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Canon Zoemini vs HP Sprocket: battle of the portable photo printers

Canon and HP go head to head in the market for compact and portable photo printers. But are the HP Sprocket and Canon Zoemini worth your money?

A portable photo printer is a compact, sometimes even pocket-sized, device for printing fast photos.

The HP Sprocket has to date been the most popular portable printer, but it now has competition in the form of the Canon Zoemini, which launched in early September.

Read on as we pit the Zoemini against the Sprocket and see whether a portable photo printer is the best way to print your snaps.

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Canon Zoemini review

Typical price: £119.99
Price per print: 52p

Canon already has the Selphy range of compact photo printers and the Zoemini is aimed squarely at challenging HP’s popular Sprocket (more on that below).

The Zoemini has a rather dour design compared with HP’s printer, but its app is well designed, and enables you to quickly and easily print photos.

You can add filters, stickers or graphics, and then print the snaps on the same 2 x 3-inch paper as the Sprocket.

HP Sprocket review

Typical price: £119.99
Price per print: 50p

The HP Sprocket is popular because it matches an attractive design with fast photo printing on 2 x 3-inch paper that will develop almost instantly.

Alongside printing photos straight from your smartphone camera or social networks, you can use the Sprocket app to edit your snaps, with options to add filters or borders.

The Sprocket and the Zoemini may appear to be similar in terms of what they offer, but these portable printers didn’t fare the same in our print quality assessment.

Read our full verdict on the HP Sprocket and the Canon Zoemini, along with three other portable photo printers, in this in-depth guide.

Alternatively, see how other Canon photo printers and HP photo printers stack up in our expert printer reviews.

Should I buy a portable photo printer?

Although portable photo printers such as the Sprocket and Zoemini are a fun way to print photos, they aren’t the cheapest way to print – far from it, in fact.

With the portable photo printers we’ve assessed, it would cost between 29p and a staggering 90p to print a photo. And in some cases, these prints are not much bigger than a passport photo.

You could print a larger 10 x 8-inch photo from a Best Buy photo printer for just 35p. Or, you could use one of our Which? Recommended online photo printing services instead. They use high-quality photo printers and will often give a discount for bulk orders.

If you want fast and accessible photo printing, a portable photo printer is worth considering. If you’re keeping an eye on the costs, however, look elsewhere.

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