Growing up, when we broke the camera out and took pictures, the photos were printed and in an album within a week. Some of my fondest memories are of my family sitting on the couch, sifting through old albums and giggling about dad’s funny haircut or how big my mom’s belly was when I was in there. Things have clearly changed in the realms of photography, and nowadays, most of us are storing thousands of images on our smartphones—and not doing much more with them beyond that.
There are lots of options to cure this problem—album apps and subscription services, among them—but one of the easiest, most convenient solutions to come about is the mobile printer. So compact you can toss them in your purse (or pocket!), these devices sync to your phones via WIFI or Bluetooth and can print images on the spot. If that’s not instant gratification, we don’t know what is. Here we’ve found the six best options on the market, so let’s get printing, people.
Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer
Available in four colors, the ZIP connects to iOS or Android via Bluetooth and comes with a free app, where users can edit images prior to printing 2- by 3-inch photos.
Canon Selphy CP1200 Wireless Printer
Connect to the Selphy via Wi-Fi, USB memory cards, Airprint or the Cannon Print/Selphy app that syncs with both iOS and Android phones. Photos can print on multiple paper sizes, including postcard, square, labels, and stickers.
LG Portable Mobile Pocket Photo Printer 3
The most girly option in our roundup, this pretty-in-pink printer is Bluetooth enabled and inkless thanks to Zink paper. The LG Pocket app is iOS- and Android-friendly, allowing users to edit images and add text, dates, or even a QR code on 2- by 3-inch paper.
Fuji Instax Share Smartphone Printer
This Wi-Fi-enabled printer comes with the Instax Share App that works with iOS and Android. Images can be printed in a variety templates—like the SNS, which syncs with Instagram and Facebook and prints the profile photo and number of likes—on the Fuji Instax Mini Instant Film.
HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer
Photos from the Bluetooth-enabled Sprocket are printed onto 2- by 3-inch ZINK sticky-backed photo paper—meaning every image can be a sticker. The HP Sprocket App works with iOS and Android allows users to add borders, text and emojis to images.
Kodak Mini Mobile Printer
Wi-Fi-enabled, the Kodak Mini produces incredibly vibrant images (no surprise there, considering the brand) and its app is perhaps the most in-depth of all when it comes to image editing, with filtering, cropping and more capabilities available.
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