Portable Photo Printer

There’s no better way to share snapshots with friends than to do so on the spot. When you go on outings this time, make sure you take along this photo printer along with your camera.

An ever-growing number of portable printers are on the market, the majority of them dedicated photo printers that usually print at sizes up to 4-by-6. Our favorite recent model is the Editors’ Choice Epson PictureMate Charm, part of a long lineage of top-notch PictureMates. The more expensive—and somewhat more bulky—Epson PictureMate Show has a 7-inch LCD, letting it double as a digital picture frame. This way, you get a perfect preview as to what you will get as a print.

Two of the printers listed here use ZINK (zero-ink) technology, which employs a special photo paper in which dye crystals are embedded, changing color when heated to form the image. The Pandigital Portable Photo Printer is the first of its kind to print 4-by-6 photos; previous-generation ZINK printers such as the Dell Wasabi PZ310 were limited to 2-by-3s. That said, ZINK technology still has a way to go before it can compete with either inkjet or thermal dye, a big reason why the Pandigital only received a fair (2 stars) rating in our review. The photo quality was, however, improved over the previous generation, and we have high hopes that ZINK technology will continue to improve over time.

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