Canon imageFORMULA P-215 review

Portable scanning for PCs and Macs

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  • Easy to install
  • Fast
  • Fixes problems of its predecessor
  • Portable
  • Duplex scanning


  • Expensive
  • Bundled software not great

The Canon imageFORMULA P-215's predecessor, the imageFORMULA P-150M, was a decent portable scanner, but it wasn't without its problems. Its occasional paper jams, misfeeds and unrecognised documents made it a less than reliable scanner. Can the Canon imageFORMULA P-215 avoid the sins of its father?

It's certainly portable, and won't take up too much extra space in your luggage. It comes with two USB cables - one for power and one for data.

It's nice that it doesn't need mains power, too - it can actually work with just the data USB cable connected, although the scan speeds are slower. It's not by much, and with the power plugged in, an A4 colour scan took just 14.11 seconds. Making things even quicker, it's able to detect if the document you're scanning has words and images on both sides of the paper. If it does, it has a Duplex feature that scans both sides at once, barely making a dent in performance.

It also did much better than the Canon imageFORMULA P-150M when it came to scanning multiple documents from the feed tray. Where the older P-150M would end up misfeeding the pages, resulting in some poor scans, the P-215 worked flawlessly.

The CaptureOnTouch software that comes with the scanner isn't bad, although it takes a bit of exploring to get to grips with. Once you've uncovered the output settings, you can set it to create PDF, JPG, Bitmap, TIFF or PPTX files, and you can assign the scan button on the body of the scanner to automatically scan in your desired format.


Even on the highest quality setting, the Canon imageFORMULA P-215 was fast, and the results were excellent.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSheetfed Scanner
Optical Resolution600 dpi
Product FamilyimageFORMULA
Large FormatNo
Brand NameCanon
Media SizeLegal, Legal 216 mm x 356 mm
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, RoHS
Scan ColorColour
Grayscale Depth8-bit
Maximum Mono Scan Speed (ppm)15
Maximum Color Scan Speed (ppm)10
Maximum Mono Scan Speed (ipm)30
Maximum Color Scan Speed (ipm)20
Height40 mm
Width285 mm
Depth95 mm
Colour Depth24-bit
ADF Capacity20 Sheets
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelP-215
Product NameimageFORMULA P-215 Sheetfed Scanner
Product LineimageFORMULA
Manufacturer Part Number5608B003
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

In the office, at home or on the move the stylish P-215 has true plug-and-scan convenience. It is the fastest, portable scanner with duplex scanning speeds of up to 30ipm.

The imageFORMULA P-215 is the most productive scanner in its class. With double-sided scanning speeds up to 30ipm and an industry-leading 20-page automatic document feeder users can scan efficiently, in the office, at home or on the move. Full-rated scanning speeds can be powered via just a single USB cable using a USB 3.0 interface.

Package Contents
  • imageFORMULA P-215 Sheetfed Scanner
  • Software CD
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)1 kg