The 8 Best Portable Photo Printers to Buy in 2018

Print your favorite pictures wherever, whenever

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Smartphones have made photo albums a thing of the past for a lot of people, mostly because it’s so much more convenient to pull up pictures on your phone. However, with a portable photo printer, you can hold on to at least some of that convenience while still having physical photographs to hang on the fridge, stick in your wallet, or give to your family and friends. To help you pick the best portable printer for your needs, we devoted hours of research to unearthing the best options available and even sent one home with our testers so they could try it out and give us their most honest feedback.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer

HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer
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4.1

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.

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.

Read more reviews of the best AirPrint printers available to purchase online.

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.

Best for Android Users: Kodak Mini 2

The Kodak Mini 2 offers the same high-quality performance and convenience of its 2016 predecessor, just in a significantly smaller package. At 8.3 ounces, it’s more than 6 ounces smaller than the original Kodak Mini. This portable printer connects wirelessly to your Android or iOS device via the NFC One Touch app — no cables or manual set-up necessary. Additionally, the free companion app offers a wide range of customizable filters, stickers, and templates to add an extra flair to your photos.

The Mini 2 produces brilliantly colored or black-and-white 2.1 x 3.4-inch prints with smudge-proof, quick-drying ink. Kodak also makes a bold promise that your memories will stay perfectly preserved for at least ten years. The Mini 2 is available in five colors: black, white, blue, pink, and purple.

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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How We Tested

Our reviewers spent 11 hours testing one of the most popular portable photo printers on the market. We asked our testers to consider the most important features — like printing quality, size, and battery life — when using this printer and we've outlined them here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in a Portable Photo Printer

Print size - Truly portable photo printers can’t match the size of big studio prints, but that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck with wallet-sized photos. If you want to be able to print larger photos, make sure to choose a printer that’s up to the task.

Connectivity - Different portable photo printer models are designed to work with everything from phones to desktop computers, so if you want to print from a specific mobile device, it’s important to make sure that’s supported. Some portable photo printers are designed specifically to work with phones via Bluetooth and NFC, while others can work with a wide variety of devices over a wired USB connection.

Battery power - There are plenty of photo printers out there that are small enough to be technically classed as portable, but you need one with a decent built-in battery to truly print your photos wherever you want. Some portable photo printers come with a battery, and others have a compatible battery pack that you can purchase separately.

Test Results: HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer (Best Overall)

4.1

What We Like

  • Simple to use

  • Compact

  • Prints in vivid color

What We Don't Like

  • Doesn’t store much paper

Our testers thought that, overall, this printer would be perfect to use “for a quick fun picture to save or have as a party favor.” One reviewer also said it prints “vivid” colors and that it does a good job replicating the original images. Although our testers liked that this printer is compact, one downside was a lack of storage space: “It only has a small amount of storage so you can't put in a lot of paper, which can be costly,” one reviewer said.