Canon CanoScan N1240U
The CanoScan N1240U is a good-quality slimline colour A4 flatbed scanner from Canon. It supports resolutions up to 2400dpi, but does not have a film adapter.
I am currently having a problem with the latest drivers in that the Toolbox 4.0 application will not work with the 7.x drivers, complaining that it cannot connect to the TWAIN driver. The driver will however work quite happily with TWAIN application such as Adobe Photoshop Elements and Paint Shop Pro! This I am told relates to my using NTFS for the Windows partition. The only solution I have for now is to stick to Toolbox 3.1 and the 6.2 driver. I will keep you posted with any developments.
Just to prove them wrong, there is now an open source driver for the N1240U which is part of the Plustek Scanner Driver which is intended for use with SANE. I tried an early version of this driver and managed to achieve a halfway decent scan. Since then some more work has gone into the scanner calibration, so the results should be even better.
Also, Hamrick Software produce a
product called VueScan, a handy piece of software which works with many
different scanners, including the N1240U. It differs from the above driver in
that it is a standalone piece of software, with no integration with the Gimp or
other Linux apps, but it does provide some pretty powerful image processing
options of its own, specifically for scanned imaged. It easy to setup (just