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Whether on holiday, shopping in town, together with friends, family or alone: We take pictures with our smartphone at almost any time of the day. Wouldn't it be nice to have your favourite motifs developed again? With portable photo printers and your mobile phone, this is now possible. You can make flexible prints of your photos on the go without a power connection.

We've tested 5 mobile photo printers for you. Our test winner is the HP Sprocket New Edition: The small printer creates pictures with good quality and is a great companion on the way. Our favorite with the test grade 9,1/10!

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last modified: 04.11.2019, 11:55
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Our winner: HP Sprocket New Edition Canon Zoemini mobil photo printer Review Polaroid ZIP Photo printer with ZINK Zero Review KODAK Mini 2 HD Photo Printer 4Pass Review Kiipix Photo Printer Jet Black  Review

HP Sprocket New Edition

Canon Zoemini mobil photo printer

Polaroid ZIP Photo printer with ZINK Zero

KODAK Mini 2 HD Photo Printer 4Pass

Kiipix Photo Printer Jet Black

Test seal: HP Sprocket New Edition, Rating 1.65
Test seal: Canon Zoemini mobil photo printer, Rating 1.75
Test seal: Polaroid ZIP Photo printer with ZINK Zero, Rating 2.25
Test seal: KODAK Mini 2 HD Photo Printer 4Pass, Rating 3.15
Test seal: Kiipix Photo Printer Jet Black , Rating 3.65
  • Pictures with sticky backside
  • Photos can be bought comparatively cheaply
  • Intuitive app with many features
  • Good photo quality
  • ZINK Printing process
  • Good photo quality
  • Easy to understand app
  • ZINK Printing process
  • Pictures with self-adhesive backside
  • Good related app
  • Photos are printed quickly
  • ZINK Printing process
  • Pictures with self-adhesive backside
  • Slightly larger images than other printers
  • Does not require battery or power
  • Real Polaroid Images
  • Often problems occur using the bluetooth connection
  • Quality of the photos not good
  • Cartridges have to be bought and replaced
  • Poor photo quality
  • High price per image
  • Bad app
  • Picture quality depends on size and quality of phone screen
  • Larger than other photo printer
  • In our test with image errors
  • High price per image

A very good small phoo Printer. It is fun to print with this one.

Good small mobile printer, which convinces in particular with its print quality.

This printer is very easy to use but unfortunately the quality of the photos is not very good.

Higher price per image, but poorer photo quality.

More like a Polaroid camera that manually prints original Polaroid images.

Usability of the App
Prinitng Quality
Additional Functions
Scope of delivery Printer, 10 Papers, USB-Cable, Sarter-Guide, Safety Instructions Photo printer, USB-Kabel, 10 Pictures, Operating Instruction 10 Photos, Photo printer, Operating instruction, 1 Micro USB-cable 1 Kodak photo printer mini, 1 micro USB-cable, operating instruction, all in on patrone for 8 pictures Photo printer, 10 Pictures, Operating Instruction
Photo format 5 x 7,6 cm 5 x 7,6 cm 5 x 7,6 cm 5,4 x 8,6 cm 8,5 x 5,4 cm
Print speed 48 seconds 55 seconds 37 seconds 63 seconds 90 seconds
Foto paper inclusive 10 Sheet 10 Sheet 10 Sheets 8 Sheets 10 Sheet
Travel case Can be purchased optionally Can be purchased optionally Can be purchased optionally Can be purchased optionally -
Paper capacity Up to 10 Sheet 10 Sheet 10 Sheet 8 Sheets 10 Sheet
Camera resolution 313 x 400 dpi 314 x 400 dpi No comments No comments No comments
Charging time No comments 1,5 Hours 1,5 Hours 1,5 Hours -
Battery Capacity No comments 20 photos per load Up to 25 photos 20 photos per load -
Weight 170 g 158 g 175 g 249 g 361 g
Depth 11,7 cm 13 cm 11,9 cm 13,2 cm 14,5 cm
Width 8 cm 8,5 cm 7,4 cm 7,8 cm 13 cm
Height 2,5 cm 2,5 cm 2,3 cm 2,5 cm 5,5 cm
Bluetooth ✔(Bluetooth 5.0) ✔(Bluetooth 4.0) -
USB-Connection -
Price for 20 Photos for purchase 9,37 Euro 12€ 9,99€ 14,99€ incl. cartridge 14,95€
App in Apple App Store HP Sprocket Canon Mini Print Polaroid ZIP Kodak Mini Shot -
App in Google Play Store HP Sprocket Canon Mini Print Polaroid ZIP Kodak Mini Shot -
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*All prices include VAT (if applicable, extra charge for delivery. Check the particular online shop to find information about the availability. Changes of indicated prices since the last update remain reserved.

Tested products

1st place: HP Sprocket New Edition

Test seal: HP Sprocket New Edition, Rating good

With the HP - Sprocket Photo Printer you got a little photo printer that's really fun. The photo quality is already good for such a small printer. In combination with the feature-rich app, you can do a lot with the printer. The corresponding pictures from HP are nice because they can easily be pasted into a photo album. The photos are printed within only 48 seconds, which is a pretty good value.

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Canon Zoemini mobil photo printer - thumbnail Test seal: Canon Zoemini mobil photo printer, Rating good

2nd place: Canon Zoemini mobil photo printer

The Canon Zoemini Drucker convinces with its good print quality. The images are printed on ZINK paper as with the HP Sprocket and Polaroid ZIP. This allows printing without ink or cartridges. The images were printed by us in the test after an average of 55 seconds.

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Polaroid ZIP Photo printer with ZINK Zero - thumbnail Test seal: Polaroid ZIP Photo printer with ZINK Zero, Rating good

3rd place: Polaroid ZIP Photo printer with ZINK Zero

The Polaroid ZIP Handydrucker is a small portable mini photo printer with ZINK printing technology. This is the same printing technology used in the HP Sprocket and Canon Zoemini. Compared to the other printers, this machine is very fast with 37 seconds of print time. Less good is the print quality. The images are very dark and less colour intensive.

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KODAK Mini 2 HD Photo Printer 4Pass - thumbnail Test seal: KODAK Mini 2 HD Photo Printer 4Pass, Rating satisfactory

4th place: KODAK Mini 2 HD Photo Printer 4Pass

For KODAK - Mini 2 HD, it must be taken into consideration that not only photo paper but also cartridges are required for further use. Although these are sold together with the pictures, the price for the photo pictures including the cartridge is significantly higher than with other photo printers. This also increases the cost per photo. These are about 0,75€. With comparable printers they are with approx. 0,50€ per expression. Anyone who thinks that the higher price also improves the photo quality is wrong. The print quality is insufficient. Also worth mentioning is the app from KODAK. In comparison, this app is very user-unfriendly and not functional. Moreover, it is not adapted to the latest smartphones.

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Kiipix Photo Printer Jet Black  - thumbnail Test seal: Kiipix Photo Printer Jet Black , Rating sufficient

5th place: Kiipix Photo Printer Jet Black

The Kiipix Fotodrucker Jet Black is a slightly different photo printer. Printing with this machine is more difficult, even if the manufacturer wants to suggest something different. The device is more like an instant camera because the printer takes a picture of the smartphone screen and prints it. The image quality is not reliably good. We cannot recommend this product.

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HP - Sprocket New Edition

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  • The best way to take photos is with a good camera or smartphone with a good lens. Poor image quality can also result from the poor resolution of your phone.
  • Don't over-edit your photos because saturation is too strong when you print or image quality deteriorates.
  • Make sure your photo printer can print in the size and format you want.
  • Depending on the format, the prints will fit in your wallet and can be great memories, bringing a smile to your face on the go.

Test procedure

In the run-up to the test, we defined practical requirements and the following test criteria:

  • Print quality
  • Usability of the app
  • Speed
  • Handling
  • Additional Functions

In order to evaluate these criteria, we have defined several tests for the Mini printers. First, the scope of delivery and functionality are checked. The devices are set up according to the manufacturer's specifications and connected to the corresponding app.

When using the app, it is assessed how user-friendly and intuitive the operation is. In addition, further editing functions of the apps are tested. Photos of objects, people and panoramas are taken in the test sequences.

These are then printed out by the devices, stopping the time required. The finished photos are checked for quality and directly compared with each other. It is also tested how easily the printers can be transported in everyday life.

In order to rule out errors and to ensure the stress of everyday use, each test takes place in several rounds.

The test criteria are given percentages depending on their importance. The final score is then objectively calculated from the test criteria using an algorithm.

Product selection

Our product selection is based on an observation of the current market. In addition to popular branded products, we also include insider tips in our selection. Criteria such as price and range of functions are an important factor for us. The test field is also determined by analysis and evaluation of customer reviews and external tests (e.g. Stiftung Warentest).

The devices are purchased anonymously or lent to us by the manufacturer. Dealers and manufacturers have no influence on the tests and our evaluation.

As soon as new relevant products come onto the market, our test field is extended by these. The new products go through the same test as the already tested devices.

Beautiful holiday savings can be easily printed out © duesV adobestock
Beautiful holiday savings can be easily printed out © duesV adobestock

The mobile printers are present as thermal sublimation printers or inkjet printers. Ink, photo paper and special paper are not necessary. The inkjet printers require cartridges. The sublimation printer is not able to print larger images. The process is more cost-intensive than the other processes. While inkjet printers produce high resolutions, the colors fade after a long period of time. The small-format special paper allows only small-format images. The HP mobile phone printer is activated with zinc technology, a Polaroid patent. The ink is integrated into the paper, so a higher price has to be calculated. The brands listed as mobile wireless printers are presented as perfect for use with the smartphone. Three recommended products are ideal for use with smartphones:

  • HP Sprocket with zinc technology,
  • Polaroid ZIP with zinc technique, explicit zinc photo paper,
  • Canon Selphy CP1300, cartridges are necessary.

The Polaroid Zip is easy to store in your pocket. Bluetooth or NFC allows the use, the small printer works with the zinc process. The zinc method is economical in terms of paper consumption. Frames, stickers, emojis can be added to the pictures. The integrated rechargeable battery ensures flexibility, as does the micro-USB connection.

What to consider during use

The film is inserted, the smartphone is prepared and printing can begin. Photos are edited using a filter to remove red eyes or other errors. The photo size is optimal to fit your wallet. The mini printer is ideal for on the go. You don't need to buy batteries or cables. The KiiPix printer only requires a smartphone and Fujifilm Instax mini films. Some questions come up more often from buyers: For example, no ink is needed. Only the small cassette needs to be inserted. The device works with all smartphones and is able to print mobile phone pictures, but no other formats.

Of the five mini photo printers compared, three use the zinc printing process, which works with special paper. Thermo sublimation is also used for mini photo printers. There is also another possibility: LED exposure in combination with a liquid crystal shutter. The print quality is of course different. The three printers that use the zinc process use unexposed paper. Different temperatures activate the colour information on the paper. The Kiipix photo printer Jet Black does not print images in this sense, it exposes them.

Quality of the different printing techniques

Zinc technology is excellent. The Fujifilm, which presents the exposure technique, first offers the image in black color. The finished image only appears after a few minutes. The similarity with Polaroid images is remarkable. These pictures can also be rated "good" if they are displayed perfectly. The photographic paper influences the print quality. There are different qualities. Zinc printers usually use self-adhesive photo paper with a glossy coating. The zinc technology has different processes so that the zinc processes do not achieve uniform results. Zinc printers present borderless images; the special feature is that dark images are better represented than light colours.

The Canon printer (center) in comparison with the HP Sprocket (left) and the Polaroid ZIP mobile printer (right)
The Canon printer (center) in comparison with the HP Sprocket (left) and the Polaroid ZIP mobile printer (right)

A good resolution is important so that the photos retain a lasting value. The higher the resolution, the sharper and brighter the photo.

Optimal resolutions are:

  • 4800x1200 dpi,
  • 9600x2400 dpi.

The size of the paper tray is relevant and the print is perfect when no waste appears. This means the photos are printed borderless. Epson presents a model which guarantees a resolution of 4800x1200 dpi. Printing can be done directly from the smartphone, but the limitation that only 8 pages per minute can be printed must be taken into account.

Significantly are:

  • Size
  • Design
  • Processing
  • Print quality, rightness, and contrast, the authenticity of colours
  • Resolution
  • Different functions
  • Bluetooth connection
  • Multifunctionality
  • Bluetooth with online access
  • Photos can be used as stickers at the same time.

Of course, you have to take a look at the software. All mini photo printers are mobile. The price-performance ratio should also be scrutinized. Our test report will help you to get more information about the different qualities and functions. Reports from other buyers are also included and provide information that discourages or advises against a purchase.

Why are real printed pictures more beautiful than just looking at a picture on your smartphone?

A publication remains, an image on the smartphone can be accidentally deleted. Sometimes the image in question has to be searched for a long time, as a large number of images are usually stored in the smartphone. The printed image, on the other hand, cannot be deleted. According to experts, the printed image is captured more intensively than an image in the smartphone. Snapshots are taken on holiday, of children and pets are valuable for the photographer; in printed form, these photos remain in the memory.

It is a fact that pictures from mobile phones actually disappear at some point. They are accidentally deleted, they are neglected to be stored elsewhere. The pictures are not stored, the mobile phone is stolen, so of course the pictures are gone. Not all users store their pictures for a long time. The good old photo album will be honoured again because the reliable storage place is the album or the pictures hang on the wall, stand in the frame.

Mini photo printers produce instant images by printing from memory cards, digital cameras or even from a PC. The photo printer is able to convert images from hard disks or memory cards into a photo with just one click. Of course, there are a considerable number of mini photo printers with different qualities and properties. These products are optimal on holiday, the picture is ready in a minute. Snapshots, in particular, disappear sometime in the smartphone and are then gone.

Extended functions of the mini photo printers also allow scanning and copying.

However, the simple mini photo printer is ideal for many consumers, because snapshots that are eventually forgotten on the hard drive or memory card can now be "revived" as photos. The special feature of the mini photo printers is that they fit into any handbag or jacket pocket and are therefore considered to be extremely practical. Photographers often use the mini photo printer to sell their pictures directly at events or celebrations.

Product features should be considered before purchase. The standard product allows photos to be printed in different sizes. The PC or notebook is not required. However, special photo paper must be purchased in order to print the photos. The small devices manage to print an image in about one minute.

The postcard from your holiday is now ready quickly: The mini photo printer achieves this in minutes. The size of the pictures depends on the capacity of the mini photo printer. The postcard format is ideal for many consumers. The smallest models can, of course, only deliver small pictures. It is also worth knowing that the printing is done without ink.

The HP Sprocket is predestined to print images from your smartphone. The dimensions of this mini photo printer are also optimal with 11.7 x 7.5 cm and a weight of about 170 grams. The connection is realized by means of an app. The corresponding app runs on iOS and Android devices. Special effects for printing can also be realized with a special function. The connection is provided via Bluetooth, USB cable or NFC. This radio technology enables two devices to be connected at a short distance. Images measuring 560 x 75 mm are printed using Bluetooth. Using the app, the images can be edited and "embellished" with emojis and texts before printing.

Larger images can be produced

This possibility is given by dividing the image into four or nine tiles. However, each tile is printed individually. Since the back is self-adhesive or removable, the tiles can be joined together without any problems. The special mini photo printers for the mobile phone are offered differently. The technologies and quality are not the same, but these mini printers can create an instant picture of any mobile phone by using special functions to turn the mini printers into an instant picture camera with the help of the mobile phone.

They are small and print without ink, at most with one cartridge. However, there are considerable differences. These small photo printers are multitalented, they print images directly from your smartphone, among other things. The Kodak Mini Photo Printer presents affordable printing with cartridges. The size is like a smartphone, but the photo printer is much wider. The NFC interface ensures a perfect connection to the smartphone. On the front is the flap to change the cartridge if necessary. The special cartridge first prints the yellow ink, then the magenta ink and finally the cyan ink. The gloss varnish makes the image unique and durable. This product was specially developed for smartphones and tablets. The Kodak Printer App makes it easy to use. The brightness, contrast and sharpness can be adjusted or corrected by the photographer. The mini printer was rated good in the test due to its easy handling and excellent image quality.

Functionality of the standard devices

The majority of printers use the direct thermal printing process. There are some brands that use a rechargeable battery. Ease of use and improved print quality make for even more buyers.

HP Sprocket, the little jack-of-all-trades
This little helper can be taken by any consumer. The mini printer weighs just 170 grams. The zinc technology is used with this mini printer, that is ink is not used. The colour pigments are integrated in the paper and are activated by heat. The printer scores with the App of the same name, which makes possible that the photos can be worked on before printing. At events, birthday parties or parties, this small multi-device is a favourite. The handling is very easy. The app allows individual processing, for the younger generation this mini printer is simply a highlight. However, a special type of paper must be used.

Completely different images can be printed with the printer
Completely different images can be printed with the printer

The mini photo printers are popular at festivities, parties or on holiday. There's something special about taking a quick photo with your smartphone and printing it out right away, showing it to your friends. In the beginning, there was the thought that these products were not attractive, but the mini photo printers are now a trend and extremely popular.

These products are also in great demand in the commercial sector: notes or tables of key points are photographed with a smartphone and can then be printed out promptly.

When you buy a smartphone, you need to pay attention to its size and weight. These are mini colour printers that must have these features. The practical little helpers are different in the way they are printed, but they are not only used as fun articles, but have also gained a place in the commercial sector.

Photos directly from the smartphone are currently the bestseller, which provides for many customers. Instant prints from mobile devices are optimal for many people, especially as the mini photo printer is so small that it can be conveniently stored in a pocket. Many amateur photographers are convinced that they prefer to print their photos themselves. At some point, the popular Polaroid camera was no longer the trend. Another form of this version is presented with the mini photo printers. The photos are better because Polaroid pictures faded with time. The high-quality mini photo printer provides for first-class pictures, which are long-lived. The holiday with memorable pictures always comes back to life when the pictures are printed out and stored instead of hanging somewhere in the smartphone.

The Instax Share SP-3 is highlighted with Polaroid optics. The Canon Selphy is still regarded as a mini photo printer, but not only small pictures but also photos in postcard format. The battery can produce 54 prints, which is a remarkable performance for such a small device. Polaroid Zip is mobile and scores with the zinc printing technique. Kodak Mini 2 provides pictures in credit card format. Thermo sublimation technology enables colourful prints. The choice of the right printer depends on the application. The professional photographer, who wants to sell some pictures immediately at events, needs a more comfortable device than the teenager, who uses the printer as "fun" and makes himself popular with friends. Experts are finding that mini photo printers have rapidly increased their popularity and are becoming more and more popular. The postcard format is ideal for many consumers. There is no need to print every snapshot. Operation is really child's play, as is the connection to the smartphone. Comparison portals and tests inform the customer about which products present certain characteristics. The mini photo printers are mobile and at the same time produce beautiful pictures. The costs of the printing techniques differ, so it makes sense to take a look at the comparison portal. Special occasions such as holidays, a round birthday, a great party, the company party and the Christmas party are no longer conceivable for many consumers without these great mini photo printers. The mini photo printer is in your pocket and is always with you.


In the beginning, this product was considered unprofitable; now it is a trend article. It is an undisputed fact that the snapshots and snapshots on smartphones are often somehow lost. Hardly any consumer takes the trouble to load the photos at regular intervals or to store them on a PC. It must have been the case with every user that such a great chic picture is desperately searched for in the smartphone, in vain. For this purpose, the mini photo printer is suitable outstanding. A reasonable photographer will of course not print every tree and every flower he photographs, which would then be a costly pleasure. It is worth mentioning that mini photo printers are great products, but they are a bit expensive to use. Therefore only selected beautiful and memorable snapshots are printed. When the guests at the birthday party take printed pictures of the festivities with them, they are greeted with joy.

It is worth mentioning that, depending on the quality, the small mini photo printers sometimes print pictures that can compete with developed pictures from a photo laboratory. In a few months, the mini photo printers will be constant companions. On holiday, these products are already indispensable, the holiday card is printed and individually created. The buyer must be clear with the help of various tests and comparison portals, which mini photo printer he would like to own now. A mini photo printer should be it, the advantages speak for the acquisition of such a product, only which execution fits to which operational purpose.

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  • What current products are there?
  • What are the comparison criteria?
  • What tests are we going to run?
  • What is the test procedure?

When everything's settled, we'll bring the devices to us. For each product the test procedure, the measured values and product properties are documented in detail. We create photos and videos. We evaluate the results for you, summarize everything in a test report and calculate the test grade.

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