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Old Jun 2, 2005, 12:56 AM   #1
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so i'm new to doing prints with digital cameras, so what do you guys think of the quality of in-store 4x6 prints. i know they print at 3:2, and most cameras shot and 4:3, so there is some croping, no biggie. but lets say i'll be shooting with an Pentax Optio S5i (http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004...s/optios5i.html) it's 5 megapixels, so the prints should be great quality right? and comapred to shooting with standard 35mm point and shoot camera? i know this must be a question you get all the time, but i'm new to all this. any help would be great! thanks in advance guys!
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Old Jun 3, 2005, 10:28 AM   #2
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Probably with a 4x6 print, anything over 3MP won't make much difference unless they have extremely accurate equipment and you want to look at with a powerful magnefing glass.

I always shoot at 6MP with my camera, and even when I printed at home with my Canon i560 at max resolution at the 8.5x11 size, I still believe the printer was the limiting factor for resolution. Though you can't see the ink dots without a magnefing glass.
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Idon't print at a store.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"The print quality can be bad because stores don't replentish their chemicals often enough, or the machine hasn't been calibrated correctly.

You'll get better quality using a high quality photo paper on any decent quality ink-jet printer. I've used HP premium photo paper on a $100 HP printer and got some pretty stunning results. Plus, you can print, re-print, and adjust to really control the quality of your print.

As far as megapixels are concerned, a 5 megapixel camera should print a stunning 4x6 print. It would probably look as good as a point and shoot.

I use a 8 meg camera and I get pretty stunning 8x10 photos.

If you do have to print somewhere else, I would use an online site like snapfish.com or ophoto. Those sites will usually print your image with much bettter quality than an in-store photo department.

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Old Jul 5, 2005, 6:56 PM   #4
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I've just had a set of 200 6x4s done at my local Sainsburys supermarket (I'm in the UK, btw). They have a Fuji printing place there.

50 prints for £5. I was impressed with the quality, very nice indeed. However the staff didn't seem too clued up on aspect ratios and cropping so I cropped all the images to 6x4 ratio myself before taking them in. The prints are zoomed in a couple of mm on all sides (I expected as much) but the quality generally is lovely. Nobody is going to be abl e to print that cheaply from home.
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4X6 prints are fine for a 2MP camera - 3MP is good too but you dont really need it or anything higher. I print with snapfish most of the time - good quality and prices you can see other options and prices on http://www.printrates.com - I know some friends of mine use shutterfly - it's probably the same.
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I've just had a set of 200 6x4s done at my local Sainsburys supermarket (I'm in the UK, btw). They have a Fuji printing place there.

50 prints for £5.
That's outstanding Rob !!!

The quality I get from my Epson R300 is much more than satisfactory, I'm very happy with them.

I'm not so keen on replacing the six cartridges at an average of £10.99 each though .

Is this a specialoffer at the moment ? Does it apply to all Sainsburys ? I'm in Coventry, so we have a few Sainsburys locally and I always shoot in a 3:2 ratio. So next time I have a fistful of printing to do I just might give them a try.

If you could let me know and thanks for the info.

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>> " Is this a specialoffer at the moment ? Does it apply to all Sainsburys ?"

Not sure, I imagine it's most - if not all - of the stores. Probably more to do with competition from Asda and Tesco than anything else.

50 7x5s were £7.99, again an excellent dea..
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Thanks Rob.

I will give them a try.


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Actually Steve, they're currently offering 50 7x5" prints for £5 with one hour's service!
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Thanks Rob. Logged in memory bank 8).

FYI, What Digital Camera gives Tesco 87% total marks with a 16/20 for print quality. It does get a What Digital Camera Choice award !! Unfortunately it goes on to say that Adobe RGB images don't fair too well. As I tend to shoot in Adobe RGB mode and edit the same way I think I'll hold back for now.

Asda, on the other hand achieved 89% with an 18/20 for print quality !!

You might want to give them a try to compare your results, same sort of costs.

Thanks again Rob.
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