Canon unveils new ultra-portable IVY photo printer for iPhone & Android

Canon has added a new photo printer to its line-up today. Called the IVY, it is Canon’s smallest and lightest photo printer to date. It weighs less than 6 ounces and measures just 4.7-inches long, 3.2-inches wide, and 0.7-inches high. With a product this portable, you can easily pocket this device alongside your smartphone. In fact, those two items are all that you will need to print photos on the go.

Customers simply download the Canon Mini Print app to their iPhone or Android device and follow the instructions to pair the two products via Bluetooth. Once this is complete, users can select photos to print to their IVY photo printer. In addition to printing the original photos snapped on their smartphone, users can make edits to these photos directly within the app, adding can stickers, frames, filters, text, and drawings. Collages can also be made by choosing from ten existing collage templates within the app.

To counter the small 2-inch by 3-inch prints, Canon has added a feature to the app called tile print to allow users to print larger photos. Tile prints can make larger photos by printing four or nine prints that once placed side-by-side, represent a larger 4-inch by 6-inch or 6-inch by 9-inch photo. Canon has also added augmented reality features to their app, allowing users to take selfies with augmented reality filters and facial distortion features for a more fun and unique experience.

Canon prides itself on the print quality of their products, and the IVY is no exception. For this reason, a blue sheet of paper comes in every paper pack that customers purchase. Canon is calling this piece of paper the ZINK SMART SHEET™. IVY uses this piece of paper to calibrate itself and ensure that it meets Canon’s quality standards.

According to Canon, IVY will print photos in up to 50 seconds, with battery life lasting approximately 90 minutes. IVY can store 10 sheets of paper and a ZINK SMART SHEET™ at one time. The cost for one sheet of paper is about 50 cents.

Canon IVY is available in 3 colors: Rose Gold, Mint Green, and Slate Gray and retails for $129.99. You can pick up 20 sheets of paper for $9.99 or 50 sheets of paper for $24.99.

The ZINK photo printer market is fierce with competition. A quick search on Amazon will show you a lot of alternatives to consider. Only time will tell if the Canon IVY has what it takes to stand on its own.

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