Print Services Comparison: Which Website Makes the Best Prints?

Chelsea & I compare prints from ten services to find the best
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Here are the services we compared:
* Bay Photo
* H&H Color Lab
* WHCC
* Walmart
* AdoramaPix
* Nations PhotoLab
* Mpix
* Pro DPI
* Shutterfly
* CG Pro Prints

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STARTER CAMERAS:
Basic Starter Camera (0 used at Amazon): Canon T3 http://help.tc/t3
Better Starter Camera (0 at Amazon): Nikon D5300 http://help.tc/d5300
Better Travel Camera (0 at Amazon): Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II http://help.tc/em10ii

LANDSCAPE CAMERAS:
Good (0 at Amazon): Sony a6000 http://help.tc/a6000
Better (,400) at Amazon: Nikon D5500 http://help.tc/D5500 & Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 http://help.tc/s35
Best (,150) at Amazon: Pentax K-1 http://help.tc/K1 & Pentax 24-70 f/2.8 http://help.tc/p24

PORTRAIT CAMERAS:
Beginner (0 at Amazon): Canon T6i http://help.tc/t6i & Canon 50mm f/1.8 http://help.tc/c50
Better (,000 at Amazon): Nikon D610 http://help.tc/d610 & Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 http://help.tc/t200
Best (,300) at Amazon: Nikon D810 http://help.tc/d810 & Nikon 70-200 f/2.8E http://help.tc/n200e

WILDLIFE CAMERAS:
Starter (,100 at Amazon): Canon 7D http://help.tc/7D & Canon 400mm f/5.6 http://help.tc/c400
Great (,200 at Amazon): Nikon D500 http://help.tc/d500 & Nikon 200-500 f/5.6 http://help.tc/n500

VIDEO CAMERAS:
Beginner (0 at Amazon): Panasonic G7 http://help.tc/g7 & Panasonic 14-42mm http://help.tc/p42
Better (,400 at Amazon): Panasonic GH4 http://amzn.to/2p5dAmD & Panasonic 14-140 f/3.5-5.6 http://help.tc/p140
Best (,300 at Amazon): Panasonic GH5 http://help.tc/gh5 & Metabones Speed Booster XL http://help.tc/mbxl & Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 http://help.tc/s35 & Sigma 50-100 f/1.8 http://help.tc/s100

DRONES:
Beginner (0 at Amazon): DJI Phantom 3 http://help.tc/p3
Travel (,000 at Amazon): DJI Mavic Pro http://help.tc/Mavic
Better Image Quality (,500 at Amazon): DJI Phantom 4 Pro http://help.tc/p4p


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16 Comments


  1. I'm looking to buy a 20×30 canvas. Is CG Pro Print a waste of money? Anyone has bought canvas from them?


  2. We have had great experience with Costco believe it or not! Great pricing ships to our local store.


  3. Thank you for doing this, was just wondering how to tell which ones were the best…


  4. I'm still messing with calibration. It is VERY interesting when comparing printed output to the screen. After calibration, while color was good, I noticed my brightness too high. I'm gonna struggle with that one as I like 100% brightness 🙂 HOWEVER, while MPIX and walmart have their good and bad color correctness, BOTH were exact same exposure when looking at the printed product.

    That tells me that exposure when printed is probably right, but my on screen is WAY off. It is 100% brightness may onscreen, but nothing like exposure of the printed product. I had to lower brightness to 50%!!! Granted with this new MVA 105% color Gamut monitor it's still plenty bright. But that definitely means (I think) that when adjusting exposure in LR, I'm probably not bringing up the exposure far enough (printed product could be brighter). But not the conundrum. By lowering screen to 50% brightness, I'll know exactly what the printed product will look like now. However, most people set brightness of monitor to at/near 100%. So passing pictures around or on a website, would likely look overexposed (too bright).

    I'm going to leave monitor at 50% for now, but it begs the question, what will it look like for others. I'll probably do another edit at 50% screen brightness, export, then compare to a prior export. Then look at both old/new exports at 100% brightness.

    Note. Walmart actually seemed to match color almost 100% to my screen, while MPIX seems to have color corrected to warm/yellow. Again, both seemed too dark compared to my screen.
    Any suggestions? I was thinking maybe an everyday PC use profile with screen at 100%, and a photo editing profile (calibrated) with brightness set to 50%? Does that make sense or is there an easier way of doing all this?


  5. In the past I've had lots of problems with Adorama printing services…. really, really bad quality…


  6. so do you guys recommend to ask mpix to color correct my pictures even if my computer is calibrated?


  7. I have just received my first order from Fractureme, and it is absolutely awful !!! My b&w pictures are green!!! How can a professional company send such poor quality??!!!


  8. What is the support of the picture you have put in your living room, the one from Fracture. Is it debond? Thank you.


  9. At the end of the video you hung the glass print on your wall. I noticed significant reflections of the ceiling lights as you were about to mount it on the wall. My questions are (1) will it reflect other on exits in the room and (2) do they offer a non-reflective glass?


  10. Mpixs is owned by Miller's Lab, printed on the same machines in the same building.


  11. Fracture dosnt "print" on glass, it only laminates the print behind the glass.

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