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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

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun and fun

    Posted
    claggtastic
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    I know you can take pictures on your phone, I know your phone has filters I know that your phone has two cameras and a third camera that does something that you don't even know but this is good old fashioned fun. A camera like this makes the joy of photography come back and then the fun of turning it into instant stickers just that much better. Definitely a gift for a 10-year-old or better or a really big kid like a 35-year-old father who plays with it more than his children. But it's so much fun!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works well

    Posted
    Robert
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    Overall a fun camera all the grandkids love getting the photograph given to them, However the photos are a little small

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great camera for fun

    Posted
    Eric
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    Easy to use, quality is good enough based on what I paid.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Cute Modern Day (Almost) Disposable Camera

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    NyVetteGuy
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    If you are looking for high quality prints and ability to take pics in almost any situation (lighting etc), this is NOT for you. If you want something compact, fun, easy to operate that gives instant gratification by printing a pic in an instant then this IS for you. There is the option to save pics you have taken on an SD card but the image quality just isn't up to par with what your cell phone can do (and who doesn't have a cell phone camera now a days? @@@@@@@ so I would just recommend using the Cliq because you can have a pic that you take in your hand to hold within seconds. It's a little wonky sometimes as you really don't know how many pics you have left in your camera, I just keep taking pics until I cant take any more then reload. Its also got a selfie mirror on the front for instant selfies. I have mirror-less SLRs that cost thousands and this obviously doesn't compare BUT for a compact camera you can take anywhere the Cliq a fun inexpensive choice. My daughter loves it even though she has an iPhone for most of her pics and has started a collection of the instant shots from the Cliq that she has displayed on her wall in her room. Good fun for what it is.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun Camera, esp. for Tweens

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    OmieOne
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    This isn't a bad camera. Its about as good as a cell phone camera from about 2 years ago, so the pictures are decent and the fact it prints 2x3 pictures on stickers made it super fun for my tween and friends. They giggle up a storm as they setup funny shots and used the sticky backs. Honestly watching them goof off made the camera worth and the print quality from the zink paper is quite good, I took a picture of my kids and shoved it in my wallet. Just note if you do give to a tween you will burn through the Zink paper like mad, but I didn't mind because they are all having fun with it and I am able to sneak a few cute pictures of my own. It does have a MicroSD card slot on the bottom to save the pictures to be transferred to a computer if you want as well. Overall this is a great camera. Is it something for professional use, no, but it's good for fast snaps of the family and just enjoy and have fun with something analog in a digital age.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    5 stars fun

    Posted
    SammyK
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    Super easy and simple to operate. It's a one of the beat items for kids who does not have mobile phone yet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent Camera for kids and fun

    Posted
    TheStump
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    This camera doesn't take or print the best pictures, but I don't think that is the point of this camera. The camera is more for fun than for quality, as the pictures print immediately from the camera and have sticker backing. I would say this is fun for younger kids only though. My 4 and 6 year olds love snapping random photos and decorating things with them. Outside during the day, picture taking is easy. Inside, we figured out quickly that you need good lighting and the auto flash doesn't always turn on when you want it to. We've also had a mini polaroid type camera, and I prefer that type more for the price and the kids novelty of shaking the picture to develop it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Cute for Teens

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    Missjjc
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    Very cute basic camera for teens to have fun and save memories. Print quality is ok, not the best but it's not a professional camera so I don't expect much! Kids love it and I love it to create memory books. I would recommend this to a friend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great in bright light

    Posted
    Shwanny
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    Fun little camera to have around for instant prints. The size of the photos and sticky-back are perfect for adding images to journal entries. The pictures themselves tend to have a retro look and work best if you're shooting in bright light. Word to the wise: pay close attention to the actual framing in the view-finder. Very easy to accidentally crop out more than you meant to. Camera itself looks great and price is right!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    I takes pictures!!!

    Posted
    ConcordCool30
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    The Canon IVY Cliq is neat I mean cool I mean its an instant camera. It does what it promises but very very simple. heck, there isn't even a screen, It would be great for the kiddos to play around with but that's about it. I have more fun taking pictures with my cell phone. I would have like at least some software. If you got some young children who like taking pictures this is the one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun Instant Camera

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    MarkusMN
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    I took this out of the box, charged it up, added the paper and had instant sticky photos to post around the office. The camera charges fairly quickly and is ready to go. It comes with a pack of 10 sheets, so you will want to purchase extra paper with the camera. It's very nice not needing to purchase batteries and the recharging is a really nice feature. The photos are similar to other instant cameras, but the clarity and quality is very good for this kind of device. My granddaughter wants one now, so I see a second one coming in the near future. I have compared it to other cameras and I like this one the best so far.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Cute, fun, instant photo, for 1998

    Posted
    DavidJr
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    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.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Instant Camera

    Posted
    zaxdad
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    I like this instant camera. It has come in handy for my daughter who is using it with her friends, printing pictures from it to decorate their rooms, add them to underneath their cell phone covers and put them in various places like folders or on refrigerators, etc. The "selfie-mirror" on the front of it has helped them get some good shots of themselves... Kids... Unlike the older instant cameras, the pictures come out quickly and are already developed, no drying time. They are only 2x2 or 2x3 photos but, great for quick shoot and stick anywhere (thanks to the peel off backing). This is not a DSLR but for a camera that is this small and thin, lightweight and ready to go with a push of a button, at 5MB, it's fun to use with quality photos. The built in rechargeable battery lasted long enough for a 14 year old to be happy with it so I'd imagine it was a touch over 20 pictures. There is a slot for a MicroSD Card so you can save the photos and transfer / print them later in larger formats. Good luck with it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Entry level, fun but very basic.

    Posted
    psyclopps
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    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 would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Fun Camera with Some Issues

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    TechGuru
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    I gave the Canon Ivy Cliq to my daughter last week right before camp, and it was a huge hit. She loved being able to get pictures of her memories, but being able to share them, physically, then and there was awesome, she said. It can even easily print multiple copies of the same picture, which is great for group photos. The printed pictures, as well as the digital versions look great. Keep in mind that this is a 5 megapixel camera, so it isn't for high end photography, but it is great for catching memores. It is about the size of a cell phone, so it fits easily in a purse or pocket. I did have several issues with the camera though: The battery only lasts long enough to take and print 20-30 pictures. Also, you can't take more photos if you are out of paper, even if you have a MicroSD card installed (I believe this needs to be fixed with an update). Do note that the camera can only hold 10 sheets of paper at a time, so you see how this can quickly become a problem.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Capture that Magic Moment

    Posted
    DocCupCake
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    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! Selfie Mode? 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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It Cliq'd with Me

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    RedScorpion
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    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 would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cutesy modernized take on old-fashioned Polaroids

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    WyldeBlue
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    PROs: - Actually delivers decent picture quality for an instant, selfie-centric camera/printer...colors had a bit more pop than those old Polaroids, especially when printed on a canvas small enough that you really didn't/couldn't notice any flaws in the digital image itself - Audible sound cues and status LEDs give you indications as to current status of image proportions, power, internal printer & SD card activity, etc. - As much as I thought the little selfie mirror on the front was a bit cheesy at first, it actually does a GOOD job of allowing you to frame your subjects in the shot...a must for what seems like the target audience for this little gadget - Framing marks in the viewfinder also help you properly compose your subjects within the shot if you happen to be shooting from behind the camera - Everything you need is right there in the box including a charging cable, starter Zink paper, and carrying strap...my camera even came nearly fully charged - Built-in LED flash provides at least cell-phone level illumination in darker environments so you never miss that critical selfie or shot of Big Foot strutting past the front of your car on a country road - With an SD card on board, your images are saved even after the paper runs out so you can transfer them to a PC or other device down the road CONs: - Only delivers "decent" picture quality on a relatively small canvas (2x3 or 2x2 inches); things are a little redder, a little duller, a little darker maybe...you're getting convenience and gadget-level fun factor here--this is not a camera for capturing serious/long-term memories - Digital images saved on the SD card are grainy and loaded with digital/compression noise--okay for tiny locker frames, stickers, or scrapbook embellishments, but you don't really gain much by transferring them to a PC for manipulation in a photo editing program--think a 2008-2010 era cell-phone camera and you've got the general idea of what to expect - You have to completely unwrap the photo paper, handle it with your bare hands, and load it in the camera with the proper "smart starter page" face down...an error-proof cartridge would have been preferable to ensure you didn't contaminate the printing surface or accidentally load the paper incorrectly - If you've paper loaded in the camera, you can take pictures even without an SD card inserted, but if you only have an SD card loaded, you can't take any pictures at all--this ensures that even if that once-in-lifetime UFO landing is happening right outside your door, you're going to miss the shot unless you've some Zink paper on board...just know up front that even though this feels like a "regular" digital camera, it's ONLY useful as such for printing out pictures as you take them - Printing speed was a bit slower than the older Polaroids that inspired it (for those of you who even remember using a Polaroid camera); you can easily spit out one image in about 30-45 seconds and be ready for the next shot, but it's slow enough to take you "out of the moment" if you've a few shots in a row you were hoping to take - The "print again" button simply has a picture of a sun over some mountains with a small offset frame behind it to suggest a second image--it's not an obvious choice in iconography and could easily confuse someone you loaned your camera to ("Hey, should I reset the focus to 'nature scene'...oh, shoot--I just reprinted that photo instead, sorry! @@@@@@@ - It's not a big deal, but if you use the recommended Canon Zink photo paper, your first photo will take at least 2x as long to print because the camera has to spit out the cardboard starter "smart sheet" before it moves on to printing from the first sheet of actual photo paper - The LED status light on top tries to do a bit too much for me to decipher without the instructions handy--status indicators from that single LED slit are white, red, blue, cyan, magenta (seriously! @@@@@@@ , and yellow with blinking, looping, and combinations of those colors all trying to tell you different things. I get it--the focus is on fun so why not use a bunch of fun colors, but would something like a little light next to an SD card icon be SO hard just to reduce the amount of stuff I have to remember? Summary review: Everything about this camera screams fun and cutesy...the color choices are cute, the selfie mirror is actually kind of cute (as well as being surprisingly more useful than I expected), the little Zink paper packets are cute, the little sounds it makes when you take a picture are cute, the changing LED colors in the status indicator are cute (if not a bit cryptic in their meaning)--the whole package is just very...cute. If that's what you're after, this is a great little gift for the budding photographer/selfie-addict in you or your family. My daughter and I had a blast shooting off photos at the Endgame premier and she loves the instant gratification the in-camera printing provides for those spontaneous "photo needs" with her friends. Sure, the images are tiny once they're printed, and the digital files left behind on the SD card aren't archival quality or really even frame-worthy, but that's not what this camera is about, nor does it ever claim to be. Just like those disposable cameras people use at parties, this is all about having a fun little record of that special moment, but with the added benefit of getting a printout of that moment while you're still IN the moment. I wish the camera could hold a few more sheets of Zink paper (only 10 per load) and an indicator of how many sheets are left in the hopper would be a BIG help; but for spur-of-the-moment, "I don't really need anything better than a cell-phone quality photo to print out for keeps or to share with someone anyway" occasions, this is a great little camera that's sure to be a hit. Easily recommended for what it does...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Canon Has Done It Again!

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    Janine
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    What a fun little instant camera/printer all-in-one! Using this Canon Ivy Cliq is super easy. Basically just point and shoot, print and stick. Being able to take tiny snapshots and turn them into mini stickers to use in any way you see fit, along with being able to share them with family or friends, is so cool! And because this instant camera/printer is slim and compact, you can take it wherever you go. I love having color choices, and for me, the mint green is totally retro. So happy I chose this color! And, the refill sticker photo paper packs aren't all that expensive either; really affordable. You can even create mini Polaroid-esque snapshots to share, or keep. Just select the 2"x2" option and turn the camera to whichever particular direction necessary to achieve your desired effect - as per the easy-to-understand instructions. It's nice having that option, too, besides the standard 2"x3" photo. And the handy Reprint button makes it easy to print an instant copy of the photo you just took. The picture quality and color clarity is what you might expect given the type of camera this is with the printer being built-in, along with the size of photo being taken. Printing time is kinda slow, but again, take into consideration what this quirky little camera is meant for. Instructions could be a bit more informative with regards to what the micro SD card slot is useful for. Is it to be used for storing pics taken with the camera, or being able to print photos already stored on an SD card? - that is, if you were able to access and view your pics by plugging the camera into a computer and then printing your selected photos. But no. It's just for storage of the pictures you take, if you want to. No accompanying app used with this model Ivy Cliq, either. Which is fine. The instant camera/printer itself does all that it needs to do. The Canon Ivy Cliq Instant Film Camera/Printer would be an awesome gift idea for a teen, pre-teen, or even a college-age girl; the young or young-at-heart. Canon is a brand of camera and printing products I'm well familiar with and have had nothing but positive experience with. I've no hesitation recommending this fun little device.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Old school in a new case.

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    DarR
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    I grew up in an era where photos were printed. This does the same--- only instantly! The camera looks sleek and is light. Taking photos is easy-- it takes some getting used to the framing, especially being used to phone cameras. This is hard when you cannot review your live shots before it gets printed out. So it requires a learning curve. Photo quality is so-so. It's not crisp and is sometimes dark-- even in well-lit situations. Same as the regular photo prints in the 80s. So plainly, this camera is just for plain fun especially that the photo sheets can be used as stickers. I'm sure baby boomers and little kids will love this --- the photo sheets are not cheap though. It can act as a regular camera given the extra SD card slot, but, almost everyone has a smartphone, that I'm sure takes more photos. Artistic people can have a use for this too. Overall, it is a fun camera. Something to use as a back-up to take instant souvenirs.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend