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Canon CanoScan 4200F

Canon CanoScan 4200F
alaScore 76

94 reviews

Jul, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 94 reviews of Canon CanoScan 4200F. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Scanners for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Scanners the Canon CanoScan 4200F is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 94 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

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Expert review by: (

Canon CanoScan 4200F


The Canon CanoScan 4200F ($99.99 direct) is the sort of scanner that doesn't distinguish itself from the crowd. If all you want is an inexpensive device that gets photos into a PC, it's fine. But if you're archiving prints and slides for posterity,...

Color-restore feature revives old photos. Surprisingly good OCR accuracy. Scans directly to PDF format

No ADF. Dust and scratch removal feature doesn't do much. Slide scanning produces minimally usable scan quality

The Canon CanoScan 4200F works well enough to let you scan snapshots and slides to print for friends and family, although quality is less than ideal. OCR accuracy is surprisingly good, and the ability to scan directly to a PDF file is a welcome...

Expert review by: (

Canon - CanoScan 4200F


Buying an efficient and good quality scanner when you're on a tight budget is always a bit of a juggling act, depending upon whether your priority is speed or detail of reproduction. The CanoScan 4200F was ...

If you want a reasonably-priced scanner that scans your photos and documents quickly and to a high standard then this is a good buy, but you'll have to be patient with your 35mm film as this is a much more lengthy process.

Jun, 2005

Expert review by: Andy Shaw (

Canon CanoScan 4200F


Looking for a bargain? This A4 flatbed scanner has lots of great features at a cracking price.

If price is an issue, but you want great-quality scans with superb colour and don't mind a bit of a learning curve before getting the most out of your scanner, this is a good option.


Consumer review by: hewittfamily (

Disposable after about two years


Images appear cut up and rearranged regardless of the number of times I've uninstalled, reinstalled, updated every driver and followed every troubleshooting tip on Canon's web site as well as on the web in general. It is near death too soon! While it...

I liked the one-touch PDF feature which came in handy time and time again...while it was working

Functioned well for only a short while, starting with little problems a few months after purchase and with problems increasing in frequency. I'm ready to replace it already

Feb, 2009

Consumer review by: (

Highly Recommended!!


Great at scanning photos -Negative/slide scanning is surprisingly good considering most flatbeds are not good at scanning them

The film adapter could be made a little more sturdy -Power Adapter is a brick

Feb, 2005

Consumer review by: (

Better than more expensive scanners


Quiet, Quiet, Quiet Also pretty quick compared to the HP unit costing 30 dollars more which I returned. Negative scan quality is also good and simple to use. Slides go in quickly and the lamp warms well

Manual is nonexistant

Jan, 2005

Consumer review by: (

Great Scanner Great Price


Easy set up - Great software -Very user friendly and I love the 4 buttons on the front of the scanner which opens the software for scanning - buy this scanner Cannon Great Job


Jan, 2005

Consumer review by: (

Amazing resolution and depth


Very high resolution, color depth, highly automated, excellent film and slide holder. Outstanding value

Software is clunky, and USB recognition is on-again off-again. Maximum resolution is hard to achieve with the included software

Jan, 2005

Consumer review by: (

If it works, it is great! SEE PROBLEMS!


See problems below to understand this. When didn't work on desktop, loaded the drivers into my Centrino based notebook with Intel drivers and the 4200F ran fine on first attempt, and the old 1250U2F was still dead. Quality of scans was excellent and muc

Recently upgraded desktop from PIII to AMD64, and Canon 1250U2F no longer worked. Purchasing the Canon 4200F was cheaper than repair cost. Never worked after spending a day with multiple install attempts and spending several hours with Canon's tech dept

Jan, 2005

Consumer review by: (

Excellent value, versatility!


Simple user interface, software installation is a breeze. Excellent quality of scanned documents, pictures, slides, negatives. Images obtained from negative scans are actually better than original 35mm prints

Can only scan one 35mm negative strip or two slides at a time, which makes digitally archiving a stockpile of them a chore. Lid shield (covers film scanner lamp) is flimsy and awkward to remove/replace - design could be improved

Jan, 2005

Product Specifications

The CanoScan 4200F Color Image Scanner quickly produces superb scans from a wide range of materials including photos, documents, magazines, slides and negatives. It delivers an exceptional color resolution of 3200 x 6400 dpi (max.) as well as 48-bit color depth, for over 281 trillion possible colors. For cleaner, more robust scans of older originals, automatic retouching and enhancement technology automatically removes much of the dirt and scratches that may appear on your originals. It even auto-corrects tone and optimizes highlights and shadows, for the best scans possible. This is one smart scanner. Amazingly, it's quick, too. The USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface enables incredibly fast image transfers to your computer and the fastest possible scanning speeds, with previews of your scans ready in approximately 2.6 seconds. Plus, four easy buttons - Scan, Copy, E-Mail and PDF - automate the entire scanning process, so your projects can go faster. Just position your original, select the use for the image, and in seconds it's ready! Included with the CanoScan 4200F scanner is a powerful suite of applications to help you organize your photos, featuring ArcSoft PhotoStudio software. Now you can scan your old slides and negatives, turning old pictures into new again. Simply place them into the included film adapter and press the Scan button! Once your images are archived, they will be easier to access and organize. You can then print them, make a photo CD for family and friends, or use them in a project. Need to scan a page from a thick book or magazine? The unique Z-Lid expansion top lifts approx. 1 inch vertically and lies down flat on the page, for a clear, complete scan.

Dimensions & Weight



Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon CanoScan


Color Depth:48-bit color
Document Feeder Type:Manual load
Form Factor:Desktop
Grayscale Depth:16-bit (64K gray levels)
Input Type:Color
Interface Type:Hi-Speed USB
Max H-Optical Resolution:3200dpi
Max Supported Document Size:8.5 in x 11.7 in
Max Supported Media Size:8.5 in x 11.7 in
Max V-Optical Resolution:6400dpi
Media Feeder Type:Manual load
Supported Document Type:Plain paper / Slides / Bulk objects (such as books) / Film
Supported Media Type:Bulk objects (such as books) / Film / Plain paper / Slides
Type:Flatbed scanner

System Requirements

OS Required:Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional / Microsoft Windows 98/ME / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional/Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP