Four Printers to Help You Get Your Photos Off Your Phone

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We live in a time where we have more photos saved in various places - computers, phones, tablets, backup drives, the "cloud, etc - than we have in our hands. And on one hand this is awesome because we can take lots of photos and capture so many of the simple, everyday moments that make up our lives. On the other, some of us are hoarding digital files and not actually enjoying our photos.  
This year, I've been on a mission to get my photos off of my phone and digital camera and into my hands and the hands of my loved ones. Today I'm sharing four different printers I've used at home to print my photos and the pros and cons of each one. 
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The Instax Share

The  Fuji Instax Share printer is adorable. Truly. People smile when they see it and want to know what it is right away. It is small enough to tuck into a bag so you can print photos anywhere. And it gives you the joy of an instant photo combined with the certainty of what will actually be on the photo because you took the photo with your phone. I love it for art journaling! 
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The pros:
·         It connects wirelessly to your phone and moves through the printer in seconds.
·         You get to watch the photo "develop" just like an old Polaroid camera.
·         The size is about the side of a credit card and is perfect for craft projects.
·         The "paper + ink" is really just film so you don't need extra ink.
·         It uses the same film that the  Instax Mini uses.
·         Perfect for photo booths at parties and weddings because you get to keep the digital file and give your guests an instant photo to take home.

The cons:
·         The film is expensive and depending on the price can come to between 60p and one pound per photo.
·         The quality is more like instant photos (because it uses instant film), so it might not be crisp or bright enough for some users.
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The Canon Selphy

So I love the  Canon Selphy CP910 because it connects to my iPhone via Wi-Fi and I can easily print 4x6 photos right from my phone in a matter of minutes. This has become my favourite printer for printing from my phone.  
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The pros:
·         Print right from your phone!
·         It prints square photos! Meaning, it will print your Instagram photos onto 4x6 photo paper with a simple white border. You can either trim them or keep the border and slip in a 4x6 album.
·         Ink and paper come together in a kit so you never buy the wrong ink.
·         You can insert the SD card from your digital camera directly into the printer to print photos.
 
The cons:
·         You have to use the special Canon Selphy photo paper. 
·         It takes some time to print each photo.
·         The photos are actually slightly smaller than 4x6 by about an 1/8" or so. 
Important note: If you want to be able to connect via Wi-Fi, you must get one of the newer Selphys. Be very sure you are buying the right model. I'm referring to the CP910 in this article.
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The Pringo Printer

The Pringo is another adorable little printer that prints photos that are about 2.5x3" that are a super fun size. I was so excited to use this printer for my retreats, but I found that there were some pretty significant cons for what I wanted to use it for. If you just need to print 1-8 photos at any given moment and you love the size, it could be a good fit for you. 
The pros:
·         It connects over Wi-Fi.
·         The photo size is fun.
·         It's easy to travel with.
The cons:
·         The battery takes at least an hour to charge and only prints 8-10 photos per charge, before it needs to be charged for another hour.
·         The photos cost about 50p a piece.
·         When you are printing the photos, the app plays an advert every single time. 
·         There is no way to plug it in to avoid using up the battery charge.
·         Prints slowly (1-3 minutes a photo).
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Epson Picturemate

The Epson Picturemate is a great printer for 4x6 photos printed at home. The quality is incredible and it is easy to use (when you get the hang of it). This is the printer I use to print my photos from my  Canon Rebel. I have an older version similar to this newer one. When I want to print a photo from my phone using this printer, I upload it to the cloud and then access it from my computer. 
The pros:
·         Super great quality!
·         Easily print photos from your computer (with a cord you have to buy in addition to the printer).
·         Perfect for scrapbooking and Project Life because the photos are 4x6 and fit into page protectors.
·         Prints very quickly.
 
The cons:
·         Does not interface well with iOS. The newest Picturemate is supposed to work over Wi-Fi with your phone, but I've only read negative reviews about that feature. Hopefully they are working on this for the next model.
·         You must use the remote to use the interface on the printer, so this is something you cannot lose.
Will you join me in getting your photos off of your devices and into your hands? I hope so!  
If you have other printers you use for your photos, please feel free to share them in the comments so we can learn from one another. 
Check out my  Release Your Photos from Your Devices and Print Them collection for a few other printers that you can use to print from your phone. And here are a couple of other guides you might enjoy:
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