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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: 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: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not a great photo

    Posted
    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: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not For Me

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    jailoliv
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    Loving photography like I do, I would like to clarify that I look for perfect image quality, which is the reason I own a Canon D70. That is not to say that I can’t have fun with instant film camera such as the Canon IVY Cliq. After all, instant cameras were a big thing when I was a teen. I even tried one recently and I liked it but I am sad to say that even my ten-year old did not like this one. The pictures came out either too orange or too red in every situation. In low lighting, they were grainy and extremely dark. The flash made things even worse in that type of situation, with spots of intense reflection. In good lighting, it came out slightly better but not by much. The fact that it has no way of previewing the pictures before printing them, make it a waste of money, especially with the film you need to buy without the option of seeing whether it is worth it to print before you do so. If the quality was mostly good, this would not be a big deal but the fact that it is not takes the fun away. You can save the pictures to an SD card but you will need a computer to see them. By then, you’d better off with a pocket photo printer that you can connect to your phone, which probably can take much better pictures anyway. It feels cheap and seems to be designed with kids in mind but my younger daughter did not enjoy it either despite her initial enthusiasm. The pros are few but size is one of them. It is also light, easy to use and charged via USB. It has a small mirror for selfies but it did not impress me. I do like Canon but I cannot recommend this camera

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    gimmicky instant camera

    Posted
    Bappy
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    The Canon IVY CLIQ Instant Camera is a gimmicky point and shoot camera that prints each picture you take on Peel & Stick ZINK Photo Paper. The paper costs about fifty cents a 2x3 inch sheet and fits in the camera like a small deck of cards. Taking pictures is pretty easy, actually a bit too easy as the shutter button is way too easy to trigger when handling the camera. I took one accidental picture after loading in the paper. The camera is pretty basic with a fixed lens, an auto flash and a selfie mirror on the front. With this basic model, there is no way to take a picture, preview and then print. Press the shutter button and you print (along with saving the image to a micro SD card). As for the prints, they are fairly basic and look like a bit flat color wise. Given the quality (or lack of) the prints and small size (don’t expect 70/80’s era instant prints) I can’t really recommend the camera. My teen children did think instant prints were pretty cool though, especially with the sticky backing for placement on a surface. Pros: - Instant prints - Camera looks cool - SD card for storing images you took Cons: - Small, unremarkable instant prints - No preview, click the shutter you get a print - No control over flash, exposure or much else - Takes about 25 prints per charge

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Print quality is not very Good

    Posted
    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: 2 out of 5 stars

    Old school in a new case.

    Posted
    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

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    6 years too late>?

    Posted
    Christopher
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    I have tested a few of these novelty self-printing cameras, I guess I have a bit of nostalgia from a past era. But this one would really only be cool for a kid for short period until they ran out of the film (imo). It is strong, well built, and quite colorful. It has an expandable memory slot which is a cool bonus but prints very mediocre pictures. I wish I could say better because I really do like the idea of these coming back but this one is not trend-setter.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend