Canon Zoemini Instant Cameras – Review

If you are a self-confessed selfie addict and love to share photos with your friends and loved ones, then you need something that is stylish, portable, and can give you instant results with the minimum of fuss.

For every special moment that needs to be captured, you can have a camera and printer small enough to fit in your pocket and with such a compact system, it has never been easier to shoot and print on the go. Canon offers several options that range from 2-in-1 models with cameras and printers built in, to the option to use a portable printer that connects to your mobile devices for on-the-spot image capture and printing, just when you need it.

You might wonder how it is possible to build a printer into a compact camera and make it small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. It’s all made possible by Canon’s ZINK Zero Ink) photo paper. ZINK paper is infused with a layer of micro crystals that react when heat is applied by the device. If you’ve ever had a receipt printed in your local store, it’s a colour version of that technology. Let’s be honest, it isn’t archival quality, but it is a great little toy for creating prints instantly. There are several flavours of Zoemini devices that you can choose from, depending on your needs.

The basic Zoemini is just a printer with a 10 sheet capacity that connects to your smart device via the Canon Mini Print app. Next up is the Zoemini C, which lets you both capture and print from the same device, incorporating a 5MP camera and 2×3” ZINK paper prints. If you need more resolution, you can opt for the Zoemini S with an 8MP camera and 314 x 600dpi prints. It’s all you need for snaps on the go.

Zoemini S

£149/$159/€169 (US Ivy Cliq+)
Instant capture of treasured memories.

8MP camera
Flash and 8 LED fill light
Auto ISO 100-1600
ZINK printing technology
Smartphone ready
188g model
Available in Matt Black, Pearl, White, or Rose Gold
314 x 600 dpi resolution
Bluetooth connectivity
Remote shutter with Canon
Mini Print app
Micro SD card support
Selfie mirror and ringlight
25 print battery life
121 x 80.3 x 21.5mm

Pros: A useful companion app. More powerful flash than Zoemini C.
Cons: Slow to start up. Viewfinder may not be so accurate. No LCD screen.

4/5

Zoemini C

£109/$99/€119 (US Ivy Cliq)
A perfect pocket companion.

5MP camera
Flashlight
Auto ISO 100-1600
ZINK printing technology
Smartphone ready
170g model
Available in Pink, Yellow, Green and Blue
314 x 500 dpi resolution
Bluetooth connectivity
Remote shutter with Canon
Mini Print app
Micro SD card support
Selfie mirror and ringlight
25 print battery life
121 x 78.3 x 23.7mm

Pros: No worries about ink running out. 25 print battery life from one charge.
Cons: Flash ring not as powerful as Zoemini S. Prints can be a bit muddy.

3/5

Zoemini

£80/$99/€111 (US Ivy)
Print it as soon as you shoot it.

10 sheet capacity
ZINK printing technology
2 x 3” prints
160g model
314 x 400 dpi resolution
Bluetooth connectivity
50 second print speed
Borderless printing
Selfie mirror and ringlight
20 print battery life
118.3 x 82.3 x 18.7mm
iOS and Android compatible

Pros: Creative and easy to use app. Decent print speed. Lots of fun filters.
Cons: Battery life. No charge remaining indicator. For smartphones only.

4/5

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Mark Frost

Mark started work as a commercial artist during the good old days of Letraset, spray mount and having to process your photos at a local chemist. Having discovered his passion for photography, Photoshop and the wonders of digital image manipulation, he has not looked back. He is well on his way to owning more cameras than he’s had hot dinners.

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