Canon imageFORMULA DR-C125 Office Document Scanner

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  • Brand: Canon
  • Category: Scanner

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The Canon imageFORMULA DR-C125 Document Scanner's space-saving design makes it a standout in any office environment for improving information accessibility, management, and collaboration. Its flexibility and high image quality are only surpassed by its easy use, making it ideal for converting and capturing paper-based documents to digital format.

Well-suited for use by individuals or small workgroups to modernize paper-based processes

Space Saving Design

  • Compact, slim and narrow; very small operational footprint
  • Top feeding and default top eject
  • Unique upright design is perfect for environments where desk space is at a premium.

Easy Use

  • Front-side-forward, top-up item feeding (WYSIWYG)
  • Includes a Full Auto mode, through which a single click adjusts multiple feature settings to easily deliver an optimal scanned image
  • Bundled Canon CaptureOnTouch software for Windows® and for Mac enables users to configure scan jobs that can be assigned to user-defined Scan-To-Job buttons for quick and easy access
  • CaptureOnTouch can also route scanned images directly to cloud applications such as Evernote™ and Microsoft SharePoint
  • The DR-C125 scanner is also bundled with Windows ISIS/TWAIN drivers and a Mac TWAIN driver for easy integration with third-party Enterprise Content Management (ECM) software


  • The default U-turn paper path works well for typical scan jobs
  • The straight paper path can be selected for handling items such as thick documents, thin documents, plastic ID cards or embossed cards, and driver licenses
  • Also includes features like Long Document Mode to handle documents up to 118" in length, Folio Scanning Mode, and Ultrasonic Double-Feed Detection to ensure no data is lost in the event that a double-feed occurs

High Image Quality

  • Includes features such as Background Smoothing to improve legibility
  • Auto Resolution setting for scanning mixed batches of documents and photographs, automatically adjusting the output resolution to improve image quality and reduce image file size
  • Other image processing features include Auto Color Detection and Shadow Cropping

Environment in Mind

  • Meets ENERGY STAR® guidelines for energy efficiency
  • Complies with the RoHS and WEEE directives for reduction of hazardous substances and waste products
  • It is also part of Canon's Generation Green Program

Customer Care

  • eCarePAK is available for the DR-C125 document scanner. eCarePAK extends service beyond the initial warranty period, saving on costs associated with post-purchase maintenance, maximizing uptime throughout the product life, and instilling confidence in the Canon investment for years to come

What's in the Box?

  • Main Body
  • USB Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cable for 120V
  • Setup DVD-Rom
  • Reference Guide (EFS)
  • Warranty Card
  • Space Saving unique upright design
  • Front-side-forward, top-up item feeding
  • Can handle thick and thin documents, plastic ID cards, embossed cards, driver licenses


imageFORMULA DR-C125
8.5" x 11.8" x 6.1"
5.7 lbs


Element Type
Light Source
Scanning Speed
(Simplex/Duplex):* Up to 25 ppm / Up to 50 ipm
(Simplex/Duplex):* Up to 25 ppm / Up to 50 ipm
(Simplex/Duplex):* Up to 25 ppm / Up to 50 ipm
Color Depth
24 bit
Optical Resolution
600 dpi

Media Handling

Max. Document Size
8.5" x 14"


USB Ports

Hardware SPEC

Power Consumption
12.7W or Less (Energy Saving Mode: 1.8W or Less)


Operating Systems Supported
Windows XP Professional (32-bit/64-bit)/Windows XP Home (32-bit)/Windows Vista (32-bit/64-bit)/Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit), MacOS


Auto Color Detection, Auto Page Size Detection, Auto Resolution Setting, Background Smoothing, Color Dropout/Enhance Color, Deskew, Face Up Feeding, Folio Mode, Long Document Mode, Moiré Reduction, MultiStream, Pre-Scan, Prevent Bleed-Through/Remove Background, Shadow Cropping, Skip Blank Page, Text Orientation Recognition, Three-Dimensional Color Correction, Ultrasonic Double-Feed Detection, User Preferences

Feeder Capacity 30 Sheets


Software Included
Bundled Windows Software: ISIS/TWAIN Drivers, Canon CaptureOnTouch, Nuance eCopy PDF Pro Office, Nuance PaperPort, Nuance OmniPage, NewSoft Presto! BizCard, Evernote (available via DL)

Bundled MAC Software: TWAIN Driver, Canon CaptureOnTouch, NewSoft! PageManager, NewSoft Presto! BizCard, Evernote (available via DL)


microeconomics 4.0
126 of 129 people found the following review helpful
First of all, I also have a Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 Instant PDF Sheet-Fed Scanner for PC, and I will be comparing this Canon with my experience with the Fujitsu.Both scanners have a nice small footprint and can scan a variety of paper sizes (although not large), including business cards. Both scanners do a very fast job at scanning the documents (duplex, in one pass - woohoo!).What does separate these scanners from each other is the software. The Fujitsu comes with its own snapscan software coupl ... ed with Adobe Acrobat (standard version). This allows for a pretty standard setup with a large range of compatibility and support. The Canon comes with a 3rd party suite of software from Nuance. The pdf pro software is good and also has a wide range of options, maybe even more than the Adobe software. However, the Fujitsu snapscan software is just more user friendly and seems much easier to use. I have an easier time getting documents into and organized with the SnapScan software than I did with Canon's software. Again not a severe difference, but a little easier for sure .... Overall, both scanners are very, very capable, but the software really seems to be the defining difference. Either of these scanners can do a great job of digitizing your life, and do it with accurate OCR software at incredible speeds. Both scanners can handle roughly the same capacity and page sizes. I have not "raced" them both side by side, but both scan at incredible speeds and create great looking images. Again, the main difference is the software that comes with it. More >
Scott 4.0
63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
I've been using the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 Instant PDF Sheet-Fed Scanner for PC in my office for years, and while I think it is an exceptional work scanner, I was glad to be given the opportunity to compare it with the Canon imageFORMULA DR-C125. Other than the ScanSnap, I haven't come across any other scanners that excel at office-friendly, mostly pdf, letter-sized document scanning.PROS- Very small footprint. This scanner will easily fit on your desk and takes up a small amount of room.- Opti ... onal U-Turn paper path. The scanner can be set to feed paper in a "U" design so it feeds back up instead of straight ahead. This is definitely an advantage over the ScanSnap, which allows you to fold up the front feeder, but then which requires that you leave 11" of room in front of the scanner for the paper to eject. This is one of the best features for me.- One touch scanning. A lot of scanners have 5 or 6 buttons on them to use for different functions, but this scanner, like the Fujitsu has a one touch that will output directly to PDF. I don't have to spend a lot of time setting up options or opening up third party software, and it functions great using the buttons directly from the scanner. - Very fast. Only slightly slower (less than a second per page) than the ScanSnap. This scanner processes documents faster than any flatbed I've used and faster even than my huge Kyocera TasAlfa commercial copier/scanner. If you have a ten page document, you can simply put it in the feeder, press the button, and it will scan and convert to PDF in around 10 seconds. - Duplex scanning. Works great. More >
Fahad Malaikah 5.0
68 of 70 people found the following review helpful
I've had many scanners in the past; all had compromises. But with this smart piece of engineering, my search is over. At work, we're using very expensive Fujitsu document scanners for electronic document archiving. These scanners are quite good, but their software is less than stellar. I stumbled upon the Canon DR C125 after reading a review on the Financial Times, so I decided to give it a go for under $500. One week later, I have the highest regards for those who engineered it:PROS======* Exce ... llent feeder with supersonic detection.* Detects jams very quickly (crumpled documents) and doesn't damage via too much force.* Very (very) smart software: auto crop, auto resolution, auto rotate, auto compress, etc...* Versatile: scans all sorts of documents with ease (e.g. credit cards, driving licenses, birth certificates, folded A3 sheets).* Takes very little desk space in comparison with bottom-out scanners; top-out keeps desk tidy.* Smart enough to detect duplex pages (two-sided). * Very good PDF compression (with TWAIN support). CONS ====== * Mac software has slightly less functionality than Windows software (however core functions identical). * OCR not as accurate as I'd hoped (maybe Presto! software isn't the best out there!). * Biz card software not as reliable on Mac as I'd hoped. * Too plasticky for a c. $500 scanner. Feels a bit fragile at times! I gave it 5 stars because the overall engineering and software integration. IMHO, one of the best designs out there regardless of price. More >