While photographs are a great way of capturing memories, most of us are guilty of storing dozens of snapshots in our smartphones and hard drives only to be forgotten. Give your snaps a new life with the best portable photo printers in Singapore! These mini photo printers are lightweight and can print photos on the spot, leaving you with a physical copy of the moment. With so many awesome portable photo printers on the market, read on to find out what are some important factors to consider before making your purchase, as well as which portable printers are our top picks!
What to look out for when buying a portable photo printer
Before deciding on the best portable photo printer for yourself, think about what you want to use it for. Do you want to carry it around and print photos after a night out with friends as instant keepsakes? Or do you plan on only printing photos at home to paste in your scrapbook? Once decided, you can better determine the size and weight of your ideal photo printer.
Also, consider the additional functions your portable photo printer and its associated app have! Most photo printer apps come with a host of fun stickers, filters and customisation options. The latest trend in the world of portable photo printers is Augmented Reality (AR) functionality — print a single frame from a video as a photo and scan the resulting image with the app to see the video unfold on your screen.
2. Photo paper
After buying the photo printer, you’ll need to buy the photo paper or instant film like this Fujifilm Instax Mini Film Twin Pack (available on standardphoto_sg). Different printers use different kinds of paper and many often have brand-specific papers you’ll need to buy. Prices can vary depending on the kind of paper and finish. If you plan on frequently printing photos, then get a printer that uses more affordable photo paper because the costs can add up fast.
3. Picture quality
Different photo papers also produce different kinds of pictures. For example, the Instax Share photo printers use Instax film and give a vintage, old-school vibe. Photos printed on ZINK paper resemble regular developed photos more closely but may have lines across the image similar to those you see on inkjet printing. Think about what kind of look and feel you want from your photos and buy the best portable photo printer that produces that result.
The best portable photo printers in Singapore
1. Fujifilm Instax Mini Link Aloha Package
Looking for a mini photo printer to print photos from your smartphone while on the go? The compact Fujifilm Instax Mini Link Aloha Package (available on Fujifilm Singapore Official Store) is palm-sized and weighs just 209g. Simply slip this Fujifilm Instax Mini printer into your handbag and print your favourite memories instantly while out. All you’ve got to do is install the FUJIFILM Camera Remote and mini Link apps. You can add borders, overlays or even choose to print a specific frame of a video in your phone. Pick from the blue, white or dusky pink shade — definitely one of the best looking mini photo printers out there today!
2. Fujifilm Instax Share SP-3
With a futuristic design that looks like it came straight out of a sci-fi movie, the Fujifilm Instax Share SP-3 (available on standardphoto_sg) is one of the best portable photo printers on offer. You’ll be able to print photos straight from your phone via the Instax Share app in less than 30 seconds! The app comes with editing options like zoom and brightness adjustments as well as fun filters to recreate a vintage polaroid look. Not requiring any ink, it uses the Fujifilm Instax Square film (available on Pastlanes) and photos develop much in the same way as those shot with an instant camera. The Fujifilm Instax Share SP-3 may not be the lightest or most convenient portable photo printer to carry but you get excellent results!
3. Fujifilm PrinCiao Smart Printer
The Fujifilm PrinCiao Smart Printer (available on Fujifilm Singapore Official Store) is definitely another frontrunner on our list of the best mini portable photo printers on offer. With its compact design and ability to print up to 40 sheets at a time, this is great for use at milestone events like birthday parties and wedding dinners! Whether you’re using Android or iOS, all you have to do is download the Fujifilm Print App on your phone and you’re ready to get your pics. Available in white, blue and pink, you’re sure to find one that suits your preferred aesthetic!
4. HP Sprocket Printer
Looking to print adorable photos that fit perfectly into your wallet? The HP Sprocket Printer (available on POPULAR Official Store) is one of the best portable photo printers for the job. Utilising ZINK (Zero Ink) technology, the HP Sprocket uses variations in heat pulses and intensity which reacts with a special ZINK photo paper to produce vivid images. Simply connect your phone to the HP Sprocket App and you can get your desired images printed in a jiffy! The fun part about the HP Sprocket is that the photo paper is also sticker paper, so you can peel off the backing and paste your photos wherever you please.
5. Huawei Pocket Photo Printer
One of the best portable photo printer options on offer, the Huawei Pocket Photo Printer (available on tophouse.sg) is small, compact and can pass for a power bank easily. Utilising ZINK technology, it can print credit card-sized images including ID-sized photos. One of its most unique features is that it can also be used to print business cards! The Huawei Printer app comes with a selection of awesome business card templates so you can network on the go and never worry about running out of name cards again. Moreover, the Huawei Pocket Photo Printer comes with AR functionality, enabling your photos to come alive!
6. Xiaomi XPrint Pocket Photo Printer
Another not-to-be-missed name in the portable photo printer game is the Xiaomi Mi Portable Photo Printer (available on Xiaomi Official). It uses ink-free printing and you can add multiple filters and when printing the photos. You can also create AR images with this Xiaomi photo printer through the app! It’s a very straightforward process and you’ll get great joy from seeing your photos come alive. The device can be connected to most devices via Bluetooth, so you can print photos with ease.
7. Canon Selphy Square Photo Printer
As a more premium option of portable photo printers in Singapore, the Canon Selphy Square Photo Printer (available on ST.Digital Official Store) definitely makes a worthy purchase. Using dye-sublimation technology, you get printed photos that are high quality, dirt-proof and water-resistant! Moreover, they are said to last up to a hundred years so you don’t have to worry about photo fading. The Canon Selphy Square portable printer is compatible with the SELPHY Photo Layout app where you can create your own prints such as photo-themed bookmarks or in any layout you desire!
8. Canon Mini Photo Printer
Using ZINK technology, the Canon Mini Photo Printer (available on of_today.sg) is one mini photo printer that’s as cute as it is functional. Available in slate grey, mint green and rose pink, the photo printer weighs only 160g and slips perfectly into your handbag. With the Canon Mini Print app, you can either print photos in 2×3 format or create collage prints of up to four images. You can also decorate your photos with creative frames, stickers and doodles available in-app.
9. Kodak Mini 2 Retro Photo Printer
Capture giggles and grins instantly with the Kodak Mini 2 Retro Photo Printer (available on Kodak Photo Printers and Cameras). Using ZINK technology, the 90s inspired Kodak Photo Printer is a great option if you want an easy-to-use and lightweight photo printer. Printing is easy and can be done by connecting your smartphone to the printer over Bluetooth. You should also download the Kodak Smile app to enjoy an array of customisation options from adorable stickers to funky colour filters to personalise your photos!
10. Polaroid Hi-Print
Instead of ZINK technology, the Polaroid Hi-Print (available on Polaroid Official Store) uses dye sublimation printing, a technique which uses heat to transfer dye onto paper or other materials. This results in high quality and fade-proof prints — perfect to preserve photo prints for years to come! This mini photo printer weighs about 255g (without cartridge) and prints 2×3 inch, self-adhesive prints. Simply connect your smartphone to the Polaroid Hi·Print mobile app and print your memories — be it that photo or a message that you want to treasure.
11. Japan Printoss Phone Photo Printer
Dislike the hassle of downloading an app just to get your favourite prints out? You can do away with that when you have the Japan Printoss Phone Photo Printer (available on JS Kids Mall). This Printoss Phone Photo Printer doesn’t run on a battery, requires no Bluetooth or WiFi connection and yet can print out photos from your smartphone with ease! But how? To use, all you have to do is place your smartphone on the top of the device and manually turn the roller on the device to print. Your photo will develop in less than 90 seconds — how efficient!
12. Seenda Wireless Portable Printer
Don’t be fooled by the image, the Seenda Wireless Portable Printer (available on Seenda Official Store) is actually so compact it can literally fit in the palm of your hand, truly making its mark as one of the best budget portable photo printers in Singapore. As long as your phone is connected to Wi-Fi, you can easily upload any text, image or design and get it instantly printed with just the touch of a button! Additionally, this Seenda printer works on any material so you can even print your pictures on other surfaces like metal and plastic — how cool!
13. Paperang Mobile Instant Printer
Keeping costs low by using inkless thermal printing, the Paperang Mobile Instant Printer (available on Pastlanes) is one of the best budget portable photo printers around. This is the kind of printing used by receipt machines in stores but Paperang’s printer paper is sturdier, longer-lasting and doesn’t fade as easily! Additionally, the paper comes with a sticky backing, so you can easily convert your print-outs into stickers. While images can only be printed in black and white, you can print lots of other things such as to-do lists and funky name labels with this Paperang printer! Check out other popular thermal printers that can print waybills, stickers and more!
Get the best portable photo printer for yourself today!
Ultimately, the best portable photo printer is the one that works for you, so shop around and pick the perfect one at our 11.11 Big Sale! Once you’ve gotten your new portable photo printer, it’s time to make some memories with your loved ones! Head over to these Instagram-worthy spots in Singapore to capture candid photos with your pals with the help of some of the best camera phones available in the market. Alternatively, if you’re just starting to dip your toes into pro photography, then check out some of the best cameras for beginners!
This article was updated on 27 October 2021. Additional research done by Gabriel Choo.
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