HP Sprocket VS Canon Ivy Portable Photo Printer

canon ivy compared to hp sprocket


As much as I love to take a ton of photos, I also find myself trying to find the most convenient way of printing my favorite shots without having to go to a photo printing facility or drop by to a local drugstore. These could take some time especially if there are long lines at the counter or if there are printing instructions to figure out, and worst, having to deal with a malfunctioned computer. I experimented on two popular portable photo printers which are from HP and Canon. I also own a Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic which develops photos instantly within minutes of taking a picture, but I have yet to see the photo quality of its portable photo printer which is called Instax Share. So for now, I would like to review and compare the two portable picture printers I mostly use: the HP Sprocket Plus ($149.95) and the Canon Ivy ($99).


canon ivy vs hp sprocket
Canon Ivy uses blue smartsheet, while HP Sprocket uses orange


Not only are these two portable printers convenient to use, but they also provide for a fun-filled activity since they’re perfect as keepsakes for family and friends, and they’re also great to use for mood boards or for any room decor inspiration. There is a lot of usage with these instant portable printers and all you need to do is to buy the refill paper and you’re good to go. Take note that both HP Sprocket and Canon Ivy uses Zink technology or Zink paper which does not require ink cartridges in order to print. However, there’s still a huge difference with their photo quality compared to when using the standard photo paper. Also, even though both Canon and HP uses Zink paper and can be charged via the standard USB cord, their final prints are definitely not alike, not to mention their respective hardware.


canon ivy vs hp sprocket portable printer review


I first had the HP Sprocket Plus which I preferred over the standard size HP Sprocket because of its larger dimension. If I could find a portable photo printer that could print in 4×6, I would definitely go for that, but for now, the largest I have is the HP Sprocket Plus which is 2.3×3.4. The usual HP Sprocket has more or less the same size as the Fujifilm Instax, as well as the Canon Ivy. The HP Sprocket Plus and the Canon Ivy require apps to be downloaded first before you can start printing the photos. These devices connect to your phone via Bluetooth.


Let’s take a closer look at the similarities and differences between these two.


HP Sprocket/Sprocket Plus


sprocket app review


This printer charges fast and it uses its own Zink paper in orange smartsheet which calibrates the device for a specific paper pack. The app is easy to figure out and it’s quite intuitive. It has what it calls “AR” or “Reveal” function which allows you to scan the printed photos to reveal more contents about it. I don’t really use that feature much, but it’s good to know that HP has it. Additionally, the app has several filters to choose from and it also features frames and other photo special effects. The hardware prints fast and it doesn’t run out of power so soon. However, the final print takes on a more cyanotype tone, which is basically bluish and can look a bit gloomy. Depending on the photo, some may look a bit depressing. Also, for most 80% of the photos, there seem to appear a weird stripe that is kind of annoying, especially if you take a closer look at the prints. The refill paper for the Sprocket Plus is $10.39 for 20 sheets and for the Sprocket it’s $24.99 for 50 sheets or $4.99 for 20 sheets which are all sticker-backed.


Canon Ivy


canon ivy mini print app


This device which has a blue smartsheet has a pretty confusing app and it’s definitely not as intuitive as the HP Sprocket. It does have several filters and photo effects to choose from but the device itself gets hot and its power seems to drain easily. Printing is slow, a bit lagging, and also a bit noisier than the HP. The photo quality is in sepia tone, which is warmer and closer to the natural skin tone. I like that because it makes portrait photos appear alive, more natural, and realistic. It’s also brighter and quite similar to the photos on the phone but still not quite exactly. Sometimes some of the photos could get way too bright, but it’s not so bad. Though the prints may be small in size, it’s still clearer than my HP Sprocket Plus and there are no stripes! It’s also less expensive than the HP Sprocket ($129.95) and the HP Sprocket Plus. The refill paper price is $9.98 for 20 sticky-back sheets or $24.99 for 50 sheets.


All photos compared here are unadjusted. You can tell the difference in the photo quality between these two printers.


canon ivy vs hp sprocket photo quality comparison

hp sprocket comparison canon ivy


I have not tried replacing the HP Zink paper with the Canon ones or vice versa. But I have seen a youtube video where you can use the HP paper for the Canon Ivy, as long as you retain Canon’s orange smartsheet to calibrate the printer. FYI: when refilling the paper, always load with the smartsheet first with its barcode facing down.


canon ivy vs hp sprocket plus


Overall, I think I prefer the Canon Ivy’s photo quality more than the HP Sprocket or the HP Sprocket Plus, but I do love the size of the Sprocket Plus just because it’s a bit larger than the others. Although, it’s a little challenging to find the right frame or album that could store the HP Sprocket Plus’ photos since it’s not the standard size. I don’t seem to like the app of the Canon Ivy, but I also hate the stripes of the HP Sprocket which distorts the photo, and it makes it look grainy. It may not appear all the time in all the photos, but when it does, it can be really obvious. If Canon will make a large size of the Ivy like the Sprocket Plus, I would definitely purchase that.


best portable photo printers canon ivy and hp sprocket


Final thoughts, the photo quality of these portable photo printers are never going to be the same as the ones printed in photo paper or not even quite exactly the same as the photos in your phone, but these win for convenience and for the instant gratification of being able to print our most precious memorable shots, because after all, we still love to see our work printed and placed inside an album or framed somewhere in our homes.


The HP Sprocket and the Sprocket Plus is currently available HERE and HERE

The Canon Ivy can be purchased HERE


I will be testing the Fujifilm Instax Share printer pretty soon, so stay tuned…


Have you used these printers before? What are your favorite portable photo printers?



What’s Coming on The Blog This 2019

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Hello Friends. I would like to share with you some of the things I’ve been planning and looking forward to doing here in the blog starting this year. It has definitely been a while since I started this blog in 2014, and I didn’t always know where this blog was heading back then. All I knew and wanted was to write thorough product reviews on the blog, combined with decent photos along with some other things in life that I love to share, like reading, gardening, traveling, and of course, my kitties. I know I’ve never really introduced or identified myself here in the blog. I’ve always been a private person in real life and has always been shy growing up. Most of the time, I don’t really have a lot of things to say to people about myself, in fact, a lot of my friends would probably say that I’m a person of few words, at least in public. Truth is, I do have a lot of things to say, that’s why I started this blog, LOL. Since then, my blog has evolved into an extension of my life, my creativity, and myself. With that being said, I think it’s about time that we get to know each other on a personal level.


So, what’s coming on RAOS? First, I will definitely be doing a “Get to Know Me” post soon (Hurray!). I’m still in the process of brainstorming on what to tell you about myself, and I can’t wait 🙂 That’s gonna be exciting. Second, you will see more of my kitties and get to know them more. Hopefully, I will get to post more Instagram stories from now on and you will see my kitties starring on those. So stay tuned and follow me on my Insta @reviewsandotherstuff 🙂 Third, since I love to cook and bake, I will also be posting more recipes soon, I just need to brush up on those skills again.


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Right now, my roses and the rest of the plants in my yard are sleeping, so hopefully, I’ll be able to showcase some of them come Spring and Summer. Fourth, there will be more book reviews soon and I’m also currently getting back to my cross-stitch. There’s one project I’m really loving and I can’t wait to show it to you guys. Fifth, I think I might have some traveling to do this year, so expect to still see some of my quick trips and recent getaways here in the blog.


Along with the usual beauty and skincare reviews which will still be featured here, I also hope to share more fashion-related stuff, like outfits, shoes, bags, etc.


sugarfina champagne


I can’t wait for you guys to get a glimpse of my private little world. Thank you so much for spending a few moments of your time to check out my blog and for reading the crazy things I had to say. It means so much to me.


Cheers to a busy and fulfilling 2019!


With Love,



Two Poetry Books To Read At Bedtime

pillow thoughts and i wrote this for you poetry books


Hey There! I’ve been reading some poetry books lately and thought that I would like to share two of my favorites with you guys. I have a thing for reading inspirational poetry books at bedtime since they always seem to put me at ease, and reading at night, in general, is perfectly conducive for sleep. The poetry books that I’m about to review and recommend to you all are not only inspirational, they also speak volumes. Meaning, these two books can put you in different emotional states, be it being sad, happy, lonely, or the kind that puts you in a dreamy mood. I usually read a few pages every night of these before I go to sleep and I love it. The chapters found in these books may cater to what you’re feeling for the moment since each line or each poem speaks from the heart.


i wrote this for you


i wrote this for you please find this review


ian s. thomas i wrote this for you


I Wrote This For You By Ian S. Thomas (Hardcover: $18.56) – I discovered this book at Costco, and I was really drawn to its catchy front cover, however, I didn’t purchase it from there, I got mine at Amazon after reading all the good reviews. This is a beautiful book of poetry blended with photography. The poems here are dark, sad, and gloomy, yet they’re also full of hope and longing. There are poems about life, death, love, beauty, and pain along with some somber and dreamy photographs to match the whole mood and scene. So if you’re the type that likes photography and poetry, then this is the book for you. There is a paperback version of this book which is also nice and is a lot easier to carry, but it doesn’t seem to contain as many poems as this hardcover version which also makes for a beautiful side table book.


pillow thoughts


pillow thoughts book contents


Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell (Paperback: $12.99) – This is an inspirational poetry book for those who are in love, longing to be loved, getting over a love, or even to those who are not in love, LOL. The poems in this lightweight suede-like feel book are just beautifully inspiring that it makes you fall in love for no reason. Some lines are tragic, some are truly heartbreaking, while some are just purely spoken from the heart. There is a poem for all kinds of love here, whether you’re a member of the Broken Hearts Club or are simply looking to be inspired. Now, I can’t wait to read Pillow Thoughts II.


pillow thoughts book by courtney peppernell


Are you also a poetry fan? Have you read these books before?


The Pillow Thoughts and I Wrote This For You books are currently available in Kindle, Paperback and Hardcover format at Amazon.com


* Satin/Silk sleep mask in this photo is by Mary Green, similar style HERE.

* Byredo Tree House candle is available HERE, reviewed HERE.

* Nars Monoi Body Glow II can be found HERE, reviewed HERE.




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