Comparing photo-services • Part 110 Jan 2018
We got some photos printed, but I wasn’t 100% satisfied with the quality. Thirty-year old photos from my childhood look sharper! At first I thought this was because of the photos being taken with a digital camera, but then I realised it could also be the printer.
I’ve since found out that the company we used (Hema) is rated as one of the worst places to print photos.
In the search for a better photo-printing service I’ve decided to order 20 photos at three different providers so I can see the quality differences for my self. I looked around at several online reviews, comparison sites and forums to see which providers I would compare. Below are the sources that mostly influenced my decisions.
This horse-photographer made a very detailed comparison of three professional photography printers. I’m going to use her post as a blueprint for my when I compare the photos.
- Profotonet: most consistent quality, but least sharp
- Saal Digital: cheapest, but less consistent in quality
- FIFO Color: sharpest prints, but too dark
Fotovergelijk is a place where people rate printed photos and compare pricing. Hema is rated the worst…
I’ve added the printer-service used by the website if they don’t print their own photos.
- Profotonet (10)
- Albelli (9) uses Albumprinter to print
- Webprint (9) (named Smartphoto in other countries)
- Fotofabriek (9)
- Pixum (9) CeWe
- Fotogoed (9) Küpper druck
- Blokker (8) Fujiprint
- Albert Heijn (7) CeWe
- Aldi (6) CeWe
- Kruidvat (5) CeWe
- Hema 🤨 (4)
The scale originally goes from 1 to 5, but I converted it into a 10-point scale so I can compare it with the scoring of Onlinefotoservices.
Lastly, we take a look at onlinefotoservices, another comparison site.
- Profotonet (8,8)
- Primera (7,7) CeWe
- Smartphoto / Webprint (7,6)
- Pixum, Aldi, Photobox (7,4) CeWe
- Kruidvat (6,3) CeWe
- Hema (6,1)
Everybody agrees Profotonet is the marketleader in high quality photo-printing. Albelli and Webprint seem to be a good 2nd place. CeWe is popular, but has a mixed track-record. The other two high-rated services from Fotovergelijk are not known to me (Fotofabriek and Fotogoed) and are also more expensive. They are highly rated in service, so perhaps I can go back to them some time.
For now I will order photos at Profotonet, Albelli and Webprint. In the next post I’ll compare the outcomes!