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Both Canon and Epson are giants in scanners market. Each have product with its own unique features. In today’s article, we are going to take a look into two products from each brand, the Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II and Epson V550. How do they perform? Keep reading to find out.

CanoScan 9000F Mark II

CanoScan 9000F Mark II is a flatbed type of scanner. For $218.99 with 9600 x 9600 maximum color dpi1, it produces remarkable detail in both business documents and photographs. When you combine 9600 x 9600 maximum color resolution with a vivid 48-bit color depth and over 281 trillion possible colors, the results will amaze you. The CanoScan 9000F Mark II also helps you get the most out of your photos and documents with My Image Garden software, offering a simple and intuitive way to scan and organize your files. My Image Garden software makes organizing and printing your photos fun and easy with great facial recognition, fun filters, calendar organization, automatic layout suggestions and so much more. This scanner comes with a 4-slide holder so you can scan 4 slides at a time, but the scanner actually scans one slide after the other. It takes about 75 seconds to scan the four slides.

Package Dimensions 10.7 x 18.9 x 4.4 inches19.1 x 11.2 x 4.6 inches
Item Weight 10.1 pounds9.6 pounds
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The CanoScan 9000F Mark II features our Super Toric Lens, delivering pin-sharp scans from edge-to-edge and bright, low-noise images. It requires zero warm-up time3 and offers lower power consumption with super-efficient white LEDs. In addition, its Fare Level 3 feature provides dust and scratch removal, along with fading, grain and backlight correction. Plus, its Auto Scan Mode automatically adjusts settings by detecting what you’re scanning. The Auto Scan Mode can be easily operated by the press of a single button. It’s like you have the ability to bring eight steps into one as you scan your photo, document or personal notebook and have the type of original automatically recognized. In addition, the original is automatically cropped to proper size, scanned and saved in the appropriate file format.

Furethermore, with FARE Level 3 features, CanoScan has retouching technology which delivers automatic correction to photos and film by removing much of the dust and scratches while restoring their color all at the same time. You can revive and restore the life of your memories by automatic instead of having to spend lots of time manually retouching them. Furthermore, combined with Gutter Shadow Correction, CanoScan has built-in correction to remove the shadow typically seen when scanning a page from a book. This “gutter” is eliminated, delivering a clean scan of the page, not the dark gutter. For connectivity, you can scan and transfer images to your computer at the fastest possible scanning speeds with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, it also allows for quick previews of your images to your computer.

The scanner’s ability to output “TIFF” files rather than just “JPEG” is a real advantage. The TIFF format is uncompressed meaning that it captures more information than JPEG and thereby allows a wider range of corrections (assuming you have the software that can make the corrections). Unfortunately, the TIFF files are about four times the size as JPEG. Moreover, there are some downsides. CanoScan cannot scan a full-frame of 120 mm film at more than 2400 dpi. If you use a crop tool to reduce the size of the scan area, you can avoid the error message and scan at 9600 dpi. However, it creates a very large file of more than 500 MB. The manual does not explain what this confusing message means. It appears to say that you must reduce resolution in terms of pixels but the scanner settings are expressed in dpi’s which is different terms hence the confusion.

Epson V550

Priced at $220, the Epson Perfection V550 Photo features wonderful performance and versatility for any project. Although it is larger than usual scanner, it’s bigger than an A3 sheet and at 117 x 284 x 485mm, it will take up a significant portion of your desk real-estate. This scanner has 6400 dpi optical resolution to ensure images are sharp and vivid, whether you’re scanning film, slides, negatives or everyday documents. Just with the touch of a button, you can make your old photos and negatives look like new as result of to Easy Photo Fix and Digital ICE. The V550 Photo features energy-efficient, ReadyScan LED technology, for high-speed scanning that don’t need warm-up time so you can use it at any time. Its capacity is capable of scanning up to 8.5 x 11 inches documents and it allows you to scan multiple slides, film strips and photos, all at once. Inside, the built-in transparency part adds to the bulk thanks to the lamp in the cover of the scanner. You can scan either two 35mm film strips or four 35mm mounted slides up to 12 negatives at a time. The V550 Photo is the ultimate productivity tool.

The optical resolution of 6400 dpi is capable of creating sharp and vivid reproductions of your favorite filmnegatives with enlargements up to 17″ x 22″. Moreover, with Digital ICE technology, you can achieve robust photo restorations by removing the appearance of dust and scratches on film. The result will bring faded photos back to life. In addition, Epson V550 has Easy Photo Fix for one-touch photo restorations, no need to touch up using different application. You can achieve efficient productivity with ReadyScan LED Technology, it’s a fast scanning with no warmup time and no mercury. With auto edge detection, this scanner crops each image and saves it as a separate file. It can also convert scanned documents into editable text and with OCR, you will get the result of brilliant 48-bit color depth.

When scanning a document, you can convert the image into editable text using the included OCR (optical character recognition) software. You can also use the software to create a PDF file for easy document archiving and sharing. Have a specific type of scan you perform often? You can program the scanner’s 4 one-touch buttons to automate specific scans for a smoother workflow. However, because the scanner is big, it takes up too much workspace and may not be suitable for people who needs basic smaller documents to scan. The position of the power button is awkward and onsite warranty is optional. Read also: BROTHER MFC-J995DW Vs EPSON ECOTANK ET-2720.


- My Image Garden software handles photos and scanning and organizes your files in a simple and easy way for you to get the most out of them
- Tariff (Automatic Film Retouch and Enhancement) Level 3: This retouch technology offers built-in automatic correction for photos and film, removing most of the dust and scratches while restoring your color, all at the same time
- Warm-up time and offers lower power consumption with super efficient white LED
- Auto scan mode adjusts settings by detecting what you're scanning
- Create sharp, vivid reproductions 6400 dpi optical resolution1 for enlargements upto 17 x 22 inches
- Scan 35 millimeter slides, negatives and film built in transparency unit
- Achieve robust photos restorations Digital ICE technology removes the appearance of dust and scratches on film
- Bring faded photos back to life easy photo fix for one touch photo restorations


After comparing both products, it’s found that CanoScan is the winner. For $218.99, it’s inexpensive and has higher optical scan resolution for 9600 x 9600dpi while Epson only has 9600 x 6400dpi. CanoScan also has an Optical Character Recognition (OCR), Auto Scan Mode and it can synchronize documents with Evernote while Epson can’t. Epson V550 also has more power consumption with 16.5W while CanonScan only has 15W which makes CanoScan more electricity-friendly.

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