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Canon CanoScan 8400F

Canon CanoScan 8400F
alaScore 79

524 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 524 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Scanners the Canon CanoScan 8400F is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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(Based on 524 reviews)

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Canon CanoScan 8400F


Most flatbed scanners that offer slide and film scanning do so as a convenience feature, not for serious scanning. The Canon CanoScan 8400F is the exception, and comes at a surprisingly low price ($149.99 direct). Its scans rival more expensive,...

Excellent slide-scan quality for a flatbed scanner. Fast scans. Color-restore feature revives old photos. Scans directly to PDF format

No ADF. Dust and scratch removal feature doesn't meet our expectations

When it comes to photos, slides, and film, the Canon CanoScan 8400F shines. The built-in transparency adapter and the film guides work with 35-mm slides, 35-mm film, and 120 format film, with astoundingly good results for a flatbed scanner. The scans...

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X-bit labs - Canon CanoScan 8400F Flatbed Scanner: One Level Up


Are you looking for an inexpensive but efficient solution to scan your pictures and slides? Then our review might be of great interest to you. We are going to discuss another offering from Canon that supports FARE Level 3 hardware dust and scratches...

So this is the end of today's tests and it's time to sum everything up. The Canon CanoScan 8400F has proved to be a really fast scanner with a rather small lamp warm-up time. I want to advise you however not to skip the calibration procedure, which is...

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CanoScan 8400F


This flatbed scanner-a lower-end sibling of the CanoScan 9900F-offers impressive speed and solid scan quality.

Full complement of software ; fast scan times ; good mix of price and features

Only 8-bit grayscale (16-bit internal) ; limited film formats

Software setup is getting a little easier with Canon's scanners. Although you still need to install several separate apps, you're now guided through the process by a single installation wizard. The 8400F supports both high-speed USB 2.0 as well as USB...


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no software!


I was unaware that no software would be included and wanted to point out to others who assumed. No returns either

I don't know yet

This does not include the CD to install the software. You have to go thru Canon and the Arcsoft Photostudio is not included

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awesome product

Scans negatives perfectly

Scanning actual photos in the flatbed doesn't come out as nicely as negatives

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Fast shipping good support from Canon


10 canon Cameras and 6 scanners and this is my first call to Canon support. A stateside guy, proficient, professional, patient, and he got it done for me!

It looks nice

Won't work on Mac or XP systems. Canon cutomer support confirms a harware problem. Lock switch id intermittent.....mostly locked regardless of position. Had it 24 hours before Canon agreed to send another unit. This time they say it will be tested...

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White Spots


Wasn't to expensive when i bought it and using other scanning software it does really good pictures, for the price i paid for it

My only problem with this scanner was that like the other reviewers said it had white spots under the glass when i recived it and they are very noticable when your scanning

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Canon CanoScan 8400F 3200 dpi 48bit USB Interface Flatbed Scanner


This is the best scanner I have seen and I have owned several over the years. Great, problem free scans. The price is not bad either


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Great all around


Very good product, particularly good bang for your buck.

35mm slides, 35mm film, large format film, pictures - all scanned beautifully with a single device! Tweaking the advanced adjustments in the scanner software gives you the best results

Would be nice if it scanned more than 4 slides at once...many similar priced and comparable devices offer 8-16 slides at a time

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This scanner is sweet.


On a system with 2 gigs of ram a dual core processor and plenty of hard drive space, it does a terrific job of scanning in multiple negatives and processing them quickly.

It is a low cost scanner with quality imaging. I've been scanning old black and white negatives as well as color negatives for the past week. Images come out clear and sharp, provided image was clear and sharp to begin with

Has only locked up once on my 64 bit system. Drivers crashed

Product Specifications

The feature-rich CanoScan 8400F Color Image Scanner lets you produce superb high-speed scans of a wide range of materials. Now, you can easily scan valuable photos, important documents, books, old slides and even medium-format film. Your results? A spectacular 3200 x 6400 color dpi resolution (max.) and 48-bit color depth, for over 281 trillion possible colors. And thanks to high-end image processor and USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface, 1 this powerful scanner can provide super-fast image transfers to your computer, allowing you to see previews in approximately 2 seconds. For added convenience, four easy buttons - Scan, Copy, e-mail and PDF - automate the scanning process, so your projects can get done more quickly. Just position your original, select the use for the image, and in seconds it's ready to go. Canon's Hyper CCD III System on the 8400F Scanner features a 3200 dpi sensor offering greater light sensitivity with smaller pixels for capturing more image detail, as compared to 2400 dpi scanners. Are some of your most precious images on old slides and negatives worn and collecting dust? Canon has a simple solution: FARE (Film Automatic Retouching and Enhancement) Level 3. Its built-in retouching technology handles the most common problems found with old negatives and slides. It can remove much of the dust and scratches that may appear on your originals. It can also revive images that have faded over time. Plus, Backlight Correction Technology works to adjust image exposure, and Grain Correction will help smooth out grainy images.

Dimensions & Weight


Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Compatibility:Mac / PC
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:Transparencies / Plain paper / Slides / Bulk objects (such as books) / Film
Supported Media Type:Bulk objects (such as books) / Film / Plain paper / Slides / Transparencies
Type:Flatbed scanner

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS X 10.1.3 or later / Apple MacOS X 10.3.x / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows 98 / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition / Microsoft Windows XP/Apple MacOS X 10.1.3 or later / Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP