Canon 8000F Flatbed scanner

Though the price of the 8000F is out of reach for most consumers it’s perfect for photographers looking to digitally archive their work at the best possible quality with minimal fuss.

The 8000F has a maximum optical resolution of 2400x4800dpi and employs a HyperCCD sensor to give increased scanning accuracy. It has a 48bit internal and external colour depth and comes with an integrated FAU (film adapter unit). These high-quality settings demand plenty of processing power and a fast connection so Canon has incorporated the speedier USB 2.0 standard.

We were particularly impressed with two features. First, the infrared light source for the Fare (film automatic retouching and enhancement) function which detects and removes dirt and scratches from photos, and second, the one-pass MultiPhoto function. This allows the 8000F to scan a whole page of pictures in a single pass and then separate the images. If you’re scanning photo after photo this speeds up the process.

The 8000F isn’t for those with limited desktop space but it’s attractively styled. With seven applications and Photoshop Elements -- the best lite photo-manipulation package on the market -- setting up takes a while. However, it’s an easy process and XP recognises the scanner automatically. While our scanning results weren’t that brightly coloured, their detail was faultless.

In brief: Canon 8000F
The 8000F comes with a superb software bundle, it’s fast and scanning quality is great. A good piece of hardware to accompany any photographer’s lab.
Price: $599
Phone: (02) 9805 2000

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