Take and print digital photographs with this Canon IVY Cliq instant camera printer. The 5MP camera captures high-resolution images, while the built-in flash brightens low-light subjects. The microSD slot provides up to 256GB of extra storage space. This Canon IVY Cliq instant camera printer produces photos in less than 50 seconds, letting you share shots quickly.
Instant 5.0MP photos
Canon IVY Cliq is a small and fun instant camera and mini photo printer that can fit in your pocket so you can take it anywhere.
Small selfie mirror with LED flash
Lets you take great-looking selfies.
2" x 3" format photos
Water- and tear-resistant, smudge-free ZINK photo paper with sticker back allows you to take fun photos and then stick them everywhere.
ZINK photo paper
ZINK stands for Zero Ink printing technology. Instead of ink, it uses colorful dye-based crystals embedded inside the paper. The ZINK-enabled device uses heat to activate and colorize these crystals.
MicroSD card slot
You can save your photos to a microSD card (sold separately) for later use.
Canon IVY Cliq Instant Film Camera
ZINK photo paper pack (10 sheets and one Smart Sheet)
Instant print cameras have been around since the Polaroid Corporation introduced the Land Camera Model 95 back in 1948. And while it may seem like instant print photos are a gimmick that fell out of fashion with the invention of digital photography, printable photos have become big business once again (as it is a way for camera & film companies to ensure consistent revenue in a similar way to how they once sold film).
The Canon Ivy Cliq uses Zink paper which requires no ink. (Zink actually stands for Zero Ink.) Instead, the photo paper is comprised of multiple heat sensitive layers containing dye crystals that display various colors when they melt. The camera delivers varying intensities of heat which quickly results in a colorful picture. It is important to note that while many companies (such as HP, Polaroid, Lifeprint, Fujifilm, & Canon) offer Zink cameras – all Zink paper is made by one company: Zink Holdings. They created the underlying technology – which has been licensed out to several companies. So, while physical cameras or printers may vary in quality, all of the photo paper is essentially the same.
Just how good is Canon’s Ivy Cliq?
Well, the Ivy Cliq is Canon’s least expensive Zink camera coming in at just $99.99. And while it is affordable – it is basically a toy. It is large, made from bright colorful plastic, weighs practically nothing, has very limited features, and prints 5 megapixel images onto stickers. It works just well enough to be passable.
It feels as though Cannon focused too heavily on creating a flashy new device that looks fun and lost sight of actually making a good camera. Where they really fall flat is their halfhearted attempt to make the Cliq a digital camera. The device can accept a Micro SD memory card - and when one is inserted, it saves the picture as a digital file. But, what is absurd is that a digital picture is only saved if there is Zink paper in the camera. If you are out of Zink paper (or simply don’t want to print the picture) the camera will not save the digital file. So – don’t expect to use the Cliq as a digital camera. If you want a picture, you have to pay Canon for Zink Paper.
- Having a Micro SD card inserted also allows you to re-print the last photo that was taken – But, even this has a caveat. If you power off the camera, it is no longer able to re-print the last image (even though it is saved on the memory card). This is also frustrating as the device could have had the ability to work as a photo printer – if it could print pictures saved to the memory card. This could have led to more money for canon (as it would require customers to purchase more Zink paper), but it would have interfered with leading customers to purchase the Canon Ivy Mini Photo Printer (which is also $99.99).
There is a workaround to using the Cliq as a digital camera:
If you would like to save a digital image to a Micro SD card, but do not want to print a photo (or are out of paper) – you have two options:
1) Each package of Zink photo paper comes with a blue card that ejects before pictures are printed. You can load this blue card into the camera and take a picture. The photo will save as a digital file and the blue paper will eject as though a photo is being printed.
2) Re-use a Zink Photo Sheet. You can re-use the Zink photo sheets (although I wouldn’t recommend doing this too many times with a single sheet). If you load a photo that has already been taken, the camera will print a new photo right over top of the previous image, but the new picture will be saved as a new digital file.
NOTE: Both of these options work, but it is annoying having to wait 55 seconds for each picture to “print” and save before you can take a new picture. It is also annoying that there is no screen on the camera.
I do appreciate is that Canon has kept both the camera and the picture refills affordable. Each 2 x 3 inch photo sticker is just 50 cents – which matches the price of virtually all other Zink camera brands. Sadly, buying larger quantities of refills does not save any money.
Though the picture cost is reasonable, it is frustrating that money is wasted on accidental pictures. The shutter button offers almost no tactile feedback and it is extremely easy to press accidentally. Almost every person who has used my Cliq has inadvertently pressed the button while holding the camera (which is frustrating as it wastes money and 10% of the camera’s picture capacity).
Here are some other things customers should know:
- The camera does not have any way of indicating how many pictures you have left. Luckily the Zink paper is not sensitive to light – so, if you want to know how many pictures you have left – simply open the back and count the remaining sticker sheets.
- There is a rechargeable battery, but again – no way to determine just how much power you have left.
- The Cliq does have a flash, but it cannot be triggered manually and it only turns itself on in very dark conditions. The flash results in better pictures than most other lighting conditions, so it may as well be on all the time.
- The front features a tiny convex selfie mirror. It is laughably small, but it actually works. What you can see in the reflection, does end up in the photo.
While the Ivy Cliq is fun, I would only recommend it for kids. Instead, I would recommend the Canon Ivy Mini Photo Printer. It is the same price and allows you to print better quality photos taken from your phone. And, because it prints phone pictures – you can actually choose pictures you like and edit them to your liking before you print.
NOTE: The Ivy Cliq+ is 8 megapixels and has a much improved flash. But, it does cost $159.99. I would still recommend the Canon Ivy Mini Photo Printer over the Cliq+.
+ Takes a digital copy of the image that prints (if a Micro SD card is inserted)
+ The most recently taken picture can be reprinted with one button press – this allows you to share identical photo pictures with friends
+ Photo prints are actually stickers
+ Photos are thin and stick well, but can also generally be peeled off of surfaces without causing damage
+ Only 50 cents per picture (as compared to classic Polaroid pictures which cost $2.00 each)
+ Zinc Photo Paper is not sensitive to light (in the same way as film). This means you can open the back of the camera without worry of ruining film.
+ No ink or development chemicals to worry about
+ Allows double exposure prints (Simply re-load a picture back into the camera and take a 2nd picture that prints over top of the first. Fun & artsy!)
+ Photos print quickly (~55 seconds) and do not require time to develop (compared to Polaroid pictures which take up to 10 minutes to develop)
+ Rechargeable battery built in
+ Built in flash
+ Selfie mirror actually works reasonably well
+ Camera is available in several vibrant and fun colors
- Camera does not save digital images unless zinc photo paper is installed in the camera **NOTE: There is a workaround for this. See review above.
- Shutter button is far too easy to press. It offers no tactile feedback and it is very easy to accidentally take a picture (which is a waste of 50 cents).
- Camera does not have a screen
- Photo resolution is only 5 megapixels
- Camera does not have any indication of how many pictures are left (although you can take the paper out and count the sheets)
- Flash is automatic only and cannot be manually turned on or triggered
- Flash only turns on in very dark conditions
- Once the camera is powered off, it can no longer re-print the last image that was taken (even when the image is saved on a memory card)
- Image quality on the Zinc Photo Paper is fairly poor (this seems to be related to the 5 megapixel resolution of the camera)
- Water eats through the top layer of the photo paper destroying the image underneath. If rain touches an image, or if liquid is spilled on a photo – they will be ruined. Keep in mind, these are stickers – so they may end up on notebooks or other areas that kids might splash or get wet.
- The back of the stickers are difficult to peel away (there should be a slit on the back of the paper – instead of needing to be peeled at the corners)
- No battery indicator
- Does not include a Micro SD memory card
- The cost of Zink photo paper is the same price regardless of the quantity you buy (50 cents per 2x3 inch sheet)
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Design, Ease of use, Fun
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
It Cliq'd with Me
Design, Ease of use, Fun
The Canon IVY Cliq is an update on the old Polaroid of years ago. It produces zero ink pictures and it does a good job.
The instant ink photos feel a bit like a gimmick, but they are fun. Last summer I picked up a Polaroid Onestep and I was incredibly disappointed. the pictures looked awful, and the film was incredibly expensive. Thankfully, the Cliq suffers from none of those problems. On a single charge, I was able to take ten pictures and the pictures came out looking pretty good.
I compared the IVY Cliq with the HP Sprocket instant ink printer. I took one picture with my phone and the other with the Cliq. I probably got more fine detail with the Sprocket, but the colors looked better with the IVY. Also, there was less banding and distracting lines with the IVY. The photos looked more like actual, tiny photos.
The camera itself comes with a tiny selfie mirror built in along with a slot for a micro-sd card to back-up pictures. Both worked as expected. I wish this camera had a digital view screen and a way to print photos from my phone, but as an instant point and print, it works well.
My general attitude with reviews is "did the item work as described and did I enjoy it?". The IVY more than met those expectations. I wish it had Bluetooth built-in (I believe the more expensive models do), but I can't fault this model as it is good at what it does.
I think the cameras are fun and look snappy, the prints look good, the film isn't too expensive (last I checked you can get a pack of 20 shots for $10), and the device is simple and reliable. Easily recommend to friends and family.
Note: With Mother's Day /graduations coming up, I think these cameras will make for a good gift. Combine the camera with a photo album for small prints, and really make their day.
I’m not going to beat around the bush. The Canon Ivy Cliq is a truly awful camera that isn’t worth the money. Do yourselves a favor and don’t buy it.
I’ve seldom encountered a product with no redeeming features or use cases, but I can honestly say that this camera is a complete and total waste of plastic.
The camera is made of light-weight plastic and feels cheap in the hand. My camera was yellow, but the entire back of the camera is a glossy white plastic that will start to look dirty within a couple days of use.
The camera has four buttons on it: power, shutter, aspect ratio, and duplicate photo. The camera has no LCD screen to it, and there are no menus or options whatsoever. Once you click the shutter button, the camera prints the photo (no matter how bad it is). There is no app, this doesn’t pair with your phone, and you can’t cancel the print if you know it’s going to turn out poorly. This was okay with the original Polaroid cameras of the late 80s and early 90s back when you were getting instant gratification instead of going through the hassle of getting film developed, but this is quite frankly unacceptable in 2019.
The camera does have a spot for a micro-SD card. If you should somehow blindly luck into a decent photo, you can retrieve it from the SD card to share or print later. And trust me, you will be blindly lucking into decent photos. The positioning of the optical view finder is awkward, and it’s somewhat painful to use unless you’re open to smashing your nose into the back of the camera.
The camera’s strap is a MAJOR design flaw. It’s positioned in the upper left-hand corner of the camera, and it dangles right in front of the printer. There’s a reason that the Polaroids of old spat the picture out through the front. With this camera, you have to move your left hand out of the way, and hold the strap so that it isn’t in the way of the printer. I’m at a loss as to why they thought this was a good idea.
The instructions recommend that you be within 1.6 feet of the subject of your photo. At this distance, I found that the flash washed out my subject rather badly. It should be noted that there is no way to turn off the flash with this camera.
The camera holds ten sheets of instant photo paper and the blue data sheet that comes with the pack. My very first print jammed until I took the paper out and lightly fanned it before putting it back in. The paper is fairly expensive at the time of this review, and you’re not going to want to waste a single print.
At 5 megapixels, this camera has the same resolution as my first digital camera from 2003. Given the size of the print (2x3 inches), the prints look “okay.”
If I could return this camera, I would in a heartbeat.
I do not recommend buying this camera. Spend a little more and get something better, or buy a standalone mobile, instant printer and use your smartphone instead.
Have you ever been taking a picture and thought wow I wish I could just have an instant picture to have and share?
Well look no further Canon has made the IVY CLIQ to fill your instant picture needs! This compact lightweight camera takes a beautiful picture and prints it out in under a minute! No more uploading and going to the store!
So, what are the core features of this camera you may wonder?
• Snap 5 MP photos to print instantly
• Take great selfies with the Selfie Mirror
• Print fun 2"x3" photos in 50 seconds or less
• Every photo has a peel & stick back
• Save all your photos with the MicroSD card slot
• Simply press the reprint button right on the camera and print an additional 2x3" photo to share with friends
Unboxing the camera was straight forward and came with a 10-sheet picture pack to print on. It is recharged by small microUSB cable (included). The camera is thin and compact enough to hold in your hand or use the included strap. The camera does sport some trendy colors such as the Seaside Blue (which is the one I have), Bumble Bee Yellow or Lady Bug Red! So, whatever your personality is the color is there to fit!
So, lets get to the details! Does it work?
Oh, does it! This camera sports some quick printing time and looks high quality for the 2x3 format. Once you print the photos you can choose to stick them on stuff, or you can make a collage as they are a nice 2x3 size (perfect for those baby books and scrapbooking!
Yes, this camera has a faux selfie mode by including a small selfie mirror on the front so you can get that perfect angle of that perfect moment. Nice thing is you can hit the reprint button and reprint that selfie again and give to your friend or loved one no need to take another photo.
So how long doe sit last on one charge? 28 photos printed on one charge for me. Which isn’t that bad considering you aren’t going to be taking hundreds of these at a time. It only takes 90 minutes to fully recharge the battery. It does have an auto off feature after approx. 5 min so need to worry if you leave on by accident.
The ZINK Photo paper Packs are inexpensive at 5 packs for $25 at the time of this review.
My Final Impressions-
This camera comes in a time where cellphones are doing the quick pictures. This camera brings back that feeling of “fun” memories with instant gratification of having a physical product post picture. You can save and share on the microSD card, but this camera really shines with its instant print features in very bright settings some colors bleed a little but minor. I really enjoyed using this for those moments I wanted a permanent memory that could be saved physically for years to come! Canon nailed bringing fun back to taking memories in a time of all digital.
I would recommend this to a friend
Design, Fun, Picture quality
Rated 2 out of 5 stars
Cute, fun, instant photo, for 1998
Design, Fun, Picture quality
Though this camera is fun and cute, it really makes you realize how far we have come along in small digital cameras to roll back to something like this. It is somewhat satisfying to snap a shot and in less than a minute have it printed out and ready to stick anywhere. However, when you snap that shot and then wait one minute to realize you just wasted about 50 cents to get a bad picture that you need to take again, it gets disappointing quick. Using the tiny selfie mirror, for the most part came out just as expected, but using the tiny viewfinder and the very faint sight picture I had a lot of chopped off pictures. However, with any camera, a little experience with it does tend to get better, but that is $$ wasted each time. If you get the refill paper in bulk, you can get the cost per picture down a fair bit. But, being that there is absolutely no way to preview the shot before printing, it really just feels like I’m wasting money and time to find out it was not the shot I was looking for.
With everything auto for this camera, it really is just point and shoot. However, feedback is a little slow and the single led just blinks in all sorts of fashion. There is the capability to save the pictures on a micro sd card and they are actually a bit larger than what is printed. As in the printed pictures are a cropped version of the original. However, their quality, at 5MP, is fairly low. But, being that they were only meant to be printed on a 2x3 inch piece of paper, they don’t need a lot. The only problem is, this model has no way of selecting and printing any of those other pictures again. You can reprint the last picture, but that is it.
The quality of the prints aren’t bad. I’d say better than classic Polaroid pictures, but far less than ink jet printer images. Even a cheap ink jet printer prints larger and better quality pictures. To me, it looked like a blue hue to every picture I took, especially in shadows and gradient areas. Like there isn’t actually a black in the zero ink process but a really deep blue. But other colors were surprisingly vibrant.
In general, this camera is fun, but being that I have been spoiled with modern digital cameras where I can choose to save or delete the image, especially before putting it to paper, I feel like I went back in time. A time where we had no idea what our pictures truly looked like till they were developed. At least the picture is developed in a minute compared to the old 1 hour photo. But, even then, it just doesn’t fully feel worth it to me.
The setup of this Canon IVY Cliq is simple. It uses a rechargeable battery pack and you recharge the camera via USB, like you would most modern technology. On a full charge, you get 90 minutes of constant use.
The key feature of this camera is that it is also an instant printer, akin to the Polaroid cameras of yesteryear. It has a small mirror in the front to facilitate selfies, autofocus, a strap that can go on the left or right side of the camera, and an SD card you can insert if you want to save the pictures for later view. It doesn’t have a menu screen and you cannot preview the photo you have taken before printing it. It’s basically a point and shoot camera for instant print on a 2x3 sheet or a 2x2 format with a white, Polaroid like look.
This camera is functional but basic. Since you can’t preview the pictures before they print, you hope that whatever you aimed at will come out clear and as intended. That, some may say, is part of the fun. When you install a new set of 10 ZINK photo paper pack sheets, you must put an included blue card to calibrate the camera. It’s ok to take a picture with that blue card in there as it will come out and then your first picture will follow after that. It works great during bright lights (a sunny day or indoors) but not so well in the dark. If you need to make a duplicate to share, there’s an included button that allows you to do just that. This specific model, though, doesn’t connect to the Ivy Camera app for further customization. The Ivy Cliq + does.
This camera is not meant to replace any professional level camera or even you phone camera. Rather, it is meant to add an instant gratification in knowing that you can share a physical copy of your photos with those involved. In that sense, the camera does meet my expectations.
The price for the camera in terms of value makes it approachable, but you need to remember that each ZINK photo pack will run you at about 10 dollars for 20 prints, or about .50 cents per sheet.
I recommend this product for early teenagers since the pictures themselves can be used as stickers. I can see friends wanting to stick these on their lockers, notebooks, and other places.
This is a great entry level camera. Especially for kids and pre-teens. They can learn basic photography techniques and have a lot of fun with the built in printer.
Unboxing: The box is pretty plain but shows an accurate depiction of the device, it looks to be about full size in the pictures. The contents are basic documentation, the device, 10 ZINK sheets, a wrist strap and a micro USB cable. I wish it was USB-C but it is what it is.
Product: The build quality is study plastic. It is glossy which looks great but could be an issue if you are giving the device to someone you know will abuse it, it will pick up lots of scratches over time. I think this product would have been better with a matte finish or even a cheap metal body. There is a basic viewfinder, mirror for selfies and flash on the front. The top has a power button, shutter and shutter. The bottom has a micro USB port, a micro SD card slot, charge indicator and reset button. The back has the viewfinder, a “copy” button, and a button to size your prints in 2x2 or 2x3 inches.
Setup: It is very straightforward. Make sure it is charged, insert the paper in the device. I highly recommend a micro SD card for permanent copies.
Use: Using the viewfinder you will have no issues lining up your pictures. It saves seamlessly to the memory card but keep in mind there is no internal memory so you will need to insert a card if you want copies for later. Most of the time the flash will go off and you will quickly get a print. I recommend you set it to 2x3 photos since it will fill up the paper but you will also have the option for 2x3 if you wish which will give you a small border on the bottom. I you put in a memory card you will get 5 MP photos which don’t look too bad for what it is. The battery is rated at around 25 photos. I assume this is with print. It takes about a minute to print out a photo after each photo.
Print quality: It is a mixed bag. You have to remember this is not a high end camera and best used for kids or people who just want some picture stickers. The picture quality is not very detailed in the prints and is heavy on the red tint. I posted two photos to show you. Also, the pictures double as stickers. You can peel the back and put them in a book or on the wall. They tend to bend easily after being stuck on a wall or a while (also seen in the pictures). The prints are cheap and you can get a 20 pack for under 10 bucks, look or deals on this.
Summary: Though this device is nothing to write home about, it is fun. It is exciting. Kids and family who are not that into tech will love it. Professional photographers definitely won't use this for any projects, but I would be they would have fun with it too as it makes a great toy.
It is very much entry level and geared toward a young audience. Try one out if you get a chance.
I have an AS in photography and for a Canon product, the Cliq is fairly disappointing. I realize it's only 5 megapixels, but the color quality, grainy photos and the awkwardness of the camera make it a two for me. The one good thing it has going for it is that its size is nice to fit in a pocket.
I tried a couple of shots indoors and they either came out dark because the flash failed to fire or they are hot with the blacks not really black and tons of reflection off of the subject. Many of the colors fail to reproduce to the actual item, with many of them looking washed out.
The camera has very basic controls. Power button, shutter button, print button and aspect ratio 2x2 or 2x3 depending if you shoot regular or portrait. The power button is really easy to brush and hit while you are handling it. It doesn't seem to bother the function as it takes a press and hold to power up or down the unit. It does bother me a bit when I accidentally hit it. Other than those buttons, you can't control anything. There is no manual flash that I could see or read about in the manual. The manual is actually just a quick start guide in a few languages. It doesn't give you much and can quickly cause a headache as you try to decipher each step in your spoken language. It's really bunched up to save data or paper. The FAQ on this unit doesn't answer many basic questions. I imagine it's because of the newness of the item. I went to see why my photos were dark and how to turn the flash on. I'm guessing it is a German Flash and is always on Otto (auto). Sorry, photography humor!
I wish I had some good things to say, but I can only think of two. One I stated above that the camera is light and fits into a front pocket or purse. Two, I could see how this would be fun with a group while taking photos, selfies, or on an outing where the quality of the photo isn't as important as the event. Just being able to snap some pics and share the small instant prints would be enjoyable for most if not all.
I'd recommend the camera if you fall into the group that loves to snap photos and share right then and there. Otherwise, I believe there are far better options for a point and shoot camera.