Canon imageFORMULA DR-F120 Document Scanner

Canon’s entry-level imageFORMULA DR-F120 Document Scanner

Canon imageFORMULA DR-F120 Document Scanner
Canon imageFORMULA DR-F120 Document Scanner. Canon

Whether you’re tasked with cataloging your company’s documents or digitizing you’re family’s finances and history, you’ll need a scanner. The good news is that Canon’s relatively new $399 (MSRP) is up to either task without breaking the bank. Not only does this scanner do a great job of scanning physically, but it comes with software and other features that streamline much of the scanning, processing, and saving process.

Design & Features

Scanning and saving data can be a tedious process—especially if you have a lot of documents to scan and process. The more of it you can automate the better, right? The imageFORMULA DR-F120 begins automating the process during actual scanning from the 50-page automatic document feeder (ADF). For batch scanning, the ADF holds up to 50 pages of documents of all shapes, sizes, colors, and orientation. The DR-F120 detects page size, color, and text orientation, and then sorts and processes accordingly.

And, according to Canon, the scanner also includes “features to help minimize jams and double feeds.” In other words, you can use thick, thin, small, even oversized originals (long documents up to 39.4 inches long), and the scanner will compensate. In addition, the flatbed provides enough clearance for scanning books and magazines, and you can even scan embossed or plastic cards.

Furthermore, according to Canon, the DR-F120 deploys technology that automatically boosts the quality of scanned images, thereby increasing the ability to detect color documents from monochrome documents. And it can adjust scanning resolutions on the fly when scanning and processing mixed runs of photographs and text documents. Canon also says that this scanner contains features that improve text legibility, straighten skewed images, and remove shadows.

As midrange desktop flatbed scanners go, this one is somewhat petite. At 4.7 inches high, by 18.5 inches wide (or long), by 13.2 inches deep (from front to back), and weighing 10 pounds, it doesn’t take up much desk space, nor is it difficult to move around for cleaning, or whatever.

Software Features

In addition to the features mentioned so far, including auto-detection and so on, the imageFORMULA DR-F120 and its bundled software support the following additional features:

As for actual bundled software, you’ll find both ISIS and TWAIN drivers, which should allow you to use the DR-F120 with most software, including Photoshop. Canon’s CaptureOnTouch lets the scanner access cloud-based services, such as Evernote, Google Drive, Dropbox, and Microsoft’s SharePoint.

Performance & Quality

Canon says that the DR-F120 can scan up to 20 pages per minute (ppm) simplex, or single-sided, and 36 images per minute (ipm) duplex, or double-sided, in black-and-white and grayscale and 10ppm simplex and 18ipm duplex in color. (While technically pages per minute and images per minute have different meanings, for our purposes here, they mean the same thing.)

In any case, Canon rates this scanner 800 documents a day. (Who’s to say whether a document contains one or 30 pages?) Optical (or actual) resolution is 600 dots per inch (dpi), while output (or software) resolution ranges between 100 and 2,400dpi. My test scans came out excellent, and the software did a great job of creating PDFs, but the document cataloging and retrieval features are weak at best.

The bottom line here is that while you can buy several scanners for cheaper, even as low as under $100, but if speed and accuracy matter this one should do a better job.