Nowadays, not all photos need to be printed. Given the sheer amount of photographs we snap every day on our smartphones, that’s undoubtedly a good thing, but there are some pics that simply shouldn’t be confined to the cloud. For these, Canon has just unveiled the Zoemini, the latest – and smallest – in its line of photo printers.
If the thought of carrying around a printer fills you with dread, relax – you won’t be dragging around anything like the Xerox machines of old. Instead, the Zoemini lives up to the latter part of its name and is definitely on the svelte side. Weighing in at 160g, and with dimensions of 118mm x 82mm x 19mm, it genuinely fits the definition of pocket-sized.
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It connects to any smartphone via Bluetooth and prints photographs of 2×3-inches. If you’re trying to picture that in your mind, it’s as wide as a passport photo, but 50% taller. If that sounds a bit too small for your needs, you can create larger pictures by printing four or nine, and stitching them together.
You won’t have to worry about ink leaking and staining your pockets or the inside of your bag. The Zoemini uses Canon’s ZINK (Zero Ink) technology meaning no cartridges and no ribbons.
The downside of this is that it means the Zoemini requires special thermal paper to work. The printer comes with 10 sheets to get you started, but after that, you’re on your own and will need to order more in packs of 20 or 50 at a time.
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I’d love to give you a firm idea of the price at this point, but Canon’s own store keeps autocorrecting “zink” to “ink”. If it’s anything like Polaroid’s Ink technology, sheets will probably be around £25 for a pack of 50.
The camera itself, meanwhile, retails for £119.99 and will be available from September 2018.
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