The photo printers give you the instant gratification of printing a small photo in the blink of an eye. Seriously.
These small and compact printers connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and can print any photo from your phone’s photo gallery.
The simple setup and printing process also makes them great devices for photo-loving kids. Of course, you won’t get the same quality you would get from a laser printer, but you have the convenience of taking these instant photo printers anywhere.
As long as the battery is full and the printer has full papers inside, it is in your power to do so.
If you are planning to get a photo printer, here are our top recommendations.
1. Kodak Step Wireless Mobile Printer
The printer Kodak Step It is one of the inexpensive printers of the lot. And for its price, it offers good quality photographs. It uses ZINK (or Zero Ink) technology to process the photos. The photos in question measure 2 x 3 inches. The best part about ZINK photos are their stickers, which you can peel off and stick to any surface.
The printer is small and lightweight, making it easy to transport. The photos are clear and the color is appropriate for the quality of the photo. However, the brightness is a bit off, and several users have noted this in their reviews.
On the bright side, the Kodak Step printer produces photos nice and fast. A single print takes about a minute, and that’s a huge bonus.
This is a good choice if your priority is to print photos quickly and quickly (and less for quality).
2. HP Sprocket 200
One of the advantages of HP Sprocket 200 is its Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. Bluetooth 5.0 provides better range and stability to the lobby. At the same time, this printer supports three active connections.
The best part of this printer is its appearance. Thanks to the curved edges and quirky patterns on the top, this one looks modern and cool. Plus, it’s lightweight at just 6 ounces.
It manages to develop pretty good photos. Sharpness is a bit on the lower end; however, the photos are good enough to stick to the refrigerator door.
A 550 mAh rechargeable battery powers it, and a fully charged battery should allow you to make ten prints.
3. Fujifilm Instax SP-3
The instant printer Instax SP-3 stands out from today’s crop of instant printers. For one, it produces wacky 2.5-inch square prints. Second, the trapezoidal shaped angular body looks quite unusual compared to conventional square or rectangular printers. More importantly, the SP3 can connect to Wi-Fi, which means you can print the photos directly through the companion app.
Wi-Fi connection is faster and more stable than Bluetooth. The only thing is, you will need to disconnect from your home network when you leave your home.
Apart from that, the companion app offers you many options to play. And well, you can also access photos and images from Instagram and Facebook.
When it comes to photo quality, the SP-3 offers clear photos with adequate contrast levels. However, they have a slightly warm tint, which paints a slightly retro look.
This instant printer walks the fine line between budget and premium instant printers. So if you don’t want to spend a ton, the Instax SP-3 is a good buy.
4. Kodak Mini 3 Retro
Another inkless instant printer you may see is the Kodak Mini Retro 3. It produces 3 x 3 inch square photos. The Mini Retro 3 does not have Wi-Fi and uses Bluetooth to connect your phone or tablet.
The Mini Retro 3 uses 4PASS technology to print photos. As the name implies, the 4PASS D2T2 dye transfer method uses 4 passes to develop photos. Compared to ZINK technology, this technology takes a little longer to print photos.
One of the advantages of this printer is the inexpensive photo paper. Also, the battery life isn’t that bad either.
Printed photos are decent and look clear and sharp. And as the name suggests, it has a slight yellow tint that gives it a retro feel. That said, some users have reported abnormal jobs to the printer from time to time.
But at the end of the day, if you want a 100% reliable photo printer that produces prints per minute, this is not the one for you.
5. Polaroid Mint pocket printer
If you don’t want to fiddle with photo quality and want the best possible quality on an instant printer, then the Polaroid Mint is the one for you. Print beautiful images with the right contrast and color levels. More importantly, the photos are clear. For the record, it uses ZINK technology to print.
It is easy to set up and use. And just like the previous ones, you can select photos directly from your phone. And yes, the companion app also allows you to experiment with filters. The Mini produces 2 x 3 inch photos.
The connection is stable and zero ink technology ensures that all your dealings with this printer run smoothly. The printer is rectangular and lightweight. The good news is that it is available in a range of attractive colors.
6. Fujifilm Instax Mini Link Wide
The Instax Mini Link Wide It is the newest instant printer in this lot and it is the only printer on this list that allows you to print wide format photos. It is one of the few printers that uses instant film to print photos. And well, similar to the previous one, you can connect your phone via Bluetooth to print photos.
One of the many things that makes Instax Mini Link Wide different from the rest is its size. Due to the large print, the printer itself is large. And most likely it won’t fit in pants pockets. That said, the battery life is satisfactory and a full battery will produce around 100 photos.
Instax Mini Link Wide offers you two options to select from: Rich and Natural. If you want sharper images, you will have to go for the former naturally. That said, the Link Mini Wide offers one of the best image qualities compared to its competition. Photos look crisp and sharp, and you will love the color contrast, especially compared to Zink prints.
The only limitation of this printer is its size and somewhat its weight. Weighs approximately 12 ounces.
It is a fairly new printer and will be available soon.
First things first, the quality of instant printers rarely matches the laser-sharp quality of dedicated photo printers. But they allow you to print instantly, whether you’re on a hike or picnic by the sea.
And that can be quite fun, especially when teaching photography to children.