Canon imageFORMULA R40 document scanner review

The Canon imageFORMULA R40 takes multi-page duplex document scanning in its stride

Canon imageFORMULA R40
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

This desktop scanner takes all the hard work out of digitizing documents with speed and efficiency. With a 60-sheet auto document feeder and single-pass scanning for duplex pages, along with multiple output options, it powers through piles of paperwork in fine style. The companion app makes it easy to set up custom scanning options and assign them to numbered tasks for quick retrieval via a ‘Job Select’ button and single-digit numeric display, although a ‘proper’ information display or touchscreen would have been better.


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    Fast automated scanning

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    Single-pass duplex operation

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    Customizable scanning options


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    Unintuitive ‘Job Select’ button

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    Lacks Wi-Fi/Ethernet connectivity

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    No touchscreen

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The Canon imageFORMULA R40 desktop scanner offers a quick and easy way of digitizing documents. Indeed, in an age where we do the vast majority of our ‘paperwork’ without using any actual paper and communicate electronically, it can be highly frustrating every time a document drops into our physical mailbox. This document scanner aims to automate the process of turning paper documents into data files, so we can store them on computers or in the cloud, where they belong.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.