Canon announces imageFormula P201, an expensive portable scanner that can be replaced by an app

Canon India today launched the imageFormula P201 portable scanner along with the CaptureOnTouch app for Android platform and iPhone and iPad, which will allow a user to scan documents. The app can be connected to the scanner via Canon’s Wi-Fi device meant for it or through a USB cable. The scanner is priced for Rs 11,995 and the Wi-Fi device to pair it with the mobile device application is priced for Rs 14,000, which itself costs more than the scanner. The CaptureOnTouch application is available for free to download from the Google Play Store and the App Store, and in terms of compatibility, will work with this scanner as well as three more scanner models by Canon.

The scanner can scan documents in black and white, as well as in color formats, and supports standard page sizes for scanning. The scanner can also automatically detect page size as well as color pattern to print a document in monotone or colored format. Besides, the scanner can be used to scan documents either in 300dpi or in 150dpi. The app will also allow downloading documents or sharing of documents via mails. On the feature front the application works on both smartphones as well as on tablets.

With this scanner and app, the company is mainly pitching the business and enterprise segment. “We are expecting to create a business of 15 crore in this segment of mobile scanning and targeting Digitization pie of Rs 100 crore in 2014,” said Alok Bhardawaj, executive vice president, Canon India. The company claims to currently have 25 percent of scanner market share in India.

We think the device is at least two years late in the market as smartphone cameras along with apps like CamScanner make it defunct. The combined price of upwards of Rs 25,000 makes it too expensive a proposition.

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