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Canon - IVY Cliq Instant Film Camera - Seaside Blue-Front_Standard

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Rating 3.8 out of 5 stars with 70 reviews

73%
would recommend to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for that retro feel

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    Samrio
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    This camera does exactly what it's designed to. It's not here to take the most fabulous instant prints you've ever seen, nor does it have advanced features that allow you to capture a high resolution picture. However, what it does do, it does well. It's great for printing little photos of random memories, with a retro feel. The print quality is as expected for something like this. It's not going to have the best quality image, but it's going to capture a small memory, one photo at a time. The prints don't take super long to print, but you'll have to wait for the picture to dispense before you start hitting another photo. The paper is easy to load, and I recommend grabbing a pack or two. I shot through the initial pack within a couple of hours walking around the park. You can select the orientation and the size of the photo (for extra writing space). The included adhesive, allows it to be put on a wall, or any appliance that allows a post-it to stay on. If you've ever had a Polaroid instant camera, this will bring back all those memories in a smaller package. Whatever you do, don't try to compare this to a high end camera, you'll be disappointed at the low res prints.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Print quality is not very Good

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    niteryder
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    Ive had a chance to run two packages of Zink paper through this camera and have been dissapointed with the results. When I first got the camera I was looking forward to shooting random grab shots to put into a small photo book. But after using the camera and going through 20 prints, I have yet to find one that is acceptable enough to put into the photo book. At first I though that maybe more light would be better, but even outdoors in full sunlight, the colors are washed out and focus is hit and miss. The camera itself is not bad, it is what you would expect from a $60 camera. No many features but really what would be expected from a camera in this price range. The camera charged quickly and was easy to load the Zink pack. It seems fairly well built and actually feels pretty good in the hand. You can put a micro SD card to save photos, but these pictures are as bad as the prints. You can change the picture size from 2x3 to 2x2, if you want, but I'm not sure why you would, the prints are already small. There is a view finder, flash and a selfie mirror on the front, but these are it for added features. If you are looking for this size prints, I'd probably stay away from this camera and look for one of the many available 2x3 printers out there.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Worst Canon product ever.

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    TechnicallyCorrect
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    As Best Buy Insider, I hate giving a bad review . However, let me be clear, the Canon Ivy Cliq camera is a truly awful waste of money. When you first take the camera out the box, it looks good. Nice color, seems to be decent craftmanship. It has some heft to it. Then you notice things that are move evident in the specs. No screen. Weak flash. Little to no memory. No app. 5MB photos. No Bluetooth. No NFC. That is correct, 5MB. The lack of screen is acceptable because it is an instant camera, but pictures on a digital camera that are only 5MB? So maybe the prints are okay at 5MB because they are only 2" X 3". Not even close. The colors are completely off - skin tones are reddish, whites are yellow and there is an odd washing out on the edges. I tried multiple different lighting scenarios and they all came out terrible. So in thinking about, the 5MB does not really matter. The reality is you can print photos 3 times the size at 5MB if the lens is good and the print media is good. Therein lies the problem. You have a tiny lens and the "Zink" media is very poor quality. Bad combination. The competition offers digital cameras with instant printing with 10 to 20 MB, wider lenses, Bluetooth, screens and more. If you look at the non-digital instant cameras, you find much more features and much, much better image print quality. Then the competition does all that at a lower price. The reality is this is a product with no target customer. The image quality is too low for the enthusiast. The lack of screen will not get the under 30 customers. The camera is basically a toy and that will not get the teens ( which seem to be their target customer from the ads. @@@@@@@ The price of $99 will not get parents to buy for kids. This should have been a $50 camera marketed kids who will use it a couple of times and put it in drawer. In summary - poor features, poor functions, poor price. This is the worst Canon product I've ever owned. Nothing to look at here, move on to the competition that just does a better job. Sorry Canon, I usually like your products but - uugghhh.....

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    This is not a good camera

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    TechEnthusiast
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    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's). There's 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'sn'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 don't recommend buying this camera. Spend a little more and get something better, or buy a standalone mobile, instant printer and use your smartphone instead.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Only Fun for Kids

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    TheDuke
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    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 don't 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+. Pros: + 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 don't 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 Cons: - 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