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Top 5 Best Portable Instant Photo Printers UK

Compare Our Top 5 Best Portable Instant Photo Printers Using Our Comparison Table Below
 1) HP Sprocket Photo Printer - Limited Edition2) Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer3) Instax Share SP-2 Photo Printer4) Kodak Photo Printer Dock PD-4505) Kodak KPM 210 Colour Printer
Average User Rating (4 / 5) (3.9 / 5) (4.5 / 5) (4.2 / 5) (3.8 / 5)
Wireless PrintingYesYesYesNoYes
Ink RequiredNoNoYes (Paper includes ink cartridge)Yes (Paper includes ink cartridge)Yes (Paper includes ink cartridge)
Photo Size2" x 3"2" x 3"2.1" x 3.4"4" x 6"2.1" x 3.4"
PersonalisationYesYesYes YesYes
Borderless PrintingYesYesNoNoYes
Printing Paper Included10 Sheets10 Sheets10 Sheets (Includes ink cartridge)10 Sheets (Includes ink cartridge)8 Sheets (Includes ink cartridge)
Dimensions (cm)11.6 x 7.5 x 2.312 x 7.4 x 2.313.2 x 8.95 x 416.6 x 10 x 6.8515.3 x 7.6 x 2.4
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A Guide To The Best Portable Instant Photo Printers

Not everyone has space or wants printer in their room these days, if you only want a printer to print your favourite pictures saved in your photo reel or from your social media account, then you need the best portable instant photo printer.  Most portable smartphone printers are not much bigger than a smartphone itself, therefore, can be taken pretty much anywhere with you!

Most smartphones will be compatible, as long as you can download apps on your phone and have Bluetooth connectivity, unless the photo printer doesn’t offer wireless printing.  Tablets with these functions can also be used.  Nowadays, you can buy cheap android tablets with these functions for roughly around the same price as a photo printer. 

Being able to instantly print a photo straight from your phone is perfect for decorating your wall or decorating a birthday card.  Download the app specific to the model to personalise the picture and give it a special touch.  Setting up the instant photo printer takes minutes, so there’s no excuse not to print off those priceless moments.


How To Choose The Best Portable Instant Photo Printer

As a portable instant photo printer is a fairly new concept, it can be quite difficult trying to understand all the different features.  Therefore, we’re going to breakdown all the features below, to ensure you choose the best instant photo printer.

Wireless printing – Enables you to connect via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi for hassle free wireless printing.  Most of the photo printers will also have a rechargeable battery built-in, which can be charged up via USB through a laptop, PC or portable charger.

Print directly from your photo or social media

Ink required – Unlike home printers that require ink cartridges, the instant smartphone printers don’t require any ink.  They will use their own special photo paper which contains the ink or an ink cartridge that’s built in the paper pack.

Photo size – Since they are on mini portable photo printers, the photo size will also be very small compared to the typical 5” x 7” photos.

Personalisation – Download the app specific to your printer model which will allow you to personalise your pictures.  This includes features such as: Adding emojis, borders, messages, filters, etc.

Borderless printing – Print pictures without any borders so the picture will completely fill the full dimensions of the printing paper.

Printing paper included – Each instant photo printer will use their own special paper which isn’t that cheap.  For example, the HP Sprocket Photo Printer uses HP Zink photo paper which on average costs £14.25 for 20 sheets of paper.  This works out to be roughly around 71p per sheet, however, you can buy bigger packs which will work out to be cheaper.

Dimensions – Many of the portable instant photo printers are not much bigger than a smartphone.  However, there will be a few exceptions, where the photo printer will be slightly bigger.  If you’re after a pocket sized photo printer, then check the dimensions to make sure it’s small enough.

Weight – Most will be light enough that you wouldn’t even notice the difference if it was in your bag.


Pros & Cons Of Buying An Instant Mobile Printer

Now for the real question, is an instant mobile printer worth spending your money on?  We’re going to list the pros and cons to make it easier for you to decide.


  • Lightweight and portable, can even fit inside your pocket.
  • Instant printing wherever you are.
  • Most models have a built-in rechargeable battery, so doesn’t need to be connected to the mains.
  • No need to buy ink cartridges as the paper will include this for each batch.


  • The special paper required for each printer is quite expensive.
  • Picture quality is no where near as good as a good home printer.
  • Quite expensive.
  • Can only print one photo size, rather than choose what size you wanted if you were to go to a photo printing service.



An ideal gift for younger kids and teenagers which they’ll have endless fun with, especially with the picture personalisation feature.  In addition, it can be for adults too, especially if you wanted to make a photo album for yourself or someone else.

A portable instant photo printer isn’t an alternative to a printer though, it typically costs more and can’t do as much as a printer.  If you need high quality photos we wouldn’t recommend it, and you only print in one size.  Nonetheless, most younger kids and teenagers would love this as a gift!