Canon imageFORMULA ScanFront 400 Review

Good: 10.1" touchscreen interface with customized scan buttons, compact, ScanFront 400 CAC/PIV model for highly secure environments.
Bad: Wireless and cloud scanning features are not offered, not Mac-compatible.
Bottom Line: Network scanner with strong features for scanning and distributing business information.
Intended Users:
iF ScanFront 400
Medium, Large
Speed Black:
Speed Color:
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Product Overview

The Canon imageFORMULA ScanFront 400 ($1,995) is a document scanner for companies that need network scanning. It scans up to 45ppm (simplex) and 90ipm (duplex) in black, grayscale and color. There is a 60-sheet automatic document feeder with a maximum daily cycle of 6,000 sheets.

The ScanFront 400 includes a 10.1″ touchscreen interface with customized scan buttons that helps streamline commonly-used scanning workflows. At under 10lbs., the scanner is compact and can fit on desktops.

More information on the ScanFront 400 is in our Features section below.

We want to note that Canon recently released the imageFORMULA ScanFront 400 CAC/PIV scanner for highly-secure environments, such as the federal government. At $2,395, this device includes strong security features, such as the CAC/PIV card port for user authentication.

The ScanFront 400 is a strong device for industries that need a secure way to scan, store and distribute information, such as finance, healthcare and legal.


Like other Canon models, the ScanFront 400 is loaded with excellent features. It has strong native imaging technology, and comes with dynamic thresholding and smoothing as well as text enhancement. In addition, Canon provides auto color detection, so they can detect pages with color to eliminate pre-sorting of mixed batch documents. Other features include automatic size detection and deskewing, so that various-size documents in a batch are handled without operator intervention.

The scanner can handle paper size of up to 11″ x 17″ in folio mode and up to 120″ in long document mode.

USB and Ethernet connectivity is supported. The ScanFront 400 supports scanning to various destinations, such as email, fax, folder, print, FTP and USB drive. It comes bundled with the ScanFront Administration Tool for managing up to 1,000 ScanFront devices within an organization. It also supports LDAP over SSL for secure user authentication.

Finally, there is an optional Software Development Kit so users can add third-party workflows, such as customized business applications.

  • Automatic Document Feeder?
  • Duplexing?
  • Ethernet Connectivity?
  • Wireless Connectivity?
  • Mobile Printing/Scanning?
  • Finishers?


Although the ScanFront 400 supports Ethernet connectivity, it doesn’t support wireless or cloud scanning functionality. Also, it’s not Mac-compatible.


Canon is the number-one copier company in the U.S. if measured by the total number of units sold.

The company has an impressive line of multifunctional devices, and it’s one of the leaders in this market. Most of Canon’s multifunction printer (MFP) line carries the imageRUNNER brand name.

Over the years, Canon’s print controller strategy has involved partnering with EFI, the third-party controller company that dominates the color market. The company also relies on controllers developed by Canon itself. The controllers, which feature Canon’s IP architecture (the “IP” stands for “Image Platform”), can be found on all imageRUNNER models.

Canon’s MEAP architecture (Multifunctional Embedded Application Program) has been a significant addition to Canon’s controller strategy. It’s featured on most of its mid-to-high-volume models. The MEAP platform features an open architecture for providing custom software applications, some for private use and others sold on the open market as add-on products from third parties.

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