Canon Ivy Cliq+2 review

Canon’s crack at the instant print camera market is one of the coolest and most portable examples. But is image quality up to scratch?

Canon Ivy Cliq+2
(Image: © Gavin Stoker / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

An autofocus, auto exposure device not much larger than our mobile phone that can not only take pictures, but output prints too, would seem worthy of further investigation. However we’re not fans of the Zero Ink – ‘Zink’ – technology this camera uses which outputs rather dull and lifeless prints, even at a credit card sized 2x3 inches. Unless that is, we’re pressing the Canon Ivy Cliq+2’s Vivid or B&W backplate button to attempt to boost visual interest. However, this isn’t quite enough to save it. For the asking price, we’d be better off with a Fujifilm Instax if instant prints of reasonable quality are our primary concern. Best filed under ‘a bit of fun’ and left at that.

Pros

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    Pocket-sized camera and printer combined

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    Very portable

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    A microSD card can be added to save the shots taken

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    Large and obvious selfie mirror encircles the lens

Cons

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    Print quality is disappointing, particularly for a Canon product

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    No LCD screen on the camera back

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    Downloading an app is required to get at supplementary features

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    Most mobile phones can now take better pictures

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With Canon’s flagship EOS R series of mirrorless cameras very much in the spotlight, the fact that at the other end of the scale it’s released a second-generation version of its digital instant camera, may well have escaped your attention. Sold as the Canon Zoemini S2 in Europe and Australasia, and as the Ivy Cliq+2 in North America, this hybrid device cleverly combines a digital compact camera and instant printer. 

While Fujifilm’s Instax range of Polaroid-like instant print cameras may well have saved its fortunes, Canon has been far less aggressive in promoting its own instant print alternatives. Perhaps it’s just gently testing the water, and the market? Or just maybe – whisper it – its own product is not actually very good.

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Gavin Stoker

Gavin has over 30 years’ experience of writing about photography and television. He is currently the editor of British Photographic Industry News, and previously served as editor of Which Digital Camera and deputy editor of Total Digital Photography


He has also written for a wide range of publications including T3, BBC Focus, Empire, NME, Radio Times, MacWorld, Computer Active, What Digital Camera and the Rough Guide books.


With his wealth of knowledge, Gavin is well placed to recognize great camera deals and recommend the best products in Digital Camera World’s buying guides. He also writes on a number of specialist subjects including binoculars and monoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes, trail cameras, action cameras, body cameras, filters and cameras straps.