Canon ImageFormula DR-C125 review

Fast, high-quality sheet-fed desktop scanners don't have to be eye wateringly expensive as Simon Handby finds out with Canon's latest model.

Impressive performance didn't come at the expense of image quality.

While hardly a rocketship, this is an impressive performance for such a comparatively affordable scanner. Fortunately it didn't come at the expense of image quality; we were happy with all of our test scans, although in some photographs we noticed a tendency for bright white areas to be bleached out entirely, losing any subtle shade detailing. The scanner is designed for office documents, however, and here the exposure was well-judged, and the resulting images clear and sharp.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The DR-C125 has just two consumables; the feed and retard roller, which are replaced together in an exchange roller kit. This costs around 37 and is rated at 100,000 pages, so running costs are typically low. Power consumption is also very low, with the scanner consuming just nine watts when active, dropping quickly to just one watt within 30 seconds after finishing each job. The scanner switches itself off four hours after the last scan, reducing power consumption so much that we couldn't measure it. While it seems a small gesture it does reduce the power wasted over a night or a weekend, so it's to be welcomed.

So what's our verdict?


The ImageFormula DR-C125's compact and clever design makes it an easy scanner to live with, but that's only half the story. Paired with Canon's new CaptureOnTouch software the DR-C125 is adept at rapidly capturing and processing documents, helping users turn out consistent and predictable high-quality scans with the minimum of input or support. If you need an affordable desktop document scanner, this is one you can simply deploy and forget about.

Advertisement - Article continues below

A4 duplex sheetfed scanner Optical resolution: 600x600dpi 24-bit colour Scan speed: 25ppm/50ipm (simplex/duplex) Compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X Power consumption: sleep 1W, standby 2W, scanning 9W (peak) Part code: 5005B003AA Details:

Featured Resources

Top 5 challenges of migrating applications to the cloud

Explore how VMware Cloud on AWS helps to address common cloud migration challenges

Download now

3 reasons why now is the time to rethink your network

Changing requirements call for new solutions

Download now

All-flash buyer’s guide

Tips for evaluating Solid-State Arrays

Download now

Enabling enterprise machine and deep learning with intelligent storage

The power of AI can only be realised through efficient and performant delivery of data

Download now

Most Popular

cyber crime

FBI warns of ‘Zoom-bombing’ hackers amid coronavirus usage spike

31 Mar 2020
application programming interface (API)

Apple buys Dark Sky weather app and leaves Android users in the cold

1 Apr 2020
data breaches

Marriott data breach exposes personal data of 5.2 million guests

31 Mar 2020
data management

Oracle cloud courses are free during coronavirus lockdown

31 Mar 2020