Canon CanoScan LiDE400 Document Scanner, Black

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Original price was: $90.00.Current price is: $80.99.

  • Advanced Z-Lid accepts books and other thick media for scanning.
  • Entire unit runs off USB power.
  • Documents can be immediately uploaded to cloud services like OneDrive or Dropbox.
  • Compatible with Windows 10/8.1/7 SP1, Mac OS X 10.10.5 – 10.13, and Linux with ScanGear MP driver installed.
Canon CanoScan LiDE400 Document Scanner, Black
Canon CanoScan LiDE400 Document Scanner, Black

Original price was: $90.00.Current price is: $80.99.

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Specification: Canon CanoScan LiDE400 Document Scanner, Black

Product Dimensions

4.92 x 6.7 x 1.42 inches

Item Weight

3.6 pounds

Item model number

CanoScan LiDE400

Date First Available

August 16, 2018



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10 reviews for Canon CanoScan LiDE400 Document Scanner, Black

3.6 out of 5
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  1. Stu Heinecke

    I’ve been a long-time, happy user of Canon scanners. They’ve always provided crisp, simple scans, with a useful, simple interface that never interfered with my work. My go-to scanner for years had been the CanoScan LIDE220, coupled to a Mac Pro. A recent upgrade to a Mac Studio required that I “upgrade” to the CanoScan LIDE400.

    What a disappointment.

    Canon has replaced their dependable driver interface with a dumbed down version that, for example, no longer has an option to scan in bitmap mode. So no more black-ink line art, a requirement for my work. Instead, I’m left to manipulate a grayscale image into semi-workable bitmap mode.

    Gone are the options to simply scan in color, grayscale and bitmap, now replaced with “Auto,” “Document,” “Photo,” “Custom,” and “Driver.” These are meaningless distinctions when you’re actually trying to generate a specific kind of image.

    And with this new version, I find I have to restart the computer each time I want to use it. It’s otherwise offline when I want to use it.

    Making matters worse, Canon seems to offer zero support for an active product. It’s too late to return it, so I’ll probably just dump it and find a more reliable unit and manufacturer.

    Very disappointed with this purchase.

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  2. Wendy M Priest

    A compact A4 size scanner doing well with Windows 11 too !!

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  3. pencilpusher

    Set it up right out of the box, as instructed but the scanner continued to say the connection could not be established. After uninstalling and reinstalling drivers, restarting the computer, changing the cord…. I finally did a search of the error code “2 156 33” and found that this is an extremely common defect with this scanner. In addition to not ever working, the product is very lightweight and feels cheap as well. I definitely won’t be buying anything Canon in the future.

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  4. Dennis Pfiffner

    Oh so easy to set up! No more than 15 minutes to configure and test the buttons, Photos to Adobe Elements, Documents to Adobe DC, Copy to my Laser Printer and E-mail to MS Outlook.
    The software is easy to use and all the scanner options are easy to find. Do not let the small size fool you.
    This is the 1st scanner I have bought since 2003, an Epson 4490 Photo, It’s HUGE compared to the Canon. 4800 dpi in a scanner an inch and 3/4 tall. Higher the dpi you set the longer it takes to scan. This is with any scanner.
    Bottom line: For the money, I’m extremely happy with its performance!!

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  5. Megan

    Minimalist scanner produces excellent results. I have used it to OCR scan several books in Norwegian. Frankly, it’s the best OCR scanning I’ve ever done. It has trouble properly interpreting superscripts, confuses g with q and occasionally some capital letters like M which becomes IU. So I have to quickly edit the text, but I just run it through a Norwegian spellchecker and quickly fix the few that occur. With previous OCR, I spent so much time editing, it was often faster to just retype the text instead of scanning it.

    I also use it for scanning other documents as jpgs or pdfs and the quality is excellent considering how inexpensive this scanner is. I have not used it for color photos, so I can’t vouch for this, but it outperforms every scanner I’ve had in the past so I suspect color photo scanning is at least as good.

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  6. N2

    While I very much like what the USB C connector spec has to offer there are many crummy product implementations on the market, and this otherwise awesome scanner has one of those annoying cost-cutting implementations! There are two ways you can plug in a USB-C plug and on this product, only one way will work, so if you don’t succeed in getting it to work the first time, remove the plug flip it over and try again!

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  7. Jason M

    Recently I needed to scan crates of old family photographs before I put them in storage or sent them on to relatives. I already had a scanner but it wasn’t good for the job. The Canon LiDE 400 was the solution I needed.

    The LiDE 400 gives me good-quality scans of my photographs. It is good enough for family photos that I will pass on to other relatives and probably never touch again. The maximum resolution is 1200×1200 dots per inch. I can scan tiny pictures at that resolution and enlarge them to see details I would have missed otherwise. (Although this depends on the quality of the original pictures.)

    The LiDE 400 has an auto-scan feature, which makes it easier to get through a lot of pictures. You can put a photograph on the scan bed and press a single button. The scanner will automatically scan the picture at 300 dpi, crop and rotate the picture, and place it in a folder on your computer.

    Sometimes the auto-scan feature doesn’t do exactly what I expect. Sometimes it crops off the white boarders in a weird way. Occasionally it decides to make my photos into PDF files instead of JPEGs. If this becomes a problem, you can use the ScanGear software that comes with the scanner, which gives more control over the process. or you can use your own software, like Photoshop.

    The scanner is also good for creating PDFs of old documents. You can scan multiple pages into one PDF file.

    The scanner was easy to set up and use. It has a single USB-C cable. There is not separate power cord. When I plugged the scanner into my computer for the first time, Windows downloaded the driver automatically and the scanner was ready to go.

    If you are in a similar situation, I think this scanner will work well for you too.

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  8. Wendy M Priest

    I received this LiDE 400 scanner about a week ago and finally hooked it up to try it out. Setup on Windows was super quick with the included CD. The stand that holds the scanner vertical while not in use is handy, but is a bit of a pain to click into place without picking everything up. The mechanism makes sense, so I assume I’ll get used to it and be able to click it into the stand easier the more I use it.

    Image quality it quite good for a $100 scanner. I’m not using it for professional photo scanning, so I’m not super concerned about 100% image quality. I scanned a couple 4×6 photos at various DPI settings, and a couple documents. Other than the typical sensitivity to invisible dust on the scanner bed or photo, the scans looked really good. I recommend keeping a lint-free cloth nearby if you’ll be using this all the time. I definitely can’t complain with the first few scans this thing produced.

    My only concern came after I looked through the papers that came in the box. The Canon warranty card states in the terms and conditions, “Canon USA Inc. guarantees that it will repair each new CanoScan LiDE Series product manufactured or supplied by the Latin America Group of Canon USA Inc. and sold by Canon USA Inc.’s authorized distributor, which is intended for the markets of Latin America and the Caribbean only and is defective in materials or workmanship under normal conditions of use and service…etc etc etc (the terms included other devices and extra words, but I figured this gets the point across).

    I don’t recall ever seeing a write-up like this in other electronics I’ve bought. Maybe this just comes in every Canon LiDE scanner regardless of where you buy it from. I’m not too concerned because even if it broke I’m sure the return shipping would be more than the used unit is worth. Still, the specificity of the terms mentioning Latin America makes me think Amazon is selling possibly unwarrantied devices meant for another region. Maybe this regional requirement isn’t actually a big deal, I’m not sure. I just figured I would mention this in case it is possibly an actual issue for Amazon buyers looking for warranty claims.

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  9. Amazon Customer

    After 15 years of perfect hassle free service, my old Canon scanner died. This new version is more complicated and has less functions. The old machine let you choose the name of the scan, where to save it via a “browse” drop down menu, the format (doc, jpg pdf) all from one easy to use screen. The new machine keeps pushing you to send documents to the cloud, only allows PDF or jpg format, and makes it almost impossible to select the destination. And the buttons are not intuitive. You will frequently find yourself going straight to scan before you have made your choice about the look of the scan. A lot of money for a poor replacement. NOT RECOMMENDED at all.

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  10. Jason M

    I have used this scanner to digitize literally thousands of photos. The quality is great for the price, I now understand why this was voted the best inexpensive scanner to digitize photos. It’s quick to use once you learn how to use the software – I could typically scan over a hundred photos in an hour, and the delay was prying them out of albums. The scanner was almost always faster than I was. My only complaint is that when digitizing, it saves the entire scanner tray as an image, so if your image is smaller than the scanner, you then have to crop it to its correct size afterwards. However, I do prefer that, as then I know that it’s not auto-cropped incorrectly. Overall a great purchase and still using it.

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