The 5 Best Portable Photo Printers of 2020

Print your favorite pictures wherever, whenever

The best portable photo printers let you print on demand, on the go, wherever you are. Having physical copies of pictures is back in style, and these printers make it effortless to print straight from your camera roll (or Instagram feed) right from your iPhone, Android, or digital camera's memory card. On top of being easy to use, mobile printers are perfect for any social event.

Unlike traditional polaroid cameras, if you're out with friends, everyone can get a copy on demand without having to retake the picture, bringing a whole new meaning to sharable content. You can knock out Polaroid-style photos at lightning speed with the Fujifilm Instax Share Sp-2 Smart Phone Printer, or carry the extremely lightweight Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer with you virtually anywhere.

If you're looking for the best portable photo printer, read on.

Best Overall: Canon SELPHY CP1300

With its light, compact design, the Canon SELPHY C1300 lets you print memories on the go. Measuring just 7.1 x 5.4 x 2.5 inches and weighing under two pounds, the device can easily be tucked into a bag to bring to the office, to brunch, or on an overseas getaway. An optional battery pack — said to offer 54 prints per charge — keeps it powered throughout the day. Bearing similarities to its forerunner, the SELPHY CP1200, the CP1300 has a larger, 3.2-inch non-touch color LCD screen that is simple to use. 

Print photos by connecting your smartphone or tablet to the device over USB, your camera’s memory card, or the Canon Print app. You can choose from a variety of photo sizes and even print straight onto sticker paper. Connect and collaborate with features like photo booth mode, which creates two strips of four images each, and Party Shuffle, wherein multiple people can send photos to the printer to create a collage. The CP1300 utilizes thermal dye-sublimation, resulting in high quality, water-resistant photos and can last up to 100 years.

Most Customizable: HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer

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 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.

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.

Best for Android Users: Kodak Mini 2 Instant Photo Printer

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.

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.