Many of us take photos with our smartphones and share them on social networks such as Facebook and Instagram. Portable photo printers are designed to make it just as quick and easy to print your snaps as it is to post them online.
As the name suggests, they’re usually compact and sometimes small enough to carry in your pocket. They print tiny images, too, often around 3x2-inch sizes.
They sometimes have inkjet printing technology, but more frequently they use specialist paper with the ink incorporated into it.
See the table below to find out what we thought of four popular portable photo printers when we tried them, including the HP Sprocket and Canon Zoemini. You can also read about the printers we tried under the table.
Typical price: £119.99 The HP Sprocket is one of the most popular portable photo printers. It sells extremely well thanks to its mix of an attractive-looking design and fast, fun photo printing.
Typical price: £119.99 Canon's Zoemini is is the key competitor to HP's popular Sprocket. Just like its rival, you can print photos from your smartphone on 2x3-inch paper, as well as add filters, stickers or graphics.
Typical price: £99.99 The Canon Selphy is large for a portable photo printer and can print larger photos than other portable printers that will look similar to your traditional holiday snaps.
Typical price: £175 Well known for its camera film, Fujifilm brings us the Instax Share - a portable photo printer range able to print square photos. Just like the HP Sprocket, the Instax is all about fast and fun photos that you can put in your wallet or stick on a fridge.
Typical price: £100 Polaroid effectively invented the phenomena of instant photo printing with its early, self-developing Polaroid cameras. The company has seen its fortunes decline ever since, but the Polaroid brand still flies the flag for instant, portable photo printing with the Polaroid Zip.
Portable photo printers are fun and accessible to use, but they’re most definitely not the cheapest way to print photos – far from it, in fact.
Using the printers featured above, it would cost between 29p and 90p to print a photo, and that’s even more alarming considering the small size.
If you're looking for good-value photo printing, compact photo printers like the HP Sprocket are probably not going to suit your needs.