Portable Photo Printer Reviews – Best HP & Canon Printers

Printers have been around for a while and among the companies that produce the best quality printers are Hewlett Packard (HP) and Canon. For purposes of this article, we shall be looking at the best of both HP and Canon Portable Printers. We will also touch briefly into other portable printers by Epson.

But before we go into that, let us first establish what is really meant by a printer being ‘portable’. Some may argue a 15-20 lb printer may be something you can carry around with you but really, that isn’t portable. Portable is handy, transferable, moveable, lightweight, and conveniently manageable. It is something that one can bring with him while traveling.

Photo printers may be slightly heavier than your extremely lightweight portable printer that only prints in black ink. Therefore, weight would relatively be a factor in what we think to be portable. What we are looking at are compact printers that you can bring along when traveling and prints exceptionally good quality photo prints whenever you need them.

HP H470 Office Jet Mobile Printer

The HP H470 Office Jet Mobile Printer makes it easy to print on-the-go with its compact design and ability to print using the optional lithium-ion battery (sold separately) when no AC power is available.

It lets you print in your car -even without the battery- using the optional 12v Auto Power Adapter. The H470 isn’t just a convenient printer though; it also produces exceptional results fast.


Connectivity options are seemingly endless with the OfficeJet H470. It will print from a computer, PDA, digital camera, camera phones, or memory cards (SD or MMC). Plus the optional Wi-Fi and Blue tooth adapters provide additional wireless connectivity options.

The HP H470 uses its 192 MHz processor to print at speeds reaching 22 pages per minute (ppm) in black and 18 ppm in color. Thanks to HP’s PhotoREt III resolution technology, the H470 is able to produce 1200 x 1200 dpi B&W prints and stellar 4800 dpi color prints. Print borderless 4 x 6 inch photos or up to 8.5 x 11 inch photos with borders.

A lightweight printer that you can bring with you just about anywhere, the HP470 weighs only 5 lbs. with the optional battery and the measures 13.4 x 6.45 x 3.25 inches (WxDxH). It is compatible with both Windows and Macintosh operating systems, and is backed by a 1-year limited hardware warranty and 1-year technical phone support.

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Canon iP100 Mobile Photo Printer

Canon’s stylish iP100 Mobile Photo Printer travels with you, delivering outstanding photo print quality wherever you are. Being portable means turning anywhere into your office including your car, hotel room, or at a meeting. At a compact 12.7 x 2.4 x 7.2 inches (WxHxD) and weighing in at a scant 4.4 pounds, the iP100 is a rugged, attractive device that is easy to slip into your briefcase or traveling bag.

You can be as prepared for your out of town meeting as if you were just leaving from your own office. So being portable means freedom to conduct your business anywhere.

Canon iP100 Mobile Photo Printer

The optional battery kit, automobile adapter and USB cable are not included in the box. These are sold separately so therefore to become truly portable, it will cost you a little extra than just buying the printer.

Thanks to a blazing sprint speed, you can have a beautiful 4 x 6 inch print in less than a minute. The iP100 is perfect for traveling photographers, vacationers making their own post cards, businessmen who need to make the perfect color presentation on the road, and anyone else who wants a high-quality print anywhere.

Don’t mistake compact for low-quality. The iP100 produces spectacular photos at 9600 x 2400 dpi. Canon’s patented print head with 1,856 precision nozzles ejects ink at droplets as small as 1 picoliter for incredible photo realism and accuracy. Together with the 5-color ink system, you are ensured the highest quality output.

All without a long wait, a photo lab-quality 4 x 6 inch borderless print takes about 55 seconds. For printing documents, the PIXMA iP100 can print documents at up to 20 ppm for black and color documents at up to 14 ppm.

Print from Macs and PCs and directly from Cameras; the Canon PIXMA iP100 is compatible with Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000 and Mac OS X v 10.2.8 to 10.5.x, connecting via a USB interface.

Additionally, it also has a built-in IrDA interface and an optional Bluetooth interface, letting you print wirelessly from a PC, PDA or camera phone. The printer also supports the PictBridge interface for connecting compatible digital cameras and printing photos directly – without a PC.

There is no need to worry that you weren’t first able to touch up a photo when printing directly from the camera; Canon’s Auto Image Fix lets you automatically correct for exposure, color, brightness, and contrast.

The Canon PIXMA iP100 mobile photo printer is backed by toll-free technical support and a 1-year limited warranty with InstantExchange program.

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Canon SELPHY CP760 Compact Photo Printer

The compact Canon SELPHY CP760 Dye-Sublimation Photo Printer prints colorful, accurate photos each and every time and is extremely portable, so it goes wherever you want to take it. No need for a computer, this photo printer will print direct from a memory card, a USB drive, PictBridge-enabled digital camera, or via the optional BU-30 Bluetooth interface (sold separately).

Canon Selphy CP760

Canon’s advanced dye-sublimation printing process produces outstanding 4 x 6 inch photos in less than a minute and at a crystal clear 300 x 300 dpi resolution. Dye sublimation printing is using a printing process that employs heat to transfer dye onto medium materials such as a paper, plastic card, or fabric.

With over 256 levels of colors available, this printer is capable of producing 16.8 million different color combinations. Enhance images using the 2.5 inch TFT display and included software in order to take full advantage of the CP760’s photo processing power.

The Canon CP760 is capable of printing photos as large as 4 x 8 inches that are both water resistant and resist fading for up to 100 years. It also features an extremely compact design measuring 7.9 x 3.3 x 5.6 inches (WxHxD) and weighing just 2.1 pounds. The CP760 is compatible with both Windows and Macintosh, and it’s backed by a 1-year limited warranty.

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Canon PIXMA iP90v Photo Inkjet Printer

Rugged, powerful, and portable (weighing only 4lbs), the Canon Pixma iP90v is a compact photo printer that delivers exceptional performance and a multitude of time-saving options on the go. With the iP90v, you can print wirelessly from PCs and camera phones via the IrDA interface or by using the optional Bluetooth adapter.

canon pixma ip90v photo inkjet printerYou can even print photos directly from a PictBridge-enabled digital camera or DV camcorder–no PC required. For maximum portability, an optional Canon car adapter and rechargeable battery kit provide power anywhere, anytime. Wherever you’re printing from, the iP90v produces superb graphics and photos that catch the eye, and documents that feature bold, crisp text.

This versatile printer uses Canon’s FINE print head technology for impressive speed and photo-lab-quality results. In addition, precision ink nozzles create high-resolution photos of up to 4800 x 1200 dots per inch (dpi), while microscopic two-picoliter-sized color ink droplets deliver sharp, finely detailed photos.

And if you’re not thrilled with the results of your printed image, the iP90v includes Easy-Photoprint software that makes it simple to enhance and print all your images so they result in truly memorable prints.

When it comes to printing text, the iP90v is equally impressive. It easily handles a wide variety of paper sizes, including credit card (great for printing business cards), 4 by 6, 5 by 7, letter, legal, and envelopes.

The Canon PIXMA iP90v prints up to  16 pages per minute (ppm) for black, up to 12 ppm for color, and a postcard size 4″ x 6″ borderless photo: approx. 81 seconds

This printer also comes with a 1-year limited warranty with InstantExchange program. 1-year toll-free technical phone support.

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Epson PictureMate Show and Charm

The PictureMate Show 2-in-1 Design Printer from Epson allows you to print better-than-lab-quality photos, and display your images on a 7-inch widescreen, high resolution digital display – with no PC connected.  The PictureMate Charm on the other hand has a 2.5-inch LCD display.

Epson PictureMate Show Portable Photo PrinterAll it takes to start is to insert a memory card onto the slot in the printer, or connect any digital camera. Use the digital display to view and edit your images – crop, fix red eye, add effects and more. Then choose a custom size, you’ll have your photo print out fast!

4″ x 6″ photos print in as fast as 37 seconds with outstanding detail and quality, plus true-to-life tones and colors. Custom sizes from 0.3″ x 0.3″ to 4″ x 6″, in sepia or black-and-white, wallet, mini-wallet, classic borders or borderless. Photos are scratch, smudge, fade and water resistant.

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About James Wikkee

James Wikkee has held several positions at two of the largest printer and scanner manufactures in the world. He knows the in and out of these devices through his +13 years of experience in the field.

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