Instax Printer or Polaroid Printer? Which One to Choose? Top 5 Photo Printers Recommendations

27 June 2023 by
Yammy Kong

Instax Printer and Polaroid Printer are both unique photo printers. Capture.HK will now introduce the top 5 photo printer recommendations, comparing their features and pros and cons to assist you in selecting the most suitable photo printer.

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What is an Instax Printer?

An Instax Printer is a device that allows you to convert photos or videos from your smartphone into instant print photos. By connecting to a dedicated app on your phone, you can not only print photos but also enjoy various fun features. For example, the instaxAiR feature enables users to draw in the air and print the drawing, while the compatibility test feature measures the compatibility level between friends or partners. The collage print feature allows you to combine multiple photos into one. Instax Printers are known for their fast printing speed and high colour reproduction, making them increasingly popular in recent years.

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What is the difference between Polaroid Printer and Instax Printer?

Polaroid Printer is a device that allows you to print digital photos as physical prints. There are two types: Polaroid Lab, which converts photos from your phone into Polaroid square format film, and Polaroid Hi-Print, which prints photos on adhesive-backed paper.

Instax Printer

Polaroid Printer


  • Print photos from your phone as instax prints
  • Fun modes to share with friends
  • Print selected frames from videos
  • Accelerometer for a new interactive experience
  • Free app available for download on App Store or Google Play
  • Easy selection and printing of photos
  • Select and print favourite frames from videos
  • Capture and print by pressing the printer button
  • Combine multiple photos into one instant print
  • Enjoy the fun of instant photo printing with Surprise Mode
  • Photo printing in just 15 seconds
  • Approximately 100 prints per full charge
  • Print multiple copies

  • Convert digital photos from your phone into real Polaroid prints
  • 20 sheets of instant-print adhesive-backed photo paper
  • Free app available for download on App Store or Google Play
  • Edit images with filters, frames, stickers, etc. in the app
  • High-quality printing using dye diffusion thermal transfer technology

Photo Size

86 mm X 54 mm

54 mm x 86 mm

Print Photo Size

62 mm X 46 mm

79 mm x 79 mm

Photo Quality

  • Vibrant colours, clear details
  • Waterproof, dust proof, fingerprint-proof

High-quality and vibrant


Fujifilm Fujifilm Instax Mini Link Smartphone Printer

Polaroid Originals Hi-Print Pocket Photo Printer

How to Choose a Photo Printer?

There are many types of photo printers available in the market. How do you choose the one that's right for you? Here are a few key points to consider:

Selecting the Right Model

Different photo printers use different printing technologies, such as inkjet, dye-sublimation, thermal, etc. Each technology has its own advantages and disadvantages, including print quality, consumable costs, durability, etc. You can choose based on your specific needs and budget.

Connectivity Options

Photo printers can be connected to devices like digital cameras or smartphones through different connectivity options, such as USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, etc. Some printers can even directly read memory cards or USB drives. Consider the commonly used connectivity options and devices to make your choice.

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Paper Requirements

Photo printers usually require special photo paper to produce high-quality prints. Different photo papers have varying sizes, finishes, thicknesses, etc., which can affect the printing results and costs. Therefore, choose the appropriate photo paper based on your desired photo style and purpose.

Features (Printing Speed, Print Capacity)

The features of a photo printer directly impact the user experience. For example, printing speed determines how long it takes to print a single photo, while print capacity determines how many photos can be printed at once. These features affect convenience and efficiency. Consider your usage frequency and requirements when making a choice.

Additional Features

Some photo printers offer additional features, such as adding dates, text, borders, etc., to the photos or adjusting parameters like brightness, contrast, colour, etc. These features enhance the aesthetics and personalisation of the printed photos. If you desire more creativity and flexibility, consider printers with these additional features.

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Top 5 Instax Printers / Polaroid Printers Recommendations

1. Instax Mini Link 2

The Instax Mini Link 2 is a smartphone printer that quickly prints smartphone photos as mini prints. It interacts with the smartphone through wireless connectivity and the mini Link app, allowing you to print photos from your phone's gallery and social media. Users can draw AR effects on the photos using their phone or printer, take photos or zoom with printer gestures, apply various frames, stickers, and filters to enhance the photos, or create photo collages. The Instax Mini Link 2 has a fast printing speed of 15 seconds per print and offers high image quality with options for natural or vivid colour modes.


  • Portable and stylish design
  • Excellent print quality
  • Numerous editing tools available in the application


  • Potential confusion when using InstaxAir feature
  • Outdated Micro-USB charging
  • Expensive operational costs

2. Instax Square Link

The Instax Square Link is a medium-sized instant photo printer that allows you to print smartphone photos in Instax square film format. It connects to your phone via Bluetooth and uses a dedicated application for photo editing and cropping. It also supports various fun features such as video printing, party printing, and surprise mode.


  • Portable and stylish design
  • Impressive print quality
  • USB-C charging
  • Good range of editing options


  • Operational costs can increase over time
  • The application could use some improvements
  • QR codes on AR are printed on the larger side

3. Kodak Step Instant Printer

The Kodak Step Instant Printer is a portable wireless photo printer that can connect to electronic devices via Bluetooth or NFC and print photos using Zink zero-ink technology. Users can edit and customise photos through the free KODAK application and print them within 60 seconds. This printer is available in various colours and comes with a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can print 25 photos on a full charge.


  • Portable design
  • Affordable price
  • Easy to use


  • Some errors still exist in the application
  • Outdated Micro-USB charging

4. Polaroid Mint

The Polaroid Mint is an innovative digital camera that allows you to instantly print photos. It features a high-resolution lens, built-in flash and selfie mirror, and a rechargeable battery. Users can use the Polaroid Mint App to edit and customise photos, add filters, stickers, and text, making it suitable for travel, parties, and everyday shooting.


  • Pocket-sized design for easy portability
  • Easy to use


  • Low photo quality
  • Expensive and prone to fading print paper
  • Weak battery life

5. Polaroid Hi-Print

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  • High-quality prints
  • Portable and sleek design
  • Easy navigation with a simple application


  • Expensive printing costs
  • Slow printing speed
  • Can only print 20 photos on a single charge

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