Canon Ivy Cliq+ / Zoemini S aims to be an instant success

Canon has launched its own range of instant print cameras, to rival the best instant cameras offered by Fujifilm, Polaroid, Kodak and others. Rumored for a while, the cameras use the same Zink print technology that Canon licenses in its pocket printers. 

The flagship of the new range will be known as the Canon Ivy Cliq+ in North America, but will sell as the Canon Zoemini S in Europe. There is also a budget model, known as the Canon Ivy Cliq/Zoemini C.

The Ivy Cliq+ combines a digital camera with an instant print camera - minicking the dual functionality found in recent models from Fujifilm and Kodak. 

The Ivy Cliq+ features an 8 megapixel sensor and features an optical viewfinder along with a large selfie mirror. The camera prints 2x2in or 2x3in stickers – the Zink refill packs can each produce 10 borderless prints.

The camera can autofocus down to a distance of 30cm, but has a fixed 25.4mm f/2.2 lens. There are eight LED lights around the lens that are designed to produce even portrait lighting in lowlight, or for fill-in outdoors.

The party trick of the Ivy Cliq+ is that it can connect to the free Canon Mini Print App using Bluetooth. This allows you to control the printing process from your smartphone – choosing which images you want to print, and adding borders and creative filters. The Cliq+ also features NFC to aid printing images direct from your phone.

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The App also can be used a remote control for the camera - helping with group portraits. The app also allows you to customise the sounds made by the camera.

Weighing 188g, the Cliq+ stores digital versions of your image on a microSD card. Its lithium-polymer batteries are charged via a USB port - and each charge is said to be enough to create 25 prints. The camera measures 121 x 80.3 x 21.5mm.

The Ivy Cliq+ will be available in pearl white, sapphire blue, and ruby red colors. It will sell for $159.99

The Zoemini S will be available in matt black, pearl white or rose gold – and will retail for £149.

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