Canon’s latest CanoScan LiDE scanners will digitize your shoebox of photos without breaking the bank


posted Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 6:05 PM EDT


If you have a shoebox full of photos that need bringing into the 21st Century, you might find two new flatbed scanners just launched by Canon to be of interest. The Canon CanoScan LiDE 120 and 220 scanners are both extremely affordable, and have a number of features that should make them well-suited to the task.

Both scanners are replacements for existing models, and slot into Canon's lineup at the same price as their predecessor. The CanoScan LiDE 220 (US$90) replaces the LiDE 210, while the CanoScan LiDE 120 (US$70) replaces the LiDE 110. The only notable difference from the earlier models is that their E-Mail button has been replaced with a new Send button, which now allows transfer to cloud services like Dropbox or Evernote.

The CanoScan LiDE 220 scanner has five one-touch buttons for quick control. The LiDE 120 looks near-identical, but has one less button, dropping the Multipage PDF scanning button.

In other respects, both scanners look pretty similar to those they replace. They feature single-cable designs that draw power via USB, reducing desktop clutter. The LiDE 220 is the higher-res model, with an optical resolution of 4,800 dpi, and it includes five buttons on its front panel for one-touch scanning, copying and more. The affordable LiDE 120 substitutes a 2,400 dpi optical resolution, and has only four buttons, lacking the Multipage PDF scanning button of its sibling.

Shared features of both scanners include support for scanning thick books or with the scanner in an upright orientation, automatic document scanning, automatic correction of dust and scratches, and grain correction, among others. More details can be found on Canon's website.