Snap and print instantly. Balqis Lim picks eight mini photo printers for enthusiasts on-the-go
WITH the portable, lightweight HP Sprocket Photo Printer, you can print photos from your smartphone or tablet just as easily as posting them on social media. You’ll have instantly shareable 2x3-inch snapshots of every funfilled moment. Use the free HP Sprocket App to customise photos with filters, borders, and emojis. The lithium polymer battery recharges in 60 to 80 minutes and prints up to 35 photos per charge.
Price: RM399 at lazada.com.my
SLEEK AND FUTURISTIC
A PHOTO printer that has a really sleek and futuristic design, the Kodak Mini 2 produces stunningly detailed credit card-sized photos perfect for your wallet. Its all-in-one paper cartridges leverage 4Pass printing technology, also known as dye-sublimation, resulting in beautiful, long-lasting prints that will stay bright for at least 10 years.
An anti-smudging and waterproof laminate layer also prolongs the life of your photos. You’ll also get access to tonnes of editing features via the free Kodak app, including cropping, collage, special ID print, and more.
Price: US$89.99 at Amazon.com
INSTAX Share SP-3 wireless mobile printer lets you print square photos from your smartphone and social media feeds, add text to your images or print a collage directly from video. Its laser exposure system allows a faster printing time of 13 seconds from print data transfer to print output.
If you own a Fujifilm camera, you can also make instax prints by sending the images directly to the instax SHARE app.
Among its features include splitting one image into two prints, make collage, and real-time template which allows you to add the date, place, weather, temperature, and humidity in the photo.
Price: RM699 at Shopee.com.my
ZERO INK TECH
THE Ivy by Canon is only a tiny 4.7 x 3.2 x 0.7-inch build that’s meant to be flat and unobtrusive. Combined with a weight of just over 140g, the mini printer is quite easy to store and carry. This printer uses ZINK, which stands for “Zero Ink” printing technology. The device uses heat to activate and colorise colourful dye-based crystals embedded inside the paper to form the image.
Besides the many filters to choose from its app, you can also craft a larger version of your image by printing up to nine individual sections.
Price: US$99.99 at Amazon.com
NO need to shake your printouts like a Polaroid picture with the Polaroid Zip. A simple one-touch operation makes it easier than ever for the whole family, from kids to young adults, to get in on the instant print action. Just connect to your smart phone or tablet via Bluetooth or NFC, and watch your pictures come to life as pocket-sized photo prints that you can share.
The premium 2x3-inch sticky peel-back paper prints are not only colourful, bold, and lifelike, but are also water-resistant, tear-resistant, smudge-proof and dry to the touch.
Price: US$99.99 at Amazon.com
FIT IN POCKET
ALMOST the size of a smartphone, SereneLife can fit easily in your back pocket. A single charge will give you about 25 printed photos before you need to plug it back in. The inkless self-contained cartridges contain both paper and ink that’s enough for 10 prints. Simply eject and replace a new cartridge without any hassle of cleaning and maintenance.
You can also make quick small edits by cropping, changing colour or adding filters using the PICKIT app before sending to the printer.
Price: US$94.99 at Amazon.com
IF a credit card-sized photos are too small you, there is a slightly bigger option. The Lifeprint’s 3 x 4.5-inch printer not only gives you bigger prints but higher quality as well, perfect for decorating your walls or gifting to friends. With Lifeprint’s Augmented Reality Hyperphotos technology, you can watch your photos come to life after you print your videos from Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter.
Just point your smartphone at the printed photo and voila! A magical moving photo just like in Harry Potter films. As easy as sending a text, Lifeprint also allows you to “follow” friends in the Lifeprint App and share photos directly to their Lifeprint printers.
Price: US$149.99 at Amazon.com
ESPECIALLY for iPhone users, Prynt Pocket turns your smartphone into an instant camera. Just plug your phone into the device, take a photo with the Prynt app or choose to print from your camera roll or social media accounts, apply filters and frames, adjust lighting and add text to your photos. Next, print your photo in seconds with one simple tap.
This is an excellent printer because you can keep your phone in it at all times so you only need to carry one device.
Price: US$135.01 at Amazon.com