Choose the best photo printing services

Turns out, you don’t have to pay top dollar to get the best quality. Three of the cheapest services for price per print—Walmart, Amazon, and Snapfish (all 9 cents per 4×6 photo)—received high marks from our testers for photo print quality. Mpix, our lowest score, charges 29 cents per photo in the popular 4 x 6 inch print size.

Focus on print quality
After testing the photo print quality of all 10 services, we applied numerical ratings to each. According to our in-house printing expert, Rich Sulin, “there were clear differences.” Prints from Walgreens, AdoramaPix, Walmart, Amazon, CVS, Shutterfly and Snapfish were rated Excellent. Those from Costco and Nations Photo Lab were very good. And those of Mpix were good. Our test panel found Mpix prints to be slightly undersaturated, not very sharp and a bit grainy. In an emailed statement, Mpix expressed surprise. “We often do very well in similar tests. We calibrate our equipment closely and regularly, and our team closely monitors every order throughout the lab. »

We also compared the results to the photo print scores of two all-in-one inkjet printers in our labs: the Canon Pixma MG7720 and Epson Expression Home XP-440. Canon prints scored 81; those of the Epson, a 31.

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Elaine F. Brim