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  • 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 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+. 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 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 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

  • 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 are 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 have 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 have some Zink paper on board...just know up front that even though this feels like a "regular" digital camera, it is 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 have 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: 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 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.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Capture that Magic Moment

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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Entry level, fun but very basic.

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    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: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not sure why

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    dharr18
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    Canon - IVY Cliq Instant Film Camera - Bumblebee Yellow Maybe I am missing the point... OK. Maybe I am missing the point. I have the Canon Ivy Printer, and I use it as needed when I find a picture I want to print out. It does a really nice job for a small format print. So I was intrigued when I found the IVY Cliq Camera. I was excited when the package arrived looking forward to having camera and printer in one package. After opening the package, the excitement quickly died. I grew up back when instant cameras were a thing. Film cameras were the norm. Digital cameras were not a thing yet. The fun part of taking pictures back then was seeing how they turned out after waiting an hour at the local photo lab. Then you start going thru the pictures and were lucky to get 3 or 4 good shots of people in a 36 picture roll. The odds of someone not blinking or making a odd face were pretty slim. Instant cameras were fun too as you took the picture and stood there like a fool waving it in the air trying to get it to develop quicker. The fun there was watching the photographer and seeing the disappointment as they see the picture was nowhere near as good as they had hoped as cousin Jimmy decided to stick a finger in someone's nose. Why do I bring up this memory? At 50 cents per sheet, taking a photo to be instant printed is not cheap. It would be very easy to go thru 10 pictures and not get a good one. Clearly there must be a way to take a picture and view it before it prints. Right? Maybe a app that sends the photo over Bluetooth...but then why not just use the phone to take the picture? But don't worry Canon took care of that...there is no app...there is no Bluetooth...there is no control over what prints. All pictures print, even the nose picking Jimmy pictures. That is OK, I thought. I just won't load the paper, save the image to the micro SD and figure out how to get the right photo to print later. Nope. The camera will not take a photo without the paper. Clearly this wasn't right. I go to Canon's support page. Nope. You can't take a picture with no paper. OK, this can be fixed in a firmware update I am sure. I'll download the software and see what the firmware update process is like. Hmmm? No software for the camera. I am now assuming no firmware updates either. So I have a camera with a SD slot that will not take pictures without "film" being in this digital camera. A 5 megapixel camera? You honestly could buy a cheap cell phone and have similar results. I am not sure who this camera is for nor why it exists in this format. Buying just the IVY printer and using your phone will give better results and known results. Honestly I can not recommend this camera in any sense of the word. It might be more tolerable if the paper was cheaper and affordable, less than 10 cents a sheet seems about a right price point. But for the gamble of taking a good pic and no way of editing the picture before print and the hassle of having to have extra paper available if you are taking a lot of shots... I'll stick to my cell for everyday shots and break out the DSLR for special moments or projects. For the life of me, I don't know who the target consumer is for this camera. The prints are so small that older people won't be able to see them. The price per shot is too high for most people sub 30 years old to find affordable. The inability to just take a digital picture is a waste. The beauty of digital photography is the ability to correct a picture before publishing or printing. This works against the grain of the advantages of digital photography. For less than 10 cents an image, I can select the photos I want printed and pick them up in an hour or have them shipped to me. Or I can wait 30 seconds to get a picture I am not sure of with cousin Jimmy and his stray finger. Good: - It is yellow??? - It has a strap - It is lightweight - The pictures can be used as stickers (can you hear my eyes roll as I typed that?) Bad: - Requires paper to take pictures - The paper is about 50 cents a sheet (same complaint for IVY printer) - Can not preview what is being printed - No software - No app - No Bluetooth - Might have been cool 30 years ago - 2x3 format - 5 Megapixel

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Cute, fun, instant photo, for 1998

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    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: 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

    Vintage-Like Tech for the Youth of Today

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    Trobadour
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    ---SETUP--- 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. ---FEATURES--- 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. ---PERFORMANCE--- 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. ---EXPECTATIONS--- 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. ---VALUE--- 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. ---APPROVAL--- 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.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not a great photo

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    RandallFlagg
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    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.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Cute for kids, but too expensive for a toy

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    I love Canon cameras - and I used to love the Polaroid Instant photos when I was a kid. So, the combination of these two was very appealing to me. Well, not to me - but to my kid. It’s kind of big for kids hands, so it’s good that there is a wrist strap. There’s an SD card slot, so you can keep a digital image with the physical image. Mine was ‘mint green’ - but that’s just the front; the back was white and it looks like it could be a dirt magnet. The images were just not great. Well, if this was a $30 camera then it’d be on par - but not for one retailing around $100. Some images had lines, others were fine (see attached images). We fell victim to the ‘duplicate photo’ press and were stuck with a wasted dupe photo (also in included images). I got this as a product to review, so I found it strange that it only came with the 10 sheets (default in the box) to write a review with. Normally, we get extra accessories to ensure we get a lengthy review session, but 10 photos went *poof* pretty fast. There is a Blackberry-esque selfie mirror on the front - which does the job. When you take a photo, shortly after you hear the rollers start and you want to turn the camera over. Well, for both my wife and I, we ended up hitting the shutter button at that time, firing off another photo, which in-turn kicks off another print job. Mine mis-shoot was of the ceiling, my wife’s was of the sky - so, pretty consistent: up (yes, in the attached photos too!). That really needs to be fixed - make the button more rigid, or have it print out a different side. Something. I did go and buy a 20-pack of photo sheets, running around $0.50 a photo - which is pretty pricey for a gimmick-type little camera. So, there's $120 right out the gate - excluding memory cards. Overall, this is a no-go for adults. For kids, it’s a ‘cute to have’ - but the price tag puts it out of that type of audience’s budget. It also needs to include more sheets.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A good novelty camera but...

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    CrysisComplex
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    Canon IVY Cliq Instant Film Camera is an ok camera with just enough basic features to keep you happy. While does feel slightly cheap the design is lower than what I expect with other "insta" film cameras. The mint green adds a nice touch to their otherwise boring color lineups from other companies. Setting up the camera is easy it's just a battery pack inside and once that is fully installed you can charge up the camera which takes about an hour and a half. The feature here is that you can print out pictures on the go which does a decent job. They give you 10 sheets of ZINK paper which is nice to test the camera but if you want more you have to buy because the 10 will run out. The "ZINK" paper you can buy separately is pretty cheap to buy which is also another defining feature which gives you about 50 sheets for $20. Trust me when it comes to these instant cameras film is something you have to keep in mind as the price will stack up on you. Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 is one that is a beautiful camera and love to use but when you only get 8 sheets for $18.99 the fun start to die out quick; The Fujifilm Instax Square film paper is $36.99 right now for 60 sheets. By far the Canon IVY wins on all fronts with pricing. Plus Zink paper can be used as stickers but they don't stick well as they curl up on the edges. Does the camera take pictures, good pictures? Well, that is going to depend on your shots and angles. It's a very mixed bag. It was really hard to take photos during a road trip even with autofocus. My girlfriend loved using it but didn't use it for long. Great for taking indoor shots but just don't use this in the dark as it is useless. Prints don't look sharp nor clear but it is a "photo" so you have that going. There is a selfie mirror on the front of the camera which is just as laughable as it doesn't do much to help take a selfie all that well. The flash is only good for about a foot away. The SD card goes up to 256GB which is plenty to take all the photos you need. What I think it is that people expectations are way too high for this camera and forgetting what its actually for. These "Insta" cameras is not there to replace your Canon T-series Rebel or Your Ultra megapixel smartphone but its there for fun and I suppose nostalgia. This could be great for teens or kids who just want pictures but outside of that its pretty average with nothing standing out. The thing is there are other Insta cameras that does what this does better but this Canon IVY Cliq is for the very budget friendly more so then the others I've tried. I just feel like Canon could do a much better job than the Cliq and Cliq + line of cameras. Almost like they need to go back to the drawing board and overhaul before they get left behind in this field. The younger crowd will love it but I also feel that more features should have been added to keep thing interesting for them. I had a little fun but not enough for me to keep interested in this product or recommend to friends.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Instant Fun . . with trade-offs

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    TECHBEENGOOD
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    Canon IVY CLIQ - This is my idea of a party camera. It could be a nice incentive for school-aged kids to get social and share instant photos of their friends and other party goers. For the rest of us, it’s a very convenient instant camera that captures a moment or makes a permanent record, with the printed result in your hand . . . now. But, “instant” comes with a trade-off and you won’t be leaving your camera/phone home.. FRAME an image . . . CLICK . . . WAIT 30 seconds or so for a cute 2x2 or 3x3 PHOTO to pop out. Instant. Permanent. SETUP and USE: The photo paper loads as 10 sheet packages (a 10 sheet pack is in the box and costs approx. $10 for 20 sheets when you re-supply). You should have charged up the camera beforehand. There is NO need for ink . . . this is a special paper using technology that never needs ink. There is a microSD slot if you want to have digital backups for your computer — Just do it; trust me. [The CLIQ PLUS version of the camera adds Bluetooth connectivity and adds around $60 to the price if easier connectivity or backups are important to you.] With either version of the camera, you can also do reprints immediately after taking a picture using a top/rear button on the IVY CLIQ camera. There is a built in flash and an optical viewfinder to properly frame your pictures. I found it very easy to get an image that was always properly framed. Proper lighting was a bit trickier, but improved with experience PERFORMANCE: So, how did the pictures look? Nice and sharp, but my first close-up picture was a bit washed out. A little practice recognizing how much light on my subjects was ideal, and my pictures improved to a natural, colorful print. Sure, they were not as richly intense as I can accomplish with my newest Canon home printer, but that’s why I put a microSD card to print out those backups at home. According to Canon, this version of the IVY CLIQ has a 5-megapixel resolution, and at these small photo sizes, the prints are pretty and natural looking. The backing of the print can be peeled away to reveal adhesive, if you want to decorate stuff. RECOMMENDATIONS: I suppose you could think of this Canon Ivy CLIQ as a nostalgic throwback, with some updates. It is reminiscent of those instant cameras we first saw in the 1950s-60s. I like the idea of encouraging social interactions and creating instant memories while the party is still on. I think imaginative kids, especially, will find ways to capture their world, decorate their stuff, and explore artistic projects. I can recommend this camera, with the caveats I’ve noted.

    I would 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: 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: 3 out of 5 stars

    Expected more from Canon

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    TheTruQ
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    Instant cameras… Takes me back to the good old days. I can remember cameras spitting out that glossy, “developing” photo that we all waited on in order to see the picture we had just taken. Well, the Canon IVY Cliq camera seems to be aimed at capturing a bit of nostalgia. It is an instant photo digital camera that seems aimed at taking fun individual shots, small group photos, and selfies. Opening the Cliq served as a bit of a letdown. I was expecting the product to be a bit more substantial in weight and material. It is basically a plastic camera with very few buttons. It feels like a device that has very little value, and that’s surprising from Canon. At first glance and handle, I think this would be better served marketed towards kids. After following the very simple directions, loading the camera with the included sheets, I was ready to take pictures in a snap. That brings me to another issue with this camera – 5 megapixels. Not only that, but it has no optical zoom. You have to be very close to get a decent picture of your subject. Click the button, the flash pops, and photo taken. The Cliq actually prints the photos at a decent speed. The photo printing is really the technological strength of the camera. There is no waiting for the photo to develop. It exits the camera, fully printed/developed. Photo quality is only decent, and really suffers at any distance. There really isn’t much else to add about this device. Of course, you have SD card save capabilities, but having a device like this is about the instant photos, period. As it stands, I can only see this device serving as bit of a nostalgic break from the present. Maybe a purchase for a younger person; maybe certain small business applications – daycare, classrooms, etc. The ZINK technology, on the other hand, that may be worth exploring more. I think Canon should think about developing just the miniature printer with Bluetooth capabilities to cell phones. That piece is slick, and would be a handy utility and niche product that I think people would enjoy using.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A great rendition of an instant printing camera

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    stevefromtheburbs
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