Consumer Reports Magazine article on photo printing

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Consumer Reports Magazine article on photo printing
Jun 7, 2005

I just received the new issue of Consumer Reports magazine, and there is a story on photo printing, at home, in store, and online.

For what it's worth, the magazine rated Shutterfly #1 and Kodak EasyShare (formerly Ofoto) #2 in the online field.

For "moderately priced all-purpose printers," they rate these printers highly: HP PhotoSmart 7760 ($130) and Lexmark P915 Photo ($135).

For "top of the line printer mainly for photos," they rank the following printers highly: HP 7960 ($230), HP 8450 ($230), Cannon IP8500 ($330) and Epson R800 ($390). If it's like a lot of Consumer Reports stories, some reviewed models might not be available any longer. Most people here would probably relabel their "top of the line" models and "middle of the line" models.

For in store processing, they recommend any store that uses "Fuji minilabs," presumably the Frontier machine, and those include: Costco, Ritz Photo, Walgreens, and WalMart.

They claim that in-store minilabs produce the best overall results, although I've found, as have many others, that some online services seem to do a better job. Of course, this depends a lot on who the local people are at the stores and how well trained they are on the equipment.

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