I used this for scanning in pictures and also to scan from negatives. Top resolution for scanned pix was 1200 dpi. GO right to the "Scanning Driver" in the Canon Navigator and to the Advanced tab. This has a preview button which is great for making sure you have the negative framed correctly in the film holder. That plastic sanp-in place is a little klunky, but the scanned jpeg at 1200 dpi is worth it. I imported this into my favorite photo app for cropping., contrast adjustment, etc. I did _not_ use the included 3rd party software or Canon Navigator for any cropping , etc. I referred to the quick start guide at first to get to the driver screen and also to set up the scanning of the negatives. I was happy with the scanned image -- did not try any of the "copy" , "pdf' or "email" features. i only wanted a scanner.