Canon announced a new pair of instant print cameras that will challenge Fujifilm’s Instax mini-film cameras, part of a trend embraced by social media users and influencers alike.
Enter the two Canon IVY CLIQ instant print cameras Each of Canon’s new shooters can hold up to ten sheets of Zink film, can export your photos to the CLIQ + instant camera printer app +, and includes an optical viewfinder and cable USB to charge the battery.
The IVY CLIQ + (the top end of the two cameras, called the Zoemini S in Europe) has an 8-megapixel sensor, 2 x 2 and 2 x 3 printing options, expansion via a microSD card slot, an option Reprint to share recent photos with friends, and a selfie mirror surrounded by a ring of LED light so you can get the perfect vanity photo. Canon and authorized retailers will begin selling the IVY CLIQ + in April, including ten sheets of 2 x 3 photo paper to start, for $ 159.99. It will come in pearl white, sapphire blue, or ruby red.
Meanwhile, the IVY CLIQ camera (called Zoemini C in Europe) is at Canon’s lower end of the instant print camera spectrum. It has just a 5-megapixel sensor, along with the same 2×2 and 2×3 print options, expandable microSD card storage, and selfie mirror. However, it doesn’t have the LED light ring that the CLIQ + has. Pricing for the IVY CLIQ Starter Kit, which also ships in April, will be $ 99 and also includes all ten sheets of film to get you started.
But here’s the catch: Zink’s film doesn’t compare to Fujifilm’s in terms of color or resolution. Also, Canon is already late to the party, so between that and its inferior film, I wonder how well it can compete in this market.
However, if you can see beyond the film problem, perhaps the new IVY CLIQ + instant print cameras could come in handy on your next trip. In the meantime, I’ll keep my smartphone camera.
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