This might be the first time you buy an iPhone printer and you have no idea where to start. And that’s not something unusual. It’s not like we go daily shopping for iPhone photo printers. And that’s what this guide is all about. It will send you in the right direction to buy the perfect photo printer that will serve your needs for many years to come.
What to look for when buying a Photo Printer for your iPhone
It can be very daunting to pick the right Photo printer. And truth needs to be told, there are some factors you need to consider before making that purchase.
- The very first thing you need to consider is the battery life of the printer. Most of these printers are small so they have little space for a big battery. You can solve this problem by taking the charging cable with you every time you go out.
- The ease of connecting the printer to your iPhone is the second factor you should consider when buying the photo printer. Most printers can be connected to your iPhone through Bluetooth or USB. But there are some printers though that aren’t compatible with iOS though. Make sure you buy a printer that can be connected to Apple products.
- The third factor is the kind and amount of paper you get with the printer. Most companies will include some amount of paper in the printer, but it’s not much. Furthermore, some printers use 2 x 3-inch paper and others use 2.1 x 2.1 inches. The type of paper can also differ. There is for example the what is called ZINK paper, which stands for zero paper. Other printers use the old fashion cartridges.
- And finally, there are printers that come with a photo editing app. Some are very basic but others can be very sophisticated and let you do all kinds of stuff like adding filters and text to your picture.
The Fujifilm Instax SP-3 Mobile Printer
Some consider the Fujifilm Instax SP-3 printer the best printer that’s made for the iPhone. Not only because of its high quality and sharpness but also because of its size. One thing is for sure; the Fujifilm has the perfect size to be carried around. So you can take it with you wherever you go. Also, the colors and sharpness of this printer are top-notch.
But you can even bring it further with the built-in editor that allows you to add filters, adjust colors, and bring up/down the sharpness of your picture. The editor can transform a color image into black and white to give your photo a different, more classy look.
What about connecting the Instax SP-3 printer with your iPhone? Can you just connect them wirelessly? The answer is yes. As a matter of fact, you don’t even have to turn your Bluetooth on to get this printer connected to your iPhone. The Fujifilm Instax SP-3 printer has its Wi-Fi network. So you just have to select this network, and the iPhone and printer will communicate with each other.
Canon SELPHY QX10 Portable Square Photo Printer
Although this article aims to review Photo Printers for iOS users, the Canon Selphy QX10 is for iPhone and Android users. But right off the bath, this printer looks a bit bigger than the other one. And with bigger, I don’t mean heavy-to-carry-around-bigger. You can easily put this printer in your bag and go for a walk. The actual size of this printer is 5.5 x 4 x 1.25 inches.
What’s noticeable, though, is that Canon already thought about the fact that the end-user will use this printer on the go. So they gave it a black math finish to prevent scratches and smudges. So you can put it in your bag among all your otter stuff without worrying about scratching it.
But what about the colors? Are they as colorful as how they appear on your phone? Well, thanks to its clear resolution, you’ll definitely get some crisp-looking pictures out of the Canon Selphy Printer. Just be aware that this printer can only print 3×3 prints. Some people are okay with this idea, but others want more variation than this size that resembles an Instagram grid.
Another detail Canon thought about is to make the back of the pictures sticky. This way, you can easily attach them to your albums. But if you don’t feel much for this idea, you can leave the protective backing attached to the picture. And like the previous printer, the Canon SELPHY Photo printer comes with an app that helps you edit and resize your images before printing them.
To have full control over cropping your pictures, just tap on that picture and use the trim option.
One note, though, is that your pictures will come out with a border. That means that there will be white lines around the actual image. This white line will separate the image from the sides. This option is the default, and you can’t turn it off.
The kodak Dock Instant Photo Printer
Even though you might prefer a portable photo printer, getting a more extensive, less portable printer is not a crazy idea. The Kodak Dock Instant Photo Printer is not the smallest printer on this list but is a considerable choice. It might be a bit bulky and not as portable as the other ones; the Kodak dock provides you with a 4×6 printing format. And that’s what I love about this printer. You don’t get the 2 x 3 pictures you might get with the previously mentioned printers.
Furthermore, this printer will connect to your iPhone both wirelessly or via USB or an adapter. The advantage of the latter is that it charges your iPhone while it prints your pictures. Also, this printer comes with an app that enables you to brighten up your images by putting stickers, templates, and other editing activities. This app is compatible with iOS, Android, and other Bluetooth devices.
But what about the prints? How does it perform when it comes to printing high-quality pictures? Well, that’s a good question, and this printer will not disappoint you in that. The Kodak Dock uses 4pass technology. This way your pictures will be printed in layers of ribbon. Also, the printing happens with a laminating process which makes your photographs water-resistant and fingerprint-proof. This way, the quality of your pics will last for a long time.
HP Sprocket Photo Printer
The following may surprise you, but it’s true: the HP Sprocket doesn’t work with any ink cartridges. Yes, you’ve read it right, you don’t have to put any cartridges in this printer.
The way it works is a bit different from the other printer we discussed in this article. It comes with a special chemical paper that’s also called zink paper. And like the Canon printer, the back of the paper of this printer is also sticky. This allows you to attach your pictures to an album very quickly.
Just be aware that the pictures will have a dimension of 2 x 3 inches. Also, you will get glossy images out of this printer. So if you are more of a person who likes math finish pictures, I would highly recommend you to look further for another printer.
As for the connection, this HP Sprocket Printer can be connected wirelessly to multiple devices via Bluetooth. This allows you to have both your iPad and iPhone connected to your printer at the same time. Once your devices are connected, you’re good to go. Besides printing your pictures from your Photo library, you can print your images from your social media profiles. How convenient is that?
Just note that this printer takes about 40 seconds to print a picture. This shouldn’t be a problem for most people, but if you’re planning to print multiple photos simultaneously, it will take a bit before you have your whole collection printed.
The Epson XP-640 Expression Photo Printer
The Epson XP-640 Photo printer may be the most premium on this list. And for this price range, you get what you pay for. This device is not only a printer but also a scanner and a copier at once. This wireless inkjet printer takes advantage of using as many as five cartridges, which produces vivid colors and deep tones.
The downside of this Photo Printer is that it’s not portable. This stationary printer will provide you with both 4 x 6 and 8 x 10 inches photos. The latter comes out borderless, which means that you don’t have to worry about a white border that separates the picture from the sides.
A unique feature of this printer is that you can print double-sided photos! This might not be preferable for everyone, but it allows you to save paper in the long run.