CanoScan 9000F Mark II film and reflective scanner Review

Canon CS9000F-II Review


Looking for a great CCD flatbed scanner that can also scan some film as well as PDF for the office?

Film Scanner Price Review

You may be considering the Epson Perfection V550 vs. V800 scanners (V600 is the old model replaced by V550)..

..or this Canon 9000F Series 2 flatbed / film scanner.


Canon 9000 scanner price

Why buy 9000F-II vs. Epson's V550?

Canon's Canoscan 9000F-II is the nicest looking scanner of the bunch.

The 9000F-II has the highest optical resolution, it's the only scanner with an inbuilt power supply which are generally more reliable than plug pack units.

Moving film backlight. (New on series II)

It's very hard to light a large area to a consistent brightness, better film scanners have a moving backlight that tracks the CCD sensor thus ensuring better film backlight consistency.  The same system is used in the Epson V800 (not V550).

Twice as fast Epson V550. CS9000 A4 300 DPI = 7 seconds, V550 = 15 sec.

¹ Colour document scan speed is measured with ISO/IEC 24735


You shouldn't be considering scanners that aren't CCD based for film, all the best scanners are CCD period.

While you can't go wrong with any mentioned if the cost is taken into account and you've already come to the conclusion that the Epson Perfection V800 scanner is the pick of the bunch, the Canon 9000F may surprise you.

Technology Without An Important Name

If you already have say Photoshop you'll be using the TWAIN driver to import images so the supplied "dummied down" software won't matter to you.

The only real difference from the previous model is an energy saving features which you can dial in after a given time. Scanners use so little power it's really just marketing.

Open Wide

The 9000's lid can be opened to 90 degrees, it locks at 45 if you'd rather.


  • CCD sensors (as per 9000F) are always better at scanning bulky items with a better debth of field than CIS scanners too.

Quick Draw

Quick keys on the front of the scanner allow for easy use of common functions such as paper to PDF document which is handy for the office.

Lock up

To prevent damage to the CCD sensor array the scanner comes with a transport lock so be sure to unlock it before you plug it in. Also wise to read the instructions and not plug in till you've installed the software so your system will recognise the scanner first time.

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Software choices

  • ScanGear driver - Needed
  • My Image Garden - Not needed if you have Photoshop etc.
  • QuickMenu  - Your call try it.
  • Adobe RGB 1998 - Needed for calibration.
  • You can also buy a calibrator and make your own maps for even better colour accuracy.

Connection via the USB 2.0 interface works well, power is via INTERNAL power supply which seems to be a sign of better scanners.

One Press

It's very easy to scan your collection of reflective originals, size does not matter. Place the prints on the scanning bed, press a button and presto.

Same for film the only difference is you need to use the holders so the scanner can tell where the film is located more easily,

Advanced users

Advanced mode allows you to fiddle with most of the settings or load your user-defined options.

The Scan Utility accessed via the QuickMenu has more flexibility for some of the harder to scan jobs.

Fast Scans

300 DPI scans take just a few seconds even higher resolutions don't slow you down too much till you run into memory problems with your PC. So the more RAM the better on large size + high DPI images. That said most of the time you'll want to end up around 300-340 DPI effective on the output. Example A4 to A4 1:1 you only need say 300 DPI whereas 35mm to A4 you'd use 4800 DPI or more. The actual DPI can vary depending on the printer and (in the example of some newspapers) are you scanning to minimise a moray pattern.

I was framed

Framed 35mm slides are not as easy to scan as film, if you're doing hughe volumes you may consider a much more expensive film scanner that's designed for the job even though they are getting harder to find. Scanning up to 12 35mm images via two strips of six is a breeze.

Medium format film holder can cope with a length of up to 22cm. This means 4 x 4,5 x 6 cm or 3 x 6 x 6 cm or 2 x 6 x 7 cm etc. can be scanned in one pass. The software will arrange the segmentation of the images for you.

All Professional Software should work

Remember the TWAIN driver will work with Adobe Photoshop® or Adobe Photoshop® Elements.

Canon say:
 Canon CS9000FMKII

Enjoy high-speed scanning for everything from photos to documents, to even 35mm film while also enjoying superb quality. The CanoScan 9000F Mark II Color Image Scanner, a high-speed scanner with professional film scanning quality. With 9600 x 9600 maximum color dpi1, it produces incredible detail in both business documents and photographs. The CanoScan 9000F Mark II also helps you get the most out of your photos and documents with My Image Garden2 software, off"

General Product Information

Type Flatbed Scanner with Film Adaptor Unit
Scanning element CCD 12-line colour
Light source White LED
Optical resolution 9600×9600dpi (film)¹
4800×4800dpi (photo and document)¹
Selectable resolution 25 - 19200dpi
Interface Hi-Speed USB
Power supply AC 100-240V, 50/60 Hz
Power consumption Off: Approx. 0.5 W (suspend)
Standby (connected to PC via USB): Approx. 0.9 W (scanning lamp off)
Standby (all ports connected): Approx. 0.9 W (scanning lamp off)
Time to enter Standby mode: 1 minutes
Scanning: Approx. 15 W
Dimensions approx. 270 x 480 x 111mm
Weight approx. 4.6kg
Operating range (temperature) 10-35 degrees C
Operating range (humidity) 10% to 90% RH (20% to 80% RH for film scanning), without condensation formation

Scanning Specifications

Scanning gradation (colour) 48bit input -> 48/24 bit output
Scanning gradation (greyscale) 48 bit input -> 16 bit (Film scanning only) / 8 bit output
Maximum document size A4 / Letter [216 x 297mm]
EZ-Scan Buttons 7 buttons (PDFx4, AUTO SCAN, COPY, E-MAIL)
Preview speed Approx. 3 sec¹
Scanning speed (colour) 1.2 msec./line (300 dpi), 12.1 msec/line (4800dpi)¹
Scanning speed (greyscale) 1.2 msec./line (300 dpi), 12.1 msec/line (4800dpi)¹
Scanning speed (B&W) 1.2 msec./line (300 dpi), 12.1 msec/line (4800dpi)¹
Scan speed (A4, 300dpi, Colour) Approx. 7 sec¹
Film Handling 35mm strip (negative/positive): 12 frames
35mm slides (negative/positive): 4 frames
120 format film max 6 x 22cm (filmstrip only)


Software included ScanGear, Scan Utility, My Image Garden
Supported Operating Systems Windows 8 (32 and 64bit)
Windows 7 SP1 (32 and 64bit)
Windows Vista (32 and 64bit)
Windows XP SP3 (32bit)
Mac OS X 10.6.8 - 10.8


Optical resolution ¹ Optical resolution is a measure of maximum hardware sampling resolution, based on ISO 14473 standard. When scanning in high resolution, the scan size is restricted (maximum optical resolution for A4 scan is 3800dpi).
Preview speed ¹ Pre-processing time is not included
Scan speed (A4, 300dpi, Colour) ¹ Colour document scan speed is measured with ISO/IEC 24735 Annex C Test Chart A. Scan speed indicates the time measured between pressing the scan button of the scanner driver and the on-screen status display turns off. Scan speed may vary depending on sy
Scanning speed (colour) ¹ The fastest speed in Hi-Speed USB on Windows PC. Transfer time to computer is not included
Scanning speed (greyscale) ¹ The fastest speed in Hi-Speed USB on Windows PC. Transfer time to computer is not included
Scanning speed (B&W) ¹ The fastest speed in Hi-Speed USB on Windows PC. Transfer time to computer is not included



The CanoScan 9000F Mark II comes with all the average user will need to scan 99% of their needs. You can edit and store the images easily with the supplied applications. We note Win10 seems to work fine with the 9000F-II also.

  • You get a lot more Optical (real) resolution on film compared with the Epson V550 (6400x9600) vs. 9600x9600 for the Canon. Professional scanners tend to have an internal power supply, not a plug pack so the CS9000 wins in this area also.

Canon's Automatic dust and scratch removal is a thing to behold. Canon's FARE technology:

Film Automatic Retouching and Enhancement removes dust and scratch marks automatically from film scans using an infra-red process. Level 2 & 3 perform a few extra automatic corrections including fading correction to restore hues & tints.

FARE Grain Correction removes grain from high ISO film. Level 3 has a Backlight Correction for dark subjects in front of a bright background.

No lamp warm up time means you're scanning right away.

The CanoScan 9000F Mark II film and reflective scanner is a lot of scanner for the money.

We put it half way between an Epson V550 and V800 in terms of performance for the money. In terms of speed on an A4 300 DPI scan (the most common you'll use) the CS9000 is twice as fast as the Epson perfection V550 scanner,  CS9000F-II takes 7 seconds vs. 15 seconds for the Epson. Just like the more expensive Epson V800 (not V550) you also get a moving backlight for better consistency.

The 9000F-II should give you many years of trouble free photo/film scanning,
it will also come in handy in the office being a lot faster than some scanners.

A very good scanner to buy.

Canon CS9000F-II Price

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