CanoScan 5600F Flatbed Scanner Review

by Michael on December 20, 2009 · 1 comment

We’ve suffered for years with a crappy old HP ScanJet scanner. I was thus thrilled when our new CanoScan 5600F scanner arrived. In short, this scanner rocks. It’s fast, easy to use, and makes great images. Want more details? Read on…


The CanoScan 5600F is a 4800 dpi flatbed scanner that also handles film and slides. I bought it for scanning photos and portraits, so I can’t comment on how well the film/slide scanning works.

CanoScan 5600F first impressions

Out of the box, setup was very easy. Simply install the drivers, plug in the power and USB cords, slide the locking switch to “unlock,” and you’re good to go. The drivers that it shipped with weren’t compatible Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), but you can download updated drivers from the Canon web site.

While the CanoScan 5600F has seven “EZ Buttons” on the lid to make scanning easier, I actually do all of my scanning from within Photoshop. When it’s time to scan, the CanoScan 5600F starts up almost immediately – no warmup required thanks to the LED light source!

CanoScan 5600F performance

My first job was to scan twelve portraits ranging in size from 5×7 to 8×10. The CanoScan 5600F made short work of these portraits, with even the larger images being done in seconds flat.

As far as scan quality goes, the color reproduction was great, and the detail was fantastic. No complaints about anything. I’ve used a CanoScan 8800F at work and the performance is similar, but the CanoScan 5600F is considerably cheaper.

CanoScan 5600F conclusions

All in all, I’m very happy with the CanoScan 5600F, and at just shy of $130, the price is certainly right. When combined with my ScanSnap S300M document scanner, I’m in scanner heaven.

My only complaint is that, despite promises to the contrary in the Amazon list, the CanoScan 5600F cannot rely on the USB connection for power. This isn’t a big limitation, though, and it certainly doesn’t reduce my enthusiasm for this scanner.


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Matt Jabs December 23, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Cool… I would love to go paperless. I am WAY better at organizing digital files than I am physical files. Now I just have to figure out if it is worth paying $370 to do it.

Tell me again why I need both these scanners? Wouldn’t it make sense just to get one that serves both functions?

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