Join Date: May 2007
Location: East Ridge, TN
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Anyone out there know anything about 1hr photo minilabs?
Not too long ago, my brother and I got into a discussion about the merits of different 1hr photo development services. He told me that stores like CVS and Walgreens provide photo CDs where the image size is 1.5 megapixels. Same goes for the Snapfish mail order service. Wolf/Ritz and WalMart both feature images of around 2.5 megapixels on their CDs. I guess we find it odd that there's such a discrepancy. The cheapest and most expensive services end up with near identical image quality.
Is there a way to get even higher quality images from a 1hr service on a photo cd? I just can't help but notice that 24 exposures at 2.5 megapixels uses less than 1/4 of a CD. Seems like if the machine has the capability, that the capacity is there.
My brother said that he asked about this at his local CVS, and the people running the machine looked at him like he was speaking a foreign language. Then, they said if he didn't like it he could have his money back. I took film to a Rite Aid this weekend and asked about their photo CD image resolution. The clerk knew what I was talking about, but did not know the answer nor if he could make a higher resolution image.
I'm just really curious.