Canon has launched a range of flatbed scanners - the D660U, N122OU and N650U/N656U.

Each scanner features 42-bit colour depth, improved scan quality, and is capable of recognizing over four-trillion colours. The scanners are USB-powered, with enhanced resolution due to Canon’s Variable Refraction Optical System technology.

The A4 desktop D660U is a 600-x-1,200dpi USB-flatbed scanner that can scan 35mm film. It comes with a range of software, including Caere OmniPage SE 8.0, Adobe Acrobat Reader, ArcSoft PhotoStudio 2000, ArcSoft PhotoBase 2.1 and a selection of Canon software.

Portable option Canon claims its portable CanoScan N122OU is the world’s smallest A4 flatbed scanner. It offers 1,200-x-2,400dpi resolution and a scan button for one touch scanning. It weighs 1.5 kilograms and comes with the same software as the D660U. Both the N122OU and D660U will ship in October.

The single-pass CanoScan N650U and N656U models offer 600-x-1,200dpi resolution. The N656U, the deluxe model, comes with a silver-coloured document cover and body. It can scan at up to one page per 40 seconds, depending on colour and resolution. Both models should ship in September. UK pricing across Canon’s new scanner range is, as yet, unavailable.