My Honest Opinion
As I already mentioned, my scanner did a terrible job representing these photos, but you can probably guess, I won’t be using Tesco again for photos.
Truthfully, for me, the quality, the colours, the delivery, and the range of products available, Loxley took the crown. Yes, I know, I sound beyond biased, but it’s true. Even holding the photos, you can feel the difference instantly. You know these prints are going to last, and that’s what you want with your wedding photos and family portraits, something which will stand the test of time.
Especially with larger print sizes, the quality and accuracy with colours really does start to show, smaller sizes are more forgiving for cheaper prints. As someone who prints A4 images and up (I love a good collage wall with good size prints), I need the quality and the colours to be there. I don’t want my friends and family looking orange when they’re printed that large.
Second place, I award to FreePrints, which did surprise me. Yes, the colour is off, and the paper is thin, but I think it comes down to what you plan to do with your print.
For me, FreePrints is a great option if you want silly photos of your mates to stick on your fridge. Those photos where you don’t mind if they don’t last a lifetime, quality is less of an issue, but you still want to display them because they make you happy. I’m not sure I would trust them with a larger print (the colour difference would annoy me), but for a free 6″x 4″, I can get past it and just enjoy looking at a fun photo.
But what do you think? Would you spend more on a print to ensure the quality?
This is all based on my humble opinion. I’m not sponsored, I spent my own money doing it, and this is not an advert. This was an experiment about something I have been curious about for a while. If nothing else, it proves I need to upgrade my scanner.