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Canon Canoscan 8600 F

Canon Canoscan 8600 F
alaScore 82

348 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 348 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Scanners the Canon Canoscan 8600 F is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 348 reviews)

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Canon CanoScan 8600F


The 8600F's claimed optical resolution of 4,800 pixels per inch is significantly higher than the 8400F's 3,200 ppi, and the actual ability to resolve detail—which is usually limited by a scanner's optics rather than its ppi rating—is improved as well....

Scans slides and strips of film. Comes with optical character recognition (OCR) and document-management software

Scans only four slides at a time. Tends to lose detail in bright areas

The Canon CanoScan 8600F delivers reasonable-quality scans for photographic prints and film—both slides and negatives. Its film-scanning features are limited, but appropriate for the price.

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Canon CanoScan 8600F (4 mice)


Although it was a little slow to warm up, and its photo scans were a touch dark, the CanoScan 8600F proved to be a very good all-around scanner and should definitely be considered if you are looking for a high-quality photo and document scanner.

Built-in transparency adapter ; speedy scans ; very good scan quality

Slow to warm up ; photo scans a bit dark

There are seven handy task buttons on top of this silver and black flatbed scanner; these automate a number of tasks, such as scanning a document into PDF format, importing photos or slides into the image editor of your choosing, or scanning a document...

Consumer review by:

decent value


I have not tried slides or negatives. For text, is not great, using color to scan a black and whote document with, say, a signed blue siganature, results in a purple scan where the white paper should be-looks like the scan is the fluorescent light...

high resolution, feature software

slow, loose hinges


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Canon 8600F Scanner


I've found from past experience Canon equipment is hard to beat.

Quality scanner, producing excellent results for a great price. Setup is a breeze and included software is very good. Used mostly for scanning 35mm slides and negatives conversion to digital images and storage; occasional documents. It replaces a...

None so far

Consumer review by:

Probably the best in this price range


USB2 requires a lot of processor overhead. I have a dual-core Opteron 180, and scans often require 70% of my CPU power. If your computer is too slow, the scanner will slow down to match it. You will need a reasonably fast machine to scan at full speed.

Exceptional build quality for the price range. Has two stainless steel guide rails for the lamp carrier. Supports Vista x64 and XP x64. Quality of scans is excellent. Included scanning software features good auto-tone and descreening (to avoid moire on...

Vista drivers seem to have a bug that causes the lamp to auto-adjust for every scan. Very slow, and doesn't happen in XP x64 for some reason ; Probably as fast as any scanner in this price range, but that can be too slow for large scanning jobs

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Great Upgrade


I had an older canon scanner that cost less than half as much as this one at the time (3 years ago).

If I had to name a fault, and it may be me, but the film scanning seems a little out of focus/blurry to me-it may be the original film was out of focus-so I can't be sure at this point.

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A Pretty Slick Item


Part of Canon's armored scanner division, this thing is nice and heavy. Installed in a flash worked fine (won't operate off a hub, needs to be connected directly). Quiet too. Scans are crystal clear. Worth every dollar


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Pleasant surprise


Great value, would buy again.

Better scan quality than I expected from an inexpensive flatbed model. The included Photoshop Elements software is capable enough to touch up scans, remove dust/scratches, etc ; After having used much more expensive scanners in a print shop's pre-press...

Arcsoft and New Soft software (to me) is bloat-ware as it isn't needed. I can manage my files on my own just fine without it. You do have the option to NOT install them though

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Performance Meets Value


Easy to use.

The supplied film guide cannot be purchased as replacement part.

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Current state-of-the-art?


Solidly built.

Scans of 35mm negatives can take 10 minutes each if you engage any software corrections for dust, scratches or grain.

Product Specifications

This powerful scanner delivers spectacular results, with color dpi resolution of 4800 x 9600 (max.). Plus, built-in FARE Level 3 retouching technology helps correct for dust and scratches on your originals, revives faded images and even brightens faces and reduces graininess. Seven easy buttons automate the scanning process, so it's simple to scan, copy and create e-mails and multi-page PDFs. To save time, you can batch-scan up to 12 negative frames or 4 slides, either 35mm or medium format.

Dimensions & Weight



Compatibility:Mac / PC
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon CanoScan


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista


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:4800dpi
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:9600dpi
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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS X 10.2.8 - 10.4 / Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP