Judging colour is a difficult task at the best of times. However, the overall tone and colour balance of the print and negative scans produced by the Canon CanoScan (below) look more realistic when compared to the HP model. Furthermore, the scan of the 35mm negative is almost on a par with that of the high quality Epson.
This montage shows the level of definition you can expect from this scanner when it's used to scan from colour negatives. The top picture is a scan of a professional print made from the same 35mm negative. In the picture below that, we can see that this scanner was able to resolve and retain the detail around the eye.
This is a positive scan from a transparency/slide. Granted, this is a small version of the full scan, but it does give you an indication of the detail captured and the colour accuracy. The insert shows the quality of the scan at 100% resolution (ie. 2,400dpi). Once again the detail is very good with minimal signs of fuzziness or coloured fringing along the edges of the door mirror and the drivers’ fingers.
The pictures below show a direct comparison between a 2,400dpi scan of a transparency produced by this scanner (top), the HP Scanjet 5530 Photosmart (middle) and the Epson Perfection 3170 Photo (bottom). Although a smidgen redder than the Epson scan, the Canon’s result looks sharper and clearly has the edge over the HP.
Here we can see the capabilities of the 'FARE' feature. The top two images represent the whole 35mm negative scan and indicate where the bottom two pictures have been cropped out from. Notice how the artefacts have been successfully removed.