Consistent Print Output, the Best-in-class Product Quality, Patented Technologies, and the highest precision to deliver jobs with a quick turnaround time – are the most basic and the strongest foundation on which Canon professional Printing Products are built on. Canon professional printing products satisfy customers more in terms of print quality and color accuracy than other renowned brands in the category. According to a research done by ORC, 2019. No surprises why We, at Canon, offer more than consultancy to your business, we model ourselves more as technology, product and business partners ensuring your organization’s success and growth.

Digital Printing Viability for Commercial Offset Printers

Offset or Digital?

Offset Or Digital?

Offset presses are an effective long-run manufacturing process that is very good at making multiple copies of the same print requests but because of the high cost of plates and make-ready, it is not particularly effective at short runs.

Electro photographic devices (Digital toner) have a different curve with a very flat cost structure that makes them quite effective for short run and quick turnaround work. They also can print a new image on every sheet (rather than reproducing the same image over and over again, as offset does).

The cost versus run length cross-over curve diagram given below speaks of some very basic truths about different printing processes. Generally, printing more than 200 copies of a document becomes more cost effective on offset than on digital toner, though it depends on a range of other factors (e.g., document type, color usage, and the number of pages etc).

Short vs. Long Print runs length

The line that separates short and long runs varies markedly from one book printer to the next. Book printers with both digital and offset technologies, print runs of 200 books or less on digital presses and everything else on offset presses. The battleground, according to us, is in runs of less than 200 books. Typically, the more units that are required there is, the more likely it is to be printed on offset.

Certainly run length is a factor. So is page count. Printing 200 copies of a 200-page book and printing 200 copies of a 400-page book are two very different things. While the run length is the same, the book with lesser page count may be printed on an offset press. On the other hand it might make more sense to print a book with more pages in digital as it will require more plates for offset production. So in many cases, a higher page count works in favor of digital printing

Why Digital Printing (Color or B/W) is gaining Market Share

  • Conventional Long Print Lengths of Offset is declining
  • Short-title Book Printing is increasing
  • Cost Effective for Short Runs/Very Short Print Runs
  • Print On Demand & Just In Time Printing
  • Variable Data Printing or One to One Marketing Collaterals
  • Cost Saving on Storage/Warehouse

Cost Dynamics - Offset Vs. Digital

Here is a cost comparison of a book printed, if printed on Offset & Digital Print. Books Specs: 5.5” X 8.5”, 304 Pages 1+1 on 70 GSM Uncoated Paper, Soft Cover 4+0 on 300 GSM Art Paper (with Lamination)

B/W Text Per Page Printing Charges:

Printing ProcessNo. of PagesQuantityProduction CostQuantityProduction CostQuantityProduction Cost
Offset3045053 Paisa*10028 Paisa*20020 Paisa*
Digital3045053 Paisa*10028 Paisa*20020 Paisa*

*Production cost in Offset consist of Master/Plate (8 UP’s on 18 ” X 23”), Printing & Paper Cost (23” X 36”) & Standard wastages

**Production Cost in Digital Printing Consist of Printing & Paper Cost & Very Less wastages

Soft Cover Printing Charges:

Printing ProcessPagesQuantityProduction CostQuantityProduction CostQuantityProduction Cost
Offset150Rs. 38*100Rs. 21*200Rs. 12.49*
Digital150Rs. 11**1009.35**2008.93**

*Production Cost in Offset consists of Plate Reproduction (2 UP’s), Printing & Paper Cost

**Production Cost in Digital Printing consists of Printing & Paper Cost

*Production Cost in Offset consists of Plate Reproduction (2 UP’s), Printing & Paper Cost

**Production Cost in Digital Printing consists of Printing & Paper Cost


Black and White photography is not an isolated flare-up in a space where color is considered tendentious. I foster the genre for its classic looks, its ability to transport the viewer to another space and time and for the illusion of an experience sans pareil. Yet the gray matter of the medium is elsewhere. In the final unveiling- The Print.

Black and White printing has had its terrible cataclysmic resurgence when the digital format prints came into being with the insinuations de trop a la ‘purposeful’ monochrome grading that could not be wished away. Desktop printers did justice to a great extent provided one knew where to tweak.

The Canon DreamLabo 5000 has changed the perceptions of the commercial justice to print seekers like me who were reeling under the subcurrent of inexplicable tonal overkills when a supposedly Black and White file was subjected to ink matter. The results under the default settings of this printer– I must add here–only if you know your Blacks and the Whites— can produce some strikingly dramatic seamless integration of grays- hitherto unseen on printers of such a ranking. I had the pleasure to see in print some selected frames from my Black and White work that I had cataloged up during the past two decades and more – shot with the film cameras, the humble 5 megas of the early days to the current super-resolution medium format. And the footprints have been telling. It takes some insight to shoot in color with a Black and White archival spin-off in mind. And I for one trust that in Black and White, be it the shoot or the print- there is no place to hide. If you are looking for that despotic blacks and the 10th zone in your print, the Canon DreamLabo 5000 is the true stress buster. Trust me.

By “Mr. Ravee Mahadevan




CrystalPoint technology

The best of the world in toner and inkjet in an entirely sustainable process

Choosing between printing technologies is not easy, especially if your printing needs include an extensive mix of applications: line and text prints, full-color photo prints and mixed sets of color and black & white. Should you opt for an LED toner printer, with superior media independence, no feathering and instant-dry prints? Or for an inkjet printer, clean and with highly accurate dot positioning on expensive coated media?

With CrystalPoint technology, you can have the best of both worlds: crisp, high-quality color and black & white prints, even on plain and recycled paper. It is ideal for a wide range of applications including CAD plots, GIS documents and graphic arts.

Benefits of the world of toner

. No feathering

. Instant dry

. Water resistant

Benefits of the world of inkjet

. Versatile in applications

. Highly accurate dot positioning

. Clean technology: no ozone, no powder

CrystalPoint ensures high-quality
output, even on uncoated media.

How CrystalPoint works

CrystalPoint works on the principle of Solid In - Solid out, for a clean system and no risk of air pollution.


Consistent quality, media independent

The toner gel ensures strong adhesion to a wide range of media, and sharp lines without feathering for highly accurate fine details. Since CrystalPoint works with any media, even recycled uncoated paper, you no longer need to invest in expensive, heavy, glossy paper for crisp glossy or semi-glossy prints.

Increased productivity

Prints made with the the CrystalPoint technology are robust and dry instantly. Handling, stacking and folding can take place immediately, and you don’t have to switch media for the various applications you need. Enjoy your improved productivity.

Sustainable process

With CrystalPoint, you will experience no ozone emissions, no odor, no system contamination by powder or ink and minimal waste disposal. The toner waste is solid and completely non-toxic, and can be disposed of as part of regular office waste.

'Now, you can enjoy the benefits of both toner and inkjet technology, while avoiding their drawbacks. With CrystalPoint technology, you truly get the best of both worlds.