I’m excited to share with you the latest Mini Photo Printer by Canon, the all-new Canon iNSPiC [S] series. It’s a camera and printer combo that’s super easy to use. You can find the full specs from the June Canon iNSPic launch event. But reading is not the same as actually using the product, so how does it really fare?

As someone who appreciates simple but effective devices for the everyday user, I have to say that the Canon iNSPiC [S] is truly impressive! It literally took me seconds to learn this and I never once huff and puff in frustration.

Review video of the Canon iNSPiC [S] series

Fave feature of the Canon iNSPiC [S]: The easy-as-heck printing

The iNSPiC [S] allows you to print your photos instantly. Because the iNSPiC [S] also has a memory card slot for you to save all your photos, you can print the same picture as many times as you want. Just press the Reprint button (the first button on the right, on the back of the camera) to reprint the last printed photo. Each print lasts up to 50 seconds, so it’s quite fast. This is absolutely perfect for fun gatherings with your family and friends—no more fighting over who gets to keep which prints! And if you want to view and save all the photos you’ve taken, plug the camera to your computer via USB cable.

But here’s the more exciting part! In comparison to the iNSPiC [C], the iNSPiC [S] lets you print photos directly from your smartphone. So if you wanna add filters or make other fun edits, snap a pic on your smartphone and use the camera to print it out. All you’ve gotta do is connect your smartphone to the camera via Bluetooth and load up the Canon Mini Print app (it’s free on Google Play Store and App Store!) to select and print.

Took some printed photos and laid them out to see how they look. Not bad!
The top row is selfies while the bottom row are saved pictures on my smartphone camera roll.
Comic (bottom right) credit to facebook.com/hxsmlah/
Took some printed photos and laid them out to see how they look. Not bad!
The top row is selfies while the bottom row are saved pictures on my smartphone camera roll.
Comic (bottom right) credit to facebook.com/hxsmlah/

The other thing about the iNSPiC [S] that I really like is the smudge-proof photos. For this, Canon uses their trademark ZINK Zero InkTM Technology, a dry-printing technology that enables colour printing without using ink cartridges. This results in all photos coming out looking awesome without any smudges, even when you touch them right after printing. 

The downsides:

  • You can only load a maximum of 10 photo papers at a time. 
  • Depending on the lighting of your environment, some photos may come out too bright.

This means, you have to keep extra stacks at hand if you’re planning to take more than 10 pictures. Luckily though, it’s easy as heck to refill the papers and you can do it anywhere. 

Two different selfies with different brightness levels due to camera distance. Same location, same me. This image is taken by another camera and uploaded without any editing.
Two different selfies with different brightness levels due to camera distance. Same location, same me. This image is taken by another camera and uploaded without any editing.

As for the brightness issue, like any other instant cameras, you have to do some test shots to determine how much flash you need in different settings. It’s not too difficult; I just moved the camera further a bit in my second selfie and it looks much better!

Canon iNSPiC [S] in Matte Black.
Canon iNSPiC [S] in Matte Black.

Just like the iNSPiC [C], the iNSPiC [S] is also lightweight and convenient to carry around. Though not in fun bright colours, the iNSPiC [S] comes in more practical colours like Pearl White, Matte Black and Rose Gold that are easy to the eyes.

All in all, the iNSPiC [S] offers a great deal for the casual user. By enabling a direct connection to your smartphone, you can take selfies and wefies fast and print as many copies as you want. Convenience is what makes this product truly appealing, and I’m sure everyone who loves to take pictures without the hassle of bulky cameras and printers would consider getting the Canon iNSPiC [S]!

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