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Q: Printing Digital Pictures ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Printing Digital Pictures
Category: Computers > Graphics
Asked by: wgrayson-ga
List Price: $3.00
Posted: 05 Nov 2002 10:00 PST
Expires: 05 Dec 2002 10:00 PST
Question ID: 99455
What is the best option for printing digital photos from a digital
camera.  Spend the money to buy a nice printer and all the ink and
paper, use one of the sites online where you upload your pictures and
they print them for you?
Subject: Re: Printing Digital Pictures
Answered By: haversian-ga on 05 Nov 2002 10:55 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
As usual, the answer is "that depends".

If you are printing a small number of photos, you're probably better
off paying to have someone else print them and mail them to you - the
cost of a printer pays for a lot of postage!  However, if you are
printing many photos, the cost per page will be lower if you print
them yourself rather than pay printing and postage, so at some point
your savings per print will exceed the up-front cost of the printer. 
However, on a strict costs comparison here, you will almost always
lose doing it yourself, because your investment in a printer won't pay
off for quite a while, and you could be earning interest on the
purchase price had you not bought the printer, making it even more
expensive for you.  Your biggest gain in printing yourself is the
control you have over the print process and immediacy in receiving
prints - a few minutes versus days.

In terms of cash outlay, you are probably better off letting someone
else print your photos for you.  However, by purchasing a printer you
buy more than the ability to print photos (time saved, control, etc.)
which may make this option a better deal for you personally - this is
something only you can answer.

If this is not the type of answer you are looking for, please request
a clarification and explain what you want.

Thank you.

wgrayson-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: Printing Digital Pictures
From: opedroso-ga on 09 Nov 2002 21:20 PST
There is a new Epson printer on the market that accepts media straight
from your digital camera, allows for printing several pictures to a
page and, with an add-on LCD display, even allows for zooming/cropping
of pictures. Check it out.

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