Canon Launches Personal Document Scanning Device

Canon jumps into the mobile image capture market with the imageFORMULA P-150 personal document scanning device.

Digital imaging and office solutions company Canon announced the launch of the imageFORMULA P-150 personal scanner. Built on the imageFORMULA product line, the mobile scanning device offers compact size and user-friendly interface. The P-150 will be available through CDW beginning Oct. 28 for $295, the company stated.

The P-150 measures 11 inches long, 3.7 inches wide and 1.6 inches high and weighs just over two pounds, which Canon said is ideal for mobile workers, or "road warriors" as well as office workers. The P-150 can scan a batch of up to 20 documents at its maximum scanning speed of 15 pages-per-minute (ppm) in simplex, or 30 images-per-minute (ipm) in duplex scanning. Jim Rosetta, vice president and general manager of Canon U.S.A.'s imaging system group said the device's compact size and easy portability could be utilized by a wide variety of commercial end-users. "The combination of speed, advanced features and high image quality in such a compact footprint make this an ideal image capture solution for everyone from 'on-the-go travelers' to users in small offices," he said.

To further improve the functionality of the Canon P-150 and improve ease-of-use for end-users, Canon included "CaptureOnTouch Lite", a plug-and-scan capability that is built directly into the scanner, allowing users instantaneously start scanning without installing drivers of imaging applications. The P-150 also includes ISIS and TWAIN drivers, interfaces for seamlessly linking applications and scanners for hardware integration with third-party Enterprise Content Management (ECM) software. In addition, the P-150 can use electrical power via a single USB cable connected to a PC.

Anne Valaitis, an associate director with InfoTrends, a strategic consulting and market research firm in the business communications and digital imaging marketplace, said scanning has undergone a sea of changes in the recent past with a new emphasis on compact, mobile and personal use scan devices making a significant move forward. "Canon enters into this exciting category at a time when mobile workers are clamoring for highly capable devices to serve their specific needs," she said. "We view this personal, decentralized scanning space as one that is exploding as more and more knowledge workers are becoming familiar with scanning and its considerable benefits inside and outside the office."