When you think of Canon the first that may strike you is a top photographer with his sophisticated DSLR, yes that is the sort of image cannon has had as they have been one of the biggest players in the market when it comes to photography. However, looks like Canon is set to expand it’s wings and is staking big claims on Digital Homes.
On October 16th, Canon announced the launch of it’s first and ultra portable scanner, coded, imageFORUMLA P-201 and a mobile app named CaptureOnTouch which helps with Scanning on the go. The application’s main purpose is to work in sync with the scanner to help people quickly and easily scan the docs on go and save them in formats such as JPEG, PDF etc.
Globally, Canon holds a 25.1% market share with respect to unit shipment in High-Speed Document Imaging Scanner during the period H1 2013 (Jan-Jun 2013). The Target here are the households who boast plenty of hard copy documents such as papers, marksheets etc or Insurance Companies which need lot of scanning to be done on the site.
Mr. Kazutada Kobayashi, President & CEO, Canon India Pvt Ltd, during the launch said:
“Canon has always been at the forefront of bringing innovative products to customers. The new portable scanner with mobile application by Canon is going to change the way an individual manages documents. Canon has been successfully addressing the digitization requirements for governments and corporate for many years now. With CaptureOnTouch and P-201 scanner we are hoping to strengthen our ability to meet individuals’ digitization needs. This is a path breaking offering to today’s consumer who wants everything a touch away. With the new scanner, we clearly want to establish innovation leadership in India.”
The scanner in itself is a very capable device and scans at about 7.5 seconds per page with a 200 x 200 dpi. The Canon ultra portable scanner features a contact image sensor and supports simplex scanning side. Being an ultra portable scanner, no wonder the device weighs a meager 550 grams. The scanner also has automatic paper size and color detection which detects if the paper is colored or black and white thus saving time and energy from manually selecting things.
The App, called CaptureOnTouch is for iOS only right now and connects to the scanner via Wi-Fi so you can get a digital output of the scanned copy on your iPhone or iPad and can immediately mail it away for convenience.