Review: Canon CanoScan 9000F Color Image Scanner

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My grandfather in his UPS uniform in 1948

I’ve just returned from a two-week vacation, which included stops in Chicago (where my husband was in a company training class) and in Maine (my home state). It was my primary goal, while in Maine, to scan all of the old family photographs that have been mouldering in my Grandmother’s basement. In preparation for this venture, I purchased a Canon CanoScan 9000F Color Image Scanner and had it shipped directly to Grandma’s.

Let me just say right off the bat that I love this scanner. Given the magnitude of photographs that I had to scan, I was not looking forward to putting a bunch on the panel, scanning them all at once, and then cropping them into individual images. This scanner is smart enough to detect that there are multiple photographs and automatically creates them as separate images. It saves photos at a default of 300 dpi which guarantees that no detail is lost. In addition, the scanner comes with a copy of Photoshop Elements to enable the user to further enhance the photographs after they’re scanned.

Setup is very simple – install the software, follow a few simple prompts, and you’re done. You have to install the Elements software separately, but it isn’t necessary for the functionality of the scanner. The scanner even comes with frames with which you can scan film or slides.

To operate the scanner you just turn it on, position the photographs on the glass, choose the type of media (photo, film, document, or slide), choose the color scheme (black and white or color), and click on “scan”. The scanner operates incredibly fast – about five seconds total for a full panel of photos, and the scans show up in a workflow screen. From there you can rename, file, and categorize the scanned images. The scanning software includes a simple photo enhancement program for fixing photographs automatically, sharpening facial features and digital face smoothing. Manual adjustments include sharpness, brightness, contrast, and blemish removal. The included Photoshop Elements program offers more advanced photo editing capabilities.

I haven’t fully explored all of the capabilities of this scanning system, but thus far I really like what I’ve seen. Highly recommended!

(The first photo is of my grandfather in 1948, in his UPS uniform standing in front of his delivery truck. Photo is straight from the scanner, unenhanced.)

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  • Dennis

    You have a wonderful project in hand.  The scanner seems ideal for prints.  I wonder if anyone has any experience with scanning medium format (120 size) negative film on a flat bed scanner.


  • Eric Linneman

    I have the Canon 8800 and used it to scan the roughly 3000 slides I inherited from my grandparents.  They do make wonderful scanners.  Hopefully you, like I did, will find some wonderful family treasures in the collection of pictures.

    One suggestion – Vue Scan is much more capable than the native Canon software.  It saved me a lot of time.