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What Makes the Canon C850 Image Press the Best Light Commercial Printer on the Market

Sun Apr 15, 2018 | Genesis Technologies

Canon Commercial Printers

Now You Can Have Any Color, Any Substrate, Anytime

The Canon imagePRESS C850 digital press has been awarded the Pro Award as best-in-class in the Color Light Production Device category by Buyers Laboratory (BLI – now Keypoint Intelligence).

Here's why the imagePRESS C850 was recognized as such by BLI, why it's become one of the most profitable printers for low-volume print shops, and why it's a cost-effective option for printing departments within healthcare organizations, K-12 school districts, universities, manufacturers, professional services firms, and insurance companies.

Image Quality & Consistency

According to BLI, the image quality of the imagePRESS C850 is bright, vibrant and consistent. This is due to the following capabilities:

  • 190 lpi Dot-Screen Pattern: smoother solids and gradients
  • Semi-automatic, single-page registration technology
  • Inline Multi-DAT Technology: consistent quality throughout long runs

With quality that rivals offset, the imagePRESS C850 offers many advantages:

  • Gloss optimization
  • Consistent color, thanks to the stable engine platform with Consistently Vivid (CV) Toner
  • Multi DAT, real-time color correction and calibration features, including G7® calibration on the PRISMAsync controller
  • Excellent, front-to-back registration

The imagePRESS C850 Series is ideal for short runs and variable data printing. It's also a cost-effective backup to your other devices.


BLI described imagePRESS C850 toner as, "really bonded to the fibers of the paper, so on coated and uncoated stocks, and even with textured paper and envelopes, the quality was equally outstanding." This is due to Canon's CV Toner technology, which improves transfer efficiency and provides consistent, quality output on a wide variety of media.

Job Management

BLI raved about the imagePRESS C850’s job management, saying it’s: “among the best we’ve has seen, specifically with the PRISMAsync color print server option.

“From programming new media types to creating automated workflows, to straightforward in-RIP G7 calibration, as well as the intuitive Job Scheduler that allows for optimum resource planning, key operators will see enhanced productivity throughout the day.

“On Canon’s Fiery server for this press, which we also tested, the Unity Display gives access to the engine user interface directly from Command WorkStation. Operators will like the ease of access for improved efficiency in their daily operation.”

Duplex Banner & Envelope Printing

The imagePRESS C850 offers auto duplex banner printing, which can create an exciting new revenue stream for low volume color print shops. The C850’s banner printing is up to 30” (762 mm) on 130 lb. (300 gsm) paper.

Envelope printing on the imagePRESS C850 is available on standard sized envelopes with exceptional output on textured substrates.

Productivity & Precision

The imagePRESS C850 delivers consistent 85ppm (75ppm for the C750) production speeds, up to 87 lb. (220 gsm) paper with typical monthly production volumes up to 170,00 A4 pages.

The twin belt fusing technology of the imagePRESS C850 is why you get perfect quality across diverse substrates. Twin belt fusing uses induction heating and cooling techniques to achieve high productivity on an extensive range of media, while controlling and optimizing gloss and output quality.

Finishing with Options

The imagePRESS C850's professional quality finishing includes option to integrate the following:

  • Three knife trimming
  • Saddle finishing up to 200 pages
  • Perfect binding up to 200 sheets
  • Square-fold booklet making
  • Multiple punching options
  • Creasing and ring binding
  • Five different folding options

Small Footprint Packs a Productivity Punch

To learn more about how you can unleash performance and profit with the imagePRESS C850 color printers, contact us. We can help you compare it to the Canon imagePRESS 750, 650, C10000VP/C8000VP, and production printers from Xerox and other brands.



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