The "page yield" is best described as the estimated number of pages a printer can print from a single ink cartridge or ink bottle and can be an important and deciding factor when it comes to which inkjet printer or multifunction to purchase. Canon aims to provide its customers with fair, honest and meaningful data regarding page yields and running cost comparisons.
Industry Standard Testing Methodology
For people to be able to compare page yields between different printers and manufacturers, it is important that industry-wide testing methodology is applied. Canon has worked with other manufacturers and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to establish an international standard known as the ISO/IEC 24711 Testing Guidelines.
This measurement standard is comprised of five A4-sized pages that each manufacturer uses to test ink yields. Since all manufacturers adhere to the ISO/IEC 24711 methodology, it makes it easy for users to compare the results.
What Affects Page Yield?
Measurement of page yields can be affected by many variables. For consistent results, some of the variables that must be taken into account include:
While some variables cannot be expected to remain constant over time, such as versions of application software used, Canon's testing aims to keep most key variables constant to ensure that yields remain comparable between different printers, even when they are released in the market at different times.
One of the most important component variables are the charts, patterns or images applied, including the testing methodology.
Why Content Coverage Matters
Document examples of Heavy Content Coverage, Light Content Coverage and High Single Colour Coverage
Standard Testing Documents, using Standard Settings
A set of standard sample documents is used to determine page yields. These standard test documents are designed to represent the documents and photos printed by a typical user.
1 This pattern is only applied on testing on some A3+ printers.
2 PP-201/PT-101 may not be available in all regions.
3 Application software version used may differ depending on version discontinuity or availability in the market at the time of testing.