Choosing the Right Mobile Printer

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Refreshing the joy of instant cameras for the digital age, mobile printers have exploded in popularity in recent years. No longer a novelty, easily portable photo printers now offer an assortment of print sizes, connectivity options, and editing possibilities. Unlike instant cameras, mobile printers allow you to make edits to your images before printing, as well as create multiple copies so you can gift your photos while hanging on to one for yourself. Physically sharing photographs has never been faster or easier. This guide covers the current options for photographers looking to print on the go.

Model Max Print Size (inches) Wireless weight Print Time
Canon IVY 2 x 3 Bluetooth 5.6 oz 50 seconds
Canon SELPHY 4 x 6 Wi-Fi 1.9 lb 47 seconds
FUJIFILM INSTAX Mini Link 1.8 x 2.4 Bluetooth 9.92 oz 12 Seconds
FUJIFILM INSTAX SHARE SP-3 2.4 x 2.4 Wi-Fi 11 oz 13 Seconds
Kodak Photo Printer Dock 4 x 6 Wi-Fi 1.68 Ib 60 Seconds
Kodak Photo Printer Mini 2 2.1 x 3.4 Wi-Fi 8.4 oz 50 Seconds
HP Sprocket 200 2 x 3 Bluetooth 6.1 oz 40 Seconds
Polaroid mint 2 x 3 Bluetooth 5.7 oz 60 Seconds
Polaroid Originals Polaroid Lab 3.1 x 3.1 N/A 1.4 lb N/A
Polaroid ZIP 2 x 3 Bluetooth 6.6 oz 60 Seconds

Canon IVY Mini Mobile Photo Printer

Canon’s IVY Mini Mobile Photo Printer (available in mint green, rose gold, or slate gray) uses ZINK dye-activation technology to create a smudge and water-resistant, 2 x 3" borderless print with peel-off adhesive backing. Using Canon’s Mini Print Mobile App, you can add frames, emojis, stickers, filters, and text to images or create collages or tile designs. The IVY’s built-in lithium-ion battery takes about 90 minutes to charge and can create 20 prints per charge. Ten sheets can be loaded into the printer at a time. Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity makes it easy to pair with iOS or Android devices. Refills are available in packs of 20 and 50 sheets.

Canon IVY Mini Mobile Photo Printer

Canon SELPHY CP1300 Compact Photo Printer

Versatility is the key attribute of Canon’s SELPHY CP1300 Compact Photo Printer (available in black or white), making it equally suited for travel or event usage. It can create 4 x 6, 3.5 x 4.7, 2.1 x 3.4, or 2.1 x 2.1" prints using a dye sublimation printing process. The SELPHY CP1300 connects via USB, Wi-Fi, or its SD slot, which supports SD, SDHC, SDXC cards. Image adjustments can be made using the Canon Print mobile app, PictBridge, or Apple AirPrint. A 3.2" tilting LCD simplifies use while permitting you to see images in advance of printing. Power is provided either by AC adapter or battery pack. An anti-theft wire lock slot is also included for safe usage at events. Additional sheets can be purchased in packs of 108.

Canon SELPHY CP1300 Compact Photo Printer

FUJIFILM INSTAX Mini Link Smartphone Printer

FUJIFILM has become one of the most respected names in instant cameras, so it is no surprise that its INSTAX Mini LINK Smartphone Printer would incorporate the popular Mini Instant Film. Its 1.8 x 2.4" format makes it the fastest printer on the list, clocking in at only twelve seconds to expose its film, albeit a bit longer for the film to finish developing. Bluetooth connectivity and the INSTAX Mini Link app allow you to add filters, frames, or collage images. The Mini Link also includes a “Fun Mode” wherein you can connect up to five smartphones to produce a collage or play matchmaker using its compatibility test. You can also control zooming in and out of images by tilting the printer or make additional copies by turning the printer upside down and pressing the INSTAX button.

FUJIFILM INSTAX Mini Link Smartphone Printer

FUJIFILM INSTAX SHARE SP-3 Smartphone Printer

Fans of FUJIFILM’s INSTAX SQUARE Instant Film may be more attracted to the INSTAX SHARE SP-3 Smartphone printer (available in black or white). Like the Mini Link, it exposes existing film stock to make its 2.4 x 2.4" prints in 13 seconds. The SHARE SP-3 connects via Wi-Fi and is compatible with the INSTAX SHARE mobile app for iOS or Android to make adjustments or use templates. A built-in lithium-ion battery can produce up to 160 prints per charge and takes about three hours to recharge.

FUJIFILM INSTAX SHARE SP-3 Smartphone Printer

HP Sprocket 200 Photo Printer

The HP Sprocket 200 Photo Printer makes for a fashionable choice and is available in luna pearl, blush, or noir finishes. One of the most pocketable options on this list, it weighs only 6.1 oz and is about the size of a small portable hard drive. Its adhesive 2 x 3" prints are created using ZINK printing technology and have a 313 x 400 dpi resolution. Bluetooth connectivity and a companion app give you the option of customizing images before printing, as well as explore augmented reality features. The Sprocket 200 holds ten sheets at a time and its lithium-ion polymer battery takes about 90 minutes to charge. Paper refills are available in packs of 20.

HP Sprocket 200 Photo Printer

Kodak Photo Printer Dock

Kodak’s Photo Printer Dock allows you to charge your phone and make water- and smudge-resistant 4 x 6" prints of your favorite photos simultaneously. Or you can connect your smartphone or camera via USB or Wi-Fi. PictBridge technology and one-touch operation simplifies the printing process. The dock holds ten sheets at a time and is capable of producing a print in about a minute. Refill paper is available in packs of 120 sheets.

Kodak Photo Printer Dock

Kodak Photo Printer Mini 2

Easily pocketable, Kodak’s Photo Printer Mini 2 (available in white and black) creates 2.1 x 3.4" prints using a 4Pass D2T2 dye diffusion thermal transfer process. A protective coating is applied to prints which, when stored properly, can last upwards of a decade. The Mini 2 features one-touch connect via NFC and Wi-Fi for mobile devices. A proprietary app allows you to use templates or make image adjustments before printing. The Printer Mini 2’s built-in lithium-ion polymer battery can create twenty prints and takes about 90 minutes to charge. Additional cartridges are available in packs of 20, 30, and 50 sheets.

Kodak Photo Printer Mini 2

Polaroid mint Instant Digital Pocket Printer

Polaroid’s mint Instant Digital Pocket Printer (available in black, blue, red, white, or yellow) uses ZINK Zero Ink Technology to create borderless 2 x 3" prints with adhesive backs. The Polaroid mint app for iOS and Android devices uses Bluetooth connectivity to send your images to the printer, which weighs only 5.7 oz. Film is available in packs of 20, 30, 40, and 50 sheets.

Polaroid mint Instant Digital Pocket Printer

Polaroid Originals Polaroid Lab Instant Film Printer

The Polaroid Lab Instant Film Printer features the most unique design of the printers on this list. Using Polaroid 600 or i-Type instant film, it creates a print using your phone’s screen to expose the film. An AR-coated, three-element lens and auto-adjusting shutter handle focusing and exposure during the process. Images are formatted using the Polaroid Originals app before capture. You can also use the app to add creative effects or layouts. Additionally, an augmented reality tool allows you to layer still images with motion, create a print, and view it using compatible smartphones.

Polaroid Originals Color i-Type Instant Film

Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer

Polaroid’s ZIP Mobile Printer (available in red, white, or black ) is another ultra-portable option. Like the mint, it uses ZINK Zero Ink Technology to create borderless 2 x 3" prints with adhesive backs. Using the Polaroid ZIP mobile app, you can make image adjustments, apply filters, or collage up to nine images into a single print. You can also draw on your images using “Paint” mode, add emoticons, or create “secret” edits using a QR code to scan your print with a phone to see different versions of an image. An internal lithium-ion battery will create 25 photos per charge and takes about 90 minutes to recharge. It uses the same film as the mint.

Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer

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