The 8 Best Portable Photo Printers to Buy in 2018

Print your favorite pictures wherever, whenever

Do you love taking pictures of friends, food, and adventures with your smartphone? Now you can make prints to share with friends or use to decorate your space more quickly than ever, thanks to portable photo printers. These compact photo printers are the newest form of instant gratification – simply connect the printer to your phone or connect social media accounts to instantly print photos in real time. After all, who wants to wait? Check out our list of portable photo printers below.

Best for Social Sharing: HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer

Printing off social media photos has never been easier from your smartphone. Connect your social media accounts to the free-to-download HP Sprocket App and instantly turn those photos into colorful prints. Sprocket uses seamless Bluetooth connectivity, so you can set it up at parties and events, and everyone can print their favorite moments from their smartphones or tablets. You can even add text, borders, emojis and more with the app to customize each shot for your friends. Try using the HP ZINK sticky-backed photo paper for instant two-by-three-inch stickers. This bundle comes with the HP Sprocket Photo Printer, setup card, HP ZINK Sticky-Backed Photo Paper (10-sheets), a micro USB Cable and a limited one-year warranty.

Best for Android Users: Kodak Mini Portable Instant Mobile Photo Printer

Kodak is one of the most trusted names in photography. Now, this portable mini smartphone printer lets you print wirelessly from your phone – no cables necessary! Use the NFC One Touch for Android to launch the Kodak app and print your favorite phone photos in seconds. The Kodak Photo Printer app also has filters, cropping, stickers, card templates and other fun features to help you personalize your photos. Your 2.1 x 3.4-inch prints will be ready almost instantly with fade-proof dye Kodak says will last for at least ten years. This compact printer comes in black, white or gold, and is also compatible with iPhone or iPad if you have a Wi-Fi connection.

Most Portable: Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer

The original no-waiting photo brand, Polarioid, now offers the Zip Mobile Printer for creating fun instant snapshots from your phone. Use Bluetooth or NFC technology to print directly from your smartphone or tablet. Each purchase comes with a free download of the Polaroid ZIP app for iOS or Android. Create two-by-three-inch, smudge-proof prints and peel off the sticky paper to make stickers, cards or decorations with your favorite phone photos. Best of all, this super lightweight printer weighs in at only 6.6 ounces, so you can throw it in your bag or pocket and forget it’s even there until you are ready to create some new fun prints.

Most Versatile: Canon Selphy CP1200 Wireless Color Photo Printer

If you want a photo printer that can make prints of multiple sizes, the Canon Selphy wireless photo printer is a great choice for you. Choose from postcard or credit card-sized prints depending on what you need. There are also multiple ways to print using this printer. Use the dedicated Wi-Fi button to print from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch via the AirPrint network. Or, print directly from your favorite social media apps such as Facebook and Instagram using the Canon Selphy app. You can even print from compatible memory cards using the built-in card slot, a flash drive using the USB port or your computer. This powerful little printer can make up to 54 prints on a single charge. This bundle includes the Canon SELPHY CP1200 Portable Wireless Compact Photo Color Printer, a postcard-size paper cassette, a compact power adapter, Canon Color Ink Paper for creating four by six-inch photos, a USB printer cable to connect it to your PC, as well as two ultra-gentle cleaning cloths.

Best Photo Quality: Pickit M2 Portable Photo Printer

Check out the Pickit M2 Portable Photo Printer for great photo printing quality even on the go. This little printer weighs only 8.8 ounces and prints directly from your smartphone or tablet using NFC technology or Wi-Fi. Simply download the free easy-to-use PICKIT app to get started. The secret to Pickit’s great photo quality is dye sublimation technology that uses four layers of real ink to achieve a great depth of color and contrast, as well as a laminating layer to prevent smudging. Instantly create two-by-three-inch photos that are waterproof, fingerprint-proof and feature sticky backing, so you can “post” your photos in real life.

Coolest Cartridges: SereneLife iPhone Photo Printer

The photo printers on our list all solve the ink problem in different ways, but the SereneLife iPhone photo printer’s unique cartridges set it apart. It comes with inkless self-contained cartridges that have everything you need to print in one compact compartment. Each cartridge has enough materials for ten photos. When you’re done, you simply pop out the entire cartridge and replace it with a new one – it’s simple, there’s no mess or cleaning, and it makes it easy to bring along spare cartridges. This compact printer also has a re-chargeable battery that generates enough power to print 25 images on a single charge. It comes in a fun red color that is small enough to fit in a bag or even your pocket, so you can take it wherever you go.

Best Dock Printer: Kodak Dock & Wi-Fi 4x6" Photo Printer

Tired of waiting for high-quality standard-sized prints to be delivered or printed at the store? This Kodak photo printer dock is a great solution for you. This compact printer dock lets you print photos directly from your smartphone with an Android dock pin and a free iOS lightning adapter. The dock also has a five-pin micro USB and USB host, so you can print from a digital camera or USB memory stick as well. Smartphone running low on battery? This handy printer dock charges up to two devices while you print, so you can take your time editing and printing your photos without worrying that it will drain all your battery life. Use the Kodak Photo Printer app to add filters or stickers or create card templates and collages.

Fastest Print Time: Fujifilm INSTAX SHARE SP-2 Smart Phone Printer

The Fujifilm Instax brand is well-known among the instant photo crowd. Now you can create Instax photos by sending images from smartphones or tablets over the free Fujifilm SHARE app. This printer produces great high-resolution images with print pixels of 800 x 600 dots and print-resolution of 320 dpi, so you don’t miss any details. The Instax system develops colors by delivering the light to pigments and producing chemical reactions, reducing the deterioration of color and sharpness due to age. Best of all, the Instax Share SP-2 uses a new laser exposure system that requires only 10 seconds from print data transfer to print output. That’s right – you can select the photo on your phone and be holding a fresh print in just 10 seconds. Talk about instant gratification.

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