The ideal companion on your next adventure: the Canon IVY REC

Small, light and portable – discover how the Canon IVY REC activity camera rose to the challenge on a demanding rock-climbing shoot.
Climber Molly Thompson-Smith standing on a rock and looking through the viewfinder of a Canon IVY REC activity camera.

Adventure offers a release from everyday life, a chance to experience the great outdoors and to live in the moment. Whether you're climbing a mountain, running through the woods or kayaking down a river, the super-portable and rugged Canon IVY REC won't hold you back. Designed to clip on to a backpack, belt or harness, the shockproof1 and waterproof2 Canon IVY REC enables bikers, hikers, climbers and rafters alike to leave bulky cameras and expensive smartphones at home, and simply shoot on the go.

We put the Canon IVY REC in the strong, nimble hands of Molly Thompson-Smith, a 22-year-old professional climber, and asked her to try it out while tackling some of the most notorious boulders in the UK's Peak District. Here's how she got on.

Clip and go

Climber Molly Thompson-Smith rubs chalk on her hands before her ascent.

Climber Molly Thompson-Smith keeps her gear to a minimum while out exploring and needs equipment that won't weigh her down.

Climbing shoes, rope and a carabiner on the ground next to a Canon IVY REC activity camera attached to a belt loop.

The clip on the lightweight Canon IVY REC enables you to fasten it to a belt or bag, so you don't even need pockets.

"I think having something small and portable is becoming more and more important for people who want to spend long days outside," says Molly. "When I go out climbing I've got shoes, pads, harnesses… there's so much stuff that I need.

"On a climbing trip in France, the approach to the crag was an hour of uphill walking. I took my DSLR on the first day, but by the second day I thought, 'it's just not worth it – it's not worth the extra weight and space in my bag'. But that was such a shame because the views were incredible."

The Canon IVY REC is built for adventure and designed with portability in mind. At just 110.5mm wide and weighing only 90 grams, the camera added barely any extra weight to Molly's kit. The clip, which doubles as a viewfinder, also meant she was able to attach it to her belt. "I climb with a rack of quickdraws [climbing tools] on my side," she says, "so having a small camera on the back didn't get in my way at all."

Small but tough

Climber Molly Thompson-Smith hanging from a rock, with a Canon IVY REC activity camera attached to her belt.

Molly avoided carrying a smartphone on her climbs because she was worried about dropping it, but she still wanted the option to take photos of her adventures.

Climber Molly Thompson-Smith scaling a rock face.

Molly wanted an outdoor activity camera to record her impressive achievements – and the Canon IVY REC more than met the challenge.

Molly often wants to capture the moment when she reaches the top of her climb – especially if it's a significant achievement – but she was always worried about carrying her smartphone. "It's just too stressful," she says. "I'd worry about dropping it or cracking it against a rock."

Fortunately for Molly, the Canon IVY REC brings peace of mind. Not only is there no screen to crack, but it's been engineered to withstand the impact of a two-metre drop1 and can survive being submerged in up to two metres of freshwater for 30 minutes2, making it ideal for water-based pursuits such as canoeing and paddleboarding.

"Clipping the Canon IVY REC onto my harness or chalk bag and knowing it was tough enough to take a few knocks, was really reassuring," says Molly. "It was so good to be able to get that final shot at the top."

Easy to use

Molly Thompson-Smith holding a grey Canon IVY REC activity camera.

The clip on the Canon IVY REC doubles as a viewfinder to help you frame your shots. And if it gets dirty, you can just rinse it off with fresh water and wipe it clean.

A woman holding a grey Canon IVY REC activity camera and a smartphone.

The Canon IVY REC's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities enable you to use your smartphone as a remote shutter and instantly share your photos on social media.

Despite describing herself as an "amateur" when it comes to photography, Molly had no trouble getting used to the 13MP Canon IVY REC, which can shoot full HD 1080p video at up to 60fps as well as stills. "It's a pretty self-explanatory camera and super easy to use," she says. "You just clip it on and use the dial with one hand. The symbols are easy to select, there's no fiddly touchscreen, and it can be wiped clean, so you don't need to worry about using it with chalky or muddy hands.

"To train, people recreate outdoor climbs in the gym," Molly continues. "Before this camera came along, there were so many times I sat on the rope looking at an outdoor hold thinking, 'I wish I could take a picture of this so I could recreate it'. Having the ability to take actual pictures of the holds 40+ metres up is brilliant, especially if that's where the crux of the climb is. It really is such a useful camera."

For more creative captures, including stunning selfies, the Canon IVY REC features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth so you can connect it to your smartphone and use the free Canon Mini Cam app3 as a remote-control shutter. The app also enabled Molly to keep her followers happy – straight after her climb she was able to transfer her images and video to her smartphone and share them on social media.

The affordable Canon IVY REC is available in four striking colours – grey, pink, green and blue – so you can pick a shade that stands out against your chosen terrain, whether that's rocks, mud, sand or water. "I feel like I can take it wherever I go," says Molly.

Written by Natalie Denton

  1. Shockproof up to two metres. The shock resistant testing methods are unique to this product and do not guarantee against damage or malfunction of the product.
  2. Waterproof up to 30 minutes at a depth of two metres. Tested in freshwater only. If exposed to non-freshwater, rinsing immediately with freshwater is recommended.
  3. Use of the optional Canon Mini Cam app requires compatible device to be connected to the Canon IVY REC via Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi®. The Canon Mini Cam app is available for free on the App Store and at Google Play. Data charges may apply. Compatible with mobile devices running iOS 11 or later, and Android devices running Android 5.1 or later.

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