Canon CanoScan Lide 700f Driver Download– Canon’s LiDE scanners are small, light, and easy to set up and use. Even though they’re all flatbeds (so far), their small size lets you treat them as portable, at least to the extent that you can carry them with you quickly enough when you need them. The CanoScan LiDE 700F ($129.99 direct) matches the other LiDE models on all these details. It differs from other current models in that it can also scan film.
Unfortunately, as a film scanner, the 700F is weak, so it’s easy to argue that Canon should have ignored the feature. The good news is that the limitations to film scanning do not take away from the scanner’s capabilities for other types of scans.
Any flatbed scanner has the potential to be a general-purpose scanner, of course. Still, models like the 700F, which don’t have an automatic document feeder, tend to focus on photos—a focus visible in the software that came with the 700F. Apart from the Twain and WIA drivers, which let you scan from almost any Windows program with the scan command, the only programs included with the 700F are ArcSoft PhotoStudio version 6 and Canon’s proprietary MP Navigator EX scanning utility.
This utility includes optical character recognition (OCR) features but is limited to giving you the option of saving scanned documents in searchable TXT or PDF formats. If you want more OCR features, such as being able to specify multiple columns on a page, you will have to purchase the full OCR program separately. It’s also worth mentioning that the OCR feature didn’t work well in my tests. With Times New Roman, 12 points are the smallest measure it manages to read without error, and Arial makes mistakes even at 12 points.
Basic Settings and Scan
Setting up the LiDE 700F is typical for scanners powered by its USB cable. Install the software, unlock the scan element, and plug in the USB cable that came with the scanner. For my testing, I used a system running Windows Vista. According to Canon, the installation disc also includes full drivers and software for Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Mac OS X versions 10.2.8 through 10.5.x. Canon says that the program on disk also works with Windows 7 and OS X 10.6. (The OS X 10.6 are available on the Web site now, and the Windows 7 drivers will be available when Windows 7 is officially released.)
Scanning photos and documents with the 700F is a breeze. Like other CanoScan LiDE scanners, including the CanoScan LiDE 100, the 700F offers several approaches to providing scan commands. If you like using physical buttons for one-touch scanning, you’ll find four labeled Copy, Scan, PDF, and E-Mail on the front panel. If you prefer to use the onscreen options, you can choose from a similar set of options in the MP Navigator EX utility.
By default, scanning is fully automatic in both cases, with the software running a pre-scan; analyzes what he saw; automatically selects settings for the document type (photo or document, for example), resolution, color settings (color or black and white), and so on; and, finally, scanning. If you prefer to have control over the scan, the checkbox lets you tell the utility to launch the scanner driver so you can choose your settings.
Scan with Driver
Using the driver allows you to manually pre-scan, view the results, and then scan, with a choice of three modes: fully automatic mode, which is similar to the shoot and shoots feature in a camera, Basic mode with just a few settings, and Advanced mode with advanced control over options such as saturation and color balance. The driver also offers what is more or less the standard set of easy-to-use digital enhancement features, starting with the Backlight Correction I expect in Canon drivers. Take a backlit image of a person (backlight), and the face may be visible with no visible detail. Canon’s driver does an excellent job of correcting backlighting—bringing out points in faces without losing a piece on bright backgrounds.
In my tests, the scan quality for photos was more than acceptable in most but not all cases. Copies of most scanned images printed on an Epson PictureMate printer (our current Editor’s Choice) don’t quite match the original. Still, they are good enough for photos sent to family and friends. In one photo, however, a gray cat comes out partially blue.
Most scanners tend to turn gray to bluish-grey, which is why the image was part of our test suite—but this is the first scanner I can remember turning it undeniably blue. Fortunately, as my testing has shown, severe color fidelity issues like this are unlikely to show up in many scans. In cases where they occur, you can correct colors without being overworked in most photo editing programs. The speed for photo scanning is quite fast. I calculated the time to be about 15 seconds for a 4-by-6 photo at 300 pixels per inch (PPI) and 25 seconds at 400 PPI.—Next: Film Scan.
The 700F’s 4,800 PPI optical resolution is appropriate for the film, but in my tests, scans suffered from slightly soft focus, and I also noticed a loss of detail based on shadows in bright areas. I’d call the image quality acceptable for a snapshot, but far from the quality, you’d want for a photo that’s meant to be framed and hung on a wall. However, the real problem with using the 700F for movies isn’t the image quality; how limited and complicated the process is.
To begin with, you can’t scan slides, only pieces of film, probably because the contact image sensor (CIS) in the scanner doesn’t have a depth of field to focus on the mounted slide, though Canon can’t confirm that.
Second, like most flatbed film scanners, the film adapter is not attached to the scanner cover. This is a separate unit with a cable that connects to the scanner. Even worse, it’s big enough to scan just one frame of film at a time. To prepare for scanning, you must plug in the unit, place the template on a flat base with a strip of film, remove the cover from the transparency adapter unit, place the unit on a single frame on the strip, close the scanner cover, and then scan.
The preview scan in my test took 1 minute 38 seconds. And only after waiting for the preview can you tell if the film is positioned correctly. The last scan, at 2,400 PPI, took an additional 2:26.
If you don’t need to scan slides, scan film rarely, and then only scan a frame or two at a time, you might find this limitation tolerable, but only if you don’t realize that you can pay less and get more. Cheaper Editor’s Choice The Epson Perfection V300, for example, scans up to four slides or a six-frame film strip. And it scans faster too.
On the plus side, the LiDE 700F gets the PCMag GreenTech Approved seal. According to Canon, Energy Star 1.1 is compliant and complies with the RoHS (restriction of hazardous substances) and WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) directives. In addition, the CIS scanning element uses an LED light source, which eliminates energy wasted heating and is mercury-free. Canon says a recycling program has scanners made up of more than 99 percent recyclable materials, as measured by weight and volume.
The LiDE 700F’s limited capabilities for scanning documents and even more limited capabilities for the film make it a poor choice for either of these purposes. It can handle photographic prints fairly well, but it’s hard to recommend even for prints—unless you find one at a heavily discounted price. If you want to scan film, you’re better off spending less and getting more with the Epson Perfection V300, which can also scan slides. And if you don’t need to scan film, you can spend less and get a Canon LiDE 100.
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