Reviews say Walmart Photo Center is a low-priced online digital photo printing service with a wide range of services and three convenient delivery options. The site has easy-to-use features, including photo-management tools, a simple uploading and ordering process and photo-editing options. Photos are printed on Fuji Crystal Archive paper, with glossy or luster finishes (one-hour pickup orders are available only in luster). There are also more than 100 photo gifts to choose from. The three delivery choices include in-store printing and pick-up, along with a ship-to-store option and standard mail delivery. Picking up prints in-store avoids delivery charges, although the price per print is higher (*Est. 15 cents and up per print). Walmart Photo Center offers poster-size prints, although some sizes are only available as collage-style prints. Older reviews complain of low-quality prints, but a review in Information Week says Walmart's prints are comparable to the best.
In the most recent review we found, Don Reisinger of Information Week compares Walmart Photo Center with three other mainstream options. DigitalPhotos101.com also takes a look at Walmart's offerings, and PCWorld.com evaluates five popular online photo printing services using a judging panel to rate sample images. There are also roundups of photo printing services at Slate.com and AmericanConsumerNews.com.
1. Information Week
Reviewer Don Reisinger compares four digital photo printing services and ends up with Wal-Mart as his top pick. He points out that Walmart Photo Center stands above the rest in terms of pricing, options and quality.
Review: Online Digital Print Services Buyer's Guide, Don Reisinger, July 19, 2008
2. PC World
This older review uses a judging panel to rate the quality of online photo prints from five top online photo printing services, including Walmart Photo Center, which lands at the bottom of the pack.
Review: Online Photo Services Shootout, Tom Mainelli, Jan. 27, 2006
This regularly updated review includes a summary of the Walmart Photo Center and a useful chart comparing the features of various online digital photo printing services. Although Wal-Mart Photo Center isn't the top pick, the information provided here is quite useful.
Review: Photo Center at Walmart.com, Editors of DigitalPhotos101.com
This review pits Walmart Photo Center against five other digital printing services, comparing them in terms of ease of use and image quality for a printed photo book. Walmart receives a less-than-flattering review here, with the author stating that the photo book creation software was a bit difficult to use and image quality was sub-par.
Review: Picture Perfect: Which Photo Sites Create the Best Albums, Ulrich Boser, June 6, 2006
This recent review doesn't rank or rate digital printing services in any type of order, but Walmart is included in this roundup of four photo printing services with a basic summary of prices and options.
Review: A Comparison: Pricing Four Popular Photo Printing Options, Matthew Paulson, May 10, 2009