Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5200 Series Review

Good: Excellent speed for medium-to-large workgroups, robust security features, robust mobile features for its time
Bad: Not as much paper input as competitive devices; PCL and PostScript are optional
Bottom Line: The imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5200 series builds on the already-excellent previous generation, and we applaud Canon’s move in recognizing user efficiency and collaboration.
Intended Users:
iR ADVANCE C5200 Series
$11,970 - $19,425
Medium, Large
Speed Black:
Speed Color:

Product Overview

The Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5200 Series succeed the older (and excellent) imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5000 models. Upgraded features on these models include higher black-and-white speed, cloud/mobile functionality, and new software, workflow, and security features. These four models are identical except for speeds and document feeder capability. The 35ppm C5235 is priced at $11,970, while the 40ppm C5240 costs $13,020. The 50ppm C5250 carries a list price of $17,850, and the 55ppm C5255 lists for $19,425. The color speeds on these models are the same as their predecessors.

The C5235 and C5240 have first-copy-out times of 5.4 seconds in black-and-white, 8.1 seconds in color. The C5250 and C5255 have times of 3.9 seconds in black-and-white and 6.0 seconds in color, all pretty impressive. All four models have an outstanding power-up time of 31 seconds. This contrasts with several minutes on many comparable machines.

Canon has improved upon its 8.4″ touchscreen display by allowing users to customize tasks for specific workflows. Also, there is an option to add graphics (such as company logo) as wallpaper on the main screen. Canon has also introduced workflow features such as MEAP-Web (for accessing Web applications from the touchscreen), Cloud Portal (for printing and scanning to Google Docs and Microsoft SharePoint), Direct Print and Scan for Mobile (for printing and scanning from/to Android and Blackberry phones), and EFI PrintMe (for printing emails from smartphones).  There is also Canon Mobile Printing for printing from iPad and iPhone.

We’ve elaborated more on the imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5200 Series in our Features section below.

The imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5200 series builds on the already-excellent previous generation, and we applaud Canon’s move in recognizing user efficiency and collaboration.


Paper Handling:

  • Standard input is two 550-sheet drawers and 100-sheet bypass
  • Optional input include a 2,700-sheet paper deck ($2,205) and a second set of two 550-sheet drawers ($1,523), for a maximum of 5,000 sheets.
  • 250-sheet output tray
  • Optional two-way internal tray ($105) that holds 100 sheets in the upper tray and 250 sheets in the lower tray.
  • Optional internal finisher ($1,260) that performs multiposition stapling of up to 50 sheets. It holds 500 sheets in the exit tray, and you can add an optional set of dual trays (total of 300 sheets) for this unit ($210).
  • Optional external finisher ($2,835) with two trays, one holding 1,300 sheets, the other holding 1,700 sheets. It can staple up to 50 sheets in multiple positions. A 2/3-hole punch unit can be added for $893.
  • Optional booklet maker ($4,200) that can fold and stitch up to 16 sheets (64 pages). It can hold up to 3,000 sheets in two trays (1,300 and 1,700). Like the staple finisher, this unit can be equipped with a 2/3-hole puncher ($893).
  • Duplexing automatic document feeder with 100-sheet capacity on the C5235 and C5240
  • Single-pass duplexing document feeder with a 150-sheet capacity on the C5250 and C5255

MFP Features:

  • Canon’s UFR II host-based print language; support for PCL ($840) and PostScript ($1,260) is optional. Direct printing for TIFF and JPEG files is standard, while PDF and XPS direct printing is optional ($578).
  • Standard USB and Ethernet connectivity; optional wireless
  • Standard scanning via Canon’s Universal Send software
  • Scan-to-formats supported: mail, FTP, File Server, and Internet Fax
  • File formats supported: TIFF, JPEG, regular PDF, PDF/A, and XPS; optional formats include encrypted PDF and PDF with digital signature
  • Optional fax function ($840) uses a 33.6kbps modem with JBIG compression. Users can optionally add up to three added fax lines. A Remote Fax utility ($420) allows any computer on the network to send faxes from desktop files to any imageRUNNER ADVANCE MFP on the network.


  • 160GB hard disk drive standard; can be upgraded to a 1TB drive
  • Memory is 2GB standard; can be upgraded to 2.5GB
  • Ability to scan to and print from flash drives via host USB port
  • Another USB port can be used for connecting a device, such as a keyboard
  • Advanced Box mailbox and storage system that allows users to store work in an expanded number of shared boxes on hard drive. It also allows users anywhere on the network to store files created on their PCs, and is accessible, subject to authentication.


  • Authentication
  • Access control
  • Watermarking
  • Data encryption
  • Data erase
  • Removable hard drive
  • Ability to embed invisible codes in documents to prevent them from being copied or scanned
  • Advanced Anywhere-Print that allows users to receive their printed document after authentication

  • Automatic Document Feeder?
  • Duplexing?
  • Ethernet Connectivity?
  • Wireless Connectivity?
  • Mobile Printing/Scanning?
  • Finishers?


These machines have an adequate paper supply, though it must be said that many competitive models offer more paper input, both standard and optional. Also, PCL and PostScript are optional, not standard.


Canon is the number one copier company in the U.S. if you measure by the total number of units sold. The company features an impressive line of  multifunctional devices, and it is one of the leaders in this market. Most of Canon’s MFP line carries the imageRUNNER brand name.

Over the years, Canon’s print controller strategy has involved partnering with EFI, the third-party controller company that dominates the color market. The company also relies on controllers developed by Canon itself. The controllers, which feature Canon’s IP architecture (the “IP” stands for “Image Platform”), can be found on all
imageRUNNER models. Canon’s MEAP architecture (Multifunctional Embedded Application Program) has been a significant addition to Canon’s controller strategy. It is featured on most of its mid-to-high-volume models. The MEAP platform features an open architecture for providing custom software applications, some for private use and others sold on the open market as add-on products from third parties.

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