The 7 best portable photo printers
Bring selfies to the palm of your hand with these mini gadgets.
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Photo sharing seems limited to social media, but printable photos are still around. If you’ve been looking for a portable photo printer that brings your favorite memories into the palm of your hand, we’ve compiled a list of some of the cheapest buying options based on customer reviews. For more buying guides, check out our picks of the Best Digital Cameras Under $ 200 and Essential Camera Accessories. Below is a list of portable photo printers from Kodak, Polaroid, Canon, and other brands.
Kodak Step Photo Printer
In the market for a mini printer that doesn’t cost a lot? The Kodak Step Photo Printer is a good choice considering the price. It connects to iOS and Android smartphones as well as tablets and other devices with Bluetooth or NFC (Near Field Communication). Instantly print out images and turn selfies, portraits and other images into physical photos with this tiny gadget. Note the following: Samsung Galaxy users may experience connectivity issues. So keep that in mind if you own one.
User Marie Fields writes: “The great thing about this printer is that it is so light and small that you can take it with you wherever you go. On the street, on one [train ride]wherever you want to print. It also has a long battery life so you don’t always have to be plugged in to get the job done. “
Polaroid Hi-Print 2 × 3 photo printer
This pocket-sized Polaroid photo printer transforms photos, screenshots and other images in your camera roll into high quality 2 ”× 3” self-adhesive prints. Connect to the Polaroid HiPrint mobile app to customize your content with frames, text, emoticons and more.
User Michael Vannucci writes, “It takes longer to print the images than I expected, but you can see the whole layered process, which is really cool. They look great when they’re done – as sharp as the digital photos they were made of. Being able to print photo stickers from any picture is a great idea. I’ll put stickers everywhere. The printer itself is small enough to fit in a backpack bag and charges very quickly. I’ve only printed out a few photos so far, but it’s still fully charged so it’s holding up well. I’m pretty impressed with it so far! “
Canon’s SELPHY Square Wireless Photo Printer offers a user-friendly interface and a compact, lightweight design for the ultimate in mobility. This mini photo printer is engineered with dye sublimation technology to deliver high quality, quick drying 2.7 “x 2.7” prints (with a peelable adhesive backing). The compact photo printer Canon SELPHY Square QX10 has a built-in rechargeable battery for wireless, problem-free printing and is available in white, black, pink and green. Connect to the SELPHY Photo Layout 2.0 app to add effects, filters and stickers to your photos. If you’re looking for a cheaper option from the same brand, give this a try Canon IVY mini photo printer.
One user wrote: “I love this photo printer! It has many useful features that allow me to easily edit and print my pictures anywhere. Since it comes with a rechargeable battery, it can be carried and charged anywhere. The quality of the pictures is excellent! Although the colors are a little different, I love how amazing the pictures look and the size is so cute! I would say this photo printer is best for personal use. It’s perfect for handicrafts, home decorating, or just to capture those memories in physical photos. It was also a very cool experience to see how the photos were taken. ”The customer review has been automatically translated from German.
Fuji Film Instax Mini Link Photo Printer Bundle
Fuji Film’s INSTAX Mini Link Smartphone Printer is an updated version of the INSTAX SHARE SP-2 Smartphone Printer. It features a sleek and lightweight case design with a revamped app, fun social features, and bluetooth functionality. To use the photo printer, download the free Instax Mini Link app, which will personalize your photos with almost 30 fun and colorful frames. You can also create collages, share prints, and print photos from videos. The app has the standard print mode and the fun mode, with which users can connect up to five smartphones.
Writes user Nat: “LOVE THIS! Best gift ever for anyone! I love how you can just upload ANY picture from your camera roll, which means you don’t always have to carry a Polaroid with you and worry about taking care of it and dropping it. Just as easy [as] Enjoy your time and whatever pictures you have, you can upload them later with frames, filters and doodles. LOVE IT!”
This portable photo printer works like a charm according to numerous reviews. It’s wireless, compact, and works right with your mobile device (iPhones, iPads, and Androids, including Samsung Galaxy devices) to print wallet-sized photos in seconds. Similar to the other printers listed, you’ll need to download the free app to crop, edit, apply filters, and create photo collages. The package contains a ribbon and 10 photo papers.
One user writes, “This is a cool little gadget that prints photos straight from your phone, even without Wi-Fi. I looked at several phone printers before settling on this one. I really like it. The photos are amazingly high quality – better than those old Polaroid instant photos. Really fun to bring to a party or event. The refill paper is expensive, however, and can only be obtained from Sharper Image. “
The user-friendly smartphone printer from Hammacher Schlemmer is slightly larger than many other pocket-sized printers. This device creates waterproof, lightfast and fingerprint-proof 4 “x 6” (300 dpi resolution) photos in less than a minute (with the help of a free app). In the box you get a printer with paper compartment, ribbon cassette and 40 sheets of photo paper. The photo printer is approx. 6 inches long and compatible with iOS (6.0 and higher) and Android (4.0 and higher).
One user writes: “I bought this printer in my mid 60’s for my parents who really enjoy printing out pictures of their grandchildren. It was easy to set up, you figured it all out yourself. One of her favorite gifts and to tell friends how convenient it is to have. “
HP Sproket Studio Photo Printer
Another fantastic little printer, the HP Sprocket Studio Photo Printer, turns unforgettable moments into beautiful, frame-worthy color prints. Download the free HP Sprocket app for easy-to-use photo templates to quickly print waterproof 4 “by 6” pictures from your smartphone and social media, and personalize your snaps with frames, emojis, stickers, and more. Simply plug in the HP Sprocket Studio Photo Printer and start printing right away with the included ink cartridge and 10 sheets of 4 ″ x6 ″ glossy photo paper. Go wireless or plug in the power bank to charge your device and print photos from anywhere.
User Candie writes, “This little printer is so good. It’s the perfect size and prints beautiful pictures. If you want to print your own beautiful picture, this is what you need to purchase. It is wonderful.”