The claimed maximum optical resolution of 3000ex is 1,200 pixels per inch (PPI), well above the 300 PPI you need to scan text for OCR or scan photos for print. In our OCR test, the bundled ScanSoft OmniPage SE had no trouble reading our Times New Roman test page at 10 points or our Arial page at 12 points. The engine’s overall rating for OCR is based partly on its inability to read smaller font sizes without error and partly on its lack of ADF. One smart idea is that OmniPage allows you to filter extra pages into a similar record, each in turn. You’ll have to adhere to an arrangement schedule whenever you first attempt this, yet the arrangement is fast and simple.

Photo scan quality is slightly better than good. Pre-scans for 4-by-6 and 5-by-7 photos take 11 to 39 seconds, depending on how much the scanner has to warm up. At a 300 to 400 PPI resolution, the 3000ex takes 18 to 20 seconds to scan to the bundled Arcsoft PhotoStudio and save the scan. That’s slower than some other scanners but faster than our current Editor’s Choice, the Microtek ScanMaker 6100 Pro.

What this pack is missing—and holding the 3000ex photo score down to 2.5—are advanced features like removing scratches and dust and restoring color to faded photos. This would be an essential omission in a more expensive scanner, but given the $50 price tag, it’s a good angle to cut.

The 3000ex is easy to use, with a wide variety of one-touch buttons on the front panel and a driver with a simple interface for fast scanning and an advanced interface for more control. It even has an automatic feature to scan multiple photos in a single scan and send them to your photo editor, with each image in its window. If you are looking for a basic scan for a minimum price, the Canon CanoScan 3000ex should meet the bill.


Canon CanoScan 3000 ex Driver Support for:

Canon 3000ex Scanner Driver Windows

Scanner Driver (Windows 98/Me)
Scanner Driver (Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000)
ScanGear CS
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