As the name might suggest, portable photo printers are small printers you can carry around with you to print out photos from your mobile device, wherever you may happen to be. And they’re surprisingly popular. Typically, they work with you capturing photos and editing and adding content to them in the manufacturer’s app for that photo printer. Then you print them out on special paper by connecting your smartphone wirelessly to the printer.
HP Portable Photo Printers
Hewlett Packard produce a range of very popular, and reasonably priced, photo printers for the iPhone and Android.
The HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer (2nd Edition) is an example of one their flagship photo printers. To use the printer, you download the HP Sprocket app and add and edit photos within that app, add any borders, text, emoji’s, and so on to the photos and print via a Bluetooth connection to the printer. The device is lightweight and runs of rechargeable batteries. There are many uses for these photo printers. Some people use them at weddings or parties (to give print off photos to give to guests), or you can take photos as you travel, and give them to the people you meet.
Other Portable (Pocket) Printers
The Fujifilm Instax SP-3 Mobile Printer by Fujifilm. Fujifilm has a been a leader in the smartphone photo publishing field in the last few years. The Instax printer prints square photos, like those from your Instagram app, although it can also print from your camera roll, other social media feeds, and services like Dropbox. You can add text or images, and even print a collage direct from your phone.
Two other major players in this space are Polaroid (Polaroid Zip Wireless Mobile Photo Mini Printer).
For something a little more advanced there’s Canon’s SELPHY range. The SELPHY range has been around for a few years and is quite popular with users. It offers more functionality than the other printers as it includes printing from USB, SD cards, is AirPrint compatible and prints a range of other media including photographs, postcards and stickers.
You’ll find several other portable photo printers available online, however, they’re not all directly compatible with the iPhone or iPad. Check the product listing or with the printer manufacturer if you have any doubts.
You can find a list of portable iPhone picture printers in the Amazon Best Selling Portable Photo Printers lists. It’s a great place to start your research.
It is a good idea to carefully do your research on these portable photo printers before purchasing to ensure the quality and, particularly, the cost of prints meets your expectations.
Here’s a video review that gives a great walkthrough of the LG Pocket Photo Printer, which gives you an idea of how they work.