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Today our test lab received a sample of the CanoScan 5200F scanner from the renowned Canon. What’s so interesting about this model?

Although it doesn’t boast a very high optical resolution, it is equipped with a special technology for removing dust and scratches. The technology goes under the name of FARE Level 2 and you may remember that EPSON’s top models have something like that, too (I mean EPSON’s Digital ICE, of course). So this technology needs checking and testing in practice. I will also check the functionality of the driver and the software that accompanies the scanner.

By the way, the CanoScan 5200F is the first scanner from Canon to be tested in our labs. As usual, let’s first read its official specification.


Specification

So, the Canon CanoScan 5200F features an optical resolution of 2400dpi and a mechanical resolution of 4800ppi. It is equipped with a slide-adapter for scanning films; its lamp is integrated into the lid. Besides a standard light source (a cold-cathode fluorescent lamp), the device has a source of infrared light to identify dust and scratches in photo films. The FARE Level 2 technology – which is analogous to EPSON’s Digital ICE – places the CanoScan 5200F into the category of semi-professional scanner models.

Package and Accessories

  • CanoScan 5200F scanner
  • USB cable
  • Power adapter
  • Holders for film and slides
  • Software CD
  • Documentation

The enclosed CD contains the following software components:

  • ScanGear CS (25MB/10MB): the main program, driver
  • CanoScan Toolbox (15MB/10MB): a scanning utility
  • ArcSoft PhotoStudio (35MB/20MB): an image-editing program
  • ScanSoft OmniPage SE (90MB/80MB): an optical character recognition tool
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (25MB/30MB): a PDF files reader
  • Electronic manuals for the programs from the list
 
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