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You can never keep digital cameras off the boards for very long! LOL
A simple question - aside from Jessops, does anyone know of any other photo processors that will print from Smartmedia.
The reason I ask, is that I took 2 cards into Jessops - one they could read and one they couldn't. I can't find anything wrong with the one they had problems with - I can view it through the camera and download to my PC, but I wanted some 'professional' copies of the best shots.
03-06-2002, 09:40 AM
my local Kodak shops prints mine, and I think Boots can do them as well, although I'm not sure what Boots charge.
I think most independent photo shops can print them now
03-06-2002, 09:45 AM
Our local Asda Superstore prints from any kind of media. You could take a CD to them and choose/edit on their PC which photos you want...go do your shopping whilst they print them on their professional printers. Its great.
Fiona R from UK
03-06-2002, 10:44 AM
Oh blow, Asda is too far away for us!! Are Tescos any good, and do they print from Smartmedia?
03-07-2002, 05:44 AM
Back to Jessops.
If you have a CDR then you can put all your shots onto a CD and they will print them from that.
It's 40 shots for £5.99 and I think 24p per print afterwards, so if you had a lot ( as i did ) just do a few CD's as it works out cheaper.
I have only just put mine in, so not sure what the pics will be like, but others have used them.
I did one CD as they were and with the other CD's I did all the cropping etc first and then put them it, so time will tell which will be best.
03-07-2002, 05:53 AM
jessops will also print them from the smart media card (I don't have a CDR - so I do like Frances, all the cropping etc so they are just as I want them, then write it back to the smart media card.)
If you have 80 pics, then they should charge you the £5.99x2, so you don't need to put them on 2 CD's but make sure you mention it in case you get a dizzy person who tries to charge you 24p each for the 2nd 40 - I have had it happen.
I have found if you crop them too much then the pics tend to come back a little grainy- but that could be my camera?
I got round my problem with Jessops (Their computer could not read one of my Smartmedia Cards), by transferring the photo's to CD.
I did try ringing round some other processing companies - Snappy Snaps print from Smart Media (although I don't know if it's all their branches), but I was happy with the quality of the first set of prints I received from Jessops, so stuck with them.
I will see if the quality is the same when I collect them tomorrow
03-08-2002, 02:27 AM
Bev, I have the same problem - every time I do anything to a photo, cut, crop, remove red eye (although for that I use paint instead) the photo loses some of its quality. I haven't yet tried doing everything I want first before saving - up to now I have saved the work each time I've made a change. So must try just saving once to see if that is any better.
03-08-2002, 04:46 AM
Sue;s Mum -
I'm no expert, but I have read that each time you save a .jpg file you lose some quality, so it's best to just save them once at the end.
I think if you save the pic as a .tiff while you are working on it, then you should lose less quality and you can convert it to a .jpg at the end (.tiff files are huge)
maybe Dave (Fatman) will be along soon, he seems to know about these things
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