Canon imageFORMULA DR-P208 ultra-compact scanner for scanning documents on the go

Jumping in the bandwagon of small form factor gadgets for modern users who want to have everything compact and easy to carry around, Canon has launched their ultr-compact portable scanner. ImageFORMULA P-208 is the answer to other similar scanning solutions that look to revolutionize the scanning market with ultra-small and light-weight USB-powered scanners that make it possible to capture documents and process information on the go. Having the ability to scan ten sheets at once the small scanner has Automatic document scanning feature for increased productivity. Weighting just 600 grams and measuring 312 x 55.5 x 40 mm, the scanner is ideal for home use as well to scan photos and documents.

One unique feature that increases productivity a notch further is the ability to scan both sides of the document at one instance via two image sensors enabling high speed scanning of up to 16ipm. Not only paper documents but plastic ID cards and embossed cards can also be scanned with this Canon’s compact scanner. The scanned images are of up to 600 dpi quality and the all new image processing algorithm (in conjunction with Capture OnTouch software) makes sure that the scanned copy is a true replica of the original one. One can use this scanner wirelessly too for scanning documents using tablet or smartphone by the standard Wi-Fi network when combined with the Wi-Fi unit WU10. Canon imageFORMULA P-208 scanner is expected to be out by mid-December 2012 in Japan, and early-January 2013 in Europe for the price of around $123.


Canon Europe, world-leader in imaging solutions, has launched a new compact, light-weight USB-powered scanner for mobile workers enabling productive document capture and processing of information on the go. The imageFORMULA P-208’s attractive design and easy operation will also appeal to personal and home users for scanning photos and household bills.

Ultra-slim¹ and weighing only 600g, the new scanner features an Automatic Document Feeder that increases users’ productivity with the ability to scan up to ten sheets at once. It also incorporates two image sensors that capture both sides of a document in a single pass offering high-speed duplex scanning of up to 16ipm, using a single USB connection. The new imageFORMULA P-208 can scan plastic cards such as IDs and embossed cards, and comes with premium scan features as standard, including deskew, auto page size detection, double feed detection and skip blank page. It also delivers high-quality scanned images thanks to its ability to scan up to 600dpi and a new image processing algorithm that optimises the reproduction of photographs, text and colour documents to closely replicate the original.

The portable scanner offers convenient ad-hoc scanning on the move, in the office or at home. Users have the option to select plug-and-scan functionality allowing them to scan easily without installing any drivers or software with built-in CaptureOnTouch Lite. It only needs a USB connection to a Windows or Mac computer.

Sean Suematsu, European Document Scanning Solutions Director at Canon Europe, comments, “In recent years, the way we work has become more flexible and mobile. Employees are no longer tied to their desks and are eager to quickly process multiple documents to remain productive when travelling, visiting a client, working from home or at a remote branch. We recognise this need and respond to this trend with technology that meets the need for powerful scanning on the move.”

“Our successful imageFORMULA P-215, the industry’s fastest USB-powered portable scanner, has helped to shape the market for high-quality, high performance portable scanning,” continues Suematsu. “With the new imageFORMULA P-208, Canon is now extending its portfolio of portable scanners with an ultra-compact and productive solution that provides an attractive proposition to both personal users at home and also enables mobile and remote workers to work productively on the go.”

The new imageFORMULA P-208 adds to Canon’s range of portable and cloud-connected document capturing solutions that includes: the CaptureOnTouch Mobile, a free app for Apple and Android devices enabling direct scanning and sharing documents to cloud applications; the ultra-compact imageFORMULA DR-C125W desktop scanner with integrated Wi-Fi; and the Canon Wi-Fi unit WU10, an optional Wi-Fi and power supply accessory for Canon’s portable scanners.

With the optional Wi-Fi Unit WU10 accessory, the imageFORMULA P-208’s usability can be extended to allow mobile workers to scan batch documents directly to their smartphones and tablets quickly and conveniently via the CaptureOnTouch Mobile app. Documents can then be sent directly to business workflows or cloud applications such as Evernote, Google Docs or SharePoint; speeding up processing times and delivering services faster to customers.

The imageFORMULA P-208 will be available through all Canon sales offices and selected distributor partners across Europe from January 2013.



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