Today, we take a look at Canon’s new Ivy Mini Photo Printer, a portable zero ink printer. Being a printer tech, the first thing I noticed about this printer is that it isn’t an inkjet or laser process. It’s thermal imaging. The magic is in the paper. The colors are in the paper and heat brings them out. But enough about the technical blather, this is a portable photo printer about the size of smart phone!
This is the smallest and lightest printer Canon makes. Take this printer with you anywhere you go and print 2 x 3 photos. As long as you have paper and power in the lithium ion battery this printer will print photos. It doesn’t use ink or toner so it can’t run out. The images are smudge free and won’t run if they get wet.
The Ivy Mini is the perfect companion for your smart phone
Take it with you to weddings or graduation. Print those selfies right after you take them. Great for printing Instagram images. Filter the photos, add captions, emojis or frames right from the smartphone app! It can also print photos with an adhesive backing. Excellent for parties or events. Personalize any item with 2 x 3 stickers. Create a larger image by tiling 4 or 9 prints with Canons printing app.
This is by far one of the easiest printers to setup and use we’ve reviewed. If you can add a Bluetooth device or an app to your smartphone you got this. Take the Canon Ivy Mini out of the box, slide off the back cover, and add paper with the blue calibration page facing down. Plug in the USB cord and turn it on. It will calibrate itself when the first print job is sent. Other than that the Canon Ivy Mini is ready to print.
Printing is done through Canon’s Mini Print App. They designed this app specifically for the Ivy Mini. It’s free from an app store. Scan the QR code in the quick start guide, bring an Android device near enough to touch the printer,or go to: app.canonminiprint.com. The app will walk you through adding the printer with just a few taps. The app includes the user manual in case you have any FAQ or need more instructions. Once they’re synced you can print.
Canon’s Mini print app comes ready to connect to Instagram, Google Drive, Dropbox and Facebook. Considering it’s a mobile app it comes with some powerful photo editing features. Photos can be modified with filters, frames, emojis, or captions. We even noticed, unlike many mobile printing apps, they provided access to the print queue. The developers at Canon did a good job with this app. We should mention this app was larger than the average printing app. The trade off is worth the 78 MB of space in our opinion.
The Canon Ivy Mini printer is 314 x 400 dpi printer. Since it prints on small media the lower dpi doesn’t have a noticeable effect on the quality of the photos. The Canon Ivy Mini produced better quality images than other handheld thermal printers we’ve seen. Of course, each type of printing process will have its own unique ‘look’ to it. This isn’t something bad or even noticeable at first glance. These are great quality photos for such a small size!
For its size and what it does it is an awesome printer. No ink. No toner. Portable. Prints photos or stickers. Retails around $130. Once you factor in all the savings on ink or toner, it’s not a very expensive way to print 2 x 3 photos. A great way to add to any activity or events. We don’t often think of printers as fun, but we made an exception in this case.
It comes in three colors of trim, mint green, rose gold, and slate gray. Get yours here: