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Canon imageFORMULA P-150 Scan-tini Personal Document Scanner

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4.4 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews
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  • USB Cable Powered
  • 15 ppm B&W/10ppm Color
  • 20 Sheet ADF
  • ISIS and Twain compatible
  • Lightweight (2.1 lbs) and Extremely Portable
  • Compact size, Practical
  • Liberates document capture by taking it beyond the walls of the office to the convenience of any user location`
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Technical Details

  • Mac Compatible

Product Description

Product Description

Canon's line of imageFORMULA P-Series personal scanners allow Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) users, telecommuters, and road warriors to improve personal efficiency and individual productivity. Highly portable and mobile, these small, easy-to-use scanners are for individual or shared use for general purpose, distributed scanning tasks, from the convenience of any location.

From the Manufacturer

The imageFORMULA P-150 personal document scanner's compact size, simple use, and advanced feature-set liberates document capture by taking it beyond the walls of the office to the convenience of any user location. The P-150 scanner combines practicality, productivity, and value in a sleek, mobile design.

The P-150 scanner, also known as Scan-tini, was designed for professionals to improve their personal efficiency and individual productivity in offices and in transit. From the Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) user, to the occasional traveler, to the employee who frequently travels, the P-150 scanner offers advanced features to meet the document capture needs of stationary users and "road warriors."

The P-150 scanner is Canon's first entry into the Personal scanner market, as well as the first USB powered professional grade document scanner capable of operating using a single USB cable connected to a PC, and Windows users can just "Plug-and-Scan" due to the embedded Canon CaptureOnTouch Lite for Windows software.

The P-150 scanner has been designed with Canon's initiative to take an environmentally and people-conscious approach to product design and life cycle. This scanner meets ENERGY STAR® Program guidelines for energy efficiency and also complies with the RoHS and WEEE directives for reduction of hazardous substances and waste products.

Note: This model does not provide "setting options" for power management.

A Wide Variety of Applications


Forward-thinking features in a small design enable users across a variety of industry sectors to simplify and conveniently execute general purpose, distributed scanning tasks to maximize business efficiencies in any setting.

  • Small Office
  • Home Office
  • Employees on the go

Compact and Convenient


  • 11 inches long and weighing slightly over two pounds
  • Fits easily into a briefcase
  • Affords users portable and mobile opportunities
  • Document capture on the go

Simple to Use


  • Quick connectivity and minimal setup
  • Uses electrical power via a single USB cable connected to a PC
  • Tight interface between hardware and software immediately launches Canon CaptureOnTouch Lite (for Windows)
  • "Plug-and-Scan" capability

Productive and Practical


  • One-pass duplex scanning
  • Batches up to 20 sheets, at up to 15 pages per minute in color or black and white

Software and Connectivity


  • CaptureOnTouch Lite (for Windows)
  • Windows ISIS/TWAIN Drivers and Mac TWAIN Driver included
  • Easy sharing for use in both Windows and Mac environments
  • Easy hardware integration with third-party Enterprise Content Management (ECM) software

Advanced Features and Flexibility


  • The flexibility of the P-150 scanner is masked by its simple design
  • Skip Blank Page
  • Advanced Text Enhancement II
  • Rapid Recovery decrease preparation time, increase image quality, and widen the variety of document types that can be scanned
  • A faster and more intelligent long-term storage and retrieval system

What's in the Box?


  • P-150 Main Body
  • 6 ft. USB Cable
  • 6 ft. Power Supply USB Cable
  • Separation Pad
  • Warranty Card (US and Canada only)
  • Reference Guide
  • Registration Card
  • Application Software Setup DVD


Scanning Speeds are examples based on typical settings, rated in pages/images per minute with letter-sized documents, portrait feeding direction, up to 200 dpi with one USB cable and AC adapter or two USB cables. Actual processing speeds may vary based on PC performance and application software.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 11 x 3.7 x 1.6 inches
Item Weight 2.1 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.5 pounds
Item model number 4081B007
Customer Reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #109 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Scanners > Document Scanners
Date first available at Amazon.com May 2, 2010

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Good points:
--Small, I can easily carry it to and from work
--Acts in stand-alone mode (no drivers required)
--Fast, quiet, duplexes
--"Skip blank page" works fine
--Feeds almost anything. I'm archiving family records now--feeds almost anything up to 100-year-old letters, card stock, stacks of photos.
--TWAIN and ISIS drivers, that the Fujitsu does not have
--Paper path is less angled than an all-in-one ADF's 180 degrees.
--Easy to clear paper jam
--Deskew generally works, but not always. I scan a stack of veiably-sized items, so I often do not use the paper guides. It's pretty gppd about keeping things straight.

Bad points:
--Does not like onionskin paper
--Takes 2 USB ports unless I want to pay $35 for an AC adapter
--Black-and-white (1 bit) mode does not really like anything except crisp black test. Typewritten text, of which I have reams, does not come in well, I scan in grayscale or color. Have not played with the sensitivity
--No output tray
--I'm not at all pleased with the quality of scanned photos, but I suppose that's to be expected. I have an Epson Perfection for that.
--Scanner software will handle only a few variations. Button can be assigned only to one
--Will only scan to 14" long

Have not tried OCR
I like it. I'm glad I bought it.
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I've been using this scanner for six months and have come past my initial enthusiasm to a more settled satisfaction. The scanner is fast and gives results as good as any scanner I've owned--and I've owned a number over the years. Moreover, it's a classy little instrument--well-built, folds up into a perfect little glossy black box. I leave it on a window ledge in my living room and except for the cords, it doesn't look out of place.

I've found that convenience is the most important factor in my life with scanners. It can be fast, but if it's bulky or ugly and I have to put it away when I'm done with it, then it's inconvenient to use and I get tired of it. My multi-function printer/scanner is fast, but woefully inconvenient. Either it won't work on the network, its driver won't work with my computer, or it's physically distant because I don't want it near the living area of my house. I never use the thing to scan.

I also have a little NeatWorks scanner. It's small and convenient, but slow as molasses in January. I hate waiting on it. And I have a Canon plate-type scanner. It does beautiful scans, but it's slow and though slim, still too large to leave out in the living room.

This scanner's chief charms are its looks, compactness and speed. It's physically fast. It's also fast on the software side. I plug in the scanner, hit the big scan button and the scanner fires up its software utility on the computer, scans the document and asks me where I want it saved. That simple. One button and you're done: from plugging in the scanner to scan on your desktop it's a matter of seconds.

One positive about the scanner I didn't fully appreciate when I ordered it is its ability to do double-sided scans without a second pass through the machine.
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Okay so I use scanners all the time because I am tired of having paper pile up on my desk. I've been using the flatbed that came with my HP Deskjet F4200 (which is a fantastic little printer by the way) and the although the scanner works fine, it is not duplex and does not have a feeder and is slow. But the quality is fine. It does work great for things you can't feed into the P150 such as credit cards, licenses, wrinkled/damaged documents etc.

So here is where the P150 shines and you will need sunglasses.

1. It does receipts seamlessly. The feeder narrows down for even the tiniest gas receipts.
2. It is quick. The paper just runs through without even the slightest of noises or whirring sounds.
3. It makes beautiful scans and very rarely requires adjustments to the settings.
4. OCR is performed automatically. (doesn't get everything but you can run OCR again with other software such as Acrobat pro etc)
5. The scan software is simple, intuitive, fast and just plain excellent.
6. You don't have to click on any software to scan. Just stick the paper in and hit the button and voila, it scans. Then just save and your ready for the next one.
7. I haven't had a jam yet. Seriously. Make sure you install in the included page separator component as it appears some other negative reviewers failed to do so.
8. The thing is tiny, but solid and just very cool. Dust on black is no big deal as some reviewers complain. The thing closes up and is completely protected. The gloss black is fine and quite nice actually. Take care of it, and get a HEPA air filter or something. Give me a break.
9. It doesn't need a power cable! Just plug into standard USB and you are in business.
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By wongp on February 11, 2010
I had this scanner for a few days and had to have it returned because many of the scanned images were skewed which the deskew option could not correct. The degree of skew translates to one edge of an A4-size scan being about 0.5 cm (0.2 inch) higher than the other, viewed portrait-wise. Canon service explained that this was considered within limits but it wasn't for me.

Where there was skew, it was observed that the document being scanned would roll off the two paper guides in the feeder during the scan process.

Skew was more apparent under the following circumstances:

- scanning full-sized documents e.g. A4 paper,
- scanning thin documents,
- scanning creased documents,
- single sheet scanning.

How does the Canon P-150 compare with its main competitor the Fujitsu S300? I also have some experience with the latter unit. The S300 images don't skew noticeably. It is also slightly cheaper. In most other aspects Canon is superior: faster, lighter, smaller, more streamlined, has Twain/ISIS drivers and requires only one USB cable to operate (Fujitsu requires two USBs, or one USB plus a cable from a separate power adapter). Bottomline: go for Canon if you can tolerate the skew.

Why only two stars? For me scan quality overrides everything else. All other features are secondary.
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