I had no idea what was coming.
Canon’s mysterious event invite just said to come down to Knots Cafe and Living, at 3pm on June 13 for an ‘Afternoon of Spontaneity.’ Their exact words, not mine.
Yeah, I was intrigued pretty intrigued by it and the promise of free food will always draw me out. I’m a sucker for free grub and Canon probably knew that too.
I’m glad I turned up too…and it wasn’t because of the food.
As soon as I came in, the first thing that I saw were these colorful little boxes arrayed on two tables in the middle of the room. My first thought were that these were perhaps new entries in Canon’s line of portable printers.
Well…I wasn’t exactly wrong, but I wasn’t spot on either.
Turns out these were Canon’s new line of iNSPiC cameras; the iNSPiC [S] and the iNSPiC [C].
I’m not going to lie.
The Bumble Bee Yellow got my attention straight away and I was sold.
The color pops and jumps right at you, like a heavily caffeinated kid on at the peak of his sugar rush. I wanted one…I NEEDED one.
The other two colors, Seaside Blue and Bubble Gum Pink were great too, but alas, my heart (and eyes) are only for the Bumble Bee Yellow.
Now the Canon iNSPiC [C] cameras aren’t just cameras.
If you’ve been looking at the pictures I took, you’ll probably have guessed it too, but for those who haven’t, they’re also packed with a built-in printer.
Oh yes, they print out stickers.
I’m very new to this whole instant camera/printer schbang but that is soooooooo cool.
I don’t take selfies (on the account that mirrors have been known to crack when I appear in them) but I couldn’t resist snapping a few (which I’ll be showing off in the upcoming review).
Without spoiling things, they turned out pretty damn good!
They’re small but the image looks clear and the colors are vibrant, using Canon’s ZINK Photo Paper. A pack comes with 20 sheets, but you’re probably going to need more than one cause once you start, you won’t want to stop.
It’s like the sticker version of cocaine…or Pringles.
While I initially thought that the iNSPiC [C] was the sole focus of the event, I realized that it actually shared the spotlight with its brother, the iNSPiC [S].
Looking at the colors (Pearl White, Matte Black and Rose Gold), you get the feeling that these bad boys are geared towards a more matured audience. Flashy colors are fine and fun but sometimes you just got to have something that doesn’t clash with your outfit.
As the bigger brother, the iNSPiC [S] can do everything the iNSPiC [C] can do AND more.
It can take pictures and it can print, but unlike the iNSPiC [C], it can also function as a standalone printer.
It’s like having the iNSPiC [C] and the iNSPiC [P] in one sleek, handy package.
It also has the HUGE selfie mirror dome that surrounds the lens and has built-in ring lights that you can enable as fill lights should you need more natural lighting than the camera’s flash.
Canon’s pretty much beefed up the iNSPiC [S] in pretty much every way you’d want (if you’re a selfie fiend).
Now I bet you’ve been wondering what specs the cameras have. Wonder no more!
|iNSPiC [C]||iNSPiC [S]|
|Product Dimensions (LxDxH)||Approximately 121 x 78.3 x 23.8 mm||Approximately 121 x 80.3 x 21.5 mm|
|Connectivity||N/A||Bluetooth 4.0 and Canon Mini Print app|
|Print Resolution||314 x 500 dpi||314 x 600 dpi|
|Print Speed||Up to 50 seconds||Up to 50 seconds|
|Charging time||Up to 90 mins||Up to 90 mins|
|Memory Card Compatibility||Up to 256GB||Up to 256GB|
Canon’s also collaborating with Craftholic for the launch of the cameras. Get either the iNSPiC [C] or iNSPiC [S] and you’ll get cool freebies worth $59!
Both cameras will be available this Monday, June 17 and I’ll be back with a full review of the Canon iNSPiC [S] soon.