
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
$671
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $15,499
Price Distribution of All Scanners
No. Of Scanners
Average Price
$1,052
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $13,099
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
489
4 stars
183
3 stars
47
2 stars
40
1 star
62
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 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 Plustek Fujitsu HP Xerox Canon
PC Mag logo
64%
13 reviews
80%
2 reviews
71%
7 reviews
76%
8 reviews
78%
5 reviews
itpro.co.uk logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
82%
2 reviews
90%
2 reviews
techadvisor.co.uk logo
73%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
alphr.com logo
50%
1 review
83%
1 review
83%
2 reviews
itproportal.com logo
70%
2 reviews
75%
2 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
40%
1 review
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
100%
1 review
digitalfoto.dk logo
85%
1 review
79%
2 reviews
about.com logo
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
70%
1 review
bitcity.it logo
82%
3 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
90%
1 review
90%
1 review
70%
1 review
toptenreviews.com logo
88%
2 reviews
63%
1 review
Ephotozine logo
83%
3 reviews
gadgetspeak.com logo
84%
1 review
88%
1 review
72%
1 review
techmagnifier.com logo
65%
2 reviews
60%
1 review
mymac.com logo
90%
2 reviews
IT Reviews.com logo
80%
1 review
100%
1 review
mrhightech.fr logo
88%
2 reviews
insidehardware.it logo
90%
2 reviews
digitalfotoforalla.se logo
85%
1 review
83%
1 review
in.pcmag.com logo
60%
1 review
70%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
67%
10 reviews
79%
19 reviews
63%
6 reviews
92%
7 reviews
Average
72%
46 reviews
84%
31 reviews
75%
23 reviews
72%
19 reviews
82%
18 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 Plustek Fujitsu HP Xerox Canon
PC Mag logo
1
1
3
3
Ephotozine logo
3
alphr.com logo
1
1
chip.com.my logo
1
1
Expert Reviews logo
1
1
Trusted Reviews logo
1
1
toptenreviews.com logo
2
insidehardware.it logo
2
uk.hardware.info logo
1
techadvisor.co.uk logo
1
IT Reviews.com logo
1
itproportal.com logo
1
itpro.co.uk logo
1
bitsandchips.it logo
1
hardwaregeeks.com logo
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
computeractive.co.uk logo
1
Total
8
6
4
9
5

How Reliable Are Canon Scanners?

We checked over 4,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Canon scanners. 10 of these reviews mention reliability of which 56% were positive. Therefore the majority of Canon scanner owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

56% 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

So not impressed with the reliability of this machine or with Canon's customer service
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 ($35) and the Canon CanoScan LiDE 220 ($96).

What is the Best Mid-Range Canon Scanner?

Canon imageFORMULA DR-C225 II

$308.79
device deal
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 $308.79 is the Canon imageFORMULA DR-C225 II, which has a Kagoo Score of 77.

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

A fully featured and cheap 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.

81
Features
Fully-Featured
76
Value for Money
Very Good
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the imageFORMULA DR-C225 II in the US is $308.79 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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What is the Best High End Canon Scanner?

Canon imageFORMULA DRM1060

$1,684.99
Overstock
Canon imageFORMULA DRM1060
Buy Now
Canon imageFORMULA DRM1060
600 X
600
DPI
60ppm
ADF SCAN

If you're looking for a high end Canon scanner then the Canon imageFORMULA DRM1060 takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 72, but is a bit more expensive at $1,684.99.

Features We Love:
Supports colour scanning
Duplex scanning
RoHS compliance
Bundled software

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

79
Features
Good Features
62
Value for Money
Good
72
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the imageFORMULA DRM1060 in the US is $1,684.99 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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What is the Ultimate Canon Scanner?

Canon imageFORMULA DR6030C

$2,910.28
Overstock
Canon imageFORMULA DR6030C
Buy Now
Canon imageFORMULA DR6030C
600 X
600
DPI
80ppm
ADF SCAN

For those with an unlimited budget then the Canon imageFORMULA DR6030C is the best Canon scanner out there. At $2,910.28 it's not cheap, but is excellent quality and as such we gave it Kagoo Score of 72.

Features We Love:
Supports colour scanning
Duplex scanning
Bundled software

A good spec but only average 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
62
Value for Money
Good
72
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the imageFORMULA DR6030C in the US is $2,910.28 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

$96.43
device deal
Canon CanoScan LIDE300
Buy Now
Canon CanoScan LIDE300
2400 X
4800
DPI
4ppm
ADF SCAN

At only $96.43 and with a Kagoo Score of 82 the Canon CanoScan LIDE300 makes a great budget choice.

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

A top-rated and fully featured 2400 x 4800 DPI flatbed scanner, with a good price. It supports colour scanning and has an A4 / us lettermm maximum scan size. Multiple reviews mentioned that it's easy to use and setup.

91
Reviews
12 Reviews
83
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Popularity
Quite Popular
83
Value for Money
Very Good
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Canon CanoScan LIDE300 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
CÀI ??T VÀ TEST CANON SCAN LIDE 300 - REVIEW AND TEST #IT C? B?N
CÀI ??T VÀ TEST CANON SCAN LIDE 300 - REVIEW AND TEST #IT C? B?N
Canon CanoScan LIDE 300 Unboxing
Canon CanoScan LIDE 300 Unboxing

The cheapest price that we could find for the CanoScan LIDE300 in the US is $96.43 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 Ultimate Canon Scanner?
What is the Best Budget Choice Canon Scanner?

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