Canon CanoScan 5600F Flatbed Scanner, 4800x9600dpi, 8.5x11.7", USB 2.0 Interface for Windows and Mac OS

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About Canon

The Canon CanoScan 5600F Flatbed Scanner is a high-quality 4800 dpi scanner for documents and films. This is high-performance scanning at its best. The high-luminance white LED lamps use less power and enable scanning immediately after you press the power button. Seven EZ Buttons automate the scanning process-so it's simple to scan, copy and create emails and multi-page PDFs.

To make it even easier, the new Auto Scan Mode detects your type of original, then scans and saves it with the optimal settings. A letter-sized color scan takes only about 11 seconds. You're going to love the results, with outstanding color dpi resolution up to 4800 x 9600. Built-in FARE 3.0 retouching technology helps to enhance your final images, even correcting for dust, scratches and backlighting on photos. For convenience, you can batch-scan up to six 35mm frames or four 35mm slides at once and scanning of medium-format slides is supported as well.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (31),Great resolution (30),High-speed scanning (24),Fast connectivity (20),Durable (16),Accurate color (7),Easy to set up (7),Compact design (6),Good resolution (6),Excellent software (5),Good bit depth (4)
Large footprint (11)
Best Uses:
Photos and graphics (6)
Reviewer Profile:
Frequent user (6)

Canon Features

  • Speed & Quality: No Warm-Up / Low Energy Usage with the high luminance white LED light source, the unit is ready to scan whenever you are, with zero warm-up time. Plus, the advanced LED light source quickly switches to standby mode after scanning, saving energy
  • High Quality Imaging: The CCD scanning element produces high-quality 4800-dpi scans and is the same CCD technology found in digital cameras
  • Push-Button Simplicity / Low Energy Usage: Seven EZ Buttons let you do what you want with your original. So, scan it in color or B&W. Scan and save it, or copy it
  • Smart Scanning: The new Auto Scan feature makes scanning anything even easier than before. It actually detects the type of original you're scanning whether it's a photo, business card, personal notebook or form; then automatically scans, processes and saves the image in the appropriate format.
  • Scan Film and Slides: The built-in backlight and included film guide let you simultaneously scan up to six 35mm negative frames or up to four 35mm slides
  • Faster data: The USB 2.0 interface enables the fastest possible image transfers and scanning speeds

Canon Specifications

Scanner Type
Flatbed Color Image Scanner
Scanner Element
Charge-Coupled Device (CCD)
Light Source
White LED (reflectives), CCFL Lamp (film)
White LED, Zero warm-up time, Automatic Document Recognition, 7 EZ Buttons, Auto Dust & Scratch Reduction, Backlit Film Scan, Fading/Grain/Backlight Correction, Auto Scan Mode, Convenient Filing Function (PDF Function), PDF Password, Gutter Shadow Correction, High-Speed Scanning
Scanner Buttons
PDF x 4, Copy, Scan, E-mail
Max. Resolutions
Optical: 4800 x 9600 dpi
Interpolated: 19,200 x 19,200 dpi
Scanning Mode
Color: 48-bit internal / 48 or 24-bit external
Grayscale: 16-bit internal / 8-bit external
Max. Document Size
8.5" x 11.7"
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
OS Compatibility
Windows Vista, Windows XP/2000 and Mac OS X v.10.2.8 - 10.5.x
Setup Software and User's Guide CD-ROM, MP Navigator EX,Solution Menu, ArcSoft PhotoStudio
Power Source
AC Adapter
Max. Power Consumption
19W (3.2W standby)
Environmental Conditions
Operating Temperature: 50° - 95° F
Operating Humidity: 10% - 90% RH (without condensation)
Dimensions (W x D x H)
10.7" (W) x 19.4" (D) x 3.8" (H)
9.5 lbs
Canon 1 year limited warranty
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Reviews about this item

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(based on 54 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


great for slides

we have about 5000 slides from 1963 thru 1980. we have been using this scanner for a week and love it. the resolution is excellent and it only takes about 10 minutes to process 4 slides.


Most Liked Negative Review


Rainbows Everywhere

Great Scanner, if it didn't have a rainbow strip going down every scan I make.

Reviewed by 54 customers


Great slide scanner


from Seattle, WA

I've been looking for 20 years for a quality slide scanner to copy my 4000 family slides. The Canon 5600F has been amazing! Scanning through Photoshop at 2600dpi, I have been able to revive old faded photos to nearly perfect condition. I just leave 4 slides to scan at a time while I do other things, then save them to printable size after fixing the color and flaws. The software installed in Windows 7 easily.




from Texas

I have a computer with Windows 7 on it, and my Visioneer one touch ccd scanner would not work with it anymore. I like to scan coins in slabs, and raw coins, and items that are a little 3-d . I emailed Canon , and even though it is not offered by them anymore, I found one on line, and used the drivers avaliable from Canon, they worked great with the MP Navigator download also still on Canon site. I tried to find drivers for visioneer, no luck. Wish Canon still offered this scanner, works perfect, makes PDF, and You can do JPG images with the steps Canon sent me. THANK YOU CANON.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


A solid Scanner


from Flyover country

I got the Canoscan specifically to scan slides and negatives from my film camera days. It really delivers the goods. My only gripe is that it only handles 35mm film (only the 9000 model handles medium format). I knew that going in, but I don't think it'd be a big deal for Canon to include the capability at this price point. Satisfaction I downgraded because the scanner driver install interfered with my printer drivers and I had to reinstall them on all my computers.


A Magical Machine


from Tempe, AZ

I love, love, love this scanner! So easy to install and easy to use. The best part is, I can put multiple photos on the scanner bed at one time. The scanner detects and scans each separately and automatically, all in under a minute. They all pop up on my screen and then can be saved to a folder of your choice or edited with the included software. My life just got 100 times easier!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


econimical scanner


from Great Falls, MT

I found about 1000 slides in an old box out in the garage. Also a bunch of old black and white pictures and negatives. All these things are almost 50 years old. Since I no longer have the slide projector or any darkroom equipment , I wanted a way to view and save these images on my computer. After searching on line through several sources I decided on the Cano Scan 5600F. The price is reasonable and the specifications fit my needs perfectly. Set up was easy, and the operation is quite simple. I am very satisfied with this scanner

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Very happy.


from Westland,Mi

I cannot remember how many photos I `ve scanned from old family pictures. Add to that, 33 reels of slides. But I`ve found out I can `fudge` old negatives by laying them on the opening for slides and scanning 35mm worth of them. So far I`ve brought back images from as far back as the `30`. Some look like they were taken yesterday! So by accident, Canon has added another feature to this wonderful scanner! Thanks!


Canon CanoScan 5600F Flatbed Scanner


from Cleveland, Ohio  -  Frequent User

Was a replacement for an older scanner that woutld't work properly on Windows 8. Does everything my old Microtech did but, is slow to warm up & start. It does do the job well once warmed up and functioning.

(13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)


Easy to set up


from Oregon

Our IT director bought this brand new and then our office went to tiny scanners so I got this for the very good price of freeeee. It didn't come with a disk so I was easily able to download the driver on Canon's site (needs the driver installed first I found out, hey I'm still learning here). As soon as I did that and then plugged the unit in it was asking what I wanted to do! And away I went scanning like a fiend. Being able to access the manual online is a total plus. Thanks Canon for being uber friendly to a slightly computer savvy user.


Buy this product


from Clovis New Mexico  -  Frequent User

I bought this unit because my other 2 finally quit working I found it to be so easy to use over the other 2 it was unbelievable. I was prepared to spend several hours reading and understanding a manual instead I was up and running in minutes. My family history and the literaly thousands of family photos that I have inherited have become much easier to get into a digital format for my children and grandchildren.

(84 of 85 customers found this review helpful)


Mixed Feelings on 35mm scans


from Delaware

I already owned a Canon MX700 multli-function printer which has a fine scanner, but I purchased this scanner, based on the many favorable reviews, for its ability to scan 35mm film and slides. I have many thousands of slides and negatives taken over the past 40-50 years, and I wanted to digitize some of them before the colors faded too much. I had tried an 1800 dpi scanner which scanned one frame at a time, and very slowly. Then my daughter gave me another scanner, which quickly scanned by photographing the slide or film. However, it did not reproduce the depth of color in the slides, and highlight areas were badly washed out. So I looked forward to using the Canoscan with its better resolution and quality. Using the Canoscan 5600F, I scanned at 2400 dpi about 60 slides from 45 years ago, which I had previously scanned using the snapshot scanner. The colors in the slides were still good, and the colors came through fine in the Canon scans, unlike the earlier scanner. The highlight detail that was missing with the earlier scanner was now fully present. However, when I compared the two sets of scanned images, there was shadow detail that could be seen with the earlier scanner that was lost in the Canon scans. The scans seemed to have too high contrast. If there is important shadow detail, editing the final image is necessary I then tried scanning a 35mm negative from about 10 years ago. I scanned it at 2400 dpi. I also had a 4x6 print of the same shot which I scanned at 600 dpi. In comparing the two scans, the scan from the print had more pleasing color balance. I then scanned the negative again at 4800 dpi, and there was only a little more detail apparent at the higher resolution. Taking all 3 scans into Photoshop Editor, I adjusted the color balance on each by adjusting the skin tone on the subject. The result was that all 3 were good, and close to one another. It would be difficult to say which was the best. The film and slide holder seems well designed and easy to use. Scanning a group of 4 slides at 2400 dpi takes up to 10 minutes or so, but it can proceed while you are doing other things. It takes about 30 seconds to replace them and begin scanning the next set of 4. In summary, I am fairly happy with the scanner's performance, but in many cases editing in Photoshop is necessary to adjust the contrast and possibly the color balance..


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Shopper  Does this work on Windows 8 Pro 64bit?
HARRY B  I couldn't say - I using it with PC running Win 7 Pro 64-bit. Best regards, Harry
THOMAS L  Can the CanoScan 5600F do 120, 220 and 110 negatives?
CHIP W  I would not buy this scanner if you want to scan negs or slides. It sucks. My old HP scanner was far superior
Mike G  How come 1) It only lets me scan at 600DPI 2) It take FOREVER to scan?
G DOUGLAS H  Sorry, I really can't. I haven't had the problems he describes
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