Canon CanoScan 8400F

CanoScan Flatbed Photo & Document Scanners

CanoScan 8400F

Canon CanoScan 8400F

Film scanning for the demanding professional

A high speed scanner capable of ripping through 12 x 35mm film transparencies in a single operation, with infra-red FARE Level 3 for automatic correction of film scans by eliminating dust, scratches and more.


  • 3200 x 6400dpi, 48 bit colour depth
  • FAU - 12 x 35mm transparencies
  • FARE Level 3 dust/scratch removal for film
  • Super-fast scan engine
  • Complete software package
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • 4 EZ buttons
  • Fast Multi-photo mode

Detailed Features

When you have film to digitise, you need a scanner that will deliver fast, professional, reliable results. Which is why you will love having the speed, versatility and power of the CanoScan 8400F on your desk.

Film scanning

With 3200 x 6400dpi, the CanoScan 8400F delivers resolution better than many dedicated film scanners at a fraction of the cost. Its 48 bit colour depth ensures shades and tones are reproduced with quality and accuracy.

Powerful software

The 8400F comes with a suite of powerful software tools that deliver outstanding functionality, performance and productivity. The SilverFast SE driver gives professional level control over the scan process, reducing the requirement for post scan image processing. Award winning Adobe PhotoShop Elements provides powerful image processing and ScanSoft Ominpage SE Optical Character recognition completes the package.

No more manual retouching

FARE Level 3 infrared technology automatically removes dust and scratches and corrects heavily backlit film, while QARE level 3 offers the same features for photo scans.

Professional speed

Scan within 20 seconds of powering up, and view previews in just 2.1 seconds, thanks to high performance hybrid stepping motor and dual fluorescent lamps. A USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection ensures super fast data transfer.

Complete versatility

Take documents straight from paper to PDF file with the CanoScan 8400F’s 'Scan to PDF' function. For ultimate flexibility, the scanner creates a palette of PDF pages, which can then be arranged or ordered as required. PDF files also have text automatically embedded at time of scanning for later searching or selection.


For larger documents, an image stitching function merges two scans to create a single, seamless image file. Adobe RGB colour space is supported for professional workflows, and 'Easy Colour Matching Print'¹ ensures full colour information is passed to compatible Canon inkjet printers for more faithful colour reproduction. Fast Multi-Photo mode creates multiple files from a single scan pass.

Seamless scanning

Four large scan buttons can be customised to perform the functions you use most: copying, scanning, filing, scanning direct to e-mail or straight to PDF (Portable Document Format).

¹ Windows only

Product Specification

Type Desktop Colour Flatbed Scanner
Scanning element CCD
Light source Cold cathode fluorescent lamp, Infrared LED (FARE)
Optical resolution 3200 x 6400dpi
Selectable resolution 25 to 19200dpi¹
Interface USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Scanning gradation (colour) 48 bit input / 48/24 bit output
Scanning gradation (greyscale) 16 bit input / 16¹/8 bit output
Maximum document size A4 / Letter [216 x 297mm]
Preview speed Approx. 2.1 sec
Scanning speed (colour) 10.8 msec./line (1600/3200 dpi)
Scanning speed (greyscale) 10.8 msec./line (1600/3200 dpi)
Scanning speed (B&W) 10.8 msec./line (1600/3200 dpi)
Scan speed (A4, 300dpi, Colour) 10.8-54msec/line (1600dpi)
Film Types Colour film (negatives, positives)
Black and white film (negatives, positives)
Film Handling 35mm strip (12 frames), mounted slides (4), 120 roll
Film scanning features FARE level 3 (Film Automatic Retouching & Enhancement) with Reconstruction of Colour, Grain Equalisation and Management, Backlight exposure compensation
Power supply AC Adaptor¹
Power consumption 20W Max, 4.5-5.0W Stand-by, 0.5W Off
Dimensions 278 x 500 x 122mm
Weight Approx 4.4kg
Operating range (temperature) 10 °C to 35 °C
Operating range (humidity) 10% to 90% RH (20% to 80% RH for film scanning), without condensation formation
Supported Operating Systems For USB 2.0 Hi-Speed¹: Windows 2000 Pro, ME, XP (Home/Pro): CPU: Intel PIII, Celeron (566MHz). AMD Athlon, Athlon MP/XP, Duron. 128MB RAM, USB port, CD ROM drive.
For USB² (USB 1.1 equivalent): Windows 98, 2000 Pro, ME, XP (Home/Pro): CPU: Pentium 233MHz or higher. 128MB RAM. USB port, CD ROM drive.
For USB 2.0 Hi-Speed²: Mac OS X³ v10.2.7 or later: iMac, iBook, eMac, PowerBook, New PowerMac, CD-ROM drive, 128MB RAM, G4 processor
For USB² (USB 1.1 equivalent): Mac OS X³ v10.1.3 or later: iMac, iBook, eMac, PowerBook, New PowerMac, CD-ROM drive, 128MB RAM, G4 processor
Selectable resolution ¹ Increased resolution is a function of the ScanGear CS driver
Scanning gradation (greyscale) ¹ Film scanning only
Power supply ¹ AC Adaptor types vary by region
Supported Operating Systems ¹ Standard equipped port. Additionally the following Adaptec cards are supported for USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (PC only): USB2connect2000LP/3100LP/5100, DuoConnect
² Standard equipped port.
³ Native mode only
  • All Specifications subject to change without notice
  • Scanning gradation: Optical Density: 3.3 DMax, Canon internal measurement
  • Scanning speeds measured in USB 2.0 Hi-Speed mode. Scan time only, data transfer time not included
  • CanoScan and ScanGear are trademarks of Canon Inc.
  • Microsoft, Windows, and the Windows logo are trademarks, or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries
  • All brand and product names are trademarks of their respective companies
  • Specification CEL 1.0 110804
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