HP Sprocket vs. Fujifilm Polaroid Review

We know that the instant pictures trend is at it’s peak right now. Everyone loves taking pictures and printing them immediately to share with their friends and family. It’s fun to make tangible memories instead of just uploading pictures to Facebook or Instagram. I was deciding between the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera or the HP Sprocket instant printer.

HP Sprocket

I went with the instant printer route and got an HP Sprocket. I got the white and rose gold colorway, but there is a black option and a red option. (This is actually my second Sprocket because the first one I bought produced TERRIBLE images. I exchanged it for a new printer and was much happier with the results.)

PROS

  • Having the option to print whatever I want and edit it prior to printing. That way, I don’t waste the film.
  • I can print multiples of the same image so I can share with everyone who wants that image.
  • The ZINK photo paper is cheaper than the Fujifilm film ($9.99/20 film)
  • It charges using USB
  • The ZINK photo paper can be used as a sticker (Bullet journaling, anyone?)
  • You can add frames, text, and drawings on the image
  • Extremely easy to use (The app & the actual printer)
  • The small size is easy to carry around, even in a case
  • Prints on the full 2×3 film, instead of having a border that takes up a lot of the image

CONS

  • More expensive than the Polaroid camera ($129.99)
  • Color isn’t as rich and deep as the Polaroid
  • Has a hard time printing fine details (like cat whiskers), however faces seem to print fine.
  • You might get a faulty printer
  • The ZINK photo paper can curl

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera 

A lot of my friends have the camera, so I’ve had the privilege to play around with it. If I got the camera, I would have gotten the new Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera in Smokey White.

PROS

  • Cheaper camera base than an instant printer ($69.99, but on sale currently on Amazon)
  • Has the nostalgic and fun feel of the old Polaroid (waiting for the film to develop)
  • Rich, deep colors and contrast
  • The film is a lot sturdier than the ZINK photo paper

CONS

  • The Fujifilm INSTAX film can be found for $12.42/20 film on Amazon
  • It is pretty bulky to carry around
  • Too much sunlight can blow out the image, so you need to get the position right
  • One take shot—you have to take different multiples to give to others
  • If you don’t put in the film correctly, you could potentially ruin the entire pack
  • More potential for the film to jam, thus ruining/wasting the pack (This has happened to my friend 3 times.)

Overall

I’m still debating on whether or not I should return the Sprocket and get a Fujifilm Camera. I love the fun that comes with a polaroid, but I like being able to print any picture I want.

The Sprocket is extremely convenient and small, while the Fujifilm Camera is fun, but bulky. In the (extremely) long run, I feel that an instant printer would be worth while since the film is cheaper and you can print whatever you want.

I will probably keep the HP Sprocket, but will maybe ask for the Fujifilm Camera for Christmas. 😉

Both are extremely fun to have. (And this review probably didn’t help you at all.) I think if you don’t care if you mess up films and you’re on a budget, then get the Polaroid. If you have the money and want to edit your photos before you print, get the HP Sprocket!

Do you have the Fujifilm Camera or the HP Sprocket/an instant printer? What are your thoughts? Maybe you can help me decide! Leave a comment below, thanks for reading!

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  • http://www.cindyhyue.com Cindy

    I actually picked up the Fujifilm printer (even though I have the camera) because I like the effect of the film but the ability to print any old memories rather than lug the camera around! My dad has the HP Sprocket which was nice, but I felt like the photos were a bit lackluster (as you mentioned). And since I have the camera, I’m usually buying the film in bulk anyways. The Fujiflilm printer is slightly more expensive but I think it’s worth it in my book 🙂 And def an option for you to look into!

    Cindy | http://www.cindyhyue.com

    • http://tinytaurus.com Tiny Taurus

      I was looking at the Fujifilm printer too, but it was a little more than I was willing to spend especially since I don’t have the camera yet. I do like the film filter that the Fujifilm provides though 🙁 I feel so defeated! I’m going to have to try out other printers before I truly commit.

      • http://www.cindyhyue.com Cindy

        Yeah that’s fair!! It was cheaper on amazon (sorta) so that helped a bit!! But tbh I just let any friends who have film just use my printer now 🙂 maybe try and find someone to invest with it together!!

        • http://tinytaurus.com Tiny Taurus

          That’s such a good idea! I’ll have to find someone who will consider it 🙂

    • http://theactivespirit.com Disa Chantel

      I have the printer, too! Love it.

      • http://tinytaurus.com Tiny Taurus

        Eeep! I might have to try it now since it’s 2 people convincing me haha!

  • http://www.beautycandyloves.co.za/ Candice Petersen

    This is such a cool idea!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • http://tinytaurus.com Tiny Taurus

      It’s super fun! I definitely like the idea of an instant printer! ?