So, you’re planning on setting up a DIY photo booth for your next party? If you want your photos printed fast, with as minimal hassle as possible and direct from your guests’ camera phones, instant photo printers are the way to go. Here are four you should consider getting:
One of the most popular portable instant photo printers, the Instax Share can print directly from any smartphone using an app over Wi-Fi. Just choose a photo from your gallery and this little printer will print it out in high-quality Polaroid-style pictures.
You can even edit your photo via the app’s templates that let you choose filters or add captions. Include the time and date, for example, or spell out the celebrator’s name. Take note this printer uses the standard Instax Mini films (that the Instaxi Mini cameras use) so each printout can be quite costly. Price: around P6,000 Price of film, pack of 10: around P600
Prynt is basically a printer that attaches to your phone like a case would. Using Zink (short for zero ink) technology, it produces high-quality, smudge-proof photos in an instant without using any ink.
Like the Instax Share, it also works with an app that you have to download to your phone. The app also lets you add frames, stickers and text to your photo. But because Prynt attaches to your phone like a case, it’s unfortunately only compatible with a few phones, namely the iPhones 5 and up and Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5. Price: around P6,000 Price of film, pack of 50: around P1,000
The Polaroid Zip is arguably the sleekest and less-fiddly of all the instant printers. Its compact design and light weight makes it easy to slip inside a purse. It also prints via an app and over Bluetooth or NFC using Zink technology, same as Prynt Case. But, unlike the Instax film that can print within seconds, the Polaroid Zip takes around a minute to produce your photo. Price: around P6,000 Price of film, pack of 50: around P1,000
If you want seriously great-looking photos at a cheaper price and are willing to sacrifice portability, the Canon SELPHY is what you’re looking for. Unlike everything else on this list, you don’t need to buy the paper/film from them. You do have to buy ink for it though. It's a little bigger as well but the photo quality makes up for it.
Aside from printing directly from smartphones via an app over Wi-Fi, the Canon SELPHY can also print directly from an SD card, USB memory stick or PC and laptop via USB cable. You can also plug this printer in or have a battery pack for it. It can also print photos in two sizes and comes with a built-in LCD screen to make navigating your photos easier. Price: around P4,000